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

pinup dolls on ice

The Battery

Director: Jeremy Gardner
Screenplay: Jeremy Gardner
Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Bolle, Alana O’Brien
Producer(s): Jeremy Gardner, Douglas A. Plomitallo, Adam Cronheim, Christian Stella
Company: O. Hannah Films

Mickey and Ben have been on the road for an unspecified amount of time, eking out a nomadic existence of canned food and baseball practice in between bloody confrontations with stray zombies (or the “z-word,” as they’re fleetingly referred to.)

Casual acquaintances and teammates in the pre-apocalyptic world, Ben and Mickey have forged a mismatched partnership and seem to rarely be in sync, despite being entirely dependent on each other for companionship and survival. Ben is a deceptively laid-back pragmatist charged with wielding the gun and the baseball bat that serves as their protection against the undead. Mickey, on the other hand, exudes a brooding vulnerability motivated by his deep-seated desire for a connection to the outside world and avoids all contact with the zombies, leaving the dirty work entirely to Ben.

Meditative stillness gives way to lingering unease as the pair make their way haphazardly through the desolate wilds of an overgrown New England, beautifully captured by Christian Stella’s washed out cinematography. The tedium of teeth-brushing and the futility of a winning scratch card — not to mention one of the most awkward masturbation scenes ever put to film — deftly offsets the increasingly horrific clashes with the encroaching zombie population.

Horror Stories

Director: Jung Bum-shik, Lim Dae-woong, Hong Ji-young, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Kyu-dong
Screenplay: Jung Bum-shik, Lim Dae-woong, Hong Ji-young, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Kyu-dong
Cast: Kim Ji-won, Yoo Yeon-seok, Choi Yoon-young, Nam Bo-ra, Jung Eun-cha
Producer(s): Min Jin-soo, Kim Won-guk
Company: Daisy & Cinergy Entertainment

High-school student Ji-won is kidnapped by a peculiar serial killer. Unable to speak, he cannot go to sleep unless he is told a bedtime story, preferably a truly scary one. Forcing her to do so, the captive high schooler soon eases into her new role as storyteller. Coming up with the scariest, spookiest tales she knows, for our pleasure as well as his, she embarks on a succession of delightfully efficient stories, keeping her kidnapper at ease as best she can.


Director: Éric Falardeau
Screenplay: Éric Falardeau
Cast: Kayden Rose, Davyd Tousignant, Émile Beaudry, Karine Picard
Producer(s): Éric Falardeau
Company: Black Flag Pictures

Following her recent move into a roomy Montreal apartment, Laura plans to make the most of what life has to offer. Her routine alternates between work, wild times in the evenings, and nights spent in the arms of her lover, Antoine. Her conquest of happiness, however, can’t dispel a chronic sense of emptiness within her. Beyond the long list of frustrations attached to her stalled art career, Laura feels cast aside by Antoine, who has little interest in her other than her body.

Two events occur that shake up her world. The first is crossing the path of Julian, a sensitive guy who might bring her the affections she craves. The second is something awful and unimaginable — Laura is literally rotting from the inside out. Strange patches appear all over her body. Her teeth fall out and she carries the fetid odor of a corpse. Laura must face the fact that she’s trapped in the irreversible process of human decomposition. Her nightmare — and ours — has just begun…

Pinup Dolls on Ice

Director: Geoff Klein, Melissa Mira
Screenplay: Michael Penning
Cast: Karine Kerr, Suzi Lorraine, William Jarand, Kyla Shinkewski, Melissa Mira
Producer(s): Geoff Klein, Melissa Mira
Company: BGOI Films

The Pinup Dolls are a hot retro act who put the tease back in striptease. But when an old friend (Suzi Lorraine) hires them to put on a show at a secluded campground, the girls find themselves being stalked by a homicidal maniac with a sick obsession with ice. As they’re hunted one-by-one, they soon realize they’ll have to rely on more than just their looks to survive this nightmare named Moe.

Bounty Killer

Director: Henry Saine
Screenplay: Jason Dodson, Henry Saine, Colin Ebeling
Cast: Christian Pitre, Matthew Marsden, Barak Hardley, Gary Busey
Producer(s): Jason Netter, Colin Ebeling, Henry Saine
Company: ContentFilm International

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It’s already been twenty years since multinational conglomerates have taken control of the planet, their insatiable thirst for profits and power having led to the outbreak of a new world war. Known as the “Corporate Wars”, this global conflict has permanently altered the face of the earth. It is amidst the rubble of this annihilating darkness that the Council of the Nine Roses was born. Its sole objective: locate and eliminate every white collar responsible, whether directly or not, for the world’s destruction. The era of the bounty killers has begun. From cold-blooded assassins to homicidal amateurs, each and all is joining the competition to accumulate the most bodies and collect the ensuing bounties… big bounties. Their shared goal is to eradicate the cancer known as “Corporation”, the root of this apocalypse.

Check back real soon for Part II of my films to see at Fantasia 2013.

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