From The Editors

Fantasia 2017 Review: Thai Period Action Flick BROKEN SWORD HERO Introduces a New Action Talent

Joi’s childhood was plagued with teasing and bullying by the governor's son and his friends. Though his father refuses to put him in a Muay Thai school, Joi secretly trains himself.   When a confrontation with his bullies leaves the...

EL BAR Trailer: Trapped in a Cafe By Alex de la Iglesia

Recent winner of the Best European feature award at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, Alex de la Iglesia's comedy thriller El Bar is preparing to open in Chile, so we have a new trailer to share. At nine in...

Fantasia 2017: Born Of Woman Shorts Programme Highlights a Trio of Haunting Standouts

For its second year at Fantasia, the theme running across the curation for the shorts programme Born Of Woman has moved away from the cerebral physical fetishes, and queer emotional landscapes of last year, towards the nature of haunting. The highlights were...

BEHIND Trailer Sneaks Up On Unsuspecting Viewers

Ever had the sensation you were being watched by someone or something behind you, only to turn around and see nothing out of the ordinary? It’s a recognizable feeling and one that also creeps up on Arianne (Macarena Gómez), a...

BiFan 2017 Review: BEHIND THE DARK NIGHT Swedes Its Way to Victory

Low-budget, semi-autobiographical indies about young men trying to make their feature film debuts have been done to death in Korea (Cheer Up Mr. Lee, We Will Be OK and Director's Cut come to mind), so expectations were muted for Behind...

Frontières@Fantasia 2017: We Saw Footage From HOUSEWIFE, KNUCKLEBALL, THE LODGERS, TRENCH 11 And UNTOLD HORROR In The Buyer's Showcase

This morning the annual works in progress session, now dubbed the Buyer's Showcase, took place. The session features showing footage from feature films in post or recently completed. This year we got to see footage from Can Evrenol's (Baskin) Housewife,...

Fantasia 2017 Review: COLD HELL, Hard Hitting Action Film Lashes Out Against Patriarchal Violence, And Connects, Hard

Ozge is a Turkish-born taxi driver on the streets of Vienna. By night she drives the cab. During the day she trains in Kickboxing. Her sister Ranya is in a disintegrating marriage with Ozge’s boss, along with a young daughter...

Blu-ray Review: Rossellini's WAR TRILOGY Gets Much Needed HD Upgrade From Criterion

Earlier this month The Criterion Collection rereleased Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy on Blu-ray and it is one of the year's essential sets. The three included films, Rome Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), and Germany Year Zero (1948), are not only...

BiFan 2017 Review: GODSPEED Revs Up Violence and Humor in Artful Road Movie

Hong Kong comedy star Michael Hui returns after a long absence in the latest from Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong, A road movie about a drug deal gone wrong, Godspeed may not appear special on the surface, but this mashup of...

Interview: Everardo González On His Powerful Documentary DEVIL'S FREEDOM

Everardo González, documentary filmmaker best known for Ladrones viejos and Drought (Cuates de Australia), is visibly enraged when he starts talking about the case of Javier Duarte, a Mexican politician who in early 2017 was detained for a huge corruption...

Frontières@Fantasia 2017: Five Standouts From The Pitch Sessions

Twenty groups came with the hope of securing co-production partnerships here in North America and in Europe. As always,what I like to do each year is pick five standouts from the crowd. They could be standouts for any number of...

BiFan 2017: THE TWIN Takes Top NAFF Project Award

The Network of Asian Fantastic (NAFF) Films brought its tenth anniversary project market to a close earlier this week, and gave its top prize to the Finish horror project The Twin by director Taneli Mustonen. Mustonen's Lake Bodom also screened...

BiFan 2017: THE ENDLESS and BEHIND THE DARK NIGHT Triumph on Closing Night

After eight days of screenings and round-the-clock BBQ, the 21st edition of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) held its closing ceremony at Bucheon's City Hall on Friday, July 21st. Topping the awards during the night was The Endless,...

Fantasia 2017 Review: LOWLIFE Confidently Infuses Absurdity With Heart

As a snappily dressed Luchador intensely monologues his desires and legacy to the camera, we are unsure of exactly who his audience is, and the movie withholds the answer to maxim effect. A dirty Immigrations Officer and a scuzzy surgeon...

Kitamura's DOWNRANGE on Its Way to Thrill in 2018

Kitamura Ryuhei cemented his place in the genre hall of fame with Versus back at the turn of the century. Since then he's found himself in and out of favor with fans as he made the likes of Aragami, Agumi,...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Ted Geoghegan Talks MOHAWK and How to Subvert Expectations

It was a sun-hammered day in Syracuse, the penultimate day of shooting Mohawk, that I was invited on set to poke around, take a few pictures, and talk to the cast and crew of Ted Geoghegan's early 19th century action picture....

TRIPLE THREAT Teaser: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen Team-Up

In which the headline says it all and I don't need to write anything else... Okay, well, that's not quite true. Only a few days after announcing they accquired the North American rights, WellGo USA has dropped a teaser to...

BRIGHT Trailer: Netflix's $100 Million Blockbuster Shines

Humans, Orcs, Elves... everybody is just trying to get along in Netflix's $100 million original film Bright, based on the Max Landis script that caused something of a bidding war when it was passed around. The film about "racial" tension...

Exclusive: AMERICAN JEDI Heads for Release via Freestyle Digital Media

Though the very idea of following a religion based on a popular series of films may sound amusing to outsiders, it's clear that at least some of the people interviewed in American Jedi are very serious about their beliefs. That...

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Teaser Assembles the Jaegers

Legendary has released a short teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 monsters vs. Kaiju epic, Pacific Rim. More of an opportunity to show off some new Jaeger designs and pimp out the film's first...