Fantasia 2013 Review: MAGIC MAGIC Spirals Into Madness To Great Effect

We get to a point midway in Sebastián Silva's empathy endurance test, Magic Magic, where Alicia, a blonde girl in a bathing suit is standing on the edge of a cliff, alone. She goes through the motions of trying to... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Interview: Talking IT'S ME, IT'S ME With Miki Satoshi, Adrift in Montreal

Director Miki Satoshi is perpetually seen around the festival wearing a button-down Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses (even at night), and a trucker cap featuring the spartan logo of 'Standard California.' He takes off the latter for an occasional adjustment and you... More »
  

Fantasia 2013: A Rough Guide to Parsing Miike's Hybrid Thriller SHIELD OF STRAW

As I was watching Miike Takashi's police thriller Shield of Straw during its opening night presentation at Fantasia, I started to wonder if the director of dozens of gonzo filmic insanities had finally succumbed to the temptation of making a... More »
  

Fantasia 2013: JACK ATTACK Whets The Horror Comedy Appetite In 8 Minutes

I missed Fantasia Fest's two opening night features, but providence at the festival's opening night party festivities saw to it that a USB with the short film that preceded The Conjuring ended up in my possession. The buzz from those... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE BATTERY Bravely Sidesteps The Usual Zombie Routine

Companionship and camaraderie are at the heart of Jeremy Gardner's micro-indie Zom-Dram, The Battery. What? You say. Another filmmaker making a buddy/zombie movie with no money and the usual tropes and jokes?  Not so with this one, which spends its... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, A Gloriously Devastating Bluegrass Masterpiece

"You'll rue the day that you were born. For givin' me the devil cause I wouldn't hoe corn."This is the stuff of old country music, the purest of joy taken, perhaps from mistakes made, perhaps just fate teasing and cruelly... More »
  

Fantasia Film Festival Preview! New! Expanded! More Picks From More People!

The 2013 Fantasia Film Festival is now officially upon us! One of the largest, longest running, and just plain longest genre film festivals in the world, Fantasia has an overwhelming number of films and film related events to offer every... More »
  

Fantasia 2013: Download The Apocalypse In Canadian Horror Film ANTISOCIAL

What is the first thing you do when you hear that something bad has happened somewhere else in the world? You jump online or grab your smartphone, go to your trusted news sources, and you start looking for pictures and... More »
  

Fantasia 2013: CURSE OF CHUCKY Trailer Brings Back The Lovable Killer Doll

Set to open Fantasia 2013 in Montreal next week, Curse of Chuck resurrects everyone's favorite homicidal puppet. The first trailer has debuted. "It's a doll. What's the worst that can happen?" asks one sure-to-be-hapless victim, as Chucky terrorizes a new... More »
  

Fantasia 2013: Full Line-up is Ready for You to Dig Into

Boasting more than 100 features and a plethora of shorts, special presentations and outdoor screenings, Fantasia just launched their full 2013 website and schedule, and announced the remainder of the titles. Below you will find a return to the world... More »
  

Miike's SHIELD OF STRAW Leads The Second Wave Of Fantasia Titles

Montreal's mammoth Fantasia Festival have released the second wave of titles for the 2013 edition of the fest with a ton of Canadian cinema and the latest from Miike Takashi leading the way. Check out the complete announcement below!FANTASIA 2013'S... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE CONJURING And THE WORLD'S END Bookend Fantasia 2013

Montreal's massive Fantasia Festival has announced its first wave of titles and what's this I see? Live theater from Clive Barker? A new documentary from legendary cult filmmaker Richard Stanley? The latest from James Wan and Edgar Wright? Oh, yes,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantasia Announces Off Frontières Projects

The Fantasia International Film Festival's ever-growing marketplace has announced the International Off-Frontières line-up. The projects feature additional up-and-coming talents as well as experienced filmmakers from the independent genre film world.  A sampling includes the Godfather of Canadian indie cinema, Larry Kent,... More »
  

FANTASIA Temporarily Changes Cinemas And Key Art Tempts Fate

Anyone who has been to Montreal's genre-film extravaganza, The Fantasia International Film Festival (or just Fantasia) in the past decade or so, knows that the main screening venue, Concordia's Hall Theatre has some of the best audio acoustics in the... More »
  

Fantasia Frontières' Tantalizing International Development Slate Includes New Joe Dante, Andrej Zulawski

With Tribeca and HotDocs wrapped, and Cannes gearing up, is it too early to start thinking of Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival?  I say, "Hell no!"  While we are well away from any programming announcements from the July-August festival, consider 2013's Frontières... More »
  

Want To Win VIP Passes For This Year's Fantasia? Design A Poster!

Previous installments of the Fantasia Festival have featured some nice artwork for their posters, with the one of the left being a good example! But maybe you think you can do better! And why not? You might even win two... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantasia's Frontieres Co-Production Market Enters Year Two

With the first year of the Frontieres co-production market at Montreal's Fantasia Festival proving a rousing success it comes as no surprise that it's returning and growing in year two. But expecting something and seeing it happen are two different... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantasia Wants Your Movie!

Well, they may not want your movie, actually, but they at least want the chance to see it to make that decision! Yes, kids, Montreal's Fantasia Festival - the oldest and largest genre film event in North America and one... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Production Deals Out Of Fantasia For TURBO KID And DARK HOLLOW

Good news for two more projects pitched during Fantasia's Frontières International Co-Production Market at this year's festival last month. The mythological horror film Dark Hollow and T is for Turbo/Turbo Kid (above), one of the most popular entries for the... More »
  

Watch PARANORMAN Directors' Lengthy Fantasia Q&A

Montreal's Fantasia Festival was proud to bring ParaNorman to a rabid audience in Montreal and it would appear that the creators were rather pleased about the scenario as well. Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell were both on hand in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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