‘Z wants to play’
Z is a 2019 Canadian supernatural horror feature film directed by Brandon Christensen (Still/Born) from a screenplay co-written with Colin Minihan (What Keep You Alive; It Stains the Sands Red; Extraterrestrial). The Digital Interference Productions-Hadron Films movie stars Keegan Connor Tracy, Jett Klyne, Sean Rogerson, Sara Canning and Stephen McHattie.
When Beth (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Kevin’s (Sean Rogerson) eight-year-old son Joshua (Jett Klyne) develops an imaginary friend named Z, they think it’s cute. However, they soon realise just how wrong they are.
Z becomes a terrible influence on Josh and their innocent son turns into someone they do not recognise. It’s only when Beth starts uncovering her own past, that she learns that Josh’s new friend Z, may not be so imaginary, after all…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“Though not the perfect version of the genre of spooky kids and imaginary friends who are really ghosts, Z is an absolute standout fright that merits a viewing. I don’t imagine it achieving the cult-like status of other indies in its category, but it certainly will seep into the general consciousness over time.” Daily Dead
” …this is a domestic spook story that runs on familiar, but effective lines. Tracy is excellent in the lead, and Klyne is exquisitely unlikeable as the kid who always says the wrong thing.” The Kim Newman Web Site
” …I was really wanting it to take the plunge and go all the way. When everything is lined up for a big finale and that finale sort of limps away at the end, you can’t help but be a little disappointed. Overall, creepy kid movies are something I enjoy and this film has plenty going for it.” Mother of Movies
” …mostly Z walks a fine line between the creepy kid and family curse genres before finally showing its hand […] The last act of Z manages to build to an extremely tense payoff. It’s nothing that you would have expected at the film’s start either. It’s very refreshing to see a film like this go somewhere unexpected…” Voices from the Balcony
Z has been acquired by Shudder and will be added to their roster in May 2020.
Cast and characters:
- Keegan Connor Tracy … Elizabeth Parsons – Dead Rising: Endgame; Dead Rising: Watchtower; Bates Motel TV series; Embrace of the Vampire; Final Destination 2; The New Addams Family TV series
- Jett Klyne … Joshua Parsons
- Sean Rogerson … Kevin Parsons – Still/Born; Bitten TV series; Extraterrestrial; Grave Encounters and sequel
- Sara Canning … Jenna Montgomery
- Stephen McHattie … Doctor Seager – Rabid 2019; mother!; Awakening the Zodiac; Hellmouth; et al
- Chandra West … Georgia Cadere
- Ali Webb … Mrs. Hirsch
- Deborah Ferguson … Alice Montgomery
- Kevin Doree … Dad
- Fox Rose … Daniel Cadere
- Jayson Therrien … Beth’s Father