Fantasia 2013 – Wickedly Awesome (We Hope) Films To See – Part I

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Fantasia 2013 is just about to get underway (July 18th-August 7th) and if you happen to be in Montreal, Canada, at the time, you would do well to take in a film or two. While you’re there, keep in mind that Montreal is also famous for great summertime terraces — and hot women.

Individual tickets will run you $9, while a booklet of 10 tickets will cost $80. There’s also the amazing Fantasia Passport available for $250 if you’re a complete cinephile. Visit the tickets page at

I’ve carefully combed through the list of films showing at Fantasia 2013 for the best horror or sci-fi movies to see. I’m really excited to see many of these and intend to give you my take on them after viewing. Have a look at the films listed below and let us know what your thoughts on them are in the comments section below.

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The Conjuring

Director: James Wan
Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Joey King, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
Producer(s): Rob Cowan, Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran
Company: Warner Bros.

Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most petrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring is drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The movie stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Patrick Wilson (Insidious) as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

James Wan is responsible for scaring you with Saw and Insidious.

Lesson of the Evil

Director: Takashi Miike
Screenplay: Takashi Miike, Yusuke Kishi
Cast: Hideaki Ito, Fumi Nikaido, Kento Hayashi, Shota Sometani, Takayuki Yamada
Producer(s): Koji Higashi, Misako Saka, Toru Mori, Hisashi Usui
Company: Toho Co., Ltd.

The Shinko Academy is a school like every other. The teenagers who go there do stupid things — they fight, and try to deal with their hormonal awakening under the watchful eye of a faculty that does its best to maintain order.

Amidst it, Mr. Hasumi proves to be the most popular, both among the students and his peers. He is young, handsome, kind and strangely, he seems to possess a sixth sense allowing him to solve any problem. Students cheat during an exam? A case of bullying poisons the school’s atmosphere? A teacher is suspected of sexual harassment? Hasumi is the solution.

But all of this turns out to be too good to be true. Underneath it all, he weaves his web, deftly manipulating some, mercilessly blackmailing others. He even maintains an affair with one of his students.

The truth is, Hasumi is a psychopath, and he’s chosen Shinko Academy as his new playing ground. When “incidents” pile on and some direct their suspicions at him, they magically vanish. Whoever stands in his way will die. In fact, death looms over the entire school, because Hasumi has a plan: methodically eliminate every single one of his students.

Hell Baby

Director: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Screenplay: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Cast: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer
Producer(s): Sean McKittrick, Jeff Culotta, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Company: Gravitas Ventures

When expectant couple Jack (The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Midnight Meat Train’s Leslie Bibb) move into New Orleans’ most haunted house, la Maison de Sang, they think they’re getting the deal of a lifetime… but little do they know, the ghouls that infest their new home have set their sights on the couple’s unborn child — and they’re not giving up very easily!

As expected, mother-to-be Vanessa is quickly overtaken by the home’s evil powers and soon finds herself addicted to booze, cigarettes, and the occasional homicide, while long-suffering Jack can’t seem to catch a break. Plagued by vicious demons, bumbling police, visiting Vatican priests, and a horny elderly neighbour, his crumbling home soon becomes the least of his numerous worries.


Director: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener
Screenplay: Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans, John Davies, Jason Eisener
Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
Producer(s): Brad Miska, Roxanne Benjamin, Gary Binkow, Jamie Nash
Company: Métropole Films Distribution/Mongrel Media

Adam Wingard (You’re Next) starts us off by delivering “Clinical Trials Phase 1,” wherein a partially blind slacker (played by the director himself) is outfitted with a cybernetic eye… but when he starts seeing spirits all around him, he begins to realize that the dead don’t like being noticed, and they’ll do whatever they can to keep him from glimpsing into their world.

In “A Ride in the Park,” found-footage maestro Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project) outfits a mountain biker with a helmet cam, but when the cyclist’s bitten by one of the shambling undead, his bike video quickly becomes a terrifying — and often hilarious — first-hand look at just what it’s like to be a zombie!

Coming out of the gate swinging are Indonesia’s Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans (The Raid), whose agonizingly intense “Safe Haven” may just be one of the scariest things you’ll ever experience. When a news team tries to infiltrate an isolated cult, they begin to realize that not all is as it seems — and by the time they realize that they’re up to their knees in the supernatural, it’s far too late.

And finally, channeling the films of his youth, is Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener, whose “Slumber Party Alien Abduction” sees a group of kids — and their dog! — fending off a group of vicious extraterrestrials on a beautiful summer’s eve.

Holding them firmly in place is Simon Barrett’s “Tape 49,” the film’s clever wraparound which furthers the mysterious legend of the series and its cursed format.

Frankenstein’s Army

Director: Richard Raaphorst
Screenplay: Chris W. Mitchell, Miguel Tejada-Flores
Cast: Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Hon Ping Tang
Producer(s): Nick Jongerius, Daniel Koefoed, Todd Brown, Greg Newman
Company: Les Films Séville/eOne Entertainment

In the waning months of the Second Great War, a lost battalion of Russian soldiers finds itself in enemy territory while shooting a Communist propaganda film. When a panicked radio signal comes in from another team, they follow the transmission into a burnt-out village — and a power-hungry madman. It turns out this loon (played with maniacal abandon by Hellboy’s brilliant Karel Roden) isn’t as harmless as he seems… and by using the lost journal of his grandfather, Doctor Frankenstein, has agreed to lend a hand to the suffering Nazis by creating an army of undead super-soldiers.

Check out the last 5 films to see at Fantasia 2013 on our Part I list after the jump…

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