True Fiction – Canada, 2019

‘Burn your idols’

True Fiction is a 2019 Canadian feature film written and directed by Braden Croft (Feed the Gods; Hemorrhage). The 775 Media Corp-Venntertainment production stars Sara Garcia, John Cassini, Julian Black Antelope and Julian Richings.


Avery Malone (Sara Garcia), a wannabe writer and lonely librarian, gets her big break when she’s hand-selected to assist her hero, reclusive author, Caleb Conrad (John Cassini).

Whisked away to Caleb’s remote estate, Avery is given her one and only task; to participate in a controlled psychological experiment in fear that will serve as the basis for Caleb’s next novel…


“Wild twists and turns come at regular intervals. Some are a little hard to swallow if you demand pure, unassailable logic. Get on the movie’s wavelength, though, and tracking the zig-zag plot can offer some mind-bending entertainment, especially when it’s made with this much style.” The Aisle Seat

“Croft crafts the film in a way where it’s constantly shifting in every regard. Its tone changes frequently. Its genre seems all over the place. Even the characters remain a mystery throughout the film. True Fiction stays compelling by delivering a new sort of twist every time you start to feel comfortable.” Cinema Slasher

True Fiction is a hidden gem. The acting seen here is impeccable. Each test Avery is subjected to is so convincing that you yourself become entangled in not only the experiment but the feeling of fear itself. Sara Garcia and John Cassini work together so beautifully. You can really feel their chemistry on screen.” Crypt Teaze

“On the one hand, this is your classic horror film with blood and knives and an impending sense of dread. But what elevates it to the next level is its dipping into psychological thriller territory. Sara Garcia really pushes the limits of her character’s mental health…” The Framing Business

True Fiction is at least as bloody and violent towards the end as What Keeps You Alive was. Personally, I needed to know the main character better in order for the movie to resonate with me more. However, it’s one hell of a ride and the ending is wild!” Heaven of Horror

“This is a well-crafted film that, while not perfect, delivers what I always look for in a horror film: characters worth caring about, and a few surprises that aren’t cheap jump scares.” Horror Buzz

“For horror fans, there is something for everyone. For those who like gore and FX, the torture scenes are well shot and edited even if they don’t fit most of the film. There are a lot of bloody kills that paint this beautiful home, and the characters, with several nice coats. The film rides a wave of psychological horror throughout…” Horror News Network

“Powerful performances from Garcia and Cassini help bring the great writing to life. They are able to really convey a sense of true fear, dread and all out maniacal insanity. In the world of fictional horror writers, Caleb Conrad ranks right up there is Sutter Cane. And True Fiction ranks right up there as one of the best horror films of 2019 so far.” Morbidly Beautiful

“A terrifying gem that will also pull on the heartstrings of those who know what it’s like to want to be a writer, and of those who are writers. True Fiction gently touches on the anxieties that can hold back a writer who wants to put themselves out there, but can’t due to irrational fears that hold them back.” Nightmare on Film Street

“The story caught me by surprise right up until the very end. I love when a film can do that, and True Fiction doesn’t disappoint. The same can be said about the plentiful amount of bloodshed, gore, and cringeworthy moments that happens throughout the film. Nothing is over the top; the bloodiness serves its purpose in the most delightfully horrifying way.” Pop Horror

True Fiction ultimately takes a turn or two too many, its rug-pulling becoming a little muddled in the final stretch, but in large part, it’s a refreshingly complex and ambitious, sometimes genuinely unnerving power game.” Rue Morgue


True Fiction is completed and awaiting a release date announcement.

Cast and characters:

  • Sara Garcia … Avery Malone – Damien TV series
  • John Cassini … Caleb Conrad – Volition; Van Helsing TV series; The Possession; The Traveler; Halloween: H20; Man’s Best Friend; Se7en
  • Julian Black Antelope … Peter Lavigne
  • Julian Richings … Lenny Rupert
  • Catherine Gell … Allison
  • Jason Schneider … Colton / Driver / Third Man
  • Reamonn Joshee … Henry
  • Angelique Berry … Laura Malone
  • Brian Martell … Ian
  • Lauren Hanna … Secretary
  • Jennifer Boudreau … Assistant

Filming locations:

J R Studio, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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