Dave Canfield
Chicago, Illinois

Canfield is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association but can't decide if that makes him a critic. He is a writer for the well respected Magill's Cinema Annual and has been with Twitch Film since the beginning but can't decide if that makes him a writer. He's often called to speak and teach various people but is not sure if this makes him a teacher. If you think you know what Canfield is please write or call the guys at Twitch Film. There is a substantial reward leading to the successful identification of this man.

The Stack: Canfield Talks SPACE STATION 76, Animated RICK AND MORTY, Vintage William Castle, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. This is the final episode before I kick off our Holiday Gift Guide this Tuesday November 25. This is also the beginning of a new, shorter format. But The Stack is still packed with home entertainment... More »
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks OBVIOUS CHILD, 70s Horror JENNIFER And Dark, Daffy LFO

Welcome back to The Stack! Dave Canfield here comin' at ya with more home entertainment goodness. First up from the good folks at Kino Lorber is the nearly forgotten Carrie (1976) knock-off Jennifer (1978), which even used the tag line, "...makes... More »
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks Vintage William Castle And Much More

The Stack is back with a last look at what's truly "out there" for Halloween. First up is some vintage Blu-ray goodness from Kino, The Death Kiss starring Bela Lugosi and a late career entry from Boris Karloff, Cauldron of Blood... More »
  

Meeting The Criterion: Creeping Up On Halloween With JUDEX, SCANNERS, ERASERHEAD, And More

Going through this year's releases to see if Criterion had something to offer for my Halloween viewing, I uncovered an embarrassment of riches. These awesome Blu-ray/DVD combos have not yet been covered here in the hallowed halls of Twitch and I'm... More »
  

The Stack: HALLOWEEN Deluxe Blu-Ray Box, Two From Drafthouse Films, And Synapse's CURTAINS

Welcome back to The Stack. It's me, Dave Canfield, throwing some Halloween coverage at ya. This year has seen some amazing releases. In addition to what is mentioned in the headline, I recommend the Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film DVD Box... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD Is Batshit Crazy

For those of you that want one sentence, consider this movie splattastic! Of course Dead Snow (2009) itself freaking rocked. It started with a hoary cliche. A group of horny young adults on a remote weekend retreat but it reintroduced... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Twitch's 12 Most Anticipated Films From Our 12 On-Hand Contributors

Hallelujah! It is Fantastic Fest time once again! The fest kicks off tomorrow, and what's more, Austin's ridiculously fun genre festival is back at its spiritual home of the Drafthouse South Lamar. You might say we are a little excited.... More »
  

Review: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN, A Haunting Primer On The Nature Of Faith

Faith is a funny thing. Anyone can have it. You don't have to be smart. You can be utterly brilliant. Mature. Immature. It really doesn't matter. The point is that if you have it, it's yours. It literally belongs to... More »
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks THE SWIMMER, BIG BAD WOLVES, MONSTERS, Olive Films, And William Friedkin's SORCERER

Welcome back to The Stack. This time I wax rhapsodic on the long awaited and excellent Blu-ray digibook release of William Friedkin's almost lost Sorcerer. Direct from Israel, Big Bad Wolves, the film Quentin Tarantino called "the best film of 2013"... More »
  

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2014: Canfield Delivers His 10 Most Anticipated

The second year for the Chicago Critics Film Festival promises big things. 23 Chicago premieres and 14 shorts combined with appearances from a number of filmmakers and film subjects are just part of why. In many ways the most exciting part... More »
  

Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary

A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the... More »
  

Hey, Chicago! Wanna Meet Doug Jones (HELLBOY, PAN'S LABYRINTH)? How about Kyra Schon (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD)? Then Come to the April 12 Sci-Fi Spectacular

Ever get a hug from Doug Jones? Trust me. You want a Doug hug. After that you can have Kyra Schon, the little zombie girl from Night of the Living Dead, plant a trowel in your chest and eat your... More »
  

Free Tickets: I Spy with My Little Eye a Free Chicago Area Screening of OCULUS!

I had the honor of hosting a special screening of Mike Flanagan's last film  Absentia back in 2011. I was thrilled. He was clearly an upcoming talent who knew his way around storytelling, camera and creating potent dread. Flash forward... More »
  

CHEAP THRILLS Interview: Pat Healy And Ethan Embry Talk About Reality, Moral Centers, And Drinking The Kool-Aid

Seen Cheap Thrills yet? Do so. Period. But be warned. What looks like a simple genre game of whack-a-mole is anything but. Characters do the most horrible things to each other, some of it is genuinely hilarious, but after a... More »
  

The Stack: Twilight Time Releases, Indie Horror LORD OF TEARS, THE KILLING FIELDS, And More

Welcome Back to The Stack. I'm Dave Canfield, here to help guide you through the last few weeks of DVD and Blu-ray releases. All sorts of stuff has come across my path since I last did an episode and this... More »
  

Watch OTHER, A Powerful Short Film About Body Horror

Body horror is a sticky subject. No, really. I wasn't just making a bad pun. In the wrong hands, attempts at stories of this kind can be simply disgusting. But when it is done well, body horror can yield evocative results.... More »
  

Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, Destiny, And His Characters

I first became aware of Ben Wheatley when I was assigned to write an essay on his film Down Terrace (2009) for Magill's Cinema Annual. What struck me while watching it was how carefully balanced and powerful it was and... More »
  

Crispin Glover at Chicago's Patio Theatre Friday, Feb. 7

Quick heads up to those who've yet to catch famed auteur of the outré Crispin Glover on the road. The man may be best known for his roles in Back To the Future, Willard, Wild At Heart, and River's Edge,... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part Five: ARGO Extended, BBC vs. Bruce Lee Legacy Collection, Plus A Chance To Win Bruce Campbell-Worn BURN NOTICE Shirt

Welcome to the fifth and final gift guide episode of 2013! It has been a fun ride sorting through all this stuff and finding entertaining ways to let you know it's out there for your gifting pleasure. In a way... More »
  
 
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