Fantasia International Film Festival
Okay, kids! Strap in! With the Fantasia Film Festival speeding at us like a freight train of genre lunacy, we’ve got a ton of images and artwork to lay on you cats so pull up a seat and dig on new stuff for Blood C, Chained, Crave, Despite the Gods, The Human Race, and Dead Sushi!
The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place July 19th through August 7th.
Blood-C: The Last Dark
Naoyoshi Shiotani (Tokyo Marble Chocolate, key animator on Blood+ and Blood-C), is directing the film based upon the television series. The crew includes writers Jun’ichi Fujisaku and Nanase Ohkawa (CLAMP) with animation character designer/chief animation director Kazuchika Kise. Television voice cast members Nana Mizuki (Saya Kisaragi) and Kenji Nojima (Fumito Nanahara) star.
Directed by Jennifer Lynch and starring incent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, Conor Leslie and Evan Bird.
Eight-year-old Tim and his mother Sarah are picked up by Bob, a deranged taxi cab driver on the hunt for his next victim. Tim witnesses his first murder, the murder of his mother, but it would not be his last. Bob keeps Tim as a reluctant protégé, forcing him to clean and bury the bodies of the young women he drags home. Now a teenager, Tim must make a life or death choice between following in Bob’s footsteps or breaking free from his captor.
Directed by Charles de Lauzirika and starring Ron Perlman and Edward Furlong.
A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour.
Despite the Gods
Directed by Penny Vozniak and starring Jennifer Lynch who will be participating in a Q&A after the screening.
‘Despite the Gods’ brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. Out of her depth shooting on location with an Indian crew and two top Bollywood stars, Lynch turns her production into a vehicle for her own self-actualization, paying no regard to timeline, budget or reality. As the story in front of the camera derails, the story behind the camera explodes
The Human Race
Directed by Paul Hough and starring Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, B. Anthony Cohen, Celine Tien, Ian Tien, Trista Robinson, and Fred Coury.
Veronica suddenly finds herself in a surreal and horrifying marathon race. The rules are simple: If you are lapped, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Many will start but only one may cross the finish line alive.
Directed by Noboru Iguchi.
The film, which stars 21-year-old martial arts prodigy Rina Takeda, tells the tale of Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, who runs away from home when his kung fu-like regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests, including the employees of a pharmaceutical firm there on a work vacation. But little do they know that a disgruntled former researcher has also come to the inn with a plan for revenge, using a serum he developed that can awaken the murderous instincts of ordinary sushi, turning it into bloodthirsty monsters! Keiko must use both her sushi training and her martial arts skills to save the others and defeat the flying killers.
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