Despite the current Covid crisis, the Fantasia International Film Festival is one of numerous festivals that will still be going ahead with a “virtual edition” and one of the many highly anticipated films that has been selected to screen there is Justin G. Dyck’s clever, often funny, and delightfully mean-spirited tale ANYTHING FOR JACKSON.
Starring Canadian genre royalty Sheila McCarthy (Die Hard 2, The Umbrella Academy), Julian Richings (Orphan Black, Supernatural), ANYTHING FOR JACKSON tells the tale of how, after losing their only grandson, Jackson, grief-stricken Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and her husband Henry (Julian Richings), a doctor, kidnap a pregnant patient with the intentions of performing a “reverse Exorcism”, putting Jackson inside her unborn child. But it doesn’t take long to figure out Jackson isn’t the only ghost the grandparents invited into their home. Now it’s a race against time for the couple, as well as the pregnant woman to figure a way out of the haunting they’ve set upon themselves.
Fantasia’s virtual edition will take place August 20 through to September 2, 2020, with Vortex Words + Pictures, A71 Releasing and Super Channel’s ANYTHING FOR JACKSON having its World Premiere September 1, 2020 at 7pm EST with an encore screening on September 2, 2020 at 3:15pm EST. Tickets are on sale now. The film also stars Konstantina Mantelos (A Christmas Crush), Josh Cruddas (Polar), and Yannick Bisson (Another Wolfcop, Murdoch Mysteries) and is produced by Bill Marks (Forsaken, Wolfcop), Christopher Giroux (I’ll Take Your Dead, Bite), Keith Cooper and Justin G. Dyck with executive producers Jesse Ikeman (A Perfect Plan, Survival of the Dead), Justin Rebelo (United We Fan, Room For Rent) and Audrey Cummings (She Never Died, Berkshire County).
Words: Howard Gorman