|Directed by||Nick Szostakiwkyj|
|Produced by||Cameron Tremblay|
|Written by||Nick Szostakiwkyj|
|Screenplay by||Nick Szostakiwkyj|
Marc Anthony Williams
|Edited by||Rob Forbes|
A Farewell to Kings Entertainment Company
|Distributed by||Portfolio Entertainment (Worldwide)|
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Archons is a 2018 Canadian indie horror thriller directed by Nick Szostakiwkyj and starring Josh Collins, Rob Raco, Samantha Carly, Parmiss Sehat, Billie-Rae Grant, Marc Anthony Williams, Micheal Dickson, Timothy Lyle, Nathaniel Gordon and Quinton Boisclair. It was the second film released by the Canadian production company A Farewell To Kings Entertainment Company. The film centers upon a falling-from-grace rock group half a decade after the release of their hit single, as they travel deep into the Canadian wilderness on a spirit journey. searching for inspiration for their next album.
Archons is the story of falling-from-grace rock group, Sled Dog. It has been half a decade since the release of their hit single, Backfire. Since, they have only put out one other album—a critical and financial failure. After another lacklustre tour comes to an end, guitarist and songwriter, Eric, is ready to throw in the towel to the dismay of his friend and bandmate, Olivia. After a chance encounter with rock-legend and life-long idol, Emerson Gilmore, Eric is willing to take one more chance at success, the way Emerson did it back in the 70s—out in the mountains with a guitar and a bag of psychedelic drugs. With a little convincing, Olivia agrees to partake in Eric’s LSD spirit journey. Prepared for a four day long canoe trip down a remote river, Eric, Olivia, the band’s singer and bass player, Mitch, and band groupie, April, set out into the wild. The hopeful canoe trip hits its first bump when the band members start hearing noises around their nightly camps. As the drug works its way through their bodies, the isolated musicians realize the strange sounds are not hallucinations, but something very real. Further down the mountain river, they begin to see what has been prowling their camps at night: a race of tall humanoid creatures. When someone in the group falls victim to a violent headache, it becomes clear that the chemical they consumed is more powerful than any hallucinogen—a drug capable of opening the brain to a much larger reality, a reality in which the creatures have no intention of letting the river-bound band see.
- Josh Collins as Mitchell Ashley-Hoffman
- Rob Raco as Eric Patrick
- Samantha Carly as Olivia Greene-Wood
- Parmiss Sehat as April 'May' Maislowski
- Billie-Rae Grant as Nikki
- Marc Anthony Williams as Carl
- Lauren Donnelly as Ashley
- Michael Dickson as Swearin' Mike
- Timothy Lyle as Jeremy Trout
- Nathaniel Gordon as Creature
- Quinton Boisclair as Creature
- Cameron Tremblay as Lee
- Nick Szostakiwskyj as Andrew
Archons premiered October 6th, 2018 at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, under its original title Hammer of the Gods where it was chosen as Best Feature by the panel of judges at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, It also went on to play at the cult horror festival Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival in 2018, where it got reviews from the likes of Crypt Tease  where they went on to say Archons "is a beautifully-shot hallucinatory crowd-pleaser with all the ingredients of a cult hit. Much of the movie keeps you on your toes, questioning whether or not the violent events are really happening or we’re just seeing a bad drug trip.." Archons made its worldwide debut on October 6th 2020.
Critical reception for Archons has been positive. Modern Horrors praised the film stating that, "Archons is a drug-fueled Lovecrafian nightmare worthy of multiple viewings...and tickles the curiosity of those that enjoy decoding the more nuanced aspects of film." and Nightmare of Film Street called it "a super clever story that deserves to be seen firsthand. It’s a unique twist on a conventional story, as dark and surprising as the unknown road ahead.".
LetterBoxd currently lists the film at 3.1 out of 5 stars.
- Best Feature at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (2018, won)
- Best Actors for Josh Collins at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (2018, won)
- Best Feature for at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (2018, nominated)
- "The 2018 Awards Roundup". H.P Lovecraft Film Festiva. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
- "[BITS 2018 Review] 'Hammer Of The Gods'". Crypt Tease. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
- Rodriguez, Luke. "['ARCHONS' IS A DRUG-FUELED LOVECRAFTIAN NIGHTMARE WORTHY OF MULTIPLE VIEWINGS]". Modern Horrors. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
- DeHaan, Johnathan. "BLOOD IN THE SNOW REVIEW HAMMER OF THE GODS IS A UNIQUE TAKE ON A CONVENTIONAL STORY". Nightmare on film street. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
- "Archons (2020)". letterboxd.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
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