Alongside the usual line-up of horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action and other genre treats, this year's Fantasia International Film Festival has a special focus on South Korea's contribution to genre film festival. It will also see a career achievement award presented to Nicolas Cage, a special award presented to Larry Kent, and a book launch for Dark Matter Presents: Haunted Reels which will include readings by Jay Baruchel, C Robert Cargill, Gary Sherman, Sarah Bolger, The Pierce Brothers, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

The festival runs from 20 July to 9 August.

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Home Invasion
Home Invasion
A nightmarish essay film on the history of the doorbell, tracing its invention and constant reinventions through 19th century labour struggles, the nascent years of narrative cinema, and contemporary surveillance cultures.
One winter in Kibune, Kyoto, people find themselves stuck in a two minute time loop. As others try to work together to find out what's going on, one woman finds herself increasingly isolated.
A professional boxer, recently released from prison, is forced to break probation and flee to a faraway island in Thailand. He starts a family there, only to have to deal with blackmail.
Ride On
Ride On
A washed-up stuntman and his stunt horse become an overnight social media sensation when their real-life fight with debt collectors goes viral.
Two mysterious brothers abduct a mogul during his quest for immortality. Meanwhile, a seductive woman helps them launch a journey of self-discovery.
On her 18th birthday, tough-girl Jonny eats a cake baked by her aunt according to a magical family recipe and undergoes a radical metamorphosis.
What You Wish For
What You Wish For
A chef with gambling problems flees to a Latin American villa where he assumes another man's identity.
It Lives Inside
It Lives Inside
Sam, an Indian-American teen, lives in an idyllic suburb with her conservative mother and her assimilated father. Sam’s cultural insecurities grow due to her estranged friend, Tamira, who mysteriously carries around an empty mason jar all the time. In a moment of anger, Sam breaks Tamira’s jar and unleashes an ancient Indian demonic force that kidnaps Tamira.
Eight Eyes
Eight Eyes
At the breaking point of their dysfunctional marriage, a couple take a trip through Serbia. After meeting a mysterious local who eagerly offers to be their guide, they embark on an impromptu sightseeing expedition that soon takes a series of sinister turns.
A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead.
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Fantasia International Film Festival Features

The believers
Jenn Wexler on exploring her favourite horror tropes in The Sacrifice Game
Between two worlds
Bishal Dutta on introducing the West to new myths and old scares in It Lives Inside
A taste of honey
Nicholas Tomnay on the corporate nightmare in What You Wish For
Violence as narrative
Xavier Gens on balancing action and emotion in Farang
Girl reimagined
Jennifer Reeder on the power of femininity and the agency of blood in Perpetrator
Altered perspective
John Rosman on character, tension and the music of Bob Dylan in New Life
Prometheus in practice
Laura Moss on raising the dead in Birth/Rebirth
Bodily pleasures
Joe Lynch on Lovecraft, sex, horror and comedy in Suitable Flesh
They wanted to believe
Steve J Adams and Sean Horlor on Michelle Remembers, the Satanic Panic and Satan Wants You
Goldfish story
Lin Hei-yau on making The Moon, The Sky And You
Time to reflect
Jared Moshé on making rules, coping with uncertainty, and Aporia
All the fun of the fair
The Adams family discusses Where The Devil Roams
Within the silences
Paris Zarcilla and Chi Thai discuss the legacy of colonialism and Raging Grace
A switch in time
Kim Jae-hoon on the body-swapping genre, music and fighting in Devils
Too close for comfort
Victor Ginzburg on vampires, Viktor Pelevin, Russian censorship and Empire V
Beaver fever
Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews discuss Hundreds Of Beavers
Sex miseducation
Mark H Rapaport on well intentioned parental mistakes and Hippo
Heart to heart
Kim Albright and Anna Maguire discuss With Love And A Major Organ
Letting the cat out of the bag
Mary Dauterman on grief, comedy and making Booger
Something in the trees
Teresa Sutherland on filming in the forest and Lovely, Dark, And Deep
Everything under the moon
Larry Fessenden on werewolves, the monsters within us and Blackout
Not just anybody
Zach Clark on body snatching, special effects and The Becomers
Out of the aeons
Charles Band on the five decades of work behind stop motion spectacular The Primevals
Listen up
Tamara Scherbak discusses misophonia and making White Noise
Hidden treasures at Fantasia 2023
The smaller films worth seeking out in Montreal
Scrutinising a killer obsession
Red Rooms director on cyber-security, new media, and the Fincher influence
The eyes of an interpreter
Pier-Philippe Chevigny on Richelieu

Fantasia International Film Festival News

Fantasia Audience Awards announced
Talk To Me wins Best International Film
Red Rooms wins Cheval Noir
The First Slam Dunk wins animation award
We Are Zombies to close Fantasia
Full line-up announced, plus a special award for Nicolas Cage
Red Rooms to open Fantasia
Second wave of films announced
Fantasia 2023 first wave announced
Festival to include a focus on South Korea

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