Big second round of Fantasia 2013 titles announced!


Following the news here of the first films showing at Montreal’s 2013 Fantasia festival, running July 18-August 6, a whole bunch more have just been revealed this morning, including more horrific and actionful world premieres from around the globe.

Among the announcements is the official opening night film: The North American premiere of SHIELD OF STRAW, a crime thriller by the always fascinating Takashi Miike. There will also be a series of artist talks and panels with major names in the genre-movie biz, highlighted by two hosted by FANGORIA folk: “Rated X—A Night With Bryan Singer,” an hour-long chat with the director of THE USUAL SUSPECTS, APT PUPIL and the X-MEN films moderated by Tony Timpone, and “Simon Boswell: A Talk on Film Scoring,” with Chris Alexander querying the composer of numerous international horror features. Then there’s the world premiere of writer/director Joe Swanberg’s 24 EXPOSURES, about a fetish photographer whose models are being murdered, starring Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (director and writer of the knockout home-invasion bloodbath YOU’RE NEXT, pictured above, also showing at Fantasia) and V/H/S’ Helen Rogers.

Other horror films newly announced for the fest include:

• ANTISOCIAL, the world premiere of a zombie-invasion horror/satire set on New Year’s Eve, from director Cody Calahan and the team behind NEVERLOST

• BAD MILO, Jacob Vaughan’s story of an office worker whose repressed anger manifests in a mutant creature that exits and re-enters his body in a most uncomfortable place, previously titled simply MILO and making its Canadian premiere

• BIG ASS SPIDER, in which a giant spider terrorizes Los Angeles and does so a lot more entertainingly than in typical mega-creature features, making its Quebec premiere with director Mike Mendez and producers Patrick Ewald and Travis Stevens in attendance

• THE DEAD EXPERIMENT, a self-descriptive, celebral horror/drama of science gone wrong, directed by Anthony Dixon

• THE DEMON’S ROOK, in which a young boy is taught magic by a demon and prosthetic creatures run amok, co-executive produced by Toronto International Film Festival programmer Colin Geddes and Toronto Film Scene/Exclaim! film critic Katarina Gligorijevic, world premiering with director James Sizemore and co. attending

• DISCOPATH, the world premiere of comedian Renaud Gauthier’s feature directorial debut, a giallo homage set in the disco scenes of ’70s-era New York City and Montreal

• MISSIONARY, world premiere of a thriller centering on an untrustworthy man of faith from Anthony DiBlasi, director of the Clive Barker film DREAD, who will host

• PLUS ONE, a teen thriller with a difference in which partying youths encounter doubles of themselves re-enacting their actions (review here), directed by the new LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT’s Dennis Iliadis and making its Canadian premiere

• THANATOMORPHOSE, a surreal study of living death by Éric Falardeau, making its Canadian premiere

Also showing are Kenji Kamiyama’s mecha anime makeover 009 RE: CYBORG, Marçal Forés’ adolescent drama/fantasy ANIMALS, Felix Van Groeningen’s romantic drama THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, Matt Johnson’s blackly satirical high-school-shooting film THE DIRTIES, Takashi Ishii’s perverse mannequin-love story HELLO, MY DOLLY GIRLFRIEND, Lee Won-suk’s battle-of-the-sexes farce HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS, Yuichi Fukuda’s procrastination comedy I’LL GIVE IT MY ALL…TOMORROW, Jeff Chang’s MACHI ACTION, a humorous tribute to Asian sci-fi TV, Darren Paul Fisher’s “scientific-philosophical romance” OXV: THE MANUAL, Guido van Driel’s gangster/drama hybrid THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD, Ronny Yu’s historical martial-arts epic SAVING GENERAL YANG, Jang Cheol-soo’s spy action/comedy SECRETLY GREATLY, Logan and Noah Miller’s revisionist Western SWEETWATER and Moriro Miyamoto’s absurdist underground film UZUMASA JACOPETTI.

The film schedule of screenings and events will be announced July 9; in the meantime, check out Fantasia’s official site here.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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