Fantasia 2019: Montreal’s Premier Genre Film Festival Preview

We have some very exciting news to share here at Film Seizure! Film Seizure will be bringing you coverage and film reviews of the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival. The festival runs from July 11th through August 1st featuring over 130 genre films from across the globe. For well over two decades, Fantasia has developed a reputation for excellence in genre

film presentation and world premieres and we’re very excited to be covering it for the first time. In addition to Film Seizure reviews of several films, Jason will be in Montreal for some of the featured events, including a bus tour of famous Canadian tax shelter-era Montreal film locations hosted by Spectacular Optical, a small-press publisher of of collectible film and pop culture books with an emphasis on supporting Canadian genre film writers and designers. Jason will also be in attendance for Joe Bob Briggs’ Fantasia presentation of his popular tour HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD. Below you’ll see a preview of some of the films we are particularly excited about that we’ll hopefully be discussing here at the website. Please let us know in the comments what films you are excited to see as well!


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It should come as no surprise that the July 13th world premiere of the 5th movie in the Critters franchise, CRITTERS ATTACK!, would top Jason’s list as his most anticipated film of Fantasia 2019. Covered at length in December of 2018, the Critters franchise is a favorite of the podcast. 27 years since CRITTERS 4 and 33 years since her appearance in the original film, Dee Wallace reprises her role (maybe) as Helen Brown. CRITTERS ATTACK! is directed by Bobby Miller (THE CLEANSE) and written by Scott Lobdell (HAPPY DEATH DAY 1 and 2)



Brian De Palma’s now cult classic, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, will have a special screening on July 13th with the star and writer of the original music, Paul Williams, in attendance. Additional, producer Edward R. Pressman, will be in attendance and being presented with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. And stick around for the documentary, PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG, which examines the inexplicable popularity of the De Palma film in Winnipeg, Canada from the mouths of the fans and those involved with the film’s creation.


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Director David Gregory (founder of Severin Films, director of LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU)  tells the crazy story of micro-budget exploitation film director Al Adamson. The documentary is a real labor of love for Gregory who reportedly spent years compiling archival footage and interviews to weave the story together.                      





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Japanese filmmaker Hideo Nakata returns to the RINGU franchise that launched the J-Horror explosion, with his new film in that saga, SADAKO. If the promotional materials are any indication, creepy haired little girl wraiths are back in new and inventive ways to scare the holy hell out of us. The time seems ripe to dive back into the well…or crawl out of it.


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In the debut film from David Marmor, there is a ton of buzz around the world premiere of 1BR. It could be another in a long line of excellent discoveries making their debut at Fantasia.

The official synopsis: “After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises, and threatening notes, her new life quickly starts to unravel. By the time she learns the horrifying truth, it’s too late. Caught in a waking nightmare, Sarah must find the strength to hold onto her crumbling sanity…or be trapped forever in an existential hell.”

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