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Atmo HorroX

North American Premiere
  • Quebec
  • 2016
  • 101 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Hosted by Director Pat Tremblay and members of the cast

Official Selection: Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2016


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It might be the story of an extraterrestrial invasion in a Quebec suburb. Or maybe the unlikely misadventures of a very, very special agent, on a mission to thwart monstrous spies from another world. Then again, it could be the unleashing of the servants of Satan, with the gates of hell thrown wide open. On the other hand, it’s perhaps a reconstruction of a nightmare Philip K. Dick described to his psychiatrist after his first night sober in 10 years. Whatever it is, it’s something else. There are definitely unexpected disappearances, a picnic in the park gone wrong, negative effects from junk-food overconsumption and, why not, an new drug on the street, a hallucinogen with devastating side effects. One thing alone is certain — rational thought has left the building and hasn’t left a number where it can be reached.

All is well in the land of the mad in Atmo HorroX, the latest surrealist opus from Pat Tremblay, twisted titan of the Quebec underground. If you thought you’d witnessed the far reaches of weirdness with his last film, HELLACIOUS ACRES (Fantasia 2011), well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Dispensing entirely with the stiff, stodgy traditions of respectable cinema, the anarchic delight is a creature of uninhibited creativity. Reality, contaminated by disruptive viruses, shatters in this perplexing science fiction fever dream. Its series of vignettes, exploring a universe on the verge of implosion, transforms the familiar into a dadaesque cypher. Even language is infected, collapsing into melodious cacophony. An anxious, unsettling strangeness seeps into every aspect of the film, but Tremblay’s singular sense of humour makes Atmo HorroX an irresistible invitation into the bizarre.

— Simon Laperrière

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