In just a little over a week, Montreal will be invaded. And no, I don’t mean by aliens or demonic ghouls that have been seen in some of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, like Man of Steel or This Is the End. So, for those of you eagerly awaiting close encounters of the third kind, or hoping that those evil summoning spells you’ve been practicing actually pan out, you’ll just have to wait a bit. But if it’s any consolation, it’s an absolute guarantee that you’ll see some extraterrestrials and evil beasts taking over the big screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Considered by many in the industry (and fans alike) to be the biggest and most entertaining genre film festival in the world, the 17th annual Fantasia Film Fest is sure to  attract any and all moviegoers. With film genres ranging anywhere from Japanese anime, gory horror, sci-fi and dramas, Fantasia has established its name as a major player in playing a wide variety of films from all over the world, including our very own backyard.

With eight days remaining until opening day, Fantasia directors are working tirelessly and have finally released the much anticipated film list and schedule. And the wide range of films looks absolutely amazing.

Here are a just a few films that have seriously caught our attention here at MTL Blog.

July 22Thanatomorphose - J.A. De Seve Theatre

From first time Quebecois (represeeeent!) director, Éric Falardeau, comes a twisted and gruesome story about a young woman named Laura, trying to settle into a new life. When things start to go a-rye with her boyfriend Antoine and she begins to fall for another man named Julian, it’s clear that the turmoil is not only affecting her emotional state, but her physical state too, as her body literally begins to rot from the inside out.

July 24 - Big Ass Spider! - Imperial Theatre

It’s the Arachnophobia of the new generation! And we can almost guarantee it will be a whole lot bloodier, nastier and scarier. An official selection for the SXSW Film Festival, there’s not much explaining to do for director, Mike Mendez’s Big Ass Spider! A military experiment goes wrong and a giant 50 foot spider, that continues to grow, terrorizes a city who’s only hope is an exterminator and a security guard. The tag line? “Can-you-dig-it?”

August 2 - Curse of Chucky

He’s baaaaaaack! And I’m sure a ton of you are already secretly and shamefully soiling yourselves after remembering the first time you watched Child’s PlayCurse of Chucky the prequel to Bride of Chucky, comes to Fantasia and will be screening the world premiere! So for those of you who are more into the mainstream and popular aspect of Fantasia, this film has to be for you.

Now that you all have a small taste of what to look for at Fantasia, here are a few quick, easy and important tips for you all to ensure you have the most glorious of times at the largest genre festival in North America.

Pre-Fest Pointers

  • TONIGHT! Go to Fantasia Under the Stars! An outdoor event home to food, music and of course, a night screening under the stars! This all takes place at Parc de la Paix July 10, 11, 13, 14.
  • The official Fantasia Fest runs July 18th to August 6th.
  • Due to renovations the main theatre won’t be at the usual Concordia spot, but Imperial Theatre (J.A. De Seve will still be used).
  • If you’re coming from out of town, book your hotel ASAP! No roof equals no fun.
  • Make sure to like Fantasia on Facebook, follow them on twitter and keep checking their official website for news and updates.

Tickets

  • Watch the movie trailers on their website, great way to find films you’ll love to see.
  • Try and make it to the program launch party on July 12 at the Société des arts technologiques (S.A.T.) where over 100 of the Fest’s film trailers will be played
  • Buy your tickets ASAP, not day of, because they sell out fast.
  • Individual tickets cost $9 at the box office, $10 through phone or internet and booklets of 10 tickets go for $80 at the box office or $81.50 elsewhere.

Films

  • Make sure to see films you might not normally check out. Fantasia is famous for it’s obscure film choices so get into it!
  • If you like star-power, Fantasia has also screened big name films in the past. Including:

    • Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (North American premiere starring Brad Pitt)
    • William Friedkin’s Killer Joe (Starring Matthew McConaughey/Director of The Exorcist)
  • Short films are often shown before the features and many of them are awesome.
  • Make sure to support the Canadian and Quebecois films and directors and see their stuff.
  • Vote for your favorites, as Fantasia hands out awards to the best films.

Now, with all these pointers, you should be a Fantasia wizard. And no, I don’t mean the magic slinging Dumbledore kind in Harry Potter. But for those of you eagerly awaiting the magic that is Fantasia Fest, I’m sure you’ll find at least one film you can swing your wand at.

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