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Complete List of Fantasia 2016 Award Winners Announced



This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival has just come to an end, which means, as always, that we’re now able to present you with the complete list of award winners. Horror films like Before I Wake, Train to Busan, and The Wailing took home top honors, and you’ll find all the winners by reading on!

From the Press Release:
Following three straight weeks of screenings, today the Fantasia International Film Festival finishes its 20th edition. The festival filled to bursting the SGWU Alumni Auditorium (Hall Theatre), the J.A. De Sève Cinema, and the D.B. Clarke Theatre at Concordia University, as well as the McCord Museum, la Cinémathèque québécoise, Place de la Paix in le Quartier des Spectacles, and at the Vidéotron stage at the Just For Laughs Festival. For the seventh consecutive year, Fantasia attracted over 100,000 spectators to a total of 209 cinema screenings, three free outdoor screenings, 11 virtual-reality films, and numerous special events.

Among the many standout moments of the 20th edition were 19 world premieres, including KING DAVE by Daniel Grou, this year’s opening film, as well as THE TOP SECRET: MURDER IN MIND by Keishi Otomo, GORAN by Nevio Marasovic, SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS by Michael Reich, THE UNSEEN by Geoff Redknap UN PETIT BOULOT by Pascal Chaumeil, REALIVE by Mateo Gill, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE by John Stockwell, and SOME FREAKS by Ian MacAllister-McDonald. Also noteworthy were many sold-out screenings, including LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR by Corey Asraf and John Swab, IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD by Akira Nagai, LIGHTS OUT by David F. Sandberg, I, OLGA HEPNAROVA by Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb, EMBERS by Claire Carré, TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho, PSYCHO RAMAN by Anurag Kashyap, TERRAFORMARS by Takashi Miike, SHELLEY by Ali Abbasi, and DON’T BREATHE by Fede Alvarez, this year’s closing film.

A near-record number of special guests were present for the festival’s 20th anniversary, including iconic genre directors Guillermo Del Toro and Takashi Miike, in Montreal to receive a Cheval Noir and Lifetime Achievement Award respectively. Fantasia is also immensely proud to have presented the inaugural Prix Denis Héroux to filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord, celebrating his exceptional contribution to the development of Québécois genre cinema.

Almost 700 international guests, including some 400 film industry professionals, came to Montreal over the course of the festival and its accompanying Frontières International Co-Production Market.

The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the names of the various award winners of its 20th edition. The festival’s winners were selected by juries as well as festival’s audience.

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The jury, overseen by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (directors) and composed of Cyril Despontin (Paris International Fantastic Film Festival), George Schmalz (Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter), Justine Smith (critic), and Marcus Stiglegger (critic and researcher), selected the following winners:

Cheval Noir Award for Best Feature: TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho

Cheval Noir Award for Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa for CREEPY

Cheval Noir Award for Best Screenplay: E J-Yong for THE BACCHUS LADY

Cheval Noir Award for Best Actor: Franko Dijak, GORAN

Cheval Noir Award for Best Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, THE BACCHUS LADY

Special Jury Prize: THE LURE (Poland, dir.: Agnieszka Smoczynska) “for being a timeless cinematic fairytale — an instant cult classic!”


The jury, overseen by Michael Gingold (critic) and composed of Grady Hendrix (author, co-founder of New York Asian Film Festival), Kate McEdwards (Oscilloscope Laboratories), and Nicolas Stanzick (critic and musician), selected the following winners:

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature (awarded unanimously): MAN UNDERGROUND by Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine.

Special Jury Mention: Lily Mae Harrington, “for her remarkable, nuanced and boldly honest performance in her feature-film debut, SOME FREAKS.”


Le jury, overseen by Chris Oosterom (Artistic Director, Festival Imagine, Amsterdam) and composed of Heather Buckley (critic, designer, Blu-ray supplement producer), and Peter Kuplowsky (producer and programmer, Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark), selected the following winners:

Best International Short: A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY (France) “The Jury is excited to award Best International Short to Quarxx, whose visionary and ambitious short cements him as a provocative auteur that we look forward to seeing more from.”

Special Jury Mention for Best Emerging Short Filmmaker: Tanya Lemke for STATIC (Canada) “The Jury would like to recognize this emotionally charged parable on grief and loss for its thoughtful and confident filmmaking, announcing the arrival of a promising new talent.”

Special Jury Mention for Aesthetic Innovation: ESTATE (France / Belgium) “The Jury would also like to recognize Ronny Trocker’s deft synthesis of compelling visual experimentation with a profound meditation on a pressing contemporary socio-cultural reality.”


The jury, overseen Julie Roy (Executive Producer, French Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada) and composed of Benoît Melançon (Assistant Professor and specialist in previsualization, UQAC/NAD), Alex Parkinson (Visual Effects Supervisor, Feature Animation Division, Cinesite), and Tamu Townsend (Curator of the Emru Townsend Foundation), selected the following winners:

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature: PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (Spain, dir: Alberto Vazquez, Pedro Rivero). “For its originality and vision in terms of aesthetic, narrative and characterization, PSYCHONAUTS defies comparison. Combined with its post-apocalyptic atmosphere and audacious themes, it achieves a daring balance that is at once destabilizing and engaging.”

Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short: STEMS (U.K., dir: Ainslie Henderson). “The jury universally loved this short and sweet animation about the joy and tragedy of animation itself. In particular, they enjoyed the unique rough style with lent the piece a tangibility and charm, and complimented the message. STEMS packs a lot of big ideas into a short run time.”

Special Jury Mention for Synergy of Narration and Art: CLOUDS (Canada dir: Diego Maclean). “The jury conveys a special mention to the film CLOUDS to underscore the judicious balance between its artistic direction and narrative. The story is well crafted and highly effective. It is upheld by a harmonious and delicate design that skillfully contrasts with the cruelty of the story.”


The jury, composed of Kier-la Janisse (author, editor-in-chief of Spectacular Optical), Paul Corupe (author and screenwriter), and Mario DeGiglio-Bellamare (filmmaker, writer and programmer), awarded Spectacular Optical’s Barry Convex Award to FEUILLES MORTES by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior et Edouard Tremblay. The award is accompanied by a $1000 prize, thanks to the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

The jury also presents a Special Mention to ÉCARTÉE by Lawrence Côté-Collins, saluting an accomplished exercise in voyeuristic suspense.

PRIX AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) 2016:

The jury, overseen by Martin Gignac and composed of Céline Gobert and Olivier Thibodeau, awarded the Prix AQCC to THE WAILING by Na Hong-jin.


The jury, overseen by Pascal Grenier and composed of Jean-Marie Lanlo and Guillaume Potvin, awarded the Prix Séquences to WE ARE THE FLESH by Emiliano Rocha Minter.


Le prix L’Écran fantastique, selected by Yves Rivard, was awarded to BEFORE I WAKE by Mike Flanagan.

Audience Award for Best European / North-South American Feature:

Gold – Tie between HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Dir: Taika Waititi) and UN PETIT BOULOT (Dir: Pascal Chaumeil)

Silver – THEY CALL ME JEEG (Dir: Gabriele Mainetti)

Bronze – Tie between KIKI: LOVE TO LOVE (Dir: Paco León) and THE LURE (Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska)

Audience Award for Best Asian Feature:

Gold – TRAIN TO BUSAN (Dir: Yeon Sang-ho)

Silver – TOO YOUNG TO DIE (Dir: Kankuro Kudo)

Bronze – THE WAILING (Dir: Na Hong-jin)

Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature:

Gold – KING DAVE (Dir: Daniel Grou)

Silver – FEUILLES MORTES (Dirs: Thierry Bouffard, Carnior, Edouard A. Tremblay)

Bronze – tie between ÉCARTÉE (Dir: Lawrence Côté-Collins) and OPERATION AVALANCHE (Dir: Matt Johnson)

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature:


Audience Award for Best Animated Feature:

SEOUL STATION (Dir: Yeon Sang-ho)

Audience Award for Best International Short:

Gold – SNAKEBITE (Dir: Tim Hyten)

Silver – NO TOUCHING (Dirs: Adam Davis, Will Corona Pilgrim)

Bronze – L’OURS NOIR (Dirs: Méryl Fortunat Rossi, Xavier Seron)

Audience Award for Best Quebecois Short:

Gold – CARNASSE (Dir: Francis Bordeleau)

Silver – CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ (Dir: Jean-Claude Leblanc)

Bronze – BULLSHIT (Dir: Marc Wiltshire)

The festival’s audiences were invited to vote for Best Virtual Reality Film. This year’s selection of virtual-reality genre films was programmed in collaboration with the CFC Media Lab. The section consisted of 11 titles, five of which were Canadian and six international productions. The Samsung Virtual Reality Award went to the short film KILLER DEAL from US director Anthony C. Ferrante.

Lastly, as part of the program of family films MON PREMIER FANTASIA AU MUSÉE McCORD, a youth jury consisting four members aged between 8 and 10 years old awarded this year’s Prix Jeunesse Mon Premier Fantasia to (SIMON’S CAT) A VISIT AT THE VET by U.K. animator Simon Tofield.

The Fantasia International Film Festival wishes to thank its sponsors and partners for their continued effort and support. For its 20th edition Fantasia was able to count on the support of 50 sponsor-partners, a dozen media partners, and 130 advertisers.

The Fantasia International Film Festival’s 21st edition will take place in July of 2017.

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#Brainwaves Episode 86: Darin Scott – Director of DEEP BLUE SEA 2, Producer of TALES FROM THE HOOD, and Lots More! LISTEN NOW!



For the 86th episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio, we went deep… deep into… well, trouble, per usual; but aside from that, filmmaker Darin Scott, whose latest film, Deep Blue Sea 2, is currently taking a shark-sized bite out of home video, joined us for some talk about that flick, Tales from the Hood, working with Spike Lee, and a whole lot more!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.


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Exclusive: Concept Art and Video From Tim Burton’s Cancelled SUPERMAN Plus Art From Clive Barker’s MUMMY Project



Special FX artist Steve Johnson has a long and storied career in Hollywood. From working on films such as Predator, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Lord of Illusions, and more, to to makeup on Return of the Living Dead III, Nightwatch, and Night of the Demons 2, his work has been seen in a swath of films that genre fans know and love. Hell, the guy even created Slimer from Ghostbusters! If that doesn’t make him Hollywood royalty, I honestly don’t know what does.

Right now, Johnson has a Kickstarter going for Rubberhead Volume 2: Sex, Drugs, and Special Effects, the second book in a five volume series that chronicles the work he’s done over the years. Included in this particular book is a section called “The Ones That Got Away”. That’s what brings us to today and to this particular article.

We were absolutely fascinated with some of the films that Johnson got to work on that never ended up seeing the light of day and we managed to get our hands on some exclusive concept art from both Tim Burton’s cancelled Superman and Clive Barker’s Mummy project. We also have a suit test video from the former, which features Danny Elfman’s music from Batman, so it’s extra thrilling.

You can read about both projects and see the concept art below (the Superman suit video is above). Also, click on the Kickstarter link above if you want to help make Johnson’s second book a reality!

Tim Burton’s Superman:

For the ill-fated Tim Burton Superman movie, Johnson was contracted to craft all manner of elaborate costumes, props, puppets, and prosthetics for a project that was to be doomed by an overextended budget.

It was absolutely massive because not only were we working on these Superman suits, we were doing Doomsday, we were doing a Menagerie, a Brainiac and an entire spaceship that was literally filled with creatures. It looked like the Star Wars cantina on steroids,” Steve Johnson exclaims.

Of the standout pieces were multiple bioluminescent Superman regeneration suits, all of which glowed purely by way of practical effects. The effect was created using cyalume, the active liquid in glow sticks, strategically pumped through a series of elaborate tubing patterns which gave the appearance of glowing blood pumping through veins.

Other suits were powered by a fiber-optic light setup informed heavily by Johnson’s groundbreaking work on James Cameron’s The Abyss, a creation he claims pleased him more than any other in his entire career.

Clive Barker’s Mummy:

Clive Barker had teamed up with Mick Garris (Critters 2, Psycho IV) on a brand new Mummy concept that the two pitched to Universal. The hyper erotic plot involved a transsexual occultist protagonist who attempted to reanimate mummies within a prestigious museum setting.

Shortly after collaborating with Barker on Lord of Illusions, Steve Johnson signed up to help him create a visual proof-of-concept in order to help Barker pitch the project which had not yet been greenlit. Johnson signed on and even built proof-of-concept creatures, funding the endeavor entirely out of his own pocket to help Barker sell it in to Universal.

For inspiration, Barker and Johnson exhaustively researched museums, Egyptian sculptures, statues and artifacts to ensure historical accuracy while imbuing the mummies with a heavy dose of classic sadomasochistic Clive Barker style.

Johnson explained, “If you do your research on real mummies in Egypt they look nothing like Boris Karloff mummies or mummies in the new mummy movies. The goal was to include all of the realistic detail and adornment in a way that was accurate to real Egyptian mummies which had never been done before. We were going to make them fascinating, cenobite-like creatures but based entirely in reality and history.

Unfortunately, the project was never greenlit by Universal. Clive Barker told Fangoria, “Looking back, our version of The Mummy was precisely what the powers that were at Universal did not want.


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TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL Clip Features Graboids on Ice!



The newest entry in the always lovable Tremors series will be hitting Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and Digital on May 1st.

And today we have a fun new clip from Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell to share! It features a sequence that reminds me A LOT of the ice planet creature vs Kirk scene in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.

You can check out the clip below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

Tremors: The Complete Collection will be available on DVD on May 1; and Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell hits Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and Digital also on May 1st.

Special features include:

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss why Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet.
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack.
  • Inside Chang’s Market: Chang’s Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise.

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the Arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!


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