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Fantasia 2018 Review: THE VANISHED Needs to be Seen

A remake of the 2012 Spanish film The Body, Fantasia 2018 brought us the North American premiere of The Vanished from director Lee Chang-hee. Unlike a few of my ScreenAnarchy colleagues, I am not an expert in Asian films, but damn, I'd guess that The...

LUZ: Watch The New Teaser Trailer For Tilman Singer's Intense Debut

Already taking the festival circuit by storm, this intense, and intensely strange, possession mind bender, now has now a teaser trailer worthy of the experience. Tilman Singer's Luz, deftly straddles the line between genre and art-house, and it is sure...

Fantasia 2018 Review: HEAVY TRIP is a Hilarious Look at Brutal Music

From directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio, the comedy Heavy Trip recently played a sold-out screening at Fantasia 2018. The Finland-Norway production centers on Turo, a sensitive heavy metal frontman who's got stage fright but still wants to rule the music festival...

Fantasia 2018 Review: THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW Terrifies and Surprises

I haven't yet seen director/writer/editor/composer Andy Mitton's previous two features, We Go On and Yellowbrickroad, but having watched his new film The Witch in the Window (formerly known as The Vermont House) at Fantasia 2018, I'm going to have to rectify that as...

Fantasia 2018 Review: VIOLENCE VOYAGER Will Blow Your Goddamned Mind!

Japanese provocateur and innovator Ujicha's Violence Voyager is one hell of a trip into the mind of a madman. Filmed in the super obscure, and off-the-wall animation style known as gekimation, Violence Voyager is an unforgettable experience both in terms...

Fantasia 2018 Interview: LIFECHANGER'S Justin McConnell on the Challenges of Filmmaking

Writer-director Justin McConnell was just in Montreal for the sold-out, world premiere of his new feature Lifechanger. It's the story of Drew, a wistful shapeshifter who becomes a detective, a bar fly, a dentist, a dental assistant, and other identities...

Fantasia 2018 Review: CHUCK STEEL: NIGHT OF THE TRAMPIRES Is Gloriously Un-PC Trashy, Gonzo Fun

To say that I was wary of a stop-motion animated feature tribute to the glorious excess of Cannon-style '80s action films is an understandment. Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires could either go very right, or very, very wrong. I'm...

Fantasia 2018 Review: UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, Underwhelming Story, Overwhelming Cliches

David Robert Mitchell had a critical and audience hit with his second feature film, It Follows, in 2014; so much so that his third feature was readily accepted into the Cannes feature competition this year. Obstensibly a neo-noir thriller about...

Surprise, Muthafuka! Check Out The Fantastic Trailer For MEGA TIME SQUAD!

New Zealand scifi comedy Mega Time Squad will soon be taking a bow as part of the Fantasia Festival in Montreal and if the trailer for Tim Van Dammen's latest creation doesn't make your inner geek laugh until it pees...

BUYBUST: Erik Matti And Anne Curtis Give us All Out Action in New Teaser Trailer

Eric Matti made waves on the international scene with his crime thriller On The Job in 2013. Having added a couple more crime thrillers and some horror related content to his docket since then it looks like Matti is ready...

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...

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

Sometimes, a great film comes out of nowhere heralding a strong new voice --- or in some cases, voices. I've found that the best directors raise up their teams along with them, and so it is with the helmer of...

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: SPOOR, A Magic-Tinged, Intimate Thriller

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, with more than 20 feature films and dozens of television episodes on her CV, has said that her latest film Spoor should be called 'No Country for Old Women'. While I understand the analogy, with much due...

Fantasia 2017 Review: MATANGTUBIG (TOWN IN A LAKE) Is The Filipino Answer To Twin Peaks

In the fine tradition of Picnic at Hanging Rock comes the gorgeously rendered and profoundly understated Matangtubig. The film's original Filipino title is actually the name of the village at the heart of the story, an anonymous little place located both...

Fantasia 2017 Review: GOOD TIME Crackles With The Energy Of An All-Night Bender

"Don't be confused, it is just going to make it worse for me." This might be the line that best sums up Good Time, a high stress ultra-stylized sprint through the nether regions and institutions of New York City at...