Let the Terror Begin – A Preview of the Fantasia International Film Festival

Let the Terror Begin – A Preview of the Fantasia International Film Festival

Gore (and lots of it) is about to hit the streets of Montreal for the 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Like most major festivals there is a unique hype that surrounds the event. The Fantasia fest usually summons the bizarre and untamed, as well as those who enjoy a fare bit of terror induced edge-of-your-seat entertainment. This year the Fantasia Film Festival runs from July 19th to August 9th, and will screen over 160 films within the genres of Sci-fi, Horror, Action, Crime, Experimental, Retro, Historical, Musical, Romance, War and Western.

After painfully gleaning the program in an effort to pack in as much sci-fi, blood, guts and thrill into a limited amount of time (there are only 24 hours in the day!), the highlights of my viewing frenzy will start with director, co-writer and producer Shunichiro Miki’s film The Warped Forest. Official Selection at the Hawaii International Film fest and the Freak Me Out Section of the Sydney Film fest, The Warped Forest is an experimental comedy from Miki who very well might be a Japanese cross between Harmony Korine and Michel Gondry.

I am really looking forward to director Christoffer Boe’s Beast. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival and Official Selection at SXSW, the Danish filmmaker’s fifth feature film is an illusive love drama gone incredibly wrong. In the same spirit of over excitement, Jan Kwiecinski, Alexey Fedorchenko and none other than the ubër peculiar Harmony Korine, have collaborated on screen to bring us The Fourth Dimension, staring Val Kilmer. Given that I am a huge fan of Korine, I am certain that The Fourth Dimension will definitely be explored more significantly on TFIB.

Chained, is the new film by Jennifer Lynch which has already been causing controversy with the MPAA who has bestowed upon it an NC-17 rating due to extreme violence. The rating, as well as the quality of the cast (staring Vincent D’Onofrio and Julia Ormond) might work in Lynch’s favour to finally lift the cinematic hex which she has been operating under for years, with the exception of her 2008 film Surveillance. Lynch is also the subject of Penny Vozniak’s documentary Despite the Gods, also screening at Fantasia.  Vozniak’s film captures the treacherous and exhausting experience of Lynch’s goal to direct a horror fantasy film in… Bollywood?

Other films which I will not be missing include Killer Joe; Excision; Possession; The Human Race;  School Girl Apocalypse; Easton’s Article;  Replicas; Carre Blanc; Love in the Buff; Toy Master; Turn Me On; Sleep Tight;  Wrong; The Haunting of Julia;  Sons of Norway;  The Victim; We Are Legion;  Alter Ego’s;  The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate;  Bones Brigade;  The Mechanical Bride;  A Night of Nightmares;  In Bread

More to come!

Christina Stimpson

July 19, 2012 / By

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