For a dozen years, Montreal’s Fantasia Festival has been home to the gross, the groovy and the downright weird in genre cinema from across the globe. Here’s a tour of the world, Fantasia-style.
Japan: Accuracy of Death
Death is the subject here – and the main character. Following a not-so-grim Grim Reaper as he goes about his business, this intriguing film looks at “the other side” from another point of view.
Though Thailand is now the new kid on the Asian film block, Korea’s still turning out intriguing thrillers. Epitaph, from the Jung Brothers, is a chilling mystery about a corpse found in a block of ice.
Vietnam: The Rebel
Vietnam. A foreign army. A guerilla resistance. No, it’s not the 1960s – but rather the 1920s, in this period martial arts flick about the French occupation of the country.
Hong Kong: An Empress and the Warriors
The latest in lavish period action from China, starring the great Donnie Yen in a story of royal intrigue and martial arts mastery.
Rockabilly meets the undead in this British entry, about a British nerd killed by bullies in the ’50s, who comes back to seeks revenge.
U.S.A.: Trailer Park of Terror
Zombies! Trailer parks! This low-budget gross-out fest should satisfying your craving for trashy good times.
Canada: Who Is KK Downey?
Montreal comedy troupe Kidnapper Films’ first feature is a broad comedy about a literary hoax; it’s gotten serious festival buzz already.