Jaw-Dropping Line-up for South Korea’s 20th Annual BiFAN Festival Announced!Movies/TV,News Lexi Harrington
Now in their 20th year, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival has announced their incredible 2016 line-up, featuring a long list of films that’s sure to spark the interest of horror fans. The festival, which will run from July 21st to July 31st, is showcasing films whose topics include zombies, supernatural hauntings, kidnappings, and murder, including Rob Zombie’s 31 and THE NEON DEMON by Nicolas Winding Refn, a film unveiling this weekend in United States’ theaters. Overall, the festival features three hundred and two films from forty nine different countries, and BiFAN’s array of horror films will make genre lovers want to sneak off to Bucheon City, South Korea, for the event.
One element that jumps out about some of the BiFAN horror films is the social commentary woven into the tales. In Yeon Sangho’s SEOUL STATION (Korea), a homeless shelter becomes a site of terror when one resident dies of a fatal wound. The deceased returns to life, attacking other shelter dwellers and plunging the city area into chaos. In response, the government blocks off the shelter’s downtown area and begins killing off the infected and uninfected alike. To stay alive, survivors have to fight against zombies and a trigger happy government. In Matt Richard’s THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM (Australia), the government is no better. It puts a progressive amputation procedure in place as the country’s form of capitol punishment. Performed live in front of victim’s family members, the amputation rituals take place over several years. Babak Anvari’s UNDER THE SHADOW (United Kingdom) looks at a mother and daughter whose relationship is strained by the Iran verses Iraq war raging around them. As they try to work through their personal conflicts, an evil force haunts their apartment.
A prominent theme the festival’s American horror films look at is crime and home invasion. Horror master Rob Zombie himself is presenting 31, a film that follows the kidnapping-and plunging into hell- of five people. Fede Alvarez’s superb DON’T BREATHE tells the story of three criminals who break into the home of a wealthy man, very mistakenly expecting to pull off a simple robbery. In JT Mollner’s OUTLAWS AND ANGELS, three brutal outlaws invade the home of a frontier family to hide from bounty hunters. Their plan to find safe cover in the home won’t play out as they imagined it would.
The line up wouldn’t be complete without touching on the realm of the paranormal. In Can Evrenol’s BASKIN (Turkey), a group of cops accidentally stumble upon a Black Mass being held in an abandoned building. Marcin Wrona’s DEMON (Poland and Israel) follows a man who receives a gift of land from his fiancee’s grandfather. When he begins to build a house on the new property, he uncovers human bones and begins to experience strange occurrences.
Needless to say, this year’s BiFAN is crawling with horror, and FANGORIA is excited to reveal that we’ll be on the scene for the highly-anticipated festival this year! You can find out more information about BiFAN 2016 HERE, and stay tuned for more coverage of the South Korean festival here at FANGORIA.com!