Fantasia 2015: Your Team ScreenAnarchy Festival Primer Is Here

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The 18th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Montreal, Canada. Team ScreenAnarchy is busy packing their bags and getting ready to descend on the city for our annual intake of fantastic cinema madness, smoked meat and the local brews. 

One of our own, Michele "Izzy" Galgana even has a short film playing at the festival. Her short Pospartum will screen in front of Lady Psycho Killer in the J.A. De Seve theatre on August 2nd! 

So as we take a tally of how many pairs of socks to bring you can peruse our suggestions for must-see flicks at the festival. And keep an eye out for more reviews of titles playing at the festival from the rest of our writing team from around the globe as titles roll out on their home turf. 

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Jason Gorber's Picks

Dark Places - French Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner reunites Mad Max: Fury Road co-stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in this creepy thriller. Theron is the survivor of a cult massacre who then implicates a family member in the act. Decades on a group of amateur investigators try to set the record straight. With Chloë Grace Moretz and Christina Hendricks added to the mix, the film promises to be quite a showcase for some powerful performances. This studio pic may appeal as more mainstream fare, but as long as it's as good as it looks to be who cares if it's not simply genre esoterica - we're here for the films to be good, not simply picking berries off the beaten path!

The Docs - Fantasia isn't exactly ground zero for non-fiction filmmaking, but their programmers due a good job at highlighting films from other festvals that deserve to be seen by such an educated and enthusiastic audience. Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a particularly welcome addition, as is The Visit. I'll hopefully (and finally) get to catch (T)error, a flick about an FBI informant that takes a doc crew along on a sting. docs about Turkish Pop Cinema, a Karate master in The Real Miyagi and the schlock-rock doc I Am Thor round out the slate.

Roar - I screened this a few months back at CUFF in Calgary, and encourage one and all that are attending the fest on the first Friday to give this minor masterpiece a shot. I'm no fan of bad-for-bad-sake, but there's a majesty about the giant cats in Roar matched with an almost sociopathic lack of tact that makes this wonderful flick such a delight. It may be my favourite terrible film of all time, if only because scene-by-scene you're seeing something you've simply never witnessed before.

Cooties - I adored this film when it played back at Sundance 2014, yet directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion have tweaked it further to make it even Cootie-er since then. Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson and Jorge Garcia make for a hell of a kids-vs-adults romp, a perfect blend of horror and comedy that's sure to please.

Bite - One of the Word Premieres at this year's fest, Chad Archibald's take on a Kafkaesque bridal mishap looks to be a bunch of silly yet also hopefully scary fun. Archibald's also producing Antisocial 2 that's bowing as another world prem, so he's got quite the showcase for his flicks in Montreal. We'll see if this slice of Canucksploitation serves up a piece that's tasty, or if we're in for a nasty treat instead.

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