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Stained - Late Night Horror

Stained-Late Night Horror BC Premiere

As Karen’s first feature film, Stained was praised by Entertainment Maven: “…watching Stained really felt like watching the maturation of a filmmaker. I expect big things from Lam in the future.”

  • Canada • 2010 • 100 mins • Thriller
  • Directors: Karen Lam
  • Language: English

Isabelle lives alone with her two cats, and runs a shabby bookstore that is barely surviving. Her only human connection is the disembodied voice of her foster sister, Jennifer, whose protectiveness both irks and soothes her. When Isabelle’s former lover, James, suddenly appears at her store, she is elated and they resume their relationship. Jennifer is frantic with worry, and with good cause: the relationship is emotionally abusive and Isabelle begins to self-destruct. Jennifer puts her own life on hold and drives across the country to save Isabelle, only to confront the horrors of their shared


Awards / Festival

2011Winner of Best Actress, HorrorQuest Film Festival (USA)2010Cannes Film Marche: Perspectives Canada Showcase


About Karen Lam (Director)

horror-night-filmmakerKaren has been a full-time producer since 2000, producing four feature films, seven short films, and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director (The Cabinet) won the NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written seven feature film screenplays, and directed four short films, and two feature films, Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013).

Karen’s 2011 short film “Doll Parts” has been invited to over 53 international film festivals since its completion. She has been profiled in horror magazines “Fangoria” and “Diabolique”, and listed on Planet Fury’s “2012 Top Ten Canadian Genre Directors To Watch.” She was the series director on the true crime documentary television series Very Bad Men (2012) for ten episodes, produced by Make Believe Media in Vancouver, and broadcasting on Investigation Discovery US and Canada.

She is currently in post-production on her second feature film, Evangeline, after completing three short films The Meeting, Stalled, and The Pit: A Study in Horror in March 2013.


Late Night Horror

In this special late night horror program, we will spotlight Vancouver-based filmmaker Karen Lam. Karen is no fan of sappy, happy-ending chick flicks. In fact, she has a penchant for genres that do not, as a rule, appeal to women. “As a Canadian woman of Asian heritage who wants only to write and direct thrillers, horrors and action, I’m kind of a weird duck,” Karen said. “Apparently, we’re not supposed to like horror, action or other so-called ‘male’ movies. Personally, I hate romantic comedies — I think they’re insipid — and definitely prefer Saw over Sex in the City.”

Karen has been cited by the Horrorquest Film Festival as “having the balls to play” in the male-dominated world of horror filmmaking. Her short and feature films have been screened and lauded at festivals worldwide. In the 2013 Spotlight Awards by Women in Film & Television Vancouver, Karen was honoured Artistic Innovation Award for her significant body of works and her vision, experimentation and innovation.


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