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Fantasia 2019’s Final Wave of Programming Includes SADAKO, READY OR NOT, SHUDDER PRESENTS JOE BOB BRIGGS LIVE: HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 09:00 AM PDT

Following the announcement of their first wave of programming, the final wave of screenings and events for the 23rd annual Fantasia International Film Festival has now been revealed before the festival kicks off in July, including Sadako, Ready or Not, and Shudder Presents Joe Bob Briggs Live: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood.

Check out Fantasia's final wave of programming below, visit their website for more information, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the festival!

Press Release: 27 June 2019, Montreal, Canada – With today's final wave of programming, the 2019 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has now released its full lineup, featuring over 130 incredible features from across the globe. Of note, the festival will host the World Premieres of MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT, BLOOD ON HER NAME, STARE, 1BR, THE DEEPER YOU DIG, and HOMEWRECKER; the North American Premieres of VIVARIUM, DREADOUT, and LES PARTICULES; and the Canadian Premieres of THE LODGE, PROMARE, ANOTHER CHILD, and SWALLOW.

In addition, the festival is also very proud to announce a record number of repertory titles, its esteemed 2019 jury, a horror film location bus tour through Montreal, and exciting, one-of-a-kind live events with producer Edward R. Pressman, FIRST BLOOD director Ted Kotcheff, and iconic horror host Joe Bob Briggs.

Fantasia's 2019 website, which has gone online today, details all films and events at this year's festival.

JAPANESE HORROR ICON SADAKO WILL OPEN FANTASIA 2019!

Twenty years ago, Fantasia celebrated the North American Premiere of Hideo Nakata's RINGU and its sequel, which led to Dreamworks acquiring the franchise and is largely seen as having been the birth of J-Horror in the West. This Summer, the festival is proud to open its 23rd edition with the series' latest sequel, SADAKO (North American Premiere), which also marks the return of director Nakata to his beloved franchise. One of cinema's scariest characters is back on the big screen, and you'd better prepare yourself in case she and her young acolyte decide to crawl out of it. SADAKO cleverly respects all of the elements that made Koji Suzuki's novels so successful, but brings in a host of new elements that will revive J-horror for an all-new generation of terrified moviegoers.

READY OR NOT… FOR THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR RIDE! 

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (V/H/S) and Tyler Gillett (DEVIL'S DUE), READY OR NOT follows a young bride (Samara Weaving of MAYHEM) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. In this Special Screening from Fox Searchlight Pictures, the games that people play are the games where people slay!

FANTASIA 2019'S CLOSING FILM PROMARE BURNS THE HOUSE DOWN WITH ANIME INSANITY

Extreme heat never looked so cool! In the embers of the globe-engulfing great flame war, the maverick firefighters of Burning Rescue confront the fiery terrorists of Burnish Mad. Director Kazuki Nakashima and writer Hiroyuki Imaishi, who previously worked together on GURREN LAGANN and KILL LA KILL, are at the wheel for PROMARE (Canadian Premiere), the debut feature from edgy anime studio Trigger. A raging riot of bright colours, daring design, crazy characters, and whiplash action, this isn't just the most thrilling anime of the year, it's a genuine pop art masterpiece.

Preceding PROMARE is a special anime treasure - the World Premiere of Wit Studio's short film THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE, the screen debut of manga artist Nagabe's affecting gothic fairytale!

BLOOD ON HER NAME IS A SOUTHERN GOTHIC NEO-NOIR FOR THE AGES

A sad, soulful crime drama about choice, guilt and consequence, imbued with a creeping sense of damnation that will haunt you to your core, BLOOD ON HER NAME (World Premiere) is a scorching feature debut for director and co-writer Matthew Pope. It's an intimately powerful film centered around an extraordinary performance from Bethany Anne Lind, who reveals herself to be one of the most remarkable actors working today. Through her character's perspective, she and Pope deliver a compelling exploration of moral compromise steeped in a tone of defeated desperation that pulls us into its world without a single false move. Also starring Will Patton and Elisabeth Rohm, this film will mark you forever.

FEAR THE MYTHICAL ASWANG IN MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT

Adolfo Alix Jr. (DARK IS THE NIGHT, MANILA, PORNO) is one of most prolific independent filmmakers of the Philippines, whose multi-genre films have graced the screens of Cannes TIFF, Rotterdam and Locarno. With MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT (World Premiere), he gleefully turns to horror with a strange, impactful, 1900s-set adaptation of Rody Vera's play "The First Aswang". Making great use of the classic folklore of the Aswang, Alix Jr. addresses the multi-generational horrors of Spanish colonial rule in a classic fairy tale retold with a dash of eroticism and the weird. This special, unforgettable film achieves a unique and strange aesthetic that builds to great hypnotic effect, sinking its claws into its audience, and dragging them further into the night.

PREPARE TO BE TRAPPED BY THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF VIVARIUM

Following an acclaimed launch in Critics Week at Cannes, Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan's VIVARIUM will be making its North American debut at Fantasia 2019. It tells the story of a young couple, played with charm by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, who check out a potential new home in a Kafkaesque suburbia, only to later discover that they're unable to escape from the endless, empty residential neighbourhood. Featuring stellar supporting performances by Eanna Hardwicke and Jonathan Aris, this fascinating paranoid thriller is in the vein of the greatest Twilight Zone episodes: a tense science fiction fable that will imprison you in its otherworldly hold and never let go.

COVER YOUR EYES FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF STARE

The dead are piling up at an alarming rate, and the state in which the victims are discovered is even more shocking. Everyone seems to have died from heart attacks, visibly provoked by extreme fear - and their eyes have literally exploded. Fans of RINGU's Sadako and THE GRUDGE's Kayako will be thrilled to experience STARE (World Premiere)… and meet Shirai-san, an unforgettable new Eastern apparition that will haunt festivalgoers' nightmares forever. 2019 continues to deliver on cutting edge J-horror - and there is no doubt that director, screenwriter, and author Hirotaka Adachi's STARE will be one of the year's biggest highlights.

1BR LEASES THE APARTMENT COMPLEX OF YOUR NIGHTMARES

The feature debut of writer/director David Marmor, 1BR (World Premiere) joins a very select group of quality horror films - including Polanski's THE TENANT and Argento's INFERNO - to successfully explore the terrors of apartment living, but what sets this film apart is its plausibility. It would be running into spoiler territory to divulge more, except to say it's probably not a coincidence the story is set in Los Angeles, a city where unsuspecting people, looking to make a change, all too often have that change forced upon them against their will. Marmor's smart script and solid cast of mostly unknowns make 1BR one of Fantasia 2019's top discoveries.

A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND, BUT THIS ONE MIGHT JUST END YOUR LIFE

Tense, well scripted, and terrifically performed, A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND (Special Advance Screening) is a compelling take on the tried-and-true "ordinary person caught in extraordinary circumstances" story. Repurposed through the prism of a vengeance thriller - and told through the perspective of a fiercely strong female lead (MAYAN MC's Sarah Bolger) - it will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and deliver countless surprises along the way. The stylish sophomore feature of British filmmaker Abner Pastoll (ROAD GAMES) - and featuring a career-best performance from IFTA award-winning Bolger - the film (which co-stars Edward Hogg and Edward Simpson) takes hold with frighteningly desperate situations and unexpected bursts of violence.

AMERICAN FIGHTER PROMISES NO-HOLDS, BARE KNUCKLED ACTION

In Shaun Piccinino's AMERICAN FIGHTER (World Premiere), a wrestling champ is desperate to get his mother safely out of Iran, but this can't be done through conventional channels. And it can't be done cheaply. The only answer? Head-to-head fights, any style goes, for cash. Producer Ali Afshar told his own inspiring story with the 2017 sports drama AMERICAN WRESTLER: THE WIZARD, and has his alter ego Ali Jahani (George Kosturos) follow a much darker path this time. A pinch of political thriller, a helping of California coming-of-age tale, and whole lotta bare-fisted battling in the bad part of town add up to a solid win.

IT'S ALMOST A MIRACLE THAT ANYONE CAN BE THIS KIND

Fantasia favourite Yuya Ishii (THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE) returns to Fantasia with ALMOST A MIRACLE (North American Premiere), a big-budget adaptation of Yuki Ando's beloved manga. Nerdy Hajime Machida would be typical high-school student, were it not for an almost pathological condition that prompts him to constantly help everyone around him, often to his own detriment – an ailment that leads to a myriad of comedic complications. In keeping with his interest for loners, iconoclasts, and unique protagonists, director Ishii provides audiences with an empathetic and heartwarming portrait of an unlikely hero, in what is already one of the most crowd-pleasing and heart-warming films of the year.

THE FATHER'S SHADOW UTILIZES THE FANTASTIC TO EXPRESS ANGUISH

After her first feature, FRIENDLY BEAST, a theatrical tale of blood, sex, and the battle between social classes which world-premiered at Fantasia 2017, Gabriela Amaral Almeida returns with a second, much darker film. THE FATHER'S SHADOW (North American Premiere) was a short film written and developed in 2014 through Sundance's Director's Lab program, which evolved into a feature. Inspired by virtually every great master of horror, and much like her zombie-obsessed young lead, Amaral uses her fantastic imagination and ability to create visceral, haunting images in order to express the anguish of Brazilian society in decline.

THE SHACKLES OF CANADIAN POLITENESS ARE FUEL FOR NIGHTMARES IN HOMEWRECKER

Michelle (Alex Essoe) meets Linda (Precious Chong) at a yoga class. Linda's wide-eyed enthusiasm is clearly off-putting, but Michelle's aversion to conflict makes it difficult for her to brush off the increasingly pushy woman. Things escalate once Linda asks Michelle to redecorate her home and refuses to let her leave. Written by director Zack Gayne and the film's two stars, Chong and Essoe (who wowed audiences with her breakthrough performance in 2014's STARRY EYES), HOMEWRECKER (World Premiere) embraces an unusual tone informed by late 1980s pop sensibilities. With the energy of a Jane Fonda workout tape, the movie escalates into the uncanny, especially as it deals with gendered expectations surrounding femininity and romance.

ONLINE GAMING REUNITES FAMILIES IN BRAVE FATHER ONLINE

Recalling his fondest childhood memories - bonding with his workaholic dad over 8-bit victories in the earliest Final Fantasy games - Akio hatches a plan. He'll convince his father to take up gaming, befriend him anonymously within the online world, and rebuild their connection. Directorial tag team of Teruo Noguchi and Kiyoshi Yamamoto have created something special with BRAVE FATHER ONLINE – OUR STORY OF FINAL FANTASY XIV (International Premiere), the former overseeing the film's live-action scenes, the latter commanding a squad of online players in an inspired combination of virtual combat and animated melodrama. The two outdo themselves with a clever, thoughtful, and flat-out great-looking film that is not to be missed.

SATOR IS A TERRIFYING SUPERNATURAL CREATION

A malevolent spirit menaces a family already frayed at the edges in SATOR (World Premiere), an exercise in horror minimalism that draws you in, holds you captive, and then freezes your blood with freakish visions and unflinching violence. Basing the story on his own family's experiences, Jordan Graham weaves a moody tale of physical and emotional isolation and dysfunction, exacerbated by the growing threat of the supernatural. As signaled by the handwritten opening credits, this was a true do-it-yourself project for Graham, who wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited, and did pretty much everything else on SATOR, a passion project which has taken him five years to complete.

ACCLAIMED ACTOR KIM YOON-SEOK DELIVERS AS DIRECTOR IN ANOTHER CHILD

Kim Yoon-seok is one of South Korea's most respected actors. Whether he's a sympathetic antihero in THE CHASER or a terrifying antagonist in 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES, he's always managed to capture audiences' attention with his immense talent. With ANOTHER CHILD (Canadian Premiere), Kim goes behind the camera as director and co-writer to impress us once again, this time by imbuing his fundamentally feminist directorial debut with a finesse and sensitivity that highlights its narrative richness. This delicately crafted coming of age film relies not only on a beautiful story, but on the absolutely mind-blowing performances of four majestic actresses.

BLOCKBUSTER DIRECTOR SHINSUKE SATO GOES TO WAR WITH KINGDOM

Fearless, headstrong, and furious, Shin is determined to avenge his friend and help the exiled monarch of the Qin Dynasty win back his throne, unaware of the larger than life opponents he will have to face. After having masterfully handled horror (I AM A HERO), the superhero film (INUYASHIKI), and many other genres, Shinsuke Sato (BLEACH) breathlessly takes us to China's pre-imperial era of feuding warlords in KINGDOM (Canadian Premiere). This spectacular fantastic-historical epic bursts with gripping, carefully choreographed battles, while Sato mixes perfect amounts of action, humour, violence, and drama to create one of the best films of his career.

DREADOUT: THE VIDEO GAME ADAPTATION YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

In an attempt to boost their online popularity, a group of friends obsessed with their social media exposure decide to broadcast their clandestine visit into an abandoned building that was last used by a cult, and end up opening a portal to an alternate dimension. Writer-director-producer Kimo Stamboel of the Mo Brothers (MACABRE) demonstrates impressive efficiency and creativity with his first solo feature DREADOUT (North American Premiere), adapted from the popular video game. If DETECTIVE PIKACHU gave gamers a cuteness overdose, DREADOUT is the remedy - an ample serving of the undead with a shot of demonic possession on the side.

THE CAMERA LUCIDA SECTION – DECICATED TO BOUNDARY-PUSHING, AUTEUR-DRIVEN GENRE WORKS – UNVEILS ITS FULL LINE-UP!

Blaise Harrison's enigmatic LES PARTICULES – hot off its bow in the Director's Fortnight in Cannes – joins the rich tradition of coming-of-age films tinged with the supernatural, mixing the tropes of science-fiction and adolescent drama to better insinuate the otherworldly. P.A., a shy teenager, finds his place with a tight-knit group of friends. One hundred metres below their feet, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) roars. A huge and spectacular machine with cosmic designs. As adolescence and life itself accelerates, one wonders: Is something strange happening… or is this simply what growing up is like?

Nao Yoshigai, one of the most exciting Japanese filmmakers to emerge in recent years, has steadfastly developed a unique, personal, and remarkably coherent universe. Trained as a choreographer and dancer, her films function as fantastical microcosms of mounting intensity, in which the often violent, daring and surprising impulses of the human body and the natural world provide many surprises. NAO YOSHIGAI X 4: OF BLOOMING FLOWERS AND DEAD SKIN – the first retrospective program of her work anywhere in the world – will showcase "Hottamaru Days" (International Premiere), "The Pear and the Fang" (International Premiere), "Stories Floating in the Wind" (Canadian Premiere), and "Grand Bouquet" (Canadian Premiere).

NIGHT GOD. Kazakhstan – Dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Smothered in darkness, the world is slowly descending into chaos. Violent and absurd, crepuscular and hypnotizing, the acclaimed Kazakh auteur's fifth feature is the assured vision of a waking nightmare. North American Premiere.

AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING. Japan – Dir. Sho Miyake. Tasuku Emoto, Shizuka Ishibashi, and Shota Sometani star in this breezy and languorous coming-of-age film, capturing the strange, uncertain beauty of sleepless nights and restless days in Hakodate, Japan. Canadian Premiere.

LETTERS TO PAUL MORRISSEY. Spain – Dirs. Armand Rovira and Saida Benzal. Five characters in crisis confide in avant-garde master Paul Morrissey, with each segment in this hypnotic collection of black-and-white 16mm filmic correspondences being wildly unique: from druggy and horrific to very intimate. Canadian Premiere.

KOKO-DI KOKO-DA. Sweden – Dir. Johannes Nyholm. What once was is now lost, and Elin and Tobias must relive the same nightmarish events, as that day and the horrors they experienced repeat themselves infinitely. As beautiful as it is horrible: the film portrays grief as a life of its own. Canadian Premiere.

JESSICA FOREVER. France – Dirs. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. In a dystopian Neverland, Jessica prepares her tribe of lost boys for love and death. Directors Poggi and Vinel, promising paragons of alternative French cinema, unleash a brutal and poised feature debut. Quebec Premiere.

Previously announced titles include Jesus Shows You The Way to the Highway (Spain/Ethiopia/Estonia), dir. Miguel Llanso; Knives and Skin (US), dir. Jennifer Reeder; Ode to Nothing (Philippines), dir. Dwein Ruedas Baltazar; and Maggie (South Korea), dir. Yi Okseop.

All titles will compete for the AQCC-Camera Lucida prize, awarded by a jury of critics from the Québec's Critics Association (AQCC), member of the FIPRESCI.

FANTASIA UNDERGROUND REVEALS FOUR AMAZING INDIE DISCOVERIES

Fantasia's section dedicated to unconventional outsider visions returns with four left-field works that must be seen to be believed. 

The shackles of grief are overwhelming in the dreamy DIY supernatural thriller THE DEEPER YOU DIG (World Premiere). The line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, daughter, and stranger in the aftermath of a roadside accident. A family affair, the movie was written, directed, and produced by John Adams, Toby Poser, and their daughter, Zelda. They also star, shoot, and compose the film's score. The intimacy of the production is felt in the immediacy of the performances and the depth of ideas. This journey into the underworld crawls under your skin and draws you into your deepest, darkest nightmares.

At a small New York theatre, an aging magician (Ronald Guttman) comes up with a devilish plan to save his piece of old New York by invoking real black magic. Harsh realities and fantastic illusions come together in BLACK MAGIC FOR WHITE BOYS (International Premiere), SUMMER OF BLOOD / CATFIGHT director Onur Tukel's latest film is a bizarre comic adventure about gentrification, race, and bodily autonomy in The Big Apple. With over 50 minutes of new footage, Tukel has completely reworked a project initially presented in 2017 as a four-episode series at Tribeca into a gnarly and charmingly weird dark comedy, balancing edgy misanthropy with a strain of silly sweetness. Co-starring Leah Shore and Jamie Block, and shot by TOAD ROAD / FELT director Jason Banker.

Becca rushes to rescue her down-and-out, suicidal brother, Richard, only to find him… and an apartment full of corpses that look just like him. A fun and fearless microbudget feature debut from Montreal-based duo Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer (the 2017 short EVEN THE DARKNESS HAS ARMS) DEAD DICKS (World Premiere) is not what it seems. Beneath its gross outs and absurd humour, the film is a sincere reflection on familial drama, dependency, and mental health.

What if SpongeBob had been directed by Canadian experimental master Guy Maddin? The answer lies with director Ryland Brickson Cole Tews and his microbudget creature feature, LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER (International Premiere). Made with great inventiveness and a love for '50s B-movies and monster flicks, this is everything indie cinema should be and more. With gritty black-and-white photography, special effects galore, hand-crafted sets and costumes, and jaw-dropping hallucinatory sequences, this charmer won awards for Best Cinematography, Best Ensemble in a Feature, and the Audience Award for Best Feature at 2019's Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival.

WHAT DO FEARLESS PHOTOJOURNALISM, AL ADAMSON, AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS HAVE IN COMMON? DOCUMENTARIES FROM THE EDGE!

In addition to the previously announced World Premiere of PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG, Fantasia is proud to announce a trio of extraordinary new features for its Documentaries from the Edge section.

Since she first pointed her lens at the broken remains of a mob victim, Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia has been waging a decades-long battle with the mafia. An official selection at Sundance, Berlin, and Hot Docs, Kim Longinotto's SHOOTING THE MAFIA (Quebec Premiere) is a moving and inspirational portrait of bravery and self-determination, the story of an ultimate outsider hero who never met a bully she wouldn't stand up to and whose art remains a finely-honed weapon.

The hilarious history of the Church of the SubGenius, an early-'80s mock religion that challenged the mores and mendacities of its moment, and in no few ways predicted the existential insanity of our own, is explored in Sandy K. Boone's J.R. "BOB" DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS (Canadian Premiere). Featuring mad, mad vintage footage and ample contributions from founders Reverend Ivan Stang, Philo Drummond, and numerous SubGenius participants and devotees, including Richard Linklater, Nick Offerman, Penn Jillette, and Devo's Gerald Casale.

Years in the making, BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON (World Premiere), by Severin Films founder and filmmaker David Gregory (LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU), goes beyond detailing the uncommon life and unthinkable murder of the legendary no-budget exploitation filmmaker. It beautifully captures the worlds of outsider moviemaking communities that existed in California in the '70s, and the weird ways they intersected with Hollywood mainstream and union indies. On Adamson shoots, regular Orson Welles crew and cinematographers like Gary Graver, Vilmos Szigmond, and Lazlo Kovaks worked alongside John Carradine, Bud Cardos - and at one point - Charles Manson!  This is the story of a resourceful band of outsiders, creatives, and hustlers during a unique period of filmmaking opportunity.

ANIME IN ABUNDANCE IN FANTASIA'S AXIS SECTION THIS SUMMER!

It's a bumper-crop year for eye-catching anime features from Japan, and Fantasia's Axis is proud to be presenting many of the very best, most for the first time on North American shores!

From the lively, liberated imagination of Masaaki Yuasa (LU OVER THE WALL, Netflix's DEVILMAN CRYBABY, the masterful MIND GAME) comes RIDE YOUR WAVE, a film about losing love, leaning on friends, and learning how to find oneself. Yuasa plays with the very elements here: fire, and especially water, are fluid and amorphous… and almost alive. North American Premiere.

Teenager Akane and her daffy aunt Chii step down into the basement — and out of this world! — in THE WONDERLAND, a fantastical anime adventure bursting with imagination, from Keiichi Hara, award-winning director of COLORFUL and MISS HOKUSAI. North American Premiere.

Teenage romance, ontological science fiction, and fierce, acrobatic mecha battles collide in THE RELATIVE WORLDS, the dazzlengly intense feature-film rebuild of his own successful web animation series by digital animator Yuhei Sakuragi (the INGRESS anime, NEON GENESIS IMPACTS). North American Premiere.

Overseen by Katsuyuki Motohiro, a veteran of the FLCL and PSYCHO-PASS franchises, and directed by Fuminori Kizaki (AFRO SAMURAI), HUMAN LOST is a gripping cyberpunk anime thriller, packed with political intrigue, philosophical challenges, savage techno-horror, and exciting action! Canadian Premiere.

Ten years after Atsuya Uki's amazing half-hour short CENCOROLL World Premiered at Fantasia 2009, the idiosyncratic, surrealist sci-fi teen drama is back with a sequel, making up the feature-length bundle CENCOROLL CONNECT. Casually uncanny and uncommonly cool, this is a true event for fans of offbeat and original anime. Canadian Premiere.

Imbuing the prosaic with something a bit like magic, Yutaka Yamamoto's crowdfunded indie teen-romance mini-feature TWILIGHT is a postcard from Fukushima Prefecture, with love, laughs, tears, and the occasional perfect moment. International Premiere.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE EAST ASSEMBLES SPOOKY ASIAN ANIMATED SHORTS!

Fill your pockets with pujok, omamori, and fu talismans for THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE EAST! It's Fantasia's shivery short-film showcase, eleven Asian animated tales of spooks, spirits, monsters, and mystery — a mixed bag of the magical and macabre created through a multitude of techniques, from Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. World Premieres include SHISHIGARI, a calling card (with music by the legendary Kenji Kawai) for the new, independent Studio Durian of Japan's Kiyotaka Oshiyama.

AN INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE AND MASTER CLASS WITH TOKUSATSU ICON KEITA AMEMIYA 

Since the 1980s, Keita Amemiya (ZEIRAM, TWEENY WITCHES) has left his mark in countless corners of the universe of tokusatsu — Japanese science-fantasy cinema and TV. Amemiya-san visits Fantasia this summer to present GARO – UNDER THE MOONBOW, the latest entry his ongoing chronicle of otherworldly conflict. International Premiere.

A prolific director, Amemiya is equally celebrated as a renowned designer of uncanny characters, creatures, and costumes, never lacking for surprising innovation and a self-aware flair that stands out in his field. For his special Fantasia Master Class, Keita Amemiya takes a look at the masks, monsters, and marvels of his imagination!

FANTASIA UNVEILS ITS INCREDIBLE 2019 LIVE EVENTS - FEATURING TALKS, TOURS, CONCERTS, AND MORE!

In addition to its incredible film lineup, Fantasia 2019 is proud to host a number of cinema-centric live events, headlined by a special appearance from legendary film critic and horror host Joe Bob Briggs, a conversation with producer Edward R. Pressman, a bus tour of Montreal's horror film history, and much more!

Previously announced was a special event by Montreal's Orchestre à Vents de Musiques de Films, performing a live orchestral concert celebrating music from a wide variety of Studio Ghibli classics.

Joe Bob Briggs, who currently hosts The Last Drive-In, will blow the roof of Fantasia's trailer park with Shudder Presents Joe Bob Briggs Live: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood: an energetic live performance which rockets audiences through decades of gory, sleazy, and just plain awesome exploitation cinema via rapid-fire photos, video clips, and hilarious, informative commentary from America's favourite horror host.

Iconic producer Edward R. Pressman, who's created incredible films with everyone from Terrence Malick and Sam Raimi to Zhang Yimou and Brian De Palma, will take part in Edward R. Pressman: Live in Conversation, an intimate onstage interview with critic and professor Donato Totaro, chronicling his career - from CONAN THE BARBARIAN to BAD LIEUTENANT, and everything in-between!

By popular demand, House of Psychotic Women author Kier-La Janisse and Fangoria's Michael Gingold will host Spectacular Optical and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies' Horror Express: The Fantasia Edition: an epic afternoon bus tour of Montreal's most famous and infamous horror film locations, stopping at ten incredible locales around the city. Expect a day of unforgettable photo ops and amazing horror history from two of the genre's most brilliant minds.

Gingold, whose Ad Nauseum presentation as last year's Fantasia was one of the festival's hottest live events, will also host the book launch for his latest tome, Ad Astra: 20 Years of Newspaper Ads for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films. Join the journalist that Guillermo del Toro called "the torch carrier for the original spirit of a generation of horror, fantasy, and science fiction aficionados" as he takes you through the history of 1980s and '90s sci-fi and fantasy - with the book for sale immediately following the presentation.

Join David Gregory (Severin Films), Nora Mehenni (Arrow Video) and Joe Rubin (Vinegar Syndrome) for Returning Life to the Departed: Adventures in Genre Cinema Restoration, a very special discussion about the trials, thrills, and rewards of digitally restoring everything from obscure treasures to cinematic holy grails - and what it takes to create a film's definitive home video release.

FANTASIA RETRO UNVEILS GENRE CLASSICS ON THE BIG SCREEN

Fantasia is proud to present a new section in its lineup, dedicated to special screenings of major genre film restorations, in addition to showings of rare 35mm and 16mm prints.

Restoration Premieres to include:

DECODER (Germany, 1984) – Dir: Muscha
New 2K Restoration from Vinegar Syndrome. World Premiere.

DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (USA, 1971) – Dir: Al Adamson
New Restoration by Severin Films. World Premiere.

THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (Spain, 1974) – Dir: Jorge Grau
New 4K Restoration by Synapse Films. World Premiere.

SATAN'S SLAVE (Indonesia, 1982) – Dir: Sisworo Gautama Putra
New 2K Restoration by Severin Films. International Premiere.

SON OF THE WHITE MARE (Hungary, 1981) – Dir: Marcell Jankovics
New 4K Restoration by Arbelos Films. World Premiere.

LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (Japan, 1981) – Dir. Makoto Tezuka
New 2K Restoration from Third Window Films. Canadian Premiere.

A 35mm showing of the Shaw Bros classic THE BOXER'S OMEN (Hong Kong, 1983) – Dir. Kuei Chih-Hung.

The Montreal Film Society will present a special 16mm screening of Sam O'Steen's made-for-television sequel LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY'S BABY (USA, 1976), hosted by actor Stephen McHattie.

Further, the Action! Lineup will be showing a rare 35mm print of Ringo Lam's FULL CONTACT (Hong Kong, 1992) and StudioCanal's recent restoration of Ted Kotcheff's legendary, dramatic first chapter in the Rambo franchise, FIRST BLOOD (USA, 1982).

FANTASIA TO BESTOW ITS INAUGRAL CANADIAN TRAILBLAZER AWARD TO DIRECTOR TED KOTCHEFF

"I am not the judge of my characters. I am their best witness." – Ted Kotcheff

Fantasia will bestow its inaugural Canadian Trailblazer Award to director Ted Kotcheff, a singular filmmaker who has worked across genres and mediums to tell bold, vivid stories with strong points-of-view. Born in Toronto in 1931, he began directing at the CBC at age 24 and was, at the time, the youngest director ever at the station. His filmography includes the Outback thriller WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971), the quintessentiel Montreal film THE APPRENTICEHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (1974), WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? (1978), NORTH DALLAS FORTY (1979), the Stallone-starring blockbuster FIRST BLOOD (1982), UNCOMMON VALOUR (1983), JOSHUA THEN AND NOW (1985), '80s comedy staple WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S (1989), and THE SHOOTER (1995).

Mr Kotcheff will be presented his award at a special screening of the Canadian Film Centre's restoration of THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ.

Fantasia will also be screening StudioCanal's recent restoration of FIRST BLOOD, with Kotcheff in attendance, as part of the festival's Action! Section lineup.

ADDITIONAL 2019 PREMIERE TITLES INCLUDE:

ALIEN CRYSTAL PALACE. France – Dir. Arielle Dombasle.
A crazy scientist is on a quest to create a new, immaculate, androgynous being. Parisian nightlife icon Arielle Dombasle has made a psychotronic big-screen erotic fantasy, a kitsch and camp kaleidoscope, generous, absurd, and genuinely endearing. Co-starring Jean-Pierre Léaud and Asia Argento. North American Premiere.

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE. USA – Dir: Riley Stearns
After being mugged, meek accountant Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a karate school — and his life takes a strange and dark turn. FAULTS director Riley Stearns' sophomore feature is a twisted tale of the dangers of toxic masculinity. Co-starring Imogen Poots. Official Selection: SXSW 2019. Quebec Premiere.

BLISS. USA – Dir: Joe Begos
A drug-fueled night out in LA transforms a young artist into something otherworldly, but is it due to the vampiric ménage à trois she took part in or the cocaine-like "bliss" she's been snorting? ALMOST HUMAN/THE MIND'S EYE director Joe Begos deliver a stunning heavy metal head-trip that's equal parts blissful euphoria and horrifying bloodbath. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019, Cinepocalypse 2019. Canadian Premiere.

CULTURE SHOCK. USA – Dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero
Blumhouse's Into the Dark delivers its most impressive film to date, with Gigi Saul Guerrero's scathing takedown of The United States' treatment of Mexican dreamers, where "The Land of the Free" is far from the truth. Featuring Martha Higareda, Shawn Ashmore, and a spine-tingling performance from Fantasia fave Barbara Crampton. Official Selection: Cinepocalypse 2019, Etheria Film Night 2019. International Premiere.

DANCE WITH ME. Japan – Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi
Have you ever imagined a musical number spontaneously occurring in real life? Ambitious financier Shizuka has accidentally been hypnotized. Now, a ringing phone or radio jingle will set her off on a Gene Kelly-like rampage… A sassy send-up of musical comedies from Shinobu Yaguchi (SWING GIRLS, ROBO-G) with genuinely catchy, impressive song-and-dance numbers! Official Selection: Shanghai International Film Festival 2019, NY Japan Cuts 2019. Quebec Premiere.

DANIEL ISN'T REAL. USA – Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer
A childhood friend reappearing after a decade seems like it should be cause for celebration... but what happens if it's a troublemaking - and possibly deadly - imaginary friend? This is the conundrum in Adam Egypt Mortimer's clever, violent thriller, whose title isn't as cut and dry as one might first think. Official Selection: South by Southwest 2019, Sydney International Film Festival 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

DARE TO STOP US. Japan – Dir. Kazuya Shiraishi
The surprising and utterly unexpected biopic of a legend of Japanese countercultural cinema: Koji Wakamatsu! A film that takes the pulse of a transgressive cinematographic heritage in which sex, violence and revolutionary thought rubbed shoulders on screen. Canadian Premiere.

DAY AND NIGHT. Japan – Dir. Michihito Fujii
When Koji, son of a whistleblower driven to suicide, steps outside the law in his quest for justice, the thin line that separates good from evil begins to fray. A suspenseful drama about the tragic fate reserved to whistleblowers that offers a necessary reflection on justice. Official Selection: Japan Filmfest Hamburg 2019. Canadian Premiere.

THE DUDE IN ME. South Korea – Dir. Kang Hyo-jin
After an overweight teenager literally falls on him, a gangster realizes to his great dismay that they have swapped bodies. Packed with outlandish twists and turns, this fantasy comedy skilfully juggles gags, action, and emotion! Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

FREAKS. Canada – Dirs: Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein
Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch, and Amanda Crew headline this mind-bending mystery box of a thriller about a young girl (newcomer Lexy Kolker) whose father has convinced her that leaving their suburban home will spell her doom... and when she finally does step outside, she discovers a world unlike anything she - or this film's viewers - would ever believe. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2018. WINNER: Prix Public, Best Feature, Les Utopiales 2018,  Audience Award, Best Film, What the Fest…?! 2019. Quebec Premiere.

GINTAMA 2: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN. Japan – Dir. Yuichi Fukuda
The silver-haired samurai Gintoki and his odd-job agency associates are back for this second manga adaptation, with no less loopy lunacy, swashbuckling swordfights, gratuitous anime references, and costume design to die for. Official Selection: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2019. North American Premiere.

HARD-CORE. Japan – Dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita
Ukon and Ushiyama discover a discarded robot, unaware of the extent of its potential, in this bizarre science-fiction comedy drama. If you are looking for unusual cinema that makes you laugh without knowing why, you've just found it. Never before has the concept of WTF seemed so natural. Official Selection: Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival 2019, Udine Far East Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

HARPOON. Canada – Dir: Rob Grant
When a troubled trio of young friends find themselves marooned on a yacht in the middle of the ocean, suspicions and anger bubble to the surface as their faith in each other sinks like a shipwreck. Writer/director Rob Grant returns to Fantasia with thrilling, seafaring suspense film that takes absolutely no prisoners. Starring TURBO KID's Munro Chambers. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019, Chattanooga Film Festival 2019, Calgary Underground Film Festival 2019, Fantaspoa 2019, BIFAN 2019. Quebec Premiere.

HIS BAD BLOOD. Japan – Dir. Koichiro Oyama
A despicable con artist left the tightly knitted village the day his wife gave birth. 30 years later, his traumatized son is chased because of him. They both end up sheltering in a church, knowing nothing about each other. HIS BAD BLOOD is proof that independent Japanese cinema remains creatively fertile. WINNER: Audience Award, Yubari Fantastic Film Festival 2019. International Premiere.

IT COMES. Japan – Dir. Tetsuya Nakashima
Convinced that a supernatural force is threatening his family, Hideki reaches out to a writer specializing in the occult, and his clairvoyant girlfriend to rid himself of the entity. To tell you anything more about this completely bonkers horror tale would ruin the many surprises waiting within. Official Selection: Hawaii International Film Festival 2019, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

JUDY AND PUNCH. Australia – Dir: Mirrah Foulkes
Village puppeteers Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and Punch (Damon Herriman) are at the eye of this whirlwind of black comedy, filled with slapstick violence and, amid the theatricality of the marionette show, gripping drama. An old morality play with a modern twist. Official Selection: Sundance 2019. Canadian Premiere.

THE LODGE. UK/USA – Dirs: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
Hailed at Sundance as "the next great horror film," this nerve-shredding story of inexplicable, terrifying things happening to a snowed-in family stars Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, and Alicia Silverstone. This is a film whose horrors are both intellectual and deeply visceral, with imagery that will have your heart in your throat. From the makers of GOODNIGHT MOMMY. Official Selection: Sundance 2019, Karlovy Vary 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA. Greece/Germany/Netherlands/Switzerland – Dir: Syllas Tzoumerkas
After a shocking death rocks a sun-bleached village, two women's destinies interlock and their grip on reality start to slip. This work of New Weird Greek Wave cinema, starring Angeliki Papoulia (DOGTOOTH, ALPS), blends the blood-spattered real world and the troubling nightmares of legend. Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

MISS AND MRS. COPS. South Korea – Dir. Jung Da-won
There are a lot of badass lady cops in Seoul, and they're all ready to prove their worth and kick some scumbag ass! Remember the buddy cop movie? Writer-director Jung Da-won has magically resurrected it in fantastic fashion. Quebec Premiere.

MISSBEHAVIOR. Hong Kong – Dir. Pang Ho-Cheung
A terrible mistake reunites a gang of estranged drama queens in search of human breast milk throughout Hong Kong! An utterly ridiculous, hilarious, and politically incorrect comedy caper from Pang Ho-Cheung (VULGARIA, DREAM HOME). Official Selection: Osaka Asian Film Festival 2019. Quebec Premiere.

THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALE. South Korea – Dir. Lee Min-jae
The eccentric Park family captures Zzongbie, a harmless living corpse who also happens to be a walking dose of Viagra. This South Korean Zom-com has a ball reanimating the done-to-death conventions of the zombie flick. Official Selection: Udine Far East Film Festival 2019, New York Asian Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

PARADISE HILLS. Spain – Dir: Alice Waddington
Amid rapturous production design, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza González, and Danielle Macdonald gather under the cold eye of headmistress Milla Jovovich in this genre-bending allegory about femininity and social norms. With shades of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and THE HANDMAID'S TALE, this soft and beguiling nightmare is about the cost of living the life you choose, rather than the life that is expected. Official Selection: Sundance 2019. Canadian Premiere.

PORNO. USA – Dir: Keola Racela
Trapped in a cinema late at night, five sex-starved religious teens are easy prey for a succubus with lust and murder in mind, but these Bible-thumpers won't give up without a fight... even when this '90s-set retro riot has their balls literally to the wall. Official Selection: South by Southwest 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE. Denmark – Dir: Christoffer Boe
Packed with crime, sex, and revenge - as well as being the highest-grossing film in Danish cinema history - this uber-blockbuster based on the book by Jussi Adler-Olsen finds two detectives trying to unravel a violent, decades-old murder mystery as they struggle with their own fraught relationship. From the director of BEAST and OFFSCREEN. Official Selection: Sitges 2018, Transylvania International Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

SWALLOW. USA – Dir: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Meek housewife Hunter (an utterly terrific Haley Bennett) struggles to find purpose and meaning - until she begins swallowing a variety of household objects. A film that will pique anxieties and turn stomachs, this is a surprisingly tender look at the echoes of abuse. See this one at all costs or miss one of the most potent works of the year. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Neuchâtel International Film Festival 2019. Canadian Premiere.

TOKYO GHOUL 'S'. Japan – Dir. Kazuhiko Hiramaki
Another round of blood and black leather on the midnight streets of Tokyo's Ward 20! Moody intrigue and twisted terror take hold again in the second live-action adaptation of the immensely popular urban-horror manga. Official Selection: Los Angeles Anime Expo 2019. Canadian Premiere.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE!. Russia – Dir: Kirill Sokolov
All holy household hell breaks loose in a single, ever-more-battle-scarred Moscow apartment. Kirill Sokolov's attention-grabbing debut feature is a sure-footed synthesis of suspense, dark comedy, and deranged, detail-oriented ultraviolence. Sokolov is ruthlessly deliberate in his decisions, be it the pressure-cooker dialogue, the cunning camera work, or the piquant colour scheme. Official Selection: Tallinn Black Nights 2018, What the Fest…?! 2019, Cinepocalypse 2019. Canadian Premiere.

THE WRATH. South Korea – Dir. Yoo Young-seon
A powerful family's lineage is threatened by the spirit of a wailing woman haunting their lands. This straight-up horror film set in medieval Korea recalls the glory days of VHS, dishing out enough jump scares to rouse the dead. Canadian Premiere.

2019 CHEVAL NOIR COMPETITION TITLES AND JURIES ARE ANNOUNCED

Fantasia is pleased to announce the 2019 Cheval Noir competition titles:

8. South Africa  Dir. Harold Holscher

ALMOST A MIRACLE. Japan  Dir. Yuya Ishii

ANOTHER CHILD. South Korea  Dir. Kim Yoon-seok

BLOOD ON HER NAME. USA  Dir. Matthew Pope

THE FATHER'S SHADOW. Brazil  Dir. Gabriela Amaral Almeida

IDOL. South Korea - Dir. Lee Su-jin

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WKND. Spain  Dir. Jon Mikel Caballero

IT COMES. Japan  Dir.Tetsuya Nakashima

KINGDOM. Japan  Dir. Shinsuke Sato

THE LODGE. UK/USA  Dirs. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala 

MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT. The Philippines  Dir. Adolfo Alix Jr.

SWALLOW. USA  Dir. Carlo Mirabella-Davis

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES. Japan  Dir. Makoto Nagahisa

THE WRETCHED. USA  Dirs. Brett and Drew Pierce

The following industry professionals make up the Fantasia 2019 juries:

CHEVAL NOIR
Jury President: Annick Mahnert – Producer, Festival Programmer (Fantastic Fest, Sitges)
Shaked Berenson – Producer, Member of the IFTA Board of Directors
Amy Darling – Producer, Festival Organizer (Calgary Underground Film Festival)
Miles Fineburg – Director of Acquisitions (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Maurizio Guarini – Composer (Goblin)

NEW FLESH COMPETITION FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE
Jury President: Onur Tukel – Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Painter
Jonathan Barkan – Editor-in-Chief (Dread Central)
Susan Curran – COO (A71 Entertainment)
Ariel Fisher – Critic (Atom Insider, Rue Morgue Magazine, Fangoria), Editor, Podcaster
Kyle Greenberg – Director of Theatrical Marketing and Distribution (Gunpowder & Sky)

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Jury President: Frederic Temps – Musician, Critic, Festival Director (Les Utopiales), Founder of L'Étrange Festival
Kerensa Cadenas – Writer, Film Editor (Entertainment Weekly)
Chelsea Lupkin – Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Senior Programmer and Writer (Short of the Week)
Justin Timms – Co-Founder (Yellow Veil Pictures), Co-Festival Director (Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, North Bend Film Festival)

AQCC - CAMERA LUCIDA 
Andrew Todd – Writer (Birth. Movies. Death.Slashfilm), filmmaker, composer
Donato Totaro – Professor, editor-in-chief (Offscreen)
Elijah Baron – Film critic (24 Images), translator

THE SATOSHI KON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION
Jury President: Diana Tapia Munguia – Production Assistant (Cinesite Studios), Marketing and PR Chair (Women in Animation Montreal)
Alaska B – Drummer and Leader (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan)
Julien Deragon – 3D Animator (RodeoFX)

ACTION! 
Jean-Philippe Bernier – Cinematographer, Composer (Le Matos)
Andy Bélanger – Comic Artist, Illustrator
JF Lachapelle – Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator

VIRTUAL REALITY
Jury President: Erik Canuel – Director
Martin Girard – Screenwriter, Critic (Le Devoir)
RKSS – Directors, Screenwriters

The full lineup of all Fantasia 2019 films, events, and more can be found at the festival's official website, www.fantasiafestival.com

The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place in Montreal July 11 – August 1 2019, once again returning to the mammoth Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, with additional screens at the Cinémathèque Québécoise, Cinéma du Muséeand the McCord Museum.

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Main Cast Revealed for CASTLE FREAK Reimagining from Fangoria and Full Moon Features

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 06:52 PM PDT

Last year, it was announced that makeup effects guru Tate Steinsiek will direct a reimagining of Castle Freak, and now the main cast has been revealed for Fangoria and Full Moon Features' new take on Stuart Gordon's 1995 horror film.

According to multiple outlets, including Bloody Disgusting, the Castle Freak reimagining will star Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz (The Vast of Night), Chris Galust (Give Me Liberty), Kika Magalhães (The Eyes of My Mother), Emily Sweet (Syn), Elisha Pratt (True Detective), and Omar Brunson.

A collaboration between Fangoria and Full Moon Features (who teamed up for 2018's Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), the new Castle Freak is expected to start production in Albania in July. Steinsiek will direct from a screenplay by Kathy Charles, with legendary composer Fabio Frizzi contributing an original score for the film.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the new Castle Freak "follows recently-blinded Rebecca, her boyfriend John, and their friends as they travel to Albania to manage Rebecca's sudden inheritance of a castle from her long-lost-mother. Once there, they learn that Rebecca's family harbored dark secrets with potentially cosmic implications. As mysterious happenings and horrific murders begin to occur, Rebecca must unravel her family's own mysterious history before she too falls prey to… the CASTLE FREAK."

Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk will produce on behalf of Fangoria alongside Barbara Crampton. Full Moon's Charles Band will executive produce along with Fangoria's Adam Donaghey, Phil Nobile Jr., and Danielle Cox, as well as Justin Martell & Matt Manjourides, Good Wizard's Bobby Campbell, and David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman of Media Finance Capital.

Written by Dennis Paoli, directed by Gordon, and loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider", the original Castle Freak (in case you missed it, read Bryan Christopher's Catalog From the Beyond entry on the film) co-starred Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton as grieving parents who move into a castle built in the 1100s with their blind daughter. They soon find out that something else is already living in their ancient home—something that is not quite ready to put out the welcome mat.

A monster movie with emotional familial undertones and vicious kills, Castle Freak should give Steinsiek (who already has one feature and three short films under his directorial belt) plenty of opportunities to showcase his special effects wizardry. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Castle Freak reimagining.

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Comics Corner: STRANGER THINGS: SIX #2, SPAWN #298, FIGHT CLUB 3 #6, THE CROW: HACK/SLASH #1

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 05:47 PM PDT

In Stranger Things: Six #2, the Hawkins lab attempts to unleash Francine's precognitive abilities. Also in today's Comics Corner: Spawn #298 inches closer to the "big 300", Fight Club 3 #6, and The Crow: Hack/Slash #1 from IDW Publishing.

*Recommendation* Stranger Things: Six #2: "Trapped inside the mysterious Hawkins Laboratory, gifted teen Francine struggles with nightmares and dark flashbacks as Dr. Brenner attempts to truly unlock her precognitive powers. And an old friend tries to make amends--but can she really trust him?

* Written by award-winning comics veteran Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic).

* The first prequel comic series for Stranger Things.

CREATORS
Writer: Jody Houser
Penciller: Edgar Salazar
Inker: Keith Champagne
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Genre: Science-Fiction, Horror
Publication Date: June 26, 2019
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00474 8 00211."

For more information, visit Dark Horse Comics.

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Spawn #298: "Published: June 26, 2019
Diamond ID: APR190026
Age Rating: T
Imprint: Todd McFarlane Productions
Cover price: $2.99

"WAR TO 300," Part One TWO ISSUES 'TIL SPAWN #300! Spawn vs. the full might of Heaven's newest Godsend—ROUND 1! TODD McFARLANE and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER up the ante in this lead-up to SPAWN's record-setting 300th issue, featuring TODD McFARLANE's special parody recreation of one of his own classic comic book covers!

WRITER
Todd McFarlane
ARTIST
Jason Shawn Alexander
COVER A
Todd McFarlane
COVER B
Todd McFarlane
COVER C
Todd McFarlane."

To learn more about any previous issues of Spawn before its 300th celebration, head on over to Image Comics.

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Fight Club 3 #6: "Napoleonic soldiers, angels, and the history of art theft come together as a young man ventures through the looking glass in pursuit of Epistasis Theory and the one True Cross.

CREATORS
Writer: Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Cover Artist: David Mack
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime
Publication Date: June 26, 2019
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00403 8 00611."

For more details, visit Dark Horse Comics' website.

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The Crow / Hack and Slash #1: "(W) Tim Seeley (A) Jim Terry (A/CA) Tim Seeley

The crow flies.
A soul is brought back.
But something is wrong.

Angeles Cero won't stop killing on her quest for revenge, and the bodies are piling up.
Now, slasher hunter Cassie Hack and her monstrous partner Vlad are on the trail of the Crow Killer, assuming her to be one of the masked murderers they've hunted for years.

But they aren't the only force trying to make the universe right again.

From writer/artist, Tim Seeley (Green Lanterns, Nightwing, Shatterstar).
Featuring an all-new Crow unlike any you've read before!
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

For more information, visit Previews World on behalf of IDW Publishing.

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Catalog From The Beyond: George A. Romero’s KNIGHTRIDERS (1981)

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 04:01 PM PDT

All right, you all owe me an apology. There's been a George A. Romero-directed film featuring faux knights jousting on motorcycles since 1981 and not one of you thought to tell me about it? I'll make an allowance for the fact that I wasn't alive until 1984, but beyond that there's really no excuse. The film in question, Knightriders, is a rare non-horror entry from the man responsible for the modern interpretation of zombies. But it's also unquestionably a Romero flick.

Set in Western Pennsylvania (naturally) Knightriders features a slew of Romero regulars, including Ed Harris, Ken Foree, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, a cameo from future Creepshow collaborator Stephen King, and even a blink-and-you'll-miss-it spot from Captain Rhodes himself, Joseph Pilato.

But Romero's fingerprints in this film go well beyond setting and casting. Also present is his ability for digging into social dynamics, only this time he does so without the shadow of impending death hanging over everyone's heads. Instead, the film follows a troupe of medieval reenactors that Romero modeled loosely off the real-life Society for Creative Anachronism, a group established in the late '60s that recreated European culture of the 17th century. One of the key components Romero used for Knightriders is that rather than lineage, the right to rule is determined in mock combat.

Presided over by Billy, aka King William (Harris), the troupe makes money travelling from town to town, charging locals to come see their Arthurian-style jousting tournaments where trusty steeds are the kind with two wheels. For Billy and his court, the troupe represents more than a way to make a buck. It's a community where people have a chance to find themselves, but not all is well in Billy's kingdom.

Billy is adamant about adhering to the ideals of honor and loyalty that he admires from Arthurian legend, but team champion Alan (Gary Lahti) and troupe doctor Merlin (Brother Blue) are worried that Billy is taking his role as "king" too seriously at the risk of group morale and his own health.

Meanwhile, Morgan (Savini, putting down his makeup kit for an impressive performance) is a self-centered ass who regularly cheats on his girlfriend, Angie (Forrest), but he also genuinely cares about the group and wants to see it expand, so he looks for an opportunity to hook the troupe up with a local management company to get bigger gigs.

Romero takes what could have been a simplistic conflict between Billy's idealism and Morgan's opportunism and instills layers of complexity. Sure, Billy seems to be taking a noble stand when he refuses to bribe the local redneck deputy while Morgan suggests they just pay him off and move on, but in digging his feet in, he winds up in jail with a fellow troupe member who takes a beating at the hands of said deputy. These kinds of situations play to the idea that life is rarely black and white.

In fact, other than the deputy (who is more of a background character) there really aren't any true villains in the film. Conflict comes from protagonists who at times serve as their own antagonists, making questionable decisions, but never fully tipping the scales into full-on black hat mode. Romero takes time to write characters that we give a crap about in a true ensemble movie that isn't afraid to take its time with the characters (the movie clocks in at 146 minutes).

Take Pippin (Warner Shook), the group's announcer. He struggles with coming to terms with his own sexuality, causing tension with Angie, whom he also judges for being a tomboy and letting Morgan run all over her. She's hurt by the fact that he won't open up to her about his sexual preference, not understanding that he's still working through it himself.

When she calls him out about it in front of the troupe, there's some ahead-of-its-time investigation about the dangers of outing someone's sexuality when they're not ready. The tension is real, but both Shook's and Forrest's performances convey that they both truly care about one another.

Pippin's arc creates an interesting contrast to Rocky (Cynthia Adler), the only woman knight in the troupe who also happens to be an out and proud lesbian. On one hand, the "one of the guys" lesbian is a bit of a stereotype, but she's also so well-written and performed by Adler that one could forgive Romero for playing into a trope.

Also at play in Knightriders is Romero's penchant for playing with tone. He fully realizes the bizarre nature of a group of people who fight each other on motorized horses, so he's not afraid to play up the premise's silly nature while also avoiding turning it into a big joke. He sets up dynamic set pieces, from extended mock battles among the troupe to not-so-mock skirmishes they have with local ruffians that flock to their various shows. This is all backed by a playful soundtrack from Donald Rubinstein, who injects some Renaissance faire flavor into his adventurous score.

Since this is Romero we're talking about, however, there's a sense of something sinister lurking under the adventure, and most of it centers on Billy. He can't come to terms with the changes happening around him, and Ed Harris comes out of the gate in his first leading role with a performance that makes you both admire, fear, and feel sorry for Billy all at the same time. In a movie where everyone else seems to grow and find themselves, you just can't shake the feeling that Billy may be going in a different direction, even as he becomes aware of his own shortcomings. It's sad, partially because Harris' performance is such that one can't help but feel for him, even with his significant flaws.

It's really a shame that Knightriders didn't make a bigger splash at the box office, because it would have been nice to see what Romero could have done with more movies that didn't have "of the Dead" in the title (yes, I know that he did plenty of non-zombie horror movies, but just let me make a damn point here). Knightriders proves that his knack for making us collectively look in the mirror wasn't predicated on his ability to scare us, and that great filmmakers can find substance in seemingly the oddest of places.

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Video Interview: Co-Stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife Talk ANNABELLE COMES HOME

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 02:06 PM PDT

Horror fans' favorite demonic diva hit theaters earlier than expected this week, as Annabelle Comes Home has already been unleashed everywhere on the big screen. Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, this latest installment in the Annabelle franchise follows young Judy Warren (Mckenna Grace), who is being cared for by her babysitter, Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman), for a few days as her parents Ed and Lorraine (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) have to head out for a new investigation. While Mary Ellen is looking to have a low-key weekend of fun with Judy, her bestie Daniela (Katie Sarife) shows up, and all hell breaks loose once they cross paths with the titular doll.

During the recent press day for Annabelle Comes Home, Daily Dead caught up with all three co-stars of the sequel, and they talked about what initially drew them into the project, their characters in the film, and how Dauberman kept them on their toes throughout production.

Check out our video interview below with Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, and be sure to check out Annabelle Comes Home now that it is currently playing in theaters everywhere!

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Check HERE to catch up on our previous coverage of Annabelle Comes Home, including our review, interview with Gary Dauberman, set visit report, and edit bay impressions!

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Indigenous Zombie Thriller BLOOD QUANTUM Acquired by Shudder

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 01:26 PM PDT

Following its screening at the Marché du Film at Cannes, Shudder has acquired US, UK/Ireland, and Australia/New Zealand rights to Jeff Barnaby's new zombie thriller Blood Quantum, which pits Indigenous residents of a reservation against the living dead.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (June 26, 2019) – Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, today announced that they have acquired US, UK/Ireland, and Australia/NZ rights to the zombie thriller BLOOD QUANTUM, which debuted for buyers at the Marché du Film at Cannes.

In BLOOD QUANTUM, the dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Traylor (Michael Greyeyes), the tribal sheriff, must protect his son's pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riff raff from the hordes of walking white corpses.

Directed and written by Mi'gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby and featuring an Indigenous cast, the film stars Michael Greyeyes (Fear The Walking Dead, True Detective), 2018 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship recipient Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (On the Farm) and Forrest Goodluck (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Revenant), and was produced by John Christou for Prospector Films and Rob Vroom. Madrona Drive also executive produced the film alongside XYZ Films. The film recently wrapped shooting in Montreal, Canada and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory as well as Barnaby's hometown of Listuguj, Quebec.

The deal for US, UK/Ireland, and Australia/NZ was brokered by Nate Bolotin and Tatyana Joffe of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Emily Gotto for Shudder. XYZ Films has also sold the film in multiple international territories including Koch Films for Germany, Minerva in Italy, Klockworx in Japan, Lumix in South Korea, Falcon in Indonesia, MovieCloud in Taiwan, MVP in India, Shaw Renters in Singapore, Falcon in the Middle East, and FOX Network Group Asia Pacific – Pan Asia PTV/SVOD.

Director Jeff Barnaby said, "Natives have been on screen for 100 years but have never controlled that image. In the age of representation, Shudder is putting their money where their mouth is and providing an opportunity for a whole new generation of indigenous genre filmmakers. They're breaking that glass ceiling and opening the books on a whole new perspective. They're making a genuine difference."

"We are thrilled to bring Jeff Barnaby's BLOOD QUANTUM to Shudder," said Emily Gotto. "Jeff and his bold vision are at the forefront of Shudder's ethos of original, provocative and stirring genre stories. BLOOD QUANTUM is a new, First Nations perspective on a classic genre, a film that takes zombies in a new direction as it harkens back to the meaningful and politically aware roots of George Romero."

BLOOD QUANTUM is Barnaby's sophomore feature film following the critically acclaimed Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Elevation Pictures will distribute the film in Canada, while Entract Films will distribute the film in Quebec. Bell Media's Crave has the first-window broadcast rights in Canada. Financing for the production was provided by Telefilm Canada, SODEC, Canadian Media Fund, and The Harold Greenberg Fund.

ABOUT SHUDDER:

AMC Networks' Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder's expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.

ABOUT XYZ FILMS:

XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. XYZ recently won the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Macon Blair's I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

ABOUT PROSPECTOR FILMS

Prospector Films is a Montreal-based media company founded by award-winning producer John Christou. Recent films include Jeff Barnaby's Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Wiebke von Carolsfeld's The Saver, Juliet Lammers and Lorraine Price's Inside These Walls and Last Woman Standing. The company is currently developing and producing a diverse slate of fiction, non-fiction and VR projects.

ABOUT ELEVATION PICTURES

Founded in 2013 with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has established itself as one of Canada's leading film and television companies. Elevation's team of seasoned production and distribution executives are committed to bringing an elevated and robust film and television slate to audiences. Elevation Pictures is known for releasing award-winning films, including Academy Best Screenplay winner The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch; Academy Best Picture winner, Moonlight; and Academy Best Actress winner Brie Larson for Room.

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Comic-Con 2019: Skybound Panels to Include Conversation with Robert Kirkman

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 12:57 PM PDT

Although it may be hard to believe, we're just a few weeks away from another Comic-Con kicking off in San Diego, and Skybound is giving attendees plenty of must-see panels to look forward to, including an in-depth conversation with Robert Kirkman.

Check out Skybound's Comic-Con 2019 schedule below (via their website), and check our Comic-Con online hub to keep up to date on all of our coverage of the convention!

"THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019

Skybound Presents: In Conversation with Robert Kirkman (3:00PM – 4:00PM): Join comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman for a Q&A with fans, discussing his latest projects including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Oblivion Song, and more. Room 6A.

Adapting Source Material for Film and TV (4:15PM – 5:15PM): Industry producers and writers discuss how to take fandom properties and adapt them for the big or small screen. Panelists include David Alpert (Executive Producer; The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead) Maggie Bandur (Co-EP; Deadly Class, Powerless), and M. Raven Metzner (Co-EP and Writer; Sleepy Hollow, Iron Fist). Room 6A.

Marginalized Voices in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (6:30PM – 7:30PM) Featuring authors Rebecca Roanhorse (Star Wars: Resistance Reborn) and Wesley Chu from the upcoming novel, "The Walking Dead: Typhoon," coming out this October. Room 4.

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

The Walking Dead/Fear TWD AMC Panels (Times & Dates TBD): Similar to previous years, AMC will host a Walking Dead AND Fear the Walking Dead panel during SDCC. We'll update this when AMC makes their announcements official. Hall H.

Entertainment Is Female: A Conversation with Hollywood Executives (5:00PM – 6:00PM): Moderator: Tiffany Smith
Attendees: Sam Crawley (Skybound) Aubrey Lee (Lord & Miller), Grey Cusack (Hasbro), Mette Norkjaer (Boom!) and Jeannette Francis (Bad Robot). Room: 25ABC

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

Skybound Presents: Comic Books and Creators (3:30PM – 4:30PM): Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina, SVP & Editor-in-Chief at Skybound), Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity), Brandon Thomas (Excellence, Horizon), and Khary Randolph (Excellence, Tech Jacket) come together to discuss their latest published work. Moderated by Brian Huntington (Skybound's VP of Online Content). Room 8."

[Photo credit: Above photo from Skybound.]

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“Evil Gets Rebooted” in the Official Trailer for NEKROTRONIC

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 10:23 AM PDT

Following its crowd-pleasing premiere at TIFF last year, the supernatural cyber-centric horror thriller Nekrotronic will be unleashed this August from Momentum Pictures, and ahead of its release, the film's official trailer teases plenty of high-tech, demonic carnage in the latest movie from Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead).

"Howard North,  a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner  (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, Mozart in the Jungle), Caroline Ford (Amazon's Carnival Row, TV's Once Upon a Time), Tess Haubrich (The Wolverine, Alien: Covenant), Epine Bob Savea, and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Return of the King, 300).

Momentum Pictures will release Nekrotronic to select theaters, VOD, and digital HD on August 9th. You can check out the official trailer and previously released poster and images below.

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Full Release Details for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Limited Edition Blu-ray Set

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 09:39 AM PDT

If you missed the conclusion of HBO's Game of Thrones when it premiered this year, or you want to experience the battle for Westeros all over again, HBO has you covered with their limited edition Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Ahead of its release on December 3rd (smack-dab in the middle of holiday shopping season), we have photos and full release details for the set, as well as a clip from Conan O'Brien's reunion interview with the show's cast.

Press Release: New York, N.Y., June 26, 2019 – Rally the realm on December 3rd as HBO is releasing all eight epic seasons of one of the most talked about programs in TV history with Game of Thrones®: The Complete Collection, an ultra-premium, limited-edition Blu-ray™ set. This must-have collectible exclusively features Game of Thrones: Reunion Special, a two-part reunion show with cast members from the final season including Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and more, as well as previously departed fan-favorites like Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Mark Addy and others. Hosted by Emmy®-award winning host Conan O'Brien, the reunion was shot in front of a live audience in Belfast and includes segments of footage from both the show and behind-the-scenes, highlighting a variety of topics that are sure to captivate fans.

Additional bonus content includes all-new deleted and extended scenes, animated histories and lore pieces, fascinating behind-the-scene featurettes, audio commentaries and the documentary featured on DVD in two parts, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay.

Game of Thrones®: The Complete Collection is packaged in a visually stunning wooden shadow box case, featuring beautiful, multi-layered panel designs by Robert Ball (the artist behind the "Beautiful Death" series) that summarize the Game of Thrones story. Each season is represented by a different layer, showcasing iconic characters and memorable moments from the show, all clambering toward the Iron Throne. The set also contains a "Hand of the King" pin clasp, which holds all nine custom plated disc sleeves.

Based on the best-selling novel series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones holds the record as the most awarded series in television history, earning a total of 132 Emmy® nominations and 47 wins to date. The megahit drama also stands as HBO's most-viewed program ever, with the final season averaging a record-setting 44 million viewers in the U.S.

The ensemble cast includes Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).

HBO will also release Game of Thrones: Season 8 in a stunning 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Steelbook, and the single season DVD/Blu-ray™. Additionally, Game of Thrones: The Complete Series will also be available on DVD/Blu-ray™ without the collectible packaging. These sets are loaded with extra content and will also be available to own on December 3rd.

Game of Thrones®: The Complete Collection and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series on Blu-rayTM Bonus Features Include:

  • Game of Thrones: Reunion Special: A reunion show shot live in Belfast with the cast, both past and present, hosted by Conan O'Brien and available exclusively on these complete series collections. The reunion special is assembled in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and concludes with the key players all onstage for their final reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.
  • Bonus content and retail exclusive videos from previously released individual season box sets, totaling more than 15 hours of extra materials for fans to explore when they've finished watching the series.

Complete Series and Season 8 formats also exclusively feature:

  • Game of Thrones: The Last Watch: A documentary featured on DVD in two parts by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay chronicling the making of the final season.
  • When Winter Falls: Exclusive 30-minute featurette with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with major stars and behind-the-scenes players, breaking down all that went into the colossal filming of the "Battle of Winterfell" in Season 8, Episode 3.
  • Duty is the Death of Love: A compelling look at how the team behind Game of Thrones and its major stars, including Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, brought the show to its conclusion in the series finale, "The Iron Throne."
  • Audio Commentaries: 10 Audio Commentaries with cast and crew, including the show's creators, Benioff and Weiss, on the final season.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes: 5 never-before-seen deleted or extended scenes from season 8.
  • Histories and Lore: New animated pieces giving the history and background of notable season 8 locations and storylines.

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Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2019’s First Wave of Programming Includes SATANIC PANIC, HAUNT, BIT, DANIEL ISN’T REAL, VILLAINS

Posted: 26 Jun 2019 08:54 AM PDT

From suburban cultists to an extreme haunted house that's home to more than just jump scares for those who enter its doors, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is bringing a wide range of horror movies to life on the big screen in Fort Lauderdale this August. Daily Dead is thrilled to once again be one of the media sponsors of this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival, and we have a look at the entire first wave of programming that includes Fangoria's Satanic Panic, the dark comedy Villains, and the world premiere of Haunt.

Press Release: Fort Lauderdale, FL – Popcorn Frights is proud to announce the first wave of programming for the fifth annual celebration of the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the world. The Southeast United States largest gathering of genre films and fans will take place over 9 nights, from August 8-16, at the historic Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.

The opening night attraction is the World Premiere of HAUNT, the new horror-thriller by Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, the duo who wrote the box office sensation A Quiet Place. Their latest scarefest takes place on Halloween and follows a group of friends as they encounter an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. Beck & Woods will be attending the festival.

They said today: "We're thrilled to premiere our new film HAUNT at Popcorn Frights Fest. Their incredible team has cultivated a passionate following by throwing one of the best film festivals around and we can't wait for the opportunity to scare their audience of hardcore horror fans out of their seats."

Closing the Festival is Brad Michael Elmore's BIT, a brilliant and fresh take on bloodthirsty ladies of the night. The film stars Nicole Maines (Supergirl) as a transgender teen who becomes entrenched with a mysterious group of punk feminist vampires hellbent on ridding the streets of predatory men.

The Festival is also deeply proud to host the World Premiere of THE DARE, a gruesome nail-biter that cuts to the bone; and the North American Premiere of THE SONATA, a fantastically feverish chamber piece starring Rutger Hauer.

A trio of new female-directed genre films will be playing as well, including Jennifer Reeder's neon drenched gothic teen noir KNIVES AND SKIN, Chelsea Stardust's hotly anticipated dark comedy SATANIC PANIC, and Alice Waddington's dazzling dystopic tale PARADISE HILLS starring Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Milla Jovovich, Eiza González, and Danielle Macdonald.

Other Festival highlights include Joe Begos' daring psychedelic thriller BLISS; Adam Egypt Mortimer's stylish psycho-horror DANIEL ISN'T REAL; heralded genre-bender Larry Fessenden's reimagining of the Frankenstein myth in DEPRAVED; the viciously twisted and deliriously fun VILLAINS starring Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, and Kyra Sedgwick; and the haunting phantasmagoria of Peter Strickland's beguiling ghost story IN FABRIC.

This year's Popcorn Frights poster is designed by Miami-based artist Jason Sheppard in collaboration with Matt Durston.

The second wave of Popcorn Frights 2019 programming will be announced in the coming weeks. Mayhem reigns!

FESTIVAL LINEUP (FIRST WAVE)

BIT (U.S.)
Director: Brad Michael Elmore
A transgender teenage girl on summer vacation in Los Angeles fights to survive after she falls in with four queer feminist vampires, who try to rid the city's streets of predatory men. Cast: Nicole Maines, M.C. Gainey, Diana Hopper, James Paxton (East Coast Premiere)

BLISS (U.S.)
Director: Joe Begos
A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles. Cast: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Graham Skipper (Southeast US Premiere)

DANIEL ISN'T REAL (U.S.)
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
When a distraught college freshman faces an unimaginable family trauma, he turns to his sadistic imaginary friend from childhood for help, hoping to unleash some long-forgotten strength. What he finds instead will change his life forever. Cast: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Mary Stuart Masterson (East Coast Premiere)

THE DARE (U.K., U.S., Bulgaria)
Director: Giles Alderson
Four abducted strangers are forced to piece together clues created by their deranged captor who has brought them together to engage in a twisted battle to solve a puzzle to their past…or die a gruesome death. Cast: Richard Brake, Joivan Wade, Richard Short (World Premiere)

DEPRAVED (U.S.)
Director: Larry Fessenden
Larry Fessenden's reimagining of the Frankenstein myth (shot on the 200th anniversary of the novel's publication) centers on a PTSD-riddled field surgeon deep in the heart of Brooklyn who decides to reconstruct an unsuspecting man out of spare body parts. Cast: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux (Southeast US Premiere)

HAUNT (U.S.)
Directors: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. But the night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Cast: Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain (World Premiere)

IN FABRIC (U.K.)
Director: Peter Strickland
Obliquely split between two distinct stories, this exquisitely warped tale follows the life of a cursed scarlet dress as it passes from person to person, fatally afflicting anyone who comes into contact with it at an eerie department store. Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Sidse Babett Knudsen (South Florida Premiere)

KNIVES AND SKIN (U.S.)
Director: Jennifer Reeder
A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl's disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents. Cast: Kate Arrington, Marika Engelhardt, Tim Hopper (Southeast US Premiere)

PARADISE HILLS (Spain)
Director: Alice Waddington
A mysterious boarding school perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings' exact desires. Cast: Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Milla Jovovich, Eiza González, Danielle Macdonald (East Coast Premiere)

SATANIC PANIC (U.S.)
Director: Chelsea Stardust
A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life - and her tips - when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. Cast: Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, Ruby Modine (Southeast US Premiere)

THE SONATA (France, U.K., Latvia)
Director: Andrew Desmond
A young violinist unravels her long-lost father's past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Freya Tingley, James Faulkner, James Kermack (North American Premiere)

VILLAINS (U.S)
Directors: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out. Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick (Florida Premiere)

TICKET SALES:
Festival All-Access Badges are on sale for a limited time for $99 per person and $169 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the Festival schedule, visit www.popcornfrights.com

LOCATION:
All films will screen at Savor Cinema (503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).

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ABOUT POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

Popcorn Frights Film Festival is the largest genre film event in Southeast US and has been named "One of Florida's Best Film Festivals" by the Sun-Sentinel. It's internationally celebrated as a key platform providing well-deserved exposure for US and international genre films, and for the filmmakers who create them.

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