Earlier today, I gave you a list of 10 films to see at Fantasia 2013. I called that list Part I because there are just so many fantastic films to see. Here are the rest of the films that I’m personally excited about. It’s insane how incredible the films are at this year’s Fantasia, plus there’s a play written by Clive Barker. Fantasia 2013 is a fans veritable nerd-gasm.
Big Ass Spider!
Director: Mike Mendez
Screenplay: Gregory Gieras
Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise
Producer(s): Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Travis Stevens, Klaus Von Sayn-Wittgenstein
Company: Epic Pictures Group
The city of Los Angeles is in trouble. A military defense experiment has gone hella off the rails, landing a hospital under tight quarantine as staff and soldiers struggle to contain a bio-engineered killer spider that moves with terrifying speed and agility, spews face-melting venom and grows at an alarming rate per hour.
The body count builds. The quarantine holds (for a while). But that won’t stop what’s coming. Before you can say “Mega Spider,” the city is faced with the less-than-fuzzy scenario of trying to exterminate a volatile 50-foot arachnid. And it’s still freaking growing. A down-on-his-luck exterminator and his new-best-friend of a security guard might be humankind’s last hope. Can. You. Dig. It?
Director: Caradog James
Screenplay: Caradog James
Cast: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi
Producer(s): John Giwa-Amu
Company: Métropole Films Distribution/Mongrel Media
A future UK is deadlocked in cold war with China as the two await action from either side. Underground, Vincent (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day) works on tech for the Ministry of Defense. Tasked with creating a next-level war machine, Vincent is a weapons designer with a hidden agenda; the goal of his research is to help his ill daughter.
Searching for a breakthrough in the consciousness of machines, he finds the possibility in the work of Ava (Caity Lotz, The Pact). At first it is the products of her mind, then it is her mind itself. Copied brain patterns applied to their advanced work together allow Ava to live on following her assassination. She is applied to what becomes the titular Machine. Of course, a tug of war begins between Vincent and his shadowy, war-mongering boss, Thomson (Denis Lawson, Star Wars) over its best use.
Director: Hideo Nakata
Screenplay: Ryuta Miyake, Junya Kato
Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Masanobu Katsumura, Naomi Nishida, Kanau Tanaka
Producer(s): Yuji Ishida
Company: Nikkatsu Corporation
In 1998, Hideo Nakata spread fear across the planet with Ringu. Fans of the creeping-fear expert who slowly-but-surely paralyzes his audience, rejoice! After leaving J-horror behind for almost a decade, Nakata finally returns to his first love with The Complex.
Once again dealing with vengeful spirits, he introduces us to Asuka (Atsuko Maeda, former member of pop phenom AKB48), a teenage girl whose family moves into an apartment complex with a troubled past. Her first night’s sleep is interrupted by a distressing scratching noise that seems to be emanating from a next-door apartment occupied by a reclusive old man.
Initially curious by the ghost stories told about her new home by her classmates, everything changes when she decides to visit her neighbour and finds him without a pulse. Her family is acting stranger every day and a weird little boy is desperately trying to become her friend. Mirroring the housing project in which she resides, Asuka’s troubled past is filled with repressed tragic events that are itching to rise to the surface.
When the old man’s wraith manifests, she slowly slips into a downward spiral of rising lunacy. With the help of Shinobu (Hiroki Narimiya, Ace Attorney), a young man sensitive to paranormal activity, she attempts to protect her soul from the grips of a merciless entity.
Across the River
Director: Lorenzo Bianchini
Screenplay: Lorenzo Bianchini, Michela Bianchini
Cast: Marco Marchese
Producer(s): Gianluigi Perrone, Omar Soffici
Company: Collective Pictures
A wildlife biologist has set up a variety of trophy cameras along a path in the remote Italian mountains. Living alone in a cabin, he collects data daily, reviewing footage, studying animal behaviour and their tracks, on the hunt for ever-elusive wild beasts. Occasionally, strange items appear, such as a beautiful piece of cloth flowing down the river, from what appears to have been a dress.
One day, he takes his camper further down the road and ventures past the river, which traps him unknowingly on its opposite shore. Wandering deeper and deeper within the forest, an abandoned village catches his attention, and what he discovers within its walls, lurking at night, unseen, is far more unnerving than he could have imagined. The darkness engulfs him. Meanwhile, an old man watches over it all, guardian of a terrible secret.
Director: K. King
Screenplay: K. King, Kurt Knight
Cast: Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, Clare Niederpruem
Producer(s): Kevin King, Chris Le
Company: The Klimax/Highland Film Group
The apocalypse has come — a new drug has transformed the vast majority of the planet’s population into. At the wheel of his sports car, Hunter struggles to escape his past. While enjoying his favorite pastime — knocking back tequila and shooting the heads off zombies — he loses control of his vehicle.
Coming to later on, he encounters a small group of survivors. Led by Father Jésus, the small band has managed to overcome numerousattacks, but they sure could use some reinforcements. Bewitched by the lovely Allison, Hunter decides to join them on their quest for a mythic site where they can at last live in security. They soon discover, though, that the greatest menace is not the zombies but something far worse. Hunter will have to deploy every tool at his disposal if he is to get them where they’re going in one piece.
The Demon’s Rook
Director: James Sizemore
Screenplay: James Sizemore, Akom Tidwell
Cast: Ashleigh Jo Sizemore, James Sizemore, John Chatham, Melanie Richardson
Producer(s): Michael Bremer, Jimmy Campbell , Colin Geddes, Katarina Gligorijevic , Josh Adam Gould , Max Hogan, Brian Morton, Tim Reis, Ashleigh Jo Sizemore, James Sizemore, Akom Tidwell
Company: Ultra 8
A glimmering gem in a sea of low-budget splatter, The Demon’s Rook is flat-out unlike anything previously put to film — a mindbending tour de force of DIY filmmaking that delivers in spades what films 10 times its budget cannot.
The fever dreams of Lucio Fulci collide with ’80s creature features in this surreal horror/fantasy, wherein a young boy named Roscoe is lured into a parallel dimension by the good demon Dimwos. Raised to manhood in this dark realm, a Christ-like Roscoe (played by co-writer/James Sizemore) pops out of the Earth decades later, bringing with him the secrets of the netherworld. Unfortunately, a trio of malevolent demons is none too pleased with this and, after turning a group of dimwitted construction workers into marauding ghouls and slaughtering a gaggle of campers, is after Roscoe with a maniacal vengeance.
Now, Earth’s only chance at survival is a hipster raised in Hell and his damaged childhood chum Eva, whose path to glory is lit in every colour of Argento’s rainbow.
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Screenplay: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore
Producer(s): Sarah De Sa Rego, Aimee Pierson
Company: Cassian Elwes, Kevin Iwashina
Handsome young city lad Jim is a true believer — he’s convinced of the existence of the sasquatch, the elusive shambling man-beast nicknamed Bigfoot, said to haunt the wilds of the American West Coast. Jim’s girlfriend Kelly isn’t so sure. But she loves Jim and hey, joining him on his silly quest to craft a homemadewhile seeking out the notorious creature, well, there could be worst ways to spend her downtime between bit-part acting gigs.
The couple drives out to Trinity County, CA, on a pilgrimage to the site where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film clip, which purported to capture the mysterious monster in motion, was shot in 1967. Rolling into Willow Creek, they find a wonderland of Bigfoot-themed gimmickry and tourist traps, and chat with assorted locals. Some of the townsfolk are happy to share, while others are apprehensive.
Their warnings become increasingly aggressive. The deep woods are no place for a couple of naïve city slickers — as Jim and Kelly are soon to find out!
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