2020 Fantasia Film Festival Reviews dark and the wicked

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: the best film of the festival; a sleep study gone wrong; an Evil Dead doc; and more.

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john carpenter masterclass

John Carpenter has never been one to mince words. A film legend in the eyes of many and a deity in the eyes of horror fans, the Escape From New York director has a reputation for telling it like it is, no matter how hard his punches land. Claiming most horror movies are bad. Saying his favorite part of filming The Fog was being done with it. Telling up-and-coming filmmakers that the best advice he can give them is to take a good, hard look in the mirror and ask themselves whether or not they really have any talent.

Carpenter may use his movies to play out fantastical scenarios wherein men turn into monsters from another world, pale faced bloodsuckers explode in sunlight, and authors have the power to pull everyday insurance investigators into the pages of their books, but on this plane of existence, the director always keeps it real. If anyone is going to accept a lifetime achievement award and use the ceremony to give an authentic, no-holds-barred Masterclass on the craft of filmmaking, it’s the wholly unabashed and insanely prolific virtuoso John Carpenter. Read More »

2020 Fantasia Film Festival Reviews Slaxx

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: killer jeans, pioneer horror, blood, and more.

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fantasia 12 hour shift

Usually, the genre-heavy Fantasia International Film Festival is held annually in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: a documentary about a deadly theme park, a horror-comedy about organ harvesting, an unconventional vampire tale, and more.

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The Fantasia International Film Festival is now on-going – virtually. Usually, this genre-heavy fest is held in Montreal, but with things the way they are this year (terrible), the festival has gone virtual. This year, Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato are covering Fantasia for /Film from the safety of their homes, firing off dispatches featuring capsule reviews of the titles we’ve watched from the safety of our own homes, all while dreaming of poutine.

In this edition: a clever horror anthology, a wild ode to kaiju cinema, a bizarre police training satire, and much more.

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John Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Award

There’s no filmmaker quite like John Carpenter, and it’s about time the man got some awards love for his staggering work. Enter the Fantasia Film Festival, who are presenting Carpenter with a lifetime achievement award. And since the festival is virtual this year it means Carpenter doesn’t have to leave his house to collect it, and that will no doubt appeal to him, as the legendary director really just wants nothing more than to hang around his pad playing video games these days.

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Fantasia 2020 second wave

The virtual Fantasia Fest 2020 just unleashed its second wave of programming, and, as is par for the course for the fest, it’s wild. Full of genre titles, foreign language films, and a movie about a pair of murderous jeans. Because of the coronavirus, Fantasia is going fully virtual this year, with scheduled live screenings, program libraries, panels, and workshops. The fest will also be accessible across Canada and geo-locked to the country. See the line-up of Fantasia 2020 second wave titles below. Fantasia takes place from August 20 to September 2, 2020.

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Fantasia Film Festival 2020 First Wave

The Fantasia Film Festival is going virtual this year, and the first wave of programming has just been revealed. As is usually the case with Fantasia, it’s wild and eclectic, offering plenty of surprises, genre offerings, and more. Neil Marshall‘s The Reckoning is set to open the fest, which will take place online from August 20 through September 2, 2020.

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fantasia film festival 2020

Film festival season is coming, but it’s going to be very hard for most fests to stick their usual plans this year. With that in mind, the Fantasia Film Festival, which is traditionally held in Montreal, Quebec, has made the decision to go fully digital this year. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival is officially canceled this year, and will instead set up an initiative to support independent cinema.

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