The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Siege

When: February 18, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

SIEGE (1982)
Dir. Paul Donavan & Maura O'Connell
Cast: Doug Lennox, Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Jack Blum, Keith Knight
Runtime: 84 min
Country: Canada
Screening Format: Digital Print of Director's Cut, courtesy of DHX Media.

Poster Artist: Pierce Desrochers-O'sullivan

“Few Canadian films are as unrelentingly gripping as Siege...An unheralded landmark of Canadian B-film that completely embodies the Canuxploitation aesthetic.” - Canuxploitation

Halifax. 1982. The police are on strike, and a para-military gang calling themselves the New Order (“N.O.”) have taken to the streets to strike fear into the victims of their prejudice.

The situation quickly escalates as their mission of malice inadvertently becomes an all-out massacre in an underground gay bar. When one patron survives the ordeal and escapes to a nearby apartment, the now panic-stricken bigots find themselves in a desperate stand-off against a ragtag assembly of frightened, but brave citizens who refuse to give up the witness to the N.O.'s hate crimes.

With no authorities coming to their aid, the apartment tenants must rely on their own ingenuity as they hold ground against a fully weaponized gang of thugs, constructing all manner of death-traps and defensive battlements.

Imagine Assault on Precinct 13 and Home Alone slathered in maple syrup and you're half-way towards fully grappling Siege (a.k.a. Self Defense) this angry Canuxploitative thrill-ride born from the mind of Canada's great B-movie impressario Paul Donavan (the creator of LEXX – remember LEXX?!).

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.