Fantasia Fest 2019: What We're Excited For
The 23rd edition of Fantasia Fest begins on July 11th and runs through August 1st in Montreal, Quebec. It’s one of the largest and best genre film fests in the world and we’re happy to be covering some of the films playing there this year! Here are just a handful of the films we’re excited for, which you should keep an eye whether you’re attending the fest or not.
Director Hideo Nakata returns to the Ringu franchise with the Opening Night film of the fest, Sadako, which brings back the iconic J-Horror character. In what’s sure to be a return to form for the series, Sadako promises scares both akin back to the original film and for new audiences all alike.
The latest from Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the directors of Goodnight Mommy, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to much acclaim. The cast and crew alone warrants excitement, featuring Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone, and the incredible Riley Keough, but the plot centering around a snowed-in cabin wherein a family starts to slowly unravel, is sure to live up to the hype it has already set.
Starring Hayley Griffith, Rebecca Romijn, Jordan Ladd, Jerry O’Connell, and AJ Bowen, this film, this horror-comedy directed by Chelsea Stardust centers around pizza delivery girl who stumbles onto a Satanic ritual and blood-soaked madness ensues. Produced by Fangoria, this one is sure to please the cult fanatics out there.
The debut feature of Jovanka Vuckovic focus on an alternate reality, where the adult population has been wiped out by a deadly plague. Starring Paloma Kwiatkowski and Madison Iseman as a young couple trying to survive this post apocalyptic world, this genre film is brimming with new exciting talent that makes this one worth seeking out.
We Are Little Zombies
A group of four kids each lose their parents, and in order to cope they form a J-pop that goes viral. It’s a hell of a hook and the pulse-pounding film has already been a hit at Sundance and Berlinale this past year, making it an anticipated feature hitting Fantasia Fest this year.
Adapted from the cult manga, Chiwawa tells the story of Chiwawa, a woman who is found dead, and her friends who try to make sense of her tragic end. Starring Chiaki Kuriyama and Tadanobu Asano, the film is a journey for both characters and audiences alike.
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
A serial killer is on the loose and it’s up to the unlikely pair of a mob boss and a detective to stop him. Filled with plenty of action, dark comedy, and thrills galore, The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil is sure to be a barn burner at this year’s Fantasia Fest.