Fantasia International Film Festival 2020
The Undertaker's Home The Undertaker's Home
The Undertaker's Home and The Reckoning
12 Hour Shift (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Brea Grant; Writer: Brea Grant; Stars: Angela Bettis, David Arquette, Chloe Farnworth, Mick Foley, Kit Williamson, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, Dusty Warren, Tom DeTrinis, Thomas Hobson, Julianne Dowler, Briana Lane, Taylor Alden, Scott Dean)
Nurse Mandy is just trying to make it through her double shift alive, but her nasty drug addiction, annoying coworkers, needy patients, and devious cousin are making it pretty tough, not to mention organ-stealing criminals and an injured convict.
Alone (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: John Hyams; Writer: Mattias Olsson; Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald)
A recently widowed traveller is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.
Beauty Water (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Cho Kyung-hun)
A fat woman takes a supposed miracle beauty treatment that makes her life much worse.
Bleed With Me (Country: Canada; Year: 2021; Director: Amelia Moses; Writer: Amelia Moses; Stars: Lauren Beatty, Aris Tyros, Lee Marshall)
During a winter getaway at an isolated cabin, a self-destructive young woman becomes convinced that her best friend is stealing her blood.
The Block Island Sound (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus; Writer: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus; Stars: Michaela McManus, Jim Cummings, Neville Archambault, Ryan O'Flanaghan, Jeremy Holm)
A mysterious force lurks off the coast of Block Island, curiously influencing the surrounding town and wildlife.
Yummy Yummy
Yummy and I WeirDo
Class Action Park (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Seth Porges, Chris Charles Scott III; Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Chris Gethard, Jimmy Kimmel)
A documentary that focuses on a famously dangerous water park and its slew of injuries and crimes along with child safety concerns.
Climate Of The Hunter (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Mickey Reese; Writer: Mickey Reese, John Selvidge; Stars: Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss, Ben Hall)
Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.
The Columnist (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2019; Director: Ivo van Aart; Writer: Daan Windhorst; Stars: Genio de Groot, Katja Herbers, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen)
Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she has enough and decides to take revenge.
Come True (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Anthony Scott Burns; Writer: Anthony Scott Burns, Daniel Weissenberger; Stars: Landon Liboiron, Skylar Radzion, Julia Sarah Stone)
Plagued by disturbing dreams and unable to go home, a teenager is relieved to find help at a university sleep study, but unwittingly becomes the channel to a horrifying new discovery.
A Costume For Nicholas (Un Disfraz Para Nicolas) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Eduardo Rivera; Writer: Miguel Ángel Uriegas)
Nicholas, a ten-year-old with Down Syndrome, has a grand collection of costumes his mother made him, but as he and his resentful and troubled cousin David find out, just because it’s make-believe doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Crazy Samurai Musashi Crazy Samurai Musashi
Crazy Samurai Musashi and Undergods
Crazy Samurai Musashi (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Yûji Shimomura; Writer: Sion Sono; Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Akihiko Sai)
A 77-minute, one-scene, no-cut action sequence in which samurai Miyamoto defeats 588 enemies, one after the other.
The Curse Of Audrey Earnshaw (The Ballad Of Audrey Earnshaw) (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Thomas Robert Lee; Writer: Thomas Robert Lee; Stars: Jared Abrahamson, Hannah Emily Anderson, Catherine Walker, Don McKellar)
A mother and daughter are suspected of witchcraft by their devout rural community.
The Dark And The Wicked (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Bryan Bertino; Writer: Bryan Bertino; Stars: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Tom Nowicki, Ella Ballentine, Mel Cowan, Mindy Raymond, Chris Doubek, Michael Zagst, Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews)
On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.
Detention (Fanxiao) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2019; Director: John Hsu; Writer: Shih-Keng Chien, Lyra Fu; Stars: Gingle Wang, Meng-Po Fu, Jing-Hua Tseng, Cecilia Choi, Hung Chang Chu)
A high school student falls in love with the teacher who organises a secret book club in contravention of the White Terror martial law.
La Dosis (The Dose) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Martin Kraut; Writer: Martin Kraut; Stars: Carlos Portaluppi, Ignacio Rogers, Lorena Vega)
Marcos is an experienced nurse. He works in the night shift of a provincial private clinic. He is applied and professional but has a secret: in some extreme cases he applies euthanasia. Then he meets a handsome young nurse who kills patients on a whim.
Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm
Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm and The Oak Room
The Five Rules Of Success (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Orson Oblowitz; Writer: Orson Oblowitz; Stars: Santiago Segura, Isidora Goreshter, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jonathan Howard)
An enterprising ex-convict overcomes tragedy by designing his own path to success within a society that failed him.
For The Sake Of Vicious (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen; Writer: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen; Stars: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine, TJ Kennedy, James Fler, Erin Stuart)
An innocent nurse, a tortured maniac and a suspicious hostage face off against a wave of violent intruders as they descend upon their place of refuge on Halloween night.
Fried Barry (Country: South Africa; Year: 2020; Director: Ryan Kruger; Writer: Ryan Kruger; Stars: Gary Green, Brett Williams, Joey Cramer, Sean Cameron Michael, Steve Wall)
Barry is a drug-addled, abusive bastard who - after yet another bender - is abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as an alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town.
Fugitive Dreams (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Jason Neulander; Writer: Jason Neulander, based on the play by Caridad Svich; Stars: April Matthis, Robbie Tann, Scott Shepherd, O-Lan Jones)
In this allegorical road movie touching on issues of homelessness, mental health, and addiction, two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love.
I WeirDo (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2020; Director: Ming-Yi Liao; Writer: Ming-Yi Liao; Stars: Nikki Hsieh, Austin Lin)
Two OCD lovebirds, both obsessed with perpetual cleanliness, experience the trials of first love and the harsh reality of leaving their safety bubbles.
My Punch-Drunk Boxer My Punch-Drunk Boxer
My Punch-Drunk Boxer and Jesters: The Game Changers
Jesters: The Game Changers (Country: South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Kim Joo-ho; Writer: Kim Joo-ho; Stars: Cho Jin-woong, Kim Seul-gi, Park Hee-soon)
Deok Ho and his gang make ends meet by racketeering around the country. Han Myeong Hoe, King Sejo's right-hand man, thinks highly of their talents and encourages them to work for the country.
Kriya (Country: India; Year: 2019; Director: Sidharth Srinivasan; Stars: Navjot Randhawa, Noble Luke, Avantika Akerkar)
A DJ encounters a beautiful woman at a club, goes back to her home, and finds himself thrust into a nightmare odyssey of ritual magic, patriarchal death customs and unusual family conflict.
Labyrinth Of Cinema (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi; Writer: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi; Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Takuro Atsuki, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Takahito Hosoyomada)
A group of young people travel back in time when they are in a cinema just before closing time. They witness deaths during the closing days of Japan's feudal times and on the battlefront in China before they are sent to Hiroshima just before the atomic bombing of the city.
Lapsis (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Noah Hutton; Writer: Noah Hutton; Stars: Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard, Dora Madison, Ivory Aquino, James McDaniel, Frank Wood, Arliss Howard, Pooya Mohseni, Portia)
After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market.
Life: Untitled (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Kana Yamada; Writer: Kana Yamada)
A closed-room drama about the hardships and resilience of a group of young women working in the escort industry.
Fried Barry Fried Barry
Fried Barry and Climate Of The Hunter
Lucky (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Natasha Kermani; Writer: Brea Grant; Stars: Brea Grant, Hunter C Smith, Kristina Klebe, Kausar Mohammed, Dhruv Uday Singh)
A suburban woman fights to be believed as she finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night.
A Mermaid In Paris (Une Sirene A Paris) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Mathias Malzieu; Writer: Stéphane Landowski, Mathias Malzieu; Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Rossy de Palma, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Romane Bohringer)
A man rescues a mermaid and gradually falls in love with her.
Me And Me (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Jung Jin-young)
A police detective investigating a tragedy in a small town wakes up one morning to find he’s no longer who he thought he was – or so the locals lead him to believe.
Minor Premise (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Eric Schultz; Writer: Justin Moretto, Eric Schultz; Stars: Sathya Sridharan, Paton Ashbrook, Purva Bedi, Nikolas Kontomanolis)
Attempting to surpass his father's legacy, a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own experiment, pitting ten fragments of his consciousness against each other.
My Punch-Drunk Boxer (Country: South Korea; Director: Jung Hyuk-ki; Stars: Jun-yong Choi, Tae-goo Eom, Hee-won Kim)
A former professional boxer who has received a devastating diagnosis returns to the ring to pick up what made him famous in the first place: a unique style known as ‘Pansori boxing’ – utilising the flow and rhythms of traditional Korean drumming.
The Five Rules Of Success The Five Rules Of Success
The Five Rules Of Success and The Block Island Sound
The Oak Room (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Cody Calahan; Writer: Peter Genoway; Stars: RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge, Ari Millen, Nicholas Campbell, Martin Roach)
During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.
The Old Man Movie (The Old Man: The Movie, Vanamehe Film) (Country: Estonia; Year: 2019; Director: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi; Writer: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi; Stars: Märt Avandi, Jaagup Kreem, Mart Kukk, Jan Uuspõld)
A couple of city kids are dropped off for the summer at the grandfather’s farm for a taste of country living, but when his precious cow escapes, a hair-raising hellride of back-country horrors, gross-out gags, and rural surrealism breaks loose.
Project Dreams - How To Build Mazinger Z's Hangar (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa)
A documentary following a crew from the Maeda Corporation as they draft blueprints for the fictional storage facility for giant robot Mazinger Z.
The Prophet And The Space Aliens (Country: Israel, Austria, South Africa; Year: 2020; Director: Yoav Shamir; Writer: Yoav Shamir; Stars: Claude Vorilhon)
The story of Rael, who established a religion after allegedly being kidnapped by aliens.
PVT Chat (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Ben Hozie; Writer: Ben Hozie; Stars: Julia Fox, Peter Vack, Buddy Duress)
Jack is an internet gambler living in NYC who becomes fixated on Scarlet - a cam girl from San Francisco. His obsession reaches a boiling point when fantasy materialises in reality and Jack sees Scarlet on a rainy Chinatown street.
Tezuka's Barbara Tezuka's Barbara
Tezuka's Barbara and The Old Man Movie
The Reckoning (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Neil Marshall; Writer: Edward Evers-Swindell, Charlotte Kirk; Stars: Sean Pertwee, Charlotte Kirk, Steven Waddington, Joe Anderson, Ian Whyte)
A period thriller set in 1665 during the Great Plague and subsequent witch hunts.
Sanzaru (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Xia Magnus; Writer: Xia Magnus; Stars: Aina Dumlao, Justin Arnold, Matthew Albrecht)
As dementia engulfs her employer, a fragile home health aide begins to question her own sanity.
Savage State (Country: France, Canada, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: David Perrault; Writer: David Perrault; Stars: Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé)
When the American Civil War breaks out, a family of french settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. They're escorted by a former mercenary whose troubled past soon catches up with him.
Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Lloyd Kaufman; Writer: Brandon Bassham, Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel Friedman and Frazer Brown, based on the play by William Shakespeare; Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Patrick Miller, Abraham Sparrow, Kate McGarrigle, Amanda Flowers)
Troma takes on The Tempest, against the backdrop of the US opioid crisis.
Slaxx (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Elza Kephart; Writer: Patricia Gomez, Elza Kephart; Stars: Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong)
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to Libby, an idealistic young salesclerk, to stop its bloody rampage.
Lapsis Lapsis
Lapsis and For The Sake Of Vicious
Sleep (Schlaf) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Michael Venus; Writer: Thomas Friedrich, Michael Venus; Stars: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer)
Marlene, a woman plagued by horrific dreams, suffers a breakdown in a remote village. As her daughter Mona follows, she comes upon a well-kept family secret and an old curse that ultimately threatens her life - a never-ending nightmare.
Special Actors (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda; Writer: Shin'ichirô Ueda; Stars: Nozomi de Lencquesaing, Aver Hamilton II, Hayate Masao)
An amateur actor with a nervous condition that makes him faint at the slightest sign of stress joins an agency which employs actors to stage real-life situations. Being a stand-in at a wedding or a funeral is one thing, but soon he must infiltrate a cult.
Tezuka's Barbara (Country: Japan, UK, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Makoto Tezuka; Writer: Hisako Kurosawa, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka; Stars: Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaidô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa)
An author develops a near-insane obsession with a mysterious woman.
Time Of Moulting (Fellwechselzeit) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Sabrina Mertens; Writer: Sabrina Mertens; Stars: Zelda Espenschied, Miriam Schiweck, Freya Kreutzkam, Bernd Wolf)
Ignored by her mentally ill mother and largely absent father, a young girl retreats into an inner world of barbaric fantasies, with brutal consequences.
Tiny Tim - King For A Day (Country: Croatia, Norway, Sweden, US; Year: 2020; Director: Johan von Sydow; Writer: Martin Daniel; Stars: Richard Barone, Weird A Yankovic, Wavy Gravy, Tommy James, Konas Mekas, DA Pennabaker)
A documentary portrait of one of the oddest careers in showbiz.
The Columnist The Columnist
The Columnist and The Prophet And The Space Aliens
Undergods (Country: UK, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia, Sweden; Year: 2020; Director: Chino Moya; Writer: Chino Moya; Stars: Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig, Michael Gould, Hayley Carmichael)
An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline - a collection of darkly humorous, fantasy tales about ill-fated characters and doomed fortune.
The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Mauro Iván Ojeda; Writer: Mauro Iván Ojeda; Stars: Luís Machín, Celeste Gerez, Camila Vaccarini)
An undertaker's dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous but nonviolent ghosts - but then a malevolent entity arrives.
Unearth (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: John C Lyons, Dorota Swies; Writer: Kelsey Goldberg, John C Lyons; Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, Brooke Sorenson, Allison McAtee, PJ Marshall, Rachel McKeon)
The relationship between two neighbouring farm families is strained when one of them chooses to lease land to an oil and gas company - and something long dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth's surface, is released.
Vertigo (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Jeon Gye-soo; Writer: Jeon Gye-soo; Stars: Chun Woo-hee)
A young woman has climbed high up the company ladder, but her life is more precarious than it seems and her anxieties begin manifesting as intense vertigo. Then she meets a window cleaner.
Yummy (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Lars Damoiseaux; Writer: Lars Damoiseaux, Eveline Hagenbeek; Stars: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon)
When a young man releases a woman he finds strapped t a gurney in a shade plastic surgery clinic, he doesn't realise that he's unleashing a zombie plague.

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