There are a lot of film festivals taking place this summer but one of our favorites is the Fantasia Film Festival (July 12th to August 1st). Every year the number of amazing films making their world premiere grows. While there are a lot of fantastic films this year, we’ve picked six genre films that we think you really need to see.
Directed and written by Robert D. Krzykowski, the film stars Sam Elliot as Calvin Barr, a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.
The sequel to the groundbreaking original film Tales from the Hood reunites Executive Producer Spike Lee and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott for an all-new gripping, horrifying, and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. This next installment will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, as they course through several stories that explore socially relevant topics from the past and present.
From celebrated Brazilian writer/director Dennison Ramalho comes Among the Living, a film brimming with grotesque imagination and otherworldly magick in which a morgue attendant working the night shift in a very large, very violent city possesses an occult ability to communicate with cadavers. He commits the sin of acting on information obtained from the dead and horrifically curses himself and those that he loves. Brace yourself.
Sonny Mallhi has teamed with Blumhouse for his third film, Hurt, in which the collective psychosis of American culture is an inescapable horror film and a waking nightmare. It explores those who helplessly wear a mask of normalcy while desperately fighting the traumatic monsters within.
It’s not getting into the fraternity that three geeky college freshmen need to worry about, it’s getting out alive! We watch as a desperate situation that erupts into sickening violence, Daniel Robbins’ Pledge (World Premiere) features rats, torture, knife fights, and a lot of intensity.
On Fantasia’s opening night Mike Moriatis‘ Nightmare Cinema will make its world premiere. The highly-anticipated anthology features segments by Joe Dante (Gremlins), Mick Garris (The Stand), Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), Ryûhei Kitamura (Versus), and David Slade (30 Days of Night) with a cast that includes Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Belinda Balaski, Elizabeth Reaser, and Annabeth Gish.
For more information on the Fantasia Film Festival or to buy tickets, please visit their official website.