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
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, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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