Official Selection: Fantasia Film Festival, Brussells International Fantastic Film Festival.
“Canadian director Bruce McDonald serves up a beautifully imagined and gorgeously realized offering with his latest film, the genre-blending Dreamland… Every frame of Dreamland is a treasure, and McDonald infuses the dark, seedy world of the film with an understated whimsical sense of humor. I give the film my highest recommendation, and fully expect it to be on my top 10 list of genre films for this year.” – Diabolique Magazine
“An absurdly hypnotic hodgepodge of violent escapism…Dreamland is blazingly, almost foolhardily, committed to what it is, and absent of cynicism or anything to prove.” – Screen Anarchy
From the acclaimed director of Pontypool and Hellions comes Dreamland, one of the year’s most raucous, weird and downright unpredictable delights. On the orders of his boss, the low-level gangster Hercules (Henry Rollins), hitman Johnny (Stephen McHattie) must cut off the pinkie finger of celebrated jazz trumpeter The Maestro (Stephen McHattie, again) before a high-profile wedding gig. Like all movie hitmen, Johnny is thinking of getting out of the game and as night falls, he promises himself that he will leave this world behind and seek redemption by building his own family out of his victims. A night club called Al Qaeda, an old-world vampire. a junky child bride, a femme fatale with a sideline in stand-up comedy (Juliette Lewis), a handful of severed fingers and a palace ballroom full of music, machine gun fire and mayhem…this is just another night in Dreamland.