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Exclusive Clip: This Weekend’s Must-See, “THE CANAL”

THE CANAL hit hard upon its World Premiere at this past spring’s Tribeca Film Festival. The Irish film from director Ivan Kavanagh is a ghoulish descent into domestic horror and madness, one that’s constantly informed—and not in a particularly winking way—by the history of horror film. Fitting, as the movie’s leading man works as a cinema archivist, and one such piece of archival footage sets him on a devastating path.

As a whole, THE CANAL is a tense, frightening film. In part, as well. Below, FANGORIA hosts an exclusive clip from the film, one which ends up putting a nicely traditional filmmaking spin on what’s currently a popular motif in found footage horror: the videochat scare. It’s but one scene in an often terrifically unnerving and dark film.

In THE CANAL, “a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy – or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can’t help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him.”

THE CANAL is out Friday, October 10 On Demand and in limited theatrical release from The Orchard and Shock Till You Drop. Below, find our exclusive clip and a theater listing of where you can (and should) catch it this weekend. For more, see my review of THE CANAL here.

10-Oct New York, NY Village East
10-Oct Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Noho 7
10-Oct San Diego, CA Reading Gaslamp 15
10-Oct San Francisco, CA Roxie Theater
10-Oct Washington, DC AMC Hoffman
10-Oct Chicago, IL AMC South Barrington 30
10-Oct Minneapolis, MN AMC Eden Prairie
10-Oct Detroit, MI AMC Fairlane 21
10-Oct Atalnta, GA AMC Barrett Commons 14
10-Oct Dallas, TX AMC Grapevine 30
10-Oct Houston, TX AMC Gulf Pointe 30
10-Oct Orlando, FL AMC Universal Cineplex 20
10-Oct Tampa, FL AMC Veterans 24
10-Oct Miami, FL AMC Sunset Place 24
17-Oct Austin, TX Drafthouse South Lamar
17-Oct San Antonio, TX Drafthouse Park North
24-Oct Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center

 

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Samuel Zimmerman

Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.

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