Director: Cody Calahan
Screenplay: Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan
Cast: Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie
Producer(s): Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan
Company: Breakthrough Entertainment
Five university friends gather on New Year’s Eve for what promises to be an intimate, fun party between close friends. Exchanging invites and photos over social media, however, they quickly learn that an epidemic outbreak of violence has taken over most of the world. Confined to the house, with the news and their many electronic devices acting as their sole window on the outside world, the atmosphere quickly turns sour, and paranoia grows rampant as symptoms — nosebleeds — become apparent.
How quickly will this “infection” spread? Who can they trust? More importantly, is anything even real?
Advised to stay inside, the group starts hallucinating, the outside world descends into further chaos at a maddening speed, and the cause of the outbreak is revealed to be far bleaker in implication than any of them — or any of us, who have been served this familiar scenario time and time again — could have conceived.
Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil
Company: Title 66 Productions
Director: Jeremy Michael Segal
Playwright: Clive Barker
Cast: Lucas Chartier-Dessert, Delphine DiTecco, James Harrington, Lily MacLean, Kyle McIlhone, Liana Montoro, Arielle Palik, Logan Williams
Fantasia is proud to present Clive Barker’s ageless play The History of the Devil ingeniously manifested by the brilliant independent theater company Title 66 Productions. This darkly entertaining philosophical exploration of the true nature of humankind — Evil, Good, and the shadow spaces in between — sees Lucifer himself standing trial in a plea to regain entry into heaven. Witnesses are called to reveal just how the Devil behaved during his 3,000 years walking the Earth among us.
Vignettes unfold, morally indefensible acts of violence, abuse, and murder are displayed for us to observe, and Lucifer is given opportunity to defend his choices. In more than a few instances, the people who have exchanges with the fallen angel reveal themselves to be of considerably lower moral standings than he, human nature being what it is. As critic Shayne Gryn observed, “This serves to raise the question of whether the Devil is truly evil or simply the greatest scapegoat in human history.”
The Dead Experiment
Director: Anthony Dixon
Screenplay: Anthony Dixon
Cast: Ryan Brownlee, Jenna Jade Rain, Jamie Abrams
Producer(s): Anthony Dixon
Company: Anthony Dixon
Chris, a brilliant young scientist, returns home after a two-week absence. His arrival doesn’t in the least please Maggie, his girlfriend. Instead of running into her darling’s arms, she is rather paralyzed by an inexplicable terror. Inexplicable? Well, not exactly. Only a couple of weeks before, Maggie had attended Chris’ funeral; he died in the throes of a severe fever. Yet now he stands before her in perfect health.
The young man has no memory of that fateful day and refuses to believe his girlfriend. It takes no time for her statements to be validated and Chris must then come to the realization that something truly extraordinary has occurred. Only his colleague and friend Jacob possesses the key to the mystery. For a certain time, both scientists were working incessantly on a medical treatment that, through the manipulation of cells in the body, could heal all illnesses and even vanquish death. After Chris’ sudden passing, Jacob took the morally questionable decision to do a first test on a human subject. Apparently, the experiment was a success.
Now in possession of a cure that could change the world, the scientists are confronted with the responsibility of their discovery, the important issues that arise from it, as well as their own conflicting ambitions. Tensions rise between Jacob and Chris just as the latter begins to experience alarming side effects.
Return to Nuke ’em High Volume 1
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Screenplay: Travis Campbell, Lloyd Kaufman, Casey Clapp, Derek Dressler
Cast: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Zac Amico, Vito Trigo
Producer(s): Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
Company: Anchor Bay/Troma Entertainment
Remember those sweet school days where you’d have sex in the janitor’s closet of Tromaville High, only to watch, in the throes of passion, as your significant other gets slimed by a leaking pipe and immediately proceeds to melt into a pile of goo before your very own, unconvincingly horrified eyes? No? Well, alright. Lloyd Kaufman is here to remind you what that’s like with the outrageous Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1!
Yes, you read that right! A story so epic it could not be contained to a single film! With this near-remake of, and throwback/quasi-sequel to, the infamous Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) and its two irradiated, oozing sequels, the Imperial is about to get thermonuclear!
The atomic high school has been rebuilt (again), and the nuclear power plant adjacent to Tromaville High School has been replaced, its two appropriately phallus-shaped reactors repurposed into Tromorgarnic Foodstuffs, a very conspicuous organic food factory that supplies the school cafeteria glowing, “green” tacos.
One thing leads to the other, and the student body is quite literally transfigured — the Glee Club, most notoriously, transforming into a bunch of post-apocalyptic spawns from hell, a merry band of idiots you might remember from the first film as the Cretins! In the midst of it all, eco-blogger Chrissy (Asta Paredes) and bullied “rich girl” and duck owner Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) get down to business against mutants, bullies, and monsters (but mostly on each other).
Director: Don Mancini
Screenplay: Don Mancini
Cast: A. Martinez, Brennan Elliott, Danielle Bisutti, Fiona Dourif, Chantal Quesnell, Brad Dourif
Producer(s): David Kirschner, Don Mancini
He’s back! From the original filmmakers who brought you Chucky comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer.
When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, True Blood), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos.
The latest homecoming of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif (Fiona’s dad!), is unrated and full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills than ever before. Wanna play?
Director: Adam Wingard
Screenplay: Simon Barrett
Cast: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Ti West, Amy Seimetz
Producer(s): Keith Calder, Jessica Wu, Simon Barrett, Kim Sherman
Company: Les Films Séville / E1 Films Canada
Family reunions can be murder. Some more literally than others. For the neurotic, bickering Davison family, get-togethers in their remote country house are never fully happenings to be looked forward to. Tonight will be the worst one yet. For most, it will be the worst they will ever live to experience. For, you see, the Davison family reunion is about to be crashed by a trio of ax-wielding murderers wearing animal masks.
Tales from the Dark Part 1
Director: Simon Yam, Fruit Chan, Lee Chi-ngai
Cast: Tony Leung Ka-fai, Kelly Chen, Simon Yam, Dada Chan, Lam Suet, Josephine Siao, Susan Shaw
Producer(s): Bill Kong, Mathew Tang
Company: Edko Films
Tales from the Dark comes out in two parts that straddle July, the month of the hungry ghost festival: part one arrives on July 4, while part two lands on August 1. Each part contains three short films adapted from the works of writer Lilian Lee, probably Hong Kong’s most famous author, who has written over 100 books. She also wrote a series ofstories called “Tales from the Dark” for a weekly magazine, and they were so popular that they spawned a series of novels. These three horror movies are adapted from those stories.
The three shorts in Part One are helmed by some of Hong Kong’s best directors. Fruit Chan, the man behind Dumplings (2004) and Made in Hong Kong (1997), is Hong Kong’s most stylistically innovative directors. He was taking the film world by storm until he directed his masterpiece, Dumplings, one of the most disturbing horror movies ever made — and then he vanished. Think of this as his comeback film.
Lee Chi-ngai, one of the heavyweights behind the massively successful UFO production company in the 1990s is also on hand for one of the segments. Between 1991 and 1996 he was responsible for a wave of comedies, but before he became the master of feel-good box office hits, he directed Vengeance Is Mine (1988), one of the grubbiest, most upsetting rape-revenge movies from Hong Kong.
And joining them is award-winning actor Simon Yam, who also stars in his own segment, making his directorial debut.
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