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Fantasia 2016: Watch Guillermo del Toro's One-Hour Master Class on Creature Design

During the 2016 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, director Guillermo del Toro was given the prestigious Cheval Noir award for his exceptional career in the cinema of the fantastic up to this point. This award was handed out...

Fantasia 2016: TRAIN TO BUSAN Wins Audience And Jury Awards, Plus Many More Winners

The 20th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close last night. Team ScreenAnarchy bounced back and forth between the two theaters, the pub and whatever purveyor of caffeinated drinks was open at our times of need....

Fantasia 2016: Screen Anarchy Wraps The Fest With Our Reviews, Interviews, and Top Picks

  The king-sized 20th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close, and thus ends another year of 'summer-camp' for lovers of genre and intrepid explorers of the weird, and wild, undiscovered corners that lie...

Fantasia 2016 Exclusive: Why Guillermo del Toro Means So Much to Young Filmmakers

This little article is my most personal piece online to date. It's not quite news, but rather an editorial. However, ScreenAnarchy has always allowed its writers a voice, which sets us apart. I do feel a little strange writing and...

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Steven Shainberg on RUPTURE

Rupture is the latest film from writer-director Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and it had its world premiere at Fantasia. Shainberg often works with complex female characters and stories, and Rupture is no different. In the film, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Prometheus)...

Fantasia 2016 Review: THE TOP SECRET - MURDER IN MIND, Sci-Fi Thriller Explores a Start of Something Evil

In a police department in near future Tokyo Aoki Ikko sticks out like a sore thumb among his peers. He is an astute observer, picking up details other miss. He is also very persistent and determined. His skills earn him...

Fantasia 2016 Review: SHE'S ALLERGIC TO CATS, Disturbing and Comic in Equal Measure

So, what do you want from a weird, sketchy, indie genre film? How about a cool backstory, where the director (Michael Reich) supposedly funded the film in part by being a Daft Punk body double? Or how about mixing pop...

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Bobby Miller on THE MASTER CLEANSE

Of all the films that I've seen at Fantasia this year, The Master Cleanse from writer-director Bobby Miller ranks among the weirdest and most unique. I have to admit that the first 20 minutes of the film didn't draw me...

Fantasia 2016 Review: Born of Woman Programme Offers A Fantastic Female-Driven Future

Over the years, I have learned to pay attention to the precise curation efforts that happen at Fantasia. The overall programing of the festival serves many masters, considering its three week length, and by nature can yield things both exceptional...

Fantasia 2016 Review: PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, Bleak, Dark And Unforgettable

An island in the sea is struck by a massive catastrophe. Years later its inhabitants, anthropomorphic animal characters, are making a bleak living by scrounging for copper amidst the wreckage of once powerful industrial might. Dinky and her friends, Sandra...

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Adam Nimoy Remembers Leonard in FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK

The name Nimoy is very well-known in the worlds of celebrity, pop culture, and sci-fi fandom; Leonard Nimoy was a titan of all of these worlds, and is one of the most recognizable --- and beloved --- figures of them...

Fantasia 2016 Review: PATTAYA, an Absolutely Irreverent And Completely Hilarious Buddy Comedy

Franky is all forlorn when his girlfriend breaks up with him. He would be almost inconsolable had his friend Krimo not suggested they get out of Paris and go on a trip to Thailand. Specifically the resort town Pattaya, known...

Fantasia 2016 Review: SUPERPOWERLESS, A Superhero Film That Embraces Your Outer Forty Year-Old

Bob used to be his city’s Saviour. As Captain Truth he kept crime at bay in the city of San Francisco. However, when Bob hit middle-age his powers all but vanished, leaving him as normal and vulnerable as the rest...

Fantasia 2016 Interview: Barbara Crampton Talks LITTLE SISTER and Upcoming Films

Little Sister is writer/director Zach Clark's fifth feature film, and arguably it may be his best yet. It stars a talented young cast (Addision Timlin and Keith Poulson) mixed with seasoned actors such as Barbara Crampton and Ally Sheedy. The result...

Frontières@Fantasia Celebrates Massive Eighth Edition

On Monday morning in Montreal you would not have guessed that a few hundred industry professionals (and some guy with a pen and a notepad) had their way with the city that weekend. But by Monday evening it was even...

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: Works In Progress - THE CHAMBER, THE DEVIL ON WHEELS, INNER GHOSTS, RADIUS And THE VOID

The Works in Progress session is a strange beast. Think of it like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Like the porridge was too hot, too cold and just right, so is the kind of snippets of projects that you get...

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: The Raven Banner Showcase

With the Market in full swing last Thursday a smaller number of attendees reconvened that afternoon back to the J.A. de Seve theatre for the Raven Banner Entertainment Showcase. Four projects were presented in various stages of production: Portal to...

Frontières@Fantasia 2016: International Spotlight - Where Speed Dating And Speed Pitching Collided

On the second day of the Frontières market, still determined to cover everything that I could which involved potential new projects I went to the International Spotlight: Speed Pitch Session. Had I paid a bit more attention to the details...

Fantasia 2016 Review: REALIVE Deeply Engages With Medical Morality And The Human Condition

When screenwriters turn towards directing their own features, the case is often that they can make their talkiest screenplay into a film. This is not necessary a bad thing at all, especially considering the case of Mateo Gil's new science...

Fantasia 2016 Review: SHELLEY Marries Parenthood To Horror Without Enough Consequence

A classy, atmospheric take on the hysteria of new parenthood, Ali Abbasi's Shelley wears its influences boldly on its sleeve (and right there in the title), only the Frankenstein's monster here is a baby born by way of our modern medical...