This year’s Fantasia International Film Fest is all virtual and is right around the corner. North America’s largest genre festival always has some of the most interesting releases of the year. As strange as 2020 has been, this edition of Fantasia is shaping up to be one of its best ever. The fest is being held from August 20 through September 2 and this year, AIPT will be there (virtually) to cover it. It was difficult, but here are the movies we are looking the most forward to.
Feels Good Man
At this point, this documentary has become my own personal white whale. I first wanted to catch it when I covered Sundance. My next attempt was SXSW, but it was cancelled causing me to lose my opportunity there. There is no way I am missing out this time.
This is more than just a personal quest to see a documentary. The film focuses on how the Pepe the Frog meme became a symbol of hate for the alt right and creator Matt Furie’s attempt to reclaim it.
Every fan of genre cinema is familiar with the work of Lloyd Kaufman and Troma. From The Toxic Avenger to Class of Nuke ‘Em High, the indie production company has left its mark on the movie business. One of its most famous films is Tromeo and Juliet. For all its gore and sexuality, the movie is a faithful adaptation to the famous play. It will be interesting to see what Lloyd Kaufman does to the Bard’s The Tempest.
Cyberbullying is an unfortunate part of today’s society. It is impossible to read the comments on any forum, social media site, or YouTube before seeing something horribly offensive. The Columnist is a German horror movie that seems to agree that the only way to deal with bullies is to get revenge on them in the bloodiest ways possible.
For the Sake of Vicious
Another movie about taking violence into your own hands. A nurse working the late shift on Halloween night comes home to find a shocking sight. A maniac has a hostage in her house. And that is just the beginning of her problems.
Crazy Samurai Musashi
Everyone loves a well done scene with no cuts. What if that scene is a 77 minute battle between one man and 583 opponents? Sure, it is a gimmick and there is no room for any story. But who needs one in an over hour long battle?
Monster Seafood Wars
If you like kaiju and seafood, then this is the movie for you. Another in the grand tradition of monster bodysuit movies, Monster Seafood Wars sees a task force try to save Japan from a gang of marauding sea beasts – all while getting a good meal.
Being a heroin junkie is bad enough. Being a junkie who is the first person visited by alien invader is even worse. Fried Barry sees the titular character go on a rampage after an alien takes home inside his brain.
A documentary about a homemaker turned porn filmmaker. Morgana tackles issues of female empowerment, sexual liberation, and mental health. Not just another documentary about a porn star with a heart of gold.
The Undertaker’s Home
A ghost story about a family that lives in a funeral home. If that is not frightening enough, they are surrounded by ghosts. Even then, the family of three is fine until it becomes apparent one of the ghosts is out to harm them.
A modern take on a john falling in love with his escort story. Jack spends his days gambling online. At night, he spends his winnings on his favorite cam girl, Scarlett. He soon initiates a meeting. Especially topical in today’s quarantine world.
The full Fantasia schedule can be found here.
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