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10 Found Footage Movies You Should Watch Before The New Blair Witch (2016)

Posted by Coleman McClung on August 23, 2016

Whether you’re a fan of the original or not, you have to appreciate the lengths that Lionsgate went to so that the new Blair Witch sequel would be a complete surprise to everyone in attendance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Shot and marketed under the fake moniker The Woods, Adam Wingard’s latest film has been eagerly anticipated by fans who were completely unaware of its top-secret sequel status.

You can check out our review here, but before you see it for yourself, we’re here to make sure you’ve seen some of the best films in the genre that was popularized by the 1999 original The Blair Witch Project. Check out the trailer for the new film below, as well as ten unique found footage films to hold you over until September 16th, when Blair Witch finally hits theaters.

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A small disclaimer before I jump into the list. Found footage films have come a long way since Cannibal Holocaust. I know they’re never going to win everyone over, but I disagree that they’re movies that only offer cheap scares and gimmicky tricks. The genre truly asks more of you as an audience member than other horror movies. You have to completely suspend your disbelief before sitting down in the theater; otherwise, the movie will always be silly and will have already lost you before the first trailer plays. I understand someone hating the genre, but I think when they work, found footage movies have a chance to get under your skin and stick with you like no other type of filmmaking in existence. You just have to let them.

Now, on to the list.

The Blair Witch Project

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When the marketing began for this movie, no one knew what it would become. It was already creeping people out before they even had a chance to see it with the idea that this was not fiction. Sold as actual footage found in the woods of Maryland, The Blair Witch Project told the story of three student filmmakers who set out to shoot a documentary exposing a gruesome local legend. They interview many of the citizens in Burkettsville, Maryland – and film at a nearby graveyard – before heading into the woods and encountering the true terror behind the lore.

This story structure would be copied by so many other films in the genre and is one of the reasons the producers set out to make this movie to begin with. Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez came up with the idea originally because they found that documentaries about the paranormal were sometimes much more frightening than recent horror films that had released and disappointed. They set out to combine the styles and create something new and did so on a shoestring budget of only $35,000.

The movie was shown at the Sundance Film Festival that year and almost immediately bought by Artisan for a reported $1.1 million. The Blair Witch Project is one of the first films to show studios that they can make an extremely effective horror movie for next to nothing and open huge to a wanting audience. This has lead to some incredibly bad and surprisingly good movies over the past seventeen years as studios try to recreate the phenomenon that this film started right before the turn of the century.

REC

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Shot in Barcelona, Spain, and released in 2007, REC shows what the genre is capable of in the right hands, those hands being extremely talented directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was a major hit with critics from the start and had an unusually successful film festival run before getting a wider release. Known for creating an intensely claustrophobic atmosphere, the real star of the movie is its twist on the whole viral/rabies/zombie infection concept. Not everything is what it seems, and the third act moves things completely out of predictability.

One of the many Spanish horror films to be remade for an American audience, REC is still passed around by fans committed to having the original stand as the preferred telling of the story. The remake – under the international title Quarantine – is famous for nixing the entire twist ending and stars Jennifer Carpenter as the lead reporter who rushes into an apartment building with her cameraman, hoping to catch a newsworthy story. Definitely check out the original first and foremost for at least one example of foreign films executed much better than their eventual American remakes.

Paranormal Activity 3

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It’s hard to remember a time when the Paranormal Activity franchise wasn’t a household name, and many horror fans have long lost their taste for the series. When the first film began its unique city by city release – based on an online voting system – you didn’t have to look far for someone excited to get a glimpse of the movie. After becoming a hit on par with The Blair Witch Project, the film quickly built up a base of detractors for various reasons, but still, the sequels started being pumped out every Halloween and would become a staple of the season for general audiences.

However you feel about the first film, you can’t deny that there is definitely something different and more thoughtful about the third entry in the series. Instead of continuing the story right after Paranormal Activity 2, the movie begins and ends with the main sisters of the series finding a box of old tapes and reminiscing about growing up together. These bumpers bookend a prequel that tells the original story of “Toby,” the demon that is connected to the sisters throughout their lives in the franchise.

Taking place mostly in the 1980’s, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman employed a number of post-production techniques to make the film feel as if it was shot on a prosumer video camcorder. The lead character is a professional wedding photographer, which allows the movie to justify multiple cameras on the action and helps overcome some of the technical barriers a normal family would have access to at the time. Using these unique camera angles and even an unnerving moving shot help differentiate the film from the previous two. The filmmakers also pulled from classic movies of the era such as Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, with nods throughout the plot and even influencing how they executed certain scenes to scare fans. Overall, Paranormal Activity 3 sits above the rest of the series, even with non-fans, and can be enjoyed easily as a stand-alone film.

Willow Creek

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Bobcat Goldthwait is known for making dark – sometimes nonsensical – comedies that are, not so subtly, trying to say something about the human condition. So when he announced that he was going to make a found footage Bigfoot movie, people sat up. Everyone expected it to be more of a comedy or satire, but it wasn’t at all. Sure, it was funny, but it held to a very familiar structure introduced by The Blair Witch Project and had much more in common with a straightforward horror flick. Audiences were split on whether this worked or not, but no one denies that the nineteen-minute tent sequence in the middle of the film creates an intense and horrifying atmosphere.

The story follows a woman agreeing to accompany her long-time boyfriend on a camping trip for his birthday to the same area that produced the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footage back in 1967. They stop first in the self-described “Bigfoot Capital of the World,” Willow Creek, to interview locals about their own sightings and experiences with the legendary creature. Starting to sound familiar? Soon after, they head into the woods to try to capture their own footage and find the original meadow that originates the famous sighting. Their exciting camping trip devolves into a terrifying nightmare as a troop of the creatures find them first, begin to terrorize their camp, and hunt them throughout the night.

Bearing striking similarities to previous films in the genre, Willow Creek manages to stand apart by engulfing itself in the lore of Bigfoot and the local California legend. You do have to let yourself really believe in the found footage aspect of the story so that every twig snap and hoot makes your skin crawl. If you can do that, the ending will make you think twice about setting up a tent in the woods for a very long time.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

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With the recent ABC’s of Death and V/H/S franchises, anthology horror is making a huge comeback in the form of found footage films. The movie that did it first is still, to this day, not released on DVD or Blu-ray. There’s some kind of joke in a movie called The Poughkeepsie Tapes not being on modern formats that I’m not smart enough to make, but moving on, this is a film that is held in high regard by most of the people willing to seek it out.

A mixture of found footage and mockumentary storytelling, the film highlights the crimes of a deranged serial killer after hundred of videotapes are found, each with a different victim’s last moments recorded. This is a seriously deranged movie, and it will stick with you long after the last tape is shown. You will see people tortured and frightened in incredibly realistic ways, but unlike many of the other movies that have delved into this style, the mockumentary portion of The Poughkeepsie Tapes is integral to figuring out the whole story. If you can track down a copy and have a strong stomach, this movie is the type that ends up being passed around all over horror circles, and you can be the one to start the vomit-inducing in your own household.

Grave Encounters

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Canada is responsible for more than just excellent bacon and top-tier television aboot teen angst. They’ve also given us the extremely entertaining story of a cheesy paranormal investigative reality show encountering real-life supernatural horror. Although most people Stateside have discovered Grave Encounters thanks to video on demand services, this is not your usual straight-to-DVD trash.

The movie nails the vibe of those repetitive late-night “unscripted TV” crews that go into supposedly haunted locations every week and scream in dark hallways for an hour and a half. Everything from the frat guy host to the unbelievably annoying tag-along psychic are presented in the film and pulled off perfectly. Seeing them start to run across actual paranormal phenomena and then be terrorized by it is just as enjoyable as it sounds.

Even without the best script or special effects, the cast and concept are enough to make this worthwhile of a watch. Avoid the sequels at all cost, though; this is one concept that overstays its welcome past the first film.

Unfriended 

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Unfriended is a movie that demands you ignore all the reasons why it should be horrible. An MTV-produced film about millennials sitting around on Skype and being killed off one by one sounds like it was thought up in a board room full of desperate studio execs trying to figure out what tweens think is cool. If you can get past that, however – and slug through a few plot-pushing coincidences – you have an incredibly unique found footage movie that throws off the shackles of its gimmick.

Following a group of friends who may or may not be responsible for the suicide of a former classmate, Unfriended has the supposed spirit returning to seek revenge on them and reveal the singular person actually to blame. As more of them bite the dust in creative Final Destination meets The Happening ways, the movie really comes into its own and demands to be taken – if not seriously – at least on its own terms.

The Bay

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The Bay is one of those films that you hear exclusively about from a friend and end up watching without knowing anything about, and it really shines in that scenario and can stand with some of the best films of the sub-genre. What makes it different is its unique approach to multiple found footage sources and its ability to take on a very large ensemble story.

Set in a fictional coastal town in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the plot revolves around multiple stories taking place during the city’s July 4th celebrations. The horror element is revealed to be a disease that causes human hosts to become breeding grounds for parasitic isopods. Putting a twist on the overly saturated zombie craze, the movie really focuses on its cast and using creative ways all over town and even in the bay itself to show their survival or lack thereof. That means surveillance tapes, laptop cameras, police car recordings, etc., are all used in conjunction to tell the same story of this town’s descent into chaos. Easily one of the most interesting films on this list.

The Visit

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M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t have a lot of critics in his corner nowadays, but this film made some of them look up when it was released in 2015. The Visit is a found footage film made by a cinematography-obsessed director, and it shows. Shots are steady and well-composed, even though we’re to believe that a teenage girl is behind the camera the whole time. This is explained in the movie by the character being obsessed with becoming a filmmaker, but either way, you won’t think too much about it once things start getting a little creepy.

Following two children visiting their grandparents – whom they’ve never met – on vacation, the film is actually pretty funny in between the legitimate scares. This is largely due to the casting of child actors who don’t immediately get on your nerves and are cleverly written to be both the protagonists and the comic relief. Throughout the film, you’re rooting for them openly and waiting for the tell-tale twist because that’s what we’ve come to expect from M. Night. What’s great is that the movie doesn’t rely on the secretive big reveal to carry the plot and holds up on re-watches because of it. With the new knowledge you’ve gained by the end, watching again really adds to the earlier scenes and enhances them, making this one of the best Shyamalan films in recent memory.

What We Do in the Shadows

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Okay, I’ll admit that this choice isn’t the best film to put you in the mood for the new Blair Witch, but it is such a hilarious and fun mockumentary that it deserves any reason to be discovered regardless. Another Sundance darling, What We Do in the Shadows takes an intimate knowledge of classic vampire lore and brings it into a modern setting. The comedy is front and center in the film, but there are so many horror movie references throughout that make this a must-watch for any fan of the genre.

Starring Jemaine Clement from “Flight of the Conchords” fame, the story revolves around four vampires in New Zealand who share a flat and all the mundane chores, problems, and lifestyle choices that come with it. Once a new creature of the night is forced into their lives, they have to cope with a young vampire who understands twenty-first century technology and culture but couldn’t care less about their history and traditions. While trying to figure out how to handle this new addition to the house, they end up confronted by werewolves, vampire hunters, and the troubles of modern dating. Now that they’ve announced a sequel following the hilarious, previously mentioned werewolves, you have every reason to check this movie out as soon as inhumanly possible.

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Top 10 Bigfoot Movies of the 21st Century

Posted by Josh Millican on May 6, 2015

Bigfoot is my bro. While reports of an enormous and elusive bipedal hominid are an ancient and worldwide phenomenon, Bigfoot is nonetheless a staple of North American crypto-mythology—especially on the West Coast. As a life-long resident of California and an avid camper, I’ve always felt a close connection to the mysterious creature; whenever I find myself enjoying the woods and mountains of my state, I always keep an eye out for Bigfoot.

With the release of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film in 1967 (touted by many as the closest thing to definitive proof that the creature exists), America experienced what can rightfully be called Bigfoot Mania. An entire industry was established around the creature, one that included t-shirts, toys, and a plethora of films and TV shows, most notably The Legend of Boggy Creek in 1972.

And while it may seem like Bigfoot Mania has diminished over the years, a cursory look at our modern horror landscape proves quite the opposite; according to the IMDb, around 70 Bigfoot films have been released since the year 2000, with a noticeable spike around 2006 (this includes theatrical and made-for-TV movies, straight to DVDs, short films, and documentaries). So while he may seem like a throwback, Bigfoot is in fact one of the most popular monsters of this, or any, age and an icon in the truest sense.

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The films below represent the best Bigfoot-centric horror movies of the 21st Century. They remind us that it’s best to tread lightly when we venture off the beaten path. Enjoy!

Abominable (2006)

While Bigfoot movies usually target a relatively small (but rabid) subset of horror connoisseurs, Abominable is a film with vast appeal. It’s a creature feature and a comedy, but it’s also a deeply nuanced story that plays out like a reimagining of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. The beasts are shown often and in all their glory, and the gore is plentiful; a scene where a creature bites into a man’s skull like an apple is especially satisfying. What really makes Abominable a must-see for horror fans, though, it’s a movie-stealing interlude that features Lance Henriksen and Jeffrey Combs as hillbillies hunters, sitting around a campfire, talkin’ S’quatch.

Love in the Time of Monsters (2014)

While many Bigfoot movies set out to be scary and fail, some of them find success in “so-bad-it’s-good” circles where they’re viewed as comedies. Love in the Time of Monsters, however, never tries to be anything except funny as hell—and it succeeds in spades! For side-splitting fits of laughter, you can’t do much better than a zombified Kane Hodder in a Bigfoot outfit shooting electricity from his fingers. Intrigued? You should be! In addition to being fucking hysterical, Love in the Time of Monsters is smart and endearing with characters who actually become less two-dimentional as the film progresses. Best of all, you don’t have to be a fan of Bigfoot movies to dig this sleeper—or is it a future cult classic?

Southern Fried Bigfoot (2008)

While Bigfoot sightings are most common in the Northwestern U.S., the creature is not exclusively a Pacific Coast phenomenon; Sasquatch sightings are surprisingly frequent in the South, specifically in Texas and Louisiana, where he goes by a few unique local monikers (perhaps in an effort to differentiate the beast from his left-coast cousin): Call him a Skunk Ape, a Boogey, a Wild Man even—just don’t call him Bigfoot. Southern Fried Bigfoot is a documentary that may lack the sensationalism of fictional cinema (and even other Sasquatch documentaries), but it goes a long way towards legitimizing the creature’s existence and de-stigmatizing purported eyewitnesses.   While it falls far short of providing definitive proof, this one will make even the staunchest of skeptics take pause.

Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008)

The next film on the list is also a documentary, but as the title suggests, this is not your “typical” Bigfoot movie. The film follows Dallas Gilbert and Wayne Burton, two retired men from Appalachian Ohio who fancy themselves professional Bigfoot investigators. The film documents the expeditions and sometime -rocky friendship between these men as they seek validation from their idol: “famous” Sasquatch researcher C. Thomas Biscardi (who comes off like a total asshole). While there’s definitely a comic element to the way the men are portrayed (specifically their inflated senses of self-importance), Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie is ultimately a poignant examination of human nature, where the search for Sasquatch parallels the search for meaning in a cold and complicated world.

The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008)

I know some Bigfoot fans out there are grumbling about all these recent films, feeling in your hearts that this type of horror movie peaked in the 1970’s and that films like The Legend of Boggy Creek best exemplify this subgenre. Well, the filmmakers behind The Wild Man of the Navidad had you guys in mind when they produced this retro gem that’s almost indistinguishable from Bigfoot B-Movies of that Golden Age. The story is supposedly culled from the real-life journals of Dale S. Rogers, who in the 1970’s lived on the banks of the Navidad River in Sublime, Texas. While it’s never touched on in the film, the original legend of “The Wild Man” dates back to the 1800’s; it’s now widely believed that the “creature” was an escaped slave.

Valley of the Sasquatch (2015)

Look for Valley of the Sasquatch on VOD and DVD this fall courtesy of The October People (the folks who brought us Found) and Votive Films. It’s currently screening at festivals where it’s been kicking ass and taking names. This time Bigfoot gets a more serious, almost dignified portrayal in a film that focuses on a pack of creatures (as opposed to a lone giant). It creates a family dynamic that serves as a parallel and a foil to the dysfunctional family of humans, posing the question: Who are the real monsters? Sure, there’s some cheese, but it’s the absolute best variety, like dismembered limbs and heads getting squished like grapes! Indie favorites Bill Oberst, Jr., and Jason Vail bring genuine emotion and drama to VotS, something you almost never see in this kind of movie. (And, hey, it’s an Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies reunion!)

SIDEBAR: The remaining films are all in the found footage subgenre, and this is hardly a coincidence. By the mid 2000’s, the found footage craze was in full effect, but there’s something very apropos about using this presentation for Bigfoot movies specifically. It all harkens back to the Patterson-Gimlin film of 1967 showing a creature resembling Sasquatch sauntering across a riverbank in Bluff Creek, California. The picture is shaky and out of focus as Roger Patterson ran to catch up to the creature, and we only get a clear image for a few fleeting instances. It’s these imperfections that prove (according to some) that the encounter was unplanned and hastily recorded—and thus true. It’s the aesthetic employed in countless found footage films, where recordings are made during tumultuous, often terrifying encounters with all manner of otherworldly beasties.

Pursuit of a Legend (2010)

Pursuit of a Legend is a bare-bones found footage horror movie of The Blair Witch Project variety. A couple of aspiring television cryptozoologists decide to film a pilot in the Widjigo Woods of Washington State, where they hope to encounter a “Gentle Giant.” What they get is—well, it’s a horror movie, so I’m sure you see where this is going. Special effects are relatively nonexistent with hardly even a flash of the creature, but this film stands out thanks to the stellar lead performances:  Steffen Dziczek and Chris Cantelmi act the fuck out of this movie! The viewers might not see Bigfoot, but we never doubt that the characters do, as we experience first their excitement and later—their abject horror.

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)

A disgraced journalist plots his comeback: Armed with a documentary film crew, he sets out to debunk a California hunter who supposedly possess an actual Sasquatch body. Frank Ashmore plays Carl Drybeck, the enigmatic outdoorsman claiming a connection to an entire community of Sasquatches. Many found footage horror movies take their time building up tension, but The Lost Coast Tapes has excellent pacing and top-notch suspense throughout as well as a really crazy final twist. “The Lost Coast” refers to a remote area of Northern California that’s a hotbed of Bigfoot activity (according to enthusiasts). A sequel is currently in the works titled Bigfoot: Beyond the Lost Coast Tapes.

Exists (2014)

Blair Witch writer/director Eduardo Sanchez knows that Bigfoot is the perfect subject for a found footage horror movie, going back to his roots with Exists. This time those who cross the Sasquatch’s path are simply campers who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. And while all of these films subvert the idealized vision of Bigfoot as a “Gentle Giant,” this one actually communicates the creature’s violent motivations in a way that few are able. Yes, there are times when Exists feels almost like a Go-Pro commercial, but skillful storytelling and effective editing make for some excellent momentum. We’re treated to plenty of tantalizing glimpses of the creature throughout and rewarded with a final jaw-dropping money-shot, courtesy of the folks at WETA workshops.

Willow Creek (2014)

Willow Creek took some critical beatings this year, perhaps suffering from comparisons to the critically praised crowd-pleaser Exists, which was also released in 2014. Still, I thought this film was a brilliant and dark twist on established Bigfoot tropes. Yes, it’s a super slow-burn, including a 10-minute uncut scene of a couple in a tent listening to noises outside, but these filmmaking tactics succeed at putting the viewers right there in the darkness alongside them; I was literally at the edge of my couch, holding my breath as I strained my ears. And while there’s not much in terms of creature FX, what we do see (or rather, the implications of what we see) is infinitely more disturbing, suggesting a rather depraved motivation for Bigfoot’s interactions with humans.

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Willow Creek Stomps Onto Blu-ray and DVD

Posted by Steve Barton on August 6, 2014

Willow Creek Stomps Onto Blu-ray and DVDThe latest sasquatchploitation flick from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review) is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD and right now we have all the details you need to get ready without even having to plan out your camping trip!

From the Press Release
A young couple find themselves face to face with a terrifying evil when they venture into the heart of Bigfoot country in WILLOW CREEK, director Bobcat Goldthwait's unique spin on the horror genre. It creeps onto Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group on September 9, 2014, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

Looking to make a splash with his research videos into the existence of Bigfoot, Jim (Bryce Johnson, Pretty Little Liars) and his skeptical girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, Labor Day, God Bless America) take a camping trip to the mountains surrounding Willow Creek, California, a small town where famous footage of the legendary Sasquatch was filmed decades earlier. Jim believes Bigfoot exists and is intent on finding the very spot where the huge, hairy, man-like creature supposedly strode.

But before long, Jim and Kelly are lost in the woods and discover that someone - or something - is stalking them. With each passing night bringing unknowable danger, the two must use all of their cunning to try to make it out of the forest alive.

Special features on the BD and DVD include: Commentary with Writer/Director Bobcat Goldthwait and Stars Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson, Deleted Scenes, Bryce Johnson's "The Making of Willow Creek" and more.

Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait takes a radical departure from his recent string of black comedies (God Bless America, World's Greatest Dad) to create a film that shows there are still surprises and shocks to be had in the found-footage genre pioneered by The Blair Witch Project. In her review in The New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis pointed out Goldthwait "engineers a static, almost wordless 19-minute shot inside a tent that generates more tension than many horror directors achieve with a swarm of Foley artists and a healthier budget. This canny exploitation of the power of silence is unnerving." Tom Huddleston of Time Out London called the film "a whole lot of jarring, juddering fun." Brian Orndorf of Blu-ray.com said, "It's smaller in scope and horror ambition, which automatically makes it more enjoyable than most of its brethren, creating a mix of local color and camping disaster that's basic but frightfully effective." "WILLOW CREEK does everything a little bit better than others of its kind," praised Scott Tobias of The Dissolve.

Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek

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Exclusive Clip Takes You Deep Inside Willow Creek

Posted by Steve Barton on June 4, 2014

Willow Creek Trailer Found Hidden in the WoodsOn tap right now is an exclusive clip from the upcoming sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review). What better way could there be to spend your hump day? Dig it!

With Willow Creek Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait is said to use this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.

Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 6th!

Synopsis
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.

The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community: Sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.

On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.

Director and two-time IFFBoston alum Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, 2009; GOD BLESS AMERICA, 2012) pumps new life into the found-footage horror genre with WILLOW CREEK. His characters’ genuine humor gives them a humanity that is essential to setting up the scares. The satire is so successful that the film’s audience will have no idea what to do with the tension and fear that comes later—other than to white-knuckle it while sitting in the dark.




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New Artwork and Video For Willow Creek Will Leave an Imprint

Posted by Steve Barton on May 29, 2014

Willow Creek Trailer Found Hidden in the WoodsEntertainment Weekly scored quite the badass artwork and video for the upcoming sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review). Check them out right here right now before its body is stripped clean by strange woodland creatures.

With Willow Creek Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait is said to use this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.

Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 6th!

Synopsis
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.

The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community: Sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.

On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.

Director and two-time IFFBoston alum Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, 2009; GOD BLESS AMERICA, 2012) pumps new life into the found-footage horror genre with WILLOW CREEK. His characters’ genuine humor gives them a humanity that is essential to setting up the scares. The satire is so successful that the film’s audience will have no idea what to do with the tension and fear that comes later—other than to white-knuckle it while sitting in the dark.


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UK Takes a Trip To Willow Creek This Month

Posted by Gareth Jones on May 1, 2014

UK Takes a Trip To Willow Creek This MonthThe buzz surrounding Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek (review) has been massive throughout the past year, and thanks to Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, UK horror fans will get to see what it's all about when it hits DVD on May 26 following a limited theatrical run from May 2.

Bigfoot's coming home!

Synopsis:
Jim (Bryce Johnson - Pretty Little Liars) and his girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore – Definitely, Maybe) are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend – the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since.
Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore, misidentifications and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep Jim happy, whilst Jim is determined to prove the story is real by capturing the beast on camera.
Deep in the dark and silent woods, isolated and hours from human contact, neither Kelly nor Jim are prepared for what is hidden between the trees, and what happens when the cameras start rolling...

Special features on the DVD release are still to be confirmed at this time.

Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek

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Visit Willow Creek In NYC on June 6th!

Posted by Steve Barton on April 28, 2014

Visit Willow Creek In NYC on June 6th!We told you that the sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait known as Willow Creek (review) has scored itself some domestic distribution via Dark Sky Films, and now we have some release details for ya!

MPI will release the flick in NYC on June 6th at the IFC CENTER with a theatrical rollout to follow.

Described by Jimmy Kimmel as “Scary and the Hendersons” and by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait himself as “The Blair-Squatch Project,” found footage movie Willow Creek is a radical departure in Goldthwait’s career after directing a string of black comedies (World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America).

In the great American tradition of people venturing into the woods and encountering absolutely pants-wetting terror, what starts as two dorks with a video camera having a lark in a national park metastasizes into something much deeper, darker, and queasier.

Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, "Pretty Little Liars") a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, World’s Greatest Dad), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns.

The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, where various locals talk to Jim’s camera, warning them to keep out of the woods, singing ballads about Bigfoot, and generally enjoying their 15 minutes in the spotlight while Jim and Kelly have a blast, cracking wise amidst all the touristy Bigfoot kitsch on display. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads. Well, Kelly does, at least. Jim, as he approaches what he considers hallowed ground, is in heaven.

That night they’re awakened by mysterious sounds echoing through the woods and whooping vocalizations that might be Bigfoot but that might also be locals screwing with them. Either way, they’re not welcome here, and so Jim and Kelly decide to get out come sun-up but, as they quickly discover, it might already be too late, and as the sun goes down for the second time and they find themselves retracing the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, they discover the truth behind Bigfoot and the disturbing meaning of the term “forest bride.”

Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek

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First Wave of Films and Special Guests Announced for the 2013 Telluride Horror Show

Posted by Brad McHargue on August 27, 2013

First Wave of Films and Special Guests Announced for the 2013 Telluride Horror ShowFall is the unofficial film festival season with many of the major festivals all happening within a 2- to 3-month span of each other. TIFF, Fantastic Fest, Venice, and Telluride all dominate the scene, but one mustn’t overlook the smaller, more niche festivals that take place around the country.

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Fantasia 2013: Dread Central Raises the Curtain on Our Top 11 Must-See Films

Posted by Drew Tinnin on July 18, 2013

Fantasia 2013: Dread Central Raises the Curtain on Our Top 11 Must-See FilmsWith the onslaught of Comic-Con coverage beaming your way right now, this a firm reminder that Fantasia, one of the world’s preeminent genre film festivals, is also kicking off today; and we have a list of our Top 11 most anticipated entries.

The Fantasia Film Festival, now in its 17th year after debuting in 1996, will likely be making heads explode with this year's lineup so we thought we'd point you in the direction of those films that look dressed to impress. So take off your Hulk Smash Hands for a few minutes and give these talented filmmakers a little bit of your time!

24 Exposures (USA) Dir: Joe Swanberg (World Premiere)
Joe Swanberg has been an indie darling for years for his intimate portraits of twenty-something hipsters, but it’s his latest stint in the horror genre that has us turning our heads. After the director’s effort in last year’s V/H/S entitled "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger", I’m personally taken with a premise centering around a photographer whose subjects model as if they were deceased only to find out that one of his subjects actually does. 24 Exposures seems to harken back to late ‘80s, early ‘90s softcore melodrama. Anyone out there that remembers "Friday After Dark" on Cinemax might want to put this one on their radar.

Billy (Adam Wingard) is an erotic photographer whose images blur the line between fine art and pornography. Together with his girlfriend, Alex (Caroline White), he lives in a haze of drugs, sex and models. When a gorgeous model ends up dead, Billy draws the attention of Detective Michael Bamfeaux (Simon Barrett), an unstable cop dealing with some personal demons of his own. Meanwhile, Billy tries to lure Rebecca (Helen Rogers), a curious and innocent young woman, into his photography, while balancing a complicated relationship with Callie (Sophia Takal), his favorite model. As the murder investigation deepens, Detective Bamfeuax is drawn into Billy’s lurid world, which he may prefer to his own.

After School Midnighters (Japan) Dir: Hitoshi Takekiyo (North American Premiere)
There isn’t a lot of fanfare circling around After School Midnighters, probably having to do with the fact that it’s a 3D animated film in Japanese with no recognizable stars. The famed director Hayao Miyazaki has almost single-handedly put 2D animation in Japan at the forefront with films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, but Midnighters attempts to make some much needed progress in the world of three dimensions.

A school’s morbid monsters of the night are no match for a trio of irrepressible little girls in this charming, distinctive and eye-poppingly weird work of 3D digital animation from Japan. Scientifically proven to spook and amuse! Official Selection: Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2013, Raindance Film Festival, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2012.

Cheap Thrills (USA) Dir: E.L. Katz (Canadian Premiere)
Being the most recent example of why you should probably just go to the park to think things out after losing your blue-collar job instead of going to the bar, Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy) and his downward spiral of debauchery and dares, in that order. Reminiscent of the premise of The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, Thrills forces you to consider what you would really do for the love of money.

Recently fired and facing eviction, a new dad has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security... but at a price.

Curse of Chucky (USA) Dir: Don Mancini (World Premiere)
The real grabber for me is not the return of Don Mancini and Brad Dourif to the series (as if they ever left) but the addition of newcomer Fiona Dourif, daughter of Brad. Bringing in the next generation from father to daughter in order to introduce Chucky to a new generation is a great move. She’s also in a wheelchair, so the Lakeshore strangler might have a fighting chance this time around.

Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.

The Complex (Japan) Dir: Hideo Nakata (Canadian Premiere)
The Complex has a lot of hype surrounding it - and for good reason. J-horror genre king Hideo Nakata (Ring, Dark Water) returns, and word is he’s honed his skills for creating atmospheric, sense-driven scares. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that The Complex might get you to pull the covers up all the way when you try and go to sleep after watching.

Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) moves into the Kuroyuri apartment complex, without knowing about the mysterious deaths that occurred there 13 years ago. She begins to hear strange sounds of "garigarigari" from the apartment next door. One day, an old man, who lives next door, is found dead. People became aware of his death after his alarm clock continually rang. Since the death, more horrifying incidents occur. With the help of Sasahara (Hiroki Narimiya), who specializes in cleaning out the homes of recently deceased individuals, Asuka tries to find something from the old man's apartment to give to his family. Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2013, Udine Far East Film Festival 2013.

Cottage Country (Canada) Dir: Peter Wellington (North-American Premiere)
Starring Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil) and Malin Ackerman (Watchmen), Cottage Country is more comedy than horror, but that is very much in Labine’s wheelhouse after garnering acclaim and new fans in Tucker & Dale and "Reaper." If we didn’t learn our lesson from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Cottage Country looks to remind us that it’s the country where bad things happen, not the city. And for the love of god, never bring hippies or slackers with you. They tend to ruin a romantic getaway!

Todd wants everything to be just perfect at the family cottage where he plans to propose to Cammie. But things go awry with the arrival of Todd's slacker brother Salinger and his free-spirited girlfriend Masha. When Todd accidentally dispatches his irksome sibling with an axe, Cammie is determined not to let murder stand in the way of their happiness.

Horror Stories (Korea) Dir: Min Kyu-dong, Jung Bum-shik, Lim Dae-woong, Hong Ji-young, Kim Gok and Kim Sun
What would a horror festival be without an anthology? Seriously, you had me at anthology.

A high school student is kidnapped by a killer and has her life on the line. To survive, she tells him the scariest stories she knows; starting with “Don't Answer to the Door”, a story of eerie things happening in a house with a brother and sister who are waiting for their mother, “Endless Flight” in which a flight attendant and a serial killer is left alone in an airplane up in the air, “Secret Recipe” a cruel 2012 version of a folktale in which two stepsisters fight to marry a rich man, and “Ambulance on the Death Zone” in which the survivors in a city filled with a deadly zombie virus suspect each other of being infected while riding together in an ambulance.

I Am Divine (USA) Dir: Jeffrey Schwartz (Quebec Premiere)
From the director of Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story comes another documentary centering around a famous cult icon, Harris Glenn Milstead a.k.a. Divine, who has been largely forgotten by the general populace even though their contribution to pop culture is undeniable. This documentary highlights one of the freaks but looks to do it in a thoughtful and endearing way.

I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Official Selection: SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013.

Rewind This! (USA) Dir: Josh Johnson (Canadian Premiere)
Featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with Frank Henenlotter, Jason Eisener, Atom Egoyan, Cassandra Peterson, Charles Band, Don May Jr, Zack Carlson, David Gregory and more, Rewind This! documents the rise and fall then rise again of the VHS industry. With over 50% of movies that were on VHS still unavailable on DVD or streaming services like Netflix, it’s no wonder why an entirely new faction of geeks have become obsessed with the format.

An exploding industry without rules! Backyard filmmakers with zero budget and a surplus of dreams! Unchecked global piracy! The race to control media consumption! Videotape changed the world and laid the foundation for today’s digital culture. Low cost equipment created unprecedented opportunities. Major studios and small indies operated on an even playing field for the first time ever. The story of the home video revolution is a tale of both technological advancement and human ambition. VHS vs. Beta! Porn invades the home! Direct to-video madness! It's all here, along with a rogues gallery of directors, rental employees, XXX vets, box artists, collectors, and more. Join the pizza party! Official Selection: SXSW 2013.

Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (USA) Dir: Lloyd Kaufman (World Premiere)
It took me awhile to come back on board with Lloyd Kaufman and Troma, but now my freak flag waves for them just like it did when I was twelve years old. Kaufman is the Sylvester Stallone of indie horror right now, smartly returning to the well, breathing new life into the few true trashy classics in Troma’s stable.

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vols. One & Two, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, is a satirical sci-fi comedy event film with themes ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, love triumphing over prejudice and LGBT rights. The film, a redux of Troma’s 1986 Class of Nuke 'Em High is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lovers-bloggers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world?

Willow Creek (USA) Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait (International Premiere)
I’m not really sure what possessed Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes the Clown, God Bless America) to want to go into the woods to shoot a found-footage Bigfoot movie, and I don’t really care. Almost a satirical sister film to Blair Witch, the teaser trailer follows the same beats, but this time around the tent scene is twenty minutes long and supposedly very suspenseful. What answers will be revealed? Maybe John Landis and Rick Baker will emerge at the end and finally reveal that they were the ones that faked the 1967 Bigfoot footage.

Handsome young city lad Jim is a true believer — he’s convinced of the existence of the Sasquatch, the elusive shambling man-beast nicknamed Bigfoot, said to haunt the wilds of the American West Coast. Jim’s girlfriend Kelly isn’t so sure. But she loves Jim and hey, joining him on his silly quest to craft a homemade documentary while seeking out the notorious creature, well, there could be worst ways to spend her downtime between bit-part acting gigs. The couple drives out to Trinity County, CA, on a pilgrimage to the site where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film clip, which purported to capture the mysterious monster in motion, was shot in 1967. Rolling into Willow Creek, they find a wonderland of Bigfoot-themed gimmickry and tourist traps, and chat with assorted locals. Some of the townsfolk are happy to share, while others are apprehensive. Their warnings become increasingly aggressive. The deep woods are no place for a couple of naïve city slickers — as Jim and Kelly are soon to find out!

Stay tuned to Dread Central for reviews and interviews from the 17th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival which kicks off TODAY, July 18th, and continues into the first week in August. Visit the Fantasia Film Festival website for more info.

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Fantasia 2013: First Wave Titles Announced Including The World’s End, The Conjuring, Big Bad Wolves, Cheap Thrills, Magic Magic, and More!

Posted by The Woman In Black on June 27, 2013

Fantasia 2013: First Wave Titles Announced Including The World's End, The Conjuring, Big Bad Wolves, Cheap Thrills, Magic Magic, and More!While we here in the States are getting ready for San Diego Comic-Con, our friends to the North are prepping for the grandaddy of film fests, Fantasia, which kicks off at the same time.

Here's the first announcement of what you crazy Canucks and your guests from around the world will see there.

From the Press Release:
The Fantasia Film Festival is coming back, and coming soon. From July 18 to August 6, Montreal will be home to a showcase of over 100 feature films from around the world, along with a wealth of special events, conferences, and parties. Audiences can look forward to discovering numerous World and International premieres, as well as the Canadian debuts of some of the most acclaimed genre works from this year’s Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals. The festival’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 9. For now, we are pleased to reveal a small sampling of highlights to whet proverbial whistles.

Without further ado, let’s begin… with the end.

OFFICIAL CLOSING FILM – Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy THE WORLD’S END, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, and Martin Freeman. As Fantasia was the site of the Canadian Premieres of Wright’s landmark 2004 debut SHAUN OF THE DEAD as well as his most recent SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, we couldn’t think of a better way to close this year’s festival. Joining us in Montreal will be director Edgar Wright and select members of the cast.

SPECIAL LIVE THEATRE EVENT – Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil
Fantasia will again be delving into the realm of live theatre with a special three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Clive Barker’s play A HISTORY OF THE DEVIL. An epic show to stage, HISTORY weaves a tale told across thousands of years over the span of a near three-hour running time. Director Jeremy Michael Segal and his team have created a macabre mounting that writhes with visual invention and primal acrobatics of performance. Black divinity will strike on August 1, 2 and 3, at Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle.

CONJURE UP THE FRIGHT OF A LIFETIME – James Wan’s The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Joey King star in James Wan’s THE CONJURING - one of the most frightening, intelligent, and well-executed supernatural horror films in recent memory. From the director of INSIDIOUS and SAW. Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival 2013. Part of our Opening Night festivities, this Special Screening is hosted by Actress Joey King.

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Andrzej Żuławski
For his singular vision, passion, and bravery, Fantasia is bestowing our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to the great Polish master Andrzej Żuławski, director of such individualistic and award-winning acts of filmmaking as POSSESSION, LA FEMME PUBLIQUE and L’AMOUR BRAQUE. A gifted and enormously unconventional talent, Zulawski has created some of the most breathtakingly unique films you will ever see. Feverishly cinematic and often controversial, Żuławski’s filmography explodes with dizzyingly evocative imagery, primal, animalistic performances and raw sexuality and emotion. His work pulverizes societal norms with surrealism, grotesquerie and above all else, honesty, ferociously buzzing with poetry and a black sense of humour. He has remained pure throughout his career, never compromising for the sake of mainstream appeal. Fantasia will give the award to Mr Żuławski at a special screening of SZAMANKA on the night of July 25. We will also be screening L’AMOUR BRAQUE as a special co-presentation with the Cinémathèque québécoise.

In conjunction with this special event, Fantasia will be co-presenting (with the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies) a rare exhibition of the work of Barbara ‘Basia’ Baranowska - best known in North America for her poster for Zulawski's Possession - the unsung hero of Polish poster art. To kick off the BASHA exhibition, leading scholar of Eastern European cult cinema Daniel Bird will give a talk on the history, styles and influence of the Polish Poster School, including rare clips and stills.

In addition, Mr Żuławski will be participating in Fantasia’s Frontières International Co-Production Market with a new project, DARK MATTER, to be produced by Marcin Wierzchosławski.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the astonishing work of Andrzej Żuławski, one-of-a-kind genius of cinema. Presented with the generous support of the Polish Film Institute.

Additional First Wave highlights at Fantasia 2013 include:

ACROSS THE RIVER
Italy - Dir: Lorenzo Bianchini
A brilliant opposition of new and old narratives, this chilling discovery from Italy is the most downright efficient atmospheric horror film you’ll see anywhere this year, haunting with a slow-building, intense crescendo approach to its atmosphere of disorientation and dread. From the director of Custodes Bestiae. World Premiere.

BIG BAD WOLVES
Israel - Dirs: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
Described in its official marketing as ”a brutal comedy for a mad mad mad mad world”, this gripping, genre-bending tale of vengeance and fury is one of the greatest films you will see anywhere this year. Its launch at the Tribeca Film Festival deservedly saw it emerge as the single best-reviewed title in the festival’s lineup. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado.

CHEAP THRILLS
USA - Dir: E.L. Katz
The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. Winner of the midnighter audience award at SXSW. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director E.L. Katz.

COMMANDO: A ONE MAN ARMY
India - Dir: Dilip Ghosh
Brace yourself for two solid hours of delirious action cinema featuring the superhumanly talented Vidyut Jamwal (THUPPAKKI), who dazzles in an arsenal of brilliantly choreographed, stunt-packed combat sequences that recall Jackie Chan in his prime. See COMMANDO and you will become an instant Jamwal fanatic. Period. North American Premiere.

DOOMSDAYS
USA - Dir: Eddie Mullins
Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) are convinced that the world is approaching its end and consequently see no reason to hold jobs or even have homes. An idiosyncratic instant classic “pre-apocalyptic comedy” evocative of early Jarmusch and Linklater, DOOMSDAYS is intelligent, hilarious and genuinely counter-cultural. It’s an astonishingly terrific debut from former critic Mullins. World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Eddie Mullins.

HALLEY
Mexico - Dir: Sebastian Hofmann
A haunting and grotesque examination of urban loneliness and emotional decay, HALLEY reinvents the conventions of the modern zombie film by treating the state of living death as a degenerative medical illness. A major breakout at this year’s Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Sebastian Hofman.

I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN
Canada - Dir: Richie Mehta
Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson star in this captivating film that is equal parts ingenious science-fiction mystery and heart-wrenching human drama. This is the kind of smart, plausible sci-fi tale rarely told anymore in cinema, a precious gem created with absolute conviction that delivers like an existential powerhouse. From the Genie-nominated director of AMAL. World Premiere. Hosted by Writer/Director Richie Mehta and Producer Lee Kim.

IP MAN – THE FINAL FIGHT
Hong Kong - Dir: Herman Yau
The dynamic final chapter of the Ip Man saga! Controversial godfather of exploitation cinema Herman Yau, who helmed the popular prequel THE LEGEND IS BORN - IP MAN reunites with his award-winning UNTOLD STORY star Anthony Wong (an actual martial artist specializing in monkey kung fu) and displays his abilities in all their glory, while his high-caliber thespian skills yield a more nuanced Ip Man than Donnie Yen’s signature performance. Canadian Premiere.

IT’S ME, IT’S ME
Japan - Dir: Satoshi Miki
J-pop star Kazuya Kamenashi plays a slacker who multiplies himself until his life becomes a bizarre nightmare in this mix of off-the-wall comedy, realistic science-fiction and surreal thriller by genius filmmaker Satoshi Miki (ADRIFT IN TOKYO). Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Satoshi Miki.

L’AUTRE MONDE (The Otherworld)
France - Dir: Richard Stanley
The director of HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL returns with an astonishing documentary journey into life on the other side of the mirror. Dive with him into a place hidden deep in the South of France, untouched by the modern age, known as “the Zone”, where magic is currency and the supernatural is a part of every day life. World Premiere. Hosted by Director / Co-Writer Richard Stanley, Co-Writer Scarlett Amaris, Composer Simon Boswell, editor Patrick Tremblay and Cinematographer Karim Hussain.

LIBRARY WARS
Japan - Dir: Shinsuke Sato
In 2019, an elite squad has to fight to save books from aggressive government censorship. Reminiscent of FAHRENHEIT 451, yet surprisingly playful, LIBRARY WARS will keep you on the edge of your seat with its epic action sequences, brilliantly crafted by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ). Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Director Shinsuke Sato.

MAGIC MAGIC
USA - Dir: Sebastian Silva
Juno Temple and Michael Cera star in this Polanski-esque, paranoia-tinged psychological thriller that haunted all manner of psyches at Sundance and Cannes. Canadian Premiere.

METRO MANILA
UK/Philippines - Dir: Sean Ellis
A provincial farming family migrates to the heartless big city of Manila and find themselves pulled into a sinkhole of crime and corruption in this gripping, moving thriller that took home the audience award at Sundance. An incredible film. Canadian Premiere.

RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOL. ONE
USA - Dir: Lloyd Kaufman
The brilliant, maniacal mind behind Troma Entertainment triumphantly returns to Fantasia with the hotly-anticipated first chapter of his epic new masterwork – and you’d better be ready for Lloyd Kaufman like you’ve never seen! When evil once more roams the halls of exploitation cinema’s most infamous high school, the demented residents of Tromaville must band together one more time to take down bad taste… and replace it with something even more foul! World Premiere. Hosted by Director Lloyd Kaufman.

THE WEIGHT
South Korea - Dir: Jeon Kyu-hwan
A hunchbacked mortician takes delicate care of corpses before they rest for eternity and encounters broken characters as strange as the funeral rituals he sees. Evocative of an especially taboo-smashing version of DELICATESSEN-era Jean-Pierre Jeunet, THE WEIGHT is a major discovery in the annals of subversive cinema. North American Premiere.

WILLOW CREEK
USA - Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait, celebrated comedian and brilliant director of such black comedy masterpieces as SHAKES THE CLOWN, WORLD’S GREATEST DAD and GOD BLESS AMERICA shifts gears and veers off into left field with this chilling, subjectively shot horror film about a couple on an exploration into all things Bigfoot who stumble onto things most unusual. International Premiere. Hosted by Writer / Director Bobcat Goldthwait.

Fantasia 2013: First Wave Titles Announced Including The World's End, The Conjuring, Big Bad Wolves, Cheap Thrills, Magic Magic, and More!

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