A comedy/horror about a sociopathic murderer who doesn’t seem to be particularly good at his job. Fortunately for him, his victim is a career counsellor.

Creative team

Writers: Angus Swantee, Craig Gunn
Director: Angus Swantee
Producer: Brent MacRae

Filmmaker’s statement

“The goal of Torturous was to parachute viewers into an intense, horrific scene and make them believe they are in for a grim tale … then add an absurd twist to jump over to an unexpected genre, all in just a few minutes.

The title Torturous reinforces this because, at first glance, it seems to be a standard name for a horror movie but once you’ve seen the film you see how it hints at how the villain feels about his vocation.

The film was created as part of the Atlantic Film Cooperative’s Film5 program. They helped with funding, equipment and post services. It was such a team effort from start-to-finish – every department brought great ideas and elevated the film to what you see now.

The film has gone on to screen at 50 festivals around the world and has received a dozen award nominations, exceeding all expectations. It’s been an incredible experience and reinforced my desire to tell stories through film.”

About Angus Swantee

Angus Swantee

Angus’s films have been broadcast on television and screened at over 100 festivals worldwide, collectively winning two dozen awards. Online, they’ve received hundreds of thousands of views and been selected as staff picks on Vimeo.

Angus has participated in the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize course, the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Cooperative Film 5 program, bravoFACT and the CBC/Film NS Bridge Award.

Angus produced the Independent Production Fund comedy webseries Everyone’s Famous which was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards including best digital series.

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