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Fantastic Fest 2017 Exclusive Trailer: Catch THE CURE

From Spaceboy to Red Luck, filmmaker Mike Olenick's certain brand of strange has been infecting the festival circuit these past few years, creeping and delighting audiences from Slamdance to Fantasia. His latest short film, The Cure, is a mesmerizing sci-fi...

Short Film, Short Review: AMY

At a residence Mary is caring for many sick and ailing guests, including the young Amy. Delivering refreshments to relieve her guests during the Summer heat Mary warns Amy not to venture from her room at night lest she disturb...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 KILL, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma....

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson on Crafting THE ENDLESS

Recently at Fantasia 2017, I was able to catch the Canadian premiere of The Endless, the new feature from co-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. As with Resolution and Spring, what they did here with The Endless was rain...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Steve Mitchell on Fighting to Make KING COHEN

[Photo of King Cohen's world premiere at Fantasia by King-Wei Chu. L-R: Mitch Davis, Larry Cohen, Steve Mitchell, Michael Moriarty] While attending Fantasia's 2017 season, I was able to catch the hilarious doc King Cohen --- an informative and entertaining look...

Fantasia 2017 Review: Small Gauge Trauma Showcases Horrific Standouts

(The still above is from iMedium, one of the best shorts in the Small Gauge Trauma block.) It's no secret that we adore Fantasia here at ScreenAnarchy. In addition to the great live events, features, and raucous Q&As, the festival always...

Fantasia 2017 Review: YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, Good Action, Middling Comedy

Federico Cueva has been working in stunts and special effects in his native Argentina and Spanish cinema for more than 20 years. His work with Santiago Segura in several of the Torrente films, and with Alex de la Iglesia in...

Fantasia 2017 Review: FASHIONISTA, A Dark Addiction Drama With No Drugs, But Lots Of Clothes

Simon Rumley makes challenging films. Not for all tastes, certainly, but for those who want their genre cinema with a finely-honed sophistication in character and drama. His latest, Fashionista, is part relationship drama and part addiction character study, and it...

Fantasia 2017 Review: International Sci-Fi Short Showcase

(The image above is a still from Swell, one of the standouts of Fantasia's sci-fi shorts block.) One thing I love about attending festivals are the shorts programs. They provide tastings of different stories from all sorts of points of...

Fantasia 2017: Ana Asensio on MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

On of the more intimate films that screened at Fantasia 2017 was Most Beautiful Island directed by Ana Asensio, who also wrote, produced, and starred in the film. It was a hit at SXSW and several other festivals before it finally screened...

Fantasia 2017: Screen Anarchy Wraps Up Another Remarkable Year In Montreal

The 21st edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close, and it was a smorgasbord of cinema, excusions, panels, special events and get togethers. Every year of I reiterate that this fest is the 'summer-camp' for...

Fantasia 2017: LOWLIFE's Ryan Prows on Murder, Locations and more

Great films often come out of nowhere. Such as the case with Lowlife, a thrilling crime caper directed by Ryan Prows. After its world premiere at Fantasia 2017, the director and his team have a very bright future ahead of them...

Fantasia 2017 Awards: Agnieszka Holland's SPOOR Takes Top Prize

It all came to an end last night in Montreal as the Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close with the closing film A Taxi Driver. After three long weeks the festival has wrapped up and notions like a...

Fantasia 2017 Short Film Short Review: IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS

A child narrates the verses as the story unfolds, rather unveils itself. A woman full of darkness yearns for love and light and goes out in search of it. But she is bound to her fate and she cannot have...

Fantasia 2017 Short Film Short Review: EMILY, Extraordinary Fate of a Ordinary Girl

Wow, oh wow.    You often say after you have seen a good film you want to know more about everything else; the world it was placed in, the story behind the characters, what happened before, what happens next. You...

Fantasia 2017 Review: TEIICHI: BATTLE OF SUPREME HIGH Mixes High School Politics With Hilarious Comedy

Kaitei College, once a naval academy, it now educates and trains the future leaders of the country. If you want a future in politics in the country of Japan then this is the school you must be at.    Akaba...

AnarchyVision at Fantasia 2017: ATOMIC BLONDE, GOOD TIME, LADY MACBETH

Reporting once again from Montreal's famed Fantasia Film Festival, in this edition I look at Cannes Palme d'or contender Good Time, directed by the Safdie brothers and starring Robert Pattinson, along with Charlize Theron's punch-up Atomic Blonde, and the sublime...

Fantasia 2017 Review: GEEK GIRLS, Trials and Tribulations of Women in the Nerd World

Some guys might be forgiven for thinking that things are pretty good for women in the geek world: we are clearly visible at conventions (though perhaps more as audience than behind the tables), more 'geek' films are featuring (and made...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Director Chris Peckover Talks BETTER WATCH OUT

If you happen to like -- or LOVE -- holiday-themed horror films, pre-order the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of Better Watch Out. The story (which was formerly titled Safe Neighborhood) revolves around a babysitter about to move away. For one last night,...

Fantasia 2017 Short Film Short Review: Zoe Bell Gets Stabby in Action Short IMBROGLIO

Two warring gangs agree to meet and exchange prisoners, unaware that each group harbors a deadly secret.    Christopher Zatta’s action short Imbroglio works quickly to establish our two groups of characters before they are about to make the prisoner...