Fantasia 2019: Wrap-Up

While the festival continues for another three days or so in Montreal, today marks the end of my Fantasia coverage for 2019. This year marked my fifth year covering the festival, as well as my fourth year making the trip to Montreal. I’m definitely an old pro at this point and my trip to Fantasia […]

Fantasia 2019: Freaks

A young girl wants to escape from her father’s protective control in Freaks. Seven year old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) has spent her whole life living in hiding with her father Henry (Emile Hirsch), who warns her of the dangers outside. However, Chloe soon becomes fed up with her captivity and ventures outside, where she meets ice cream […]

Fantasia 2019: Jessica Forever

A woman cares for a group of violent marauders in Jessica Forever. In a dystopian future society, orphans roam the world causing violence and mayhem. However, a group of orphans have been gathered together by the matriarchal Jessica (Aomi Muyock), who teaches them to be more kind and compassionate. Forever on the run from special forces drones, […]

Fantasia 2019: Sadako

Hideo Nakata returns to direct the latest entry of the Ringu series with Sadako. Mayu Akikawa (Elaiza Ikeda) is a young doctor in a hospital, who develops an attachment with a mysterious young girl (Himeka Himejima), who is admitted into her ward. Meanwhile, Mayu’s video blogger brother Kazuma (Hiroya Shimizu) decides to make his latest […]

Fantasia 2019: Phantom of Winnipeg

The unexpected cult success of Phantom of the Paradise in Winnipeg is explored in Phantom of Winnipeg. In 1974, Brian De Palma released his rock opera Phantom of the Paradise, starring William Finley, Jessica Harper, and Paul Williams, which was an undisputed box office bomb. However, this fact was lost on the population of Winnipeg, […]

Fantasia 2019: Extreme Job

An undercover narcotics team begins a sting operation inside a fried chicken restaurant in Extreme Job. Captain Ko (Ryu Seung-ryong) is the leader of a small ragtag team of narcotics detectives assigned to stakeout and take down a local drug kingpin. The perfect cover for the team arises when a nearby fried chicken restaurant goes […]

Sean Kelly Interviews – Fantasia 2019 – Gigi Saul Guerrero on Culture Shock

In the second of my Fantasia 2019 interviews, I spoke to Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero about her feature film debut Culture Shock, which had its International Premiere at the festival. Culture Shock was produced by Blumhouse Television for their Into the Dark anthology series on Hulu. Supported Links Watch Culture Shock on Hulu (U.S. […]

Fantasia 2019: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

A disgraced martial arts expert becomes entangled with Hong Kong’s criminal underwork in Master Z: Ip Man Legacy. Wing Chun expert, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) seeks to keep a low profile after being defeated by Ip Man. However, Cheung crosses paths with opium dealer Tso Sai Kit (Kevin Cheng), who continues to peddle drugs, […]

Fantasia 2019: The Wrath

A wealthy Korean family is tormented by a vengeful spirit in The Wrath. The heirs of the family of Madame Shin are being killed off on their wedding way by the vengeful spirit of a woman. Ok-bun is a young beggar, who is married off to Shin’s youngest son, in a last-ditch effort to break […]

Fantasia 2019: Culture Shock

A Mexican immigrant finds herself in an idealistic town that’s too good to be true in Culture Shock. Marisol (Martha Higareda) is a pregnant Mexican woman, who desires to immigrate to a better life in America. Marisol makes arrangements with Coyote (Sal Lopez) to be snuck over the border and is joined on her trip […]