Described as the “most outstanding and largest genre film festival in North America” FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is upon us once again.
Held each year, Fantasia has become renowned as one of the best festival lineups for hadcore genre fans. Showing an always impressive lineup of some of the most eagerly awaited movies, mixed with international exports, anime, horror, you name it Fantasia normally deliver and this year is no exception.
I’ve covered Fantasia on a few occasions over the years, but I must say this years lineup will blow people’s minds. There is so much on offer it will literally make you’re eyes bleed.
What’s always impressed me most with Fantasia is their eclectic mix and this year is no exception. They’ve even thrown in some cult classics such as Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace which is a nice choice. With so much to choose from I could talk about it all day, but I’ve chosen four movies that are standing out for me.
I’ll begin with MANDY. Ever since it’s trailer dropped and almost broke the internet, I can’t say I’ve more eagerly awaited a movie. I’d even go on record and say the trailer was better than the new Halloween trailer. Obviously that doesn’t mean the movie will be, but the sheer surrealism of it all just captured my attention and obviously a lot of of other people, so I’m truly hoping it delivers. I was a big fan of Panos Cosmatos first feature Beyond The Black Rainbow, so here’s hoping it’s as strange as that.
Next up is Summer of ‘84. The sophomore feature from by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell. To say I’m a huge fan of Turbo Kid is an understatement, so I’m so looking forward to seeing if their first film wasn’t a one hit wonder? I very much doubt it. Here we find the tale of a group of friends who suspect their police officer neighbor is a serial killer all set during a nostalgic summer in the 1980’s.
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then Bigfoot caught my attention by the title alone, Slightly reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. This stars legendary actor Sam Elliot who plays a WW2 veteran recruited to hunt a mythical creature. With visual effects created by two-time Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, this is surely one to watch.
Finally I’ve gone with Lifechanger. The tale of a murderous shape-shifter who sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. I’ve read an awful lot about this movie and being a huge fan of Bill Oberst Jr and viewing the trailer, I’m expecting big things.
With absolutely loads of other titles to wet the appetite such as The Trial Of Mike Diana, Chuck Steel Night Of The Trampires & Piercing to name but a few, this is going to be one hell of a festival.