It’s the time of year again! Fantasia Film Festival hits Montreal starting the coming Tuesday (July 14th)!
After waiting for the site to get updated and the schedule to go up on Tuesday, I sat down for 2 hours looking at trailers, reading descriptions, seeing what fit in my schedule. It sure took longer than I expected. But then, last year probably took the same amount of time. With work rush in the way, I have to make some choices that I didn’t really want to. Some movies I wanted to see only had time slots where I couldn’t go or it clashed with something I wanted to see more.
One movie, I did end up not choosing (because the chances of me getting tickets were also slim) was advanced screening of Ant-Man. I’ll still go check it out in theatres if its still around after the festival but its okay. There are a lot of great choices and some amazing hosts for certain movies. With that said, I was a little nervous that I couldn’t get tickets for some of the movies. Here is what the final line-up is!
Just a note: I don’t have particular preferences but I do usually go for less dramas and romance and more horror and thrillers. I always choose one Hong Kong (China) production and try to dive into Canadian movies also. Other ones, I try to keep an eye out for is Quebec production and animations that peak my interest but not necessarily included.
Kung Fu Killer (Quebec Premiere)
The Hallow (Canadian Premiere)
Cooties (Canadian Premiere)
We Are Still Here (Canadian Premiere)
Observance (World Premiere)
Anguish (World Premiere)
Tales of Halloween (World Premiere)
Cop Car (Canadian Premiere)
Bite (World Premiere)
Antisocial 2 (World Premiere)
That’s the line-up for now! 🙂 11 movies! That’s the same as last year. I’m pretty happy that I managed to get all of what I wanted even though I hesitated a little during ticket checkout for Tales of Halloween and Antisocial 2. Those are kind of my wild card right there but after looking at the San Diego Comic Con trailer for Tales of Halloween. It does make me a good bit more optimistic. I haven’t ever dived into the world of horror anthology movies so this will be a fresh experience. As for Antisocial 2, my review for Antisocial will go up some time next week, tell me that it doesn’t give you a creeping feeling of Resident Evil BUT I’m a huge fan of Resident Evil, seeing as its my guilty pleasure and all, that I’m willing to give this one a chance.
This year, the fiance is coming with me to see the Sunday two movies back to back night with We Are Still Here and Observance. And one of my good friends are going with me to see Cop Car. I always love company in these things since everyone else seems to have company. Not that I mind too much since I’m usually pretty hyped up about these events.
Moving along, there were a few movies I couldn’t see because of time constraints but these two were the ones that I felt like I will miss out the most:
While there are movies that I considered and the trailers were rather intriguing but upon a second look at the trailers and discussing with my fiance for weekend showings, we decided to not choose those. Whatever the reason, I do only have a certain budget so sadly, among a pool of potentially good movies, I had to make choices and hope that it would work out for the better. However, please take a look. Maybe you can shed some light on some of these that I wasn’t aware of and I’ll add it to my viewing list.
Momentum (South Africa)
Cherry Tree (Ireland)
And there you go! My final line-up, potential candidates that didn’t make it (but your opinion and suggestions may change that) and movies that had scheduling conflicts. As for one of the movies, I actually chose because I wanted to see it and then work my schedule around it. But then, I really hope I’m sacrificing for the right movie… Either way, I need to be confident in what I’ve chosen. I really do like the looks of it all. I think I’ll need to round up a ton of comedies to ease the amount of horrors sitting in this list. If you had to choose one horror to get creeped out of, Anguish gave me chills and the first time, I didn’t even finish the trailer on my own. My fiance claims I’ll stay up all night. Lets hope that won’t happen. As for hosts, Tales of Halloween will have a ton including Neil Marshall. I’d lie if I didn’t choose to see that movie because I wanted to see what he had to say about it. Then there’s Cop Car where Kevin Bacon will host along with the director. Just a little highlight from what I can remember.
Yay! Festival season! 🙂 Its a huge reason why I feel so lucky to be living in Montreal!
Anyone going to be here for the Fantasia Festival? What are you seeing? Anything catch your eye out of this selection? What peaks your interest from this list?