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“DREAMLAND” has a different date and more profane poster in Canada

Friday, May 8, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

We told you here about the U.S. release plans for the new fantasy/crime/horror thriller by the creators of PONTYPOOL, and now we’ve got word on the sooner release in Canada, for whom the poster is a bit more harshly worded.

DREAMLAND, directed by Bruce McDonald from a script by Tony Burgess and Patrick Whistler, will be available for home viewing across the country on AppleTV, Bell, Cineplex, Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw and Telus on May 29. Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle star, reprising characters introduced in the post-end-credits scene of PONTYPOOL, along with Juliette Lewis, Henry Rollins and Tomas Lemarquis. The synopsis: “DREAMLAND follows reluctant hit man Johnny Dead Eyes [McHattie], who—on the orders of diabolical underworld kingpin Hercules [Rollins]—must cut off the pinkie finger of his jazz legend doppelgänger The Maestro [also McHattie]. Johnny makes his way through a neo-noir cityscape populated with street urchins, vampires and a crime queen called The Countess [Lewis] while—like all movie hit men—contemplating getting out of the game. But first he’s got to set a few things right…”

“Making the movie, I encouraged the team to embrace the Dream in DREAMLAND,” McDonald says. “We tried to keep a hatch always open to the subconscious. We tried to have instincts rule over logic. We embraced the guiding spirits of filmmakers Louis Buñuel, David Lynch, Peter Mettler, Bruce Weber, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, of poets Jim Carroll and Richard Brautigan, of writers William S. Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, of musicians Chet Baker, The Eurythmics and Alice Cooper.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.