Fantasia Film Festival Unveils 2009 Line-Up


Fantasia is one of the largest (if not the largest) genre film festival in North America. It takes place every summer in Montreal, Canada, and features all kinds of horror, sci-fi, and action films from all over the world, often with an emphasis on Asian cinema. This year is no different, with two of the biggest films being Takashi Miikie’s Yatterman and Chan-wook Park’s Thirst. Other fairly high profile selections include Michael Dougherty’s long-delayed Trick’r’Treat, Uwe Boll’s Stoic and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan.

This year’s festival takes place between July 9th and 29th. The full program schedule will be available online by the end of the week. Check out an extensive list of titles playing after the jump.

  • Yatterman (Dir. Takashi Miike)
  • The Eclipse (Dir. David Morley)
  • Possibility of An Island (Dir. Michel Houellebecq)
  • Thirst (Dir. Chan-wook Park)
  • Trick’r’Treat (Dir. Michael Dougherty)
  • Neighbor (Dir. Robert Masciantonio)
  • Cryptic (Dir. Danny Kuchuck & John Weiner)
  • Blood River (Dir. Adam Mason)
  • Dread (Dir. Anthony DiBlasi)
  • Book of Blood (Dir. John Harrison)
  • Left Bank (Dir. Pieter Van Hees)
  • The Canyon (Dir. Richard Harrah)
  • Embodiment of Evil (Dir. José Mojica Marins)
  • Grace (Dir. Paul Solet)
  • Orphan (Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra)
  • The Children (Dir. Tom Shankland)
  • White Lightnin’ (Dir. Dominic Murphy)
  • Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (Dir. David Russo)
  • Canary (Dir. Alejandro Adams)
  • Deadgirl (Dir. Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel)
  • Life is Hot in Cracktown (Dir. Buddy Giovinazzo)
  • You Might As Well Live (Dir. Simon Ennis)
  • Black (Dir. Pierre Laffargue)
  • 8th Wonderland (Dir. Nicolas Alberny & Jean Mach)
  • Sans Dessein (Dir. Deadcat Films Collective)
  • A Quelle Heure Le Train Pour Nulle Part (Dir. Robin Aubert)
  • Slam-Bang (Dir. Mark Lebenan)
  • The Horseman (Dir. Steven Kastrissios)
  • Sweet Karma (Dir. Andrew Hunt)
  • The Kaifeck Murder (Dir. Esther Gronenborn)
  • Stoic (Dir. Uwe Boll)
  • The Ante (Dir. Max Perrier)
  • Terribly Happy (Dir. Henrik Ruben Genz)
  • I Sell The Dead (Dir. Glenn McQuaid)
  • Dead Snow (Dir. Tommy Wirkola)
  • Smash Cut (Dir. Lee Demarbre)
  • Lesbian Vampire Killers (Dir. James Corden and Mat Horne)
  • Must Love Dead (Dir. Andreas Schaap)
  • Playing Columbine (Dir. Danny Ledonne)
  • Graphic Sexual Horror (Dir. Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon)
  • Best Worst Movie (Dir. Michael Paul Stephenson)
  • Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (Dir. Julian Nitzberg)
  • Ip Man (Dir. Wilson Yip)
  • The Warlords (Dir. Peter Chan and Wai Man Yip)
  • Fine, Totally Fine (Dir. Yosuke Fujita)
  • Love Exposure (Dir. Sion Sono)
  • My Dear Enemy (Dir. Yoon-ki Lee)
  • Dream (Dir. Kim Ki-duk)
  • Breathless (Dir. Yang Ik-june)
  • Coweb (Dir. Xin Xin Xiong)
  • Fireball (Dir. Thanakorn Pongsuwan)
  • Instant Swamp (Dir. Satoshi Miki)
  • Crush and Blush (Dir. Kyoung-mi Lee)
  • Crazy Racer (Dir. Hao Ning)
  • Paco and the Magic Book (Dir. Tetsuya Nakashima)
  • The Chaser (Dir. Hong-jin Na)
  • Rough Cut (Dir. Hun Jang)
  • Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (Dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu)
  • Hells (Dir. Yoshinobu Yamakawa)
  • Genius Party Beyond (Dir. Masahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohara, Tatsuyuki Tanaka)
» Related Link: Fantasia 2009 Press Release (PDF)

  • David Wilson

    Why won’t Warner Brothers just give Trick ‘r Treat a wide theatrical release? It was totally made cheaply too, so they were not at risk at losing money.

  • Master of the Flying Guillotine is the finest example of Asian Cinema. They should just show that movie on loop the entire time.

  • Fatbologna

    I can’t believe how long Trick r’ Treat’s been floating around in release hell! At least chuck the fucker onto DVD so SOMEONE can enjoy the damn thing! It’s gotten NOTHING but high praise at every festival it’s been screened. The studio obviously can’t seem to figure out how to market a Halloween-themed horror anthology which seems to me is simplicity in itself.

    “hhhmmmmm, maybe we should drop this onto 2 screens in DECEMBER with no trailers or posters to let people know what it is…or better yet, 2 screens in the SUMMER and put it up against one o’ them funnybook movies! Yeeaahh, that’s the ticket! MARKETING GOLD! It worked for OUTLANDER amiright?!”

  • Fatbologna

    Oh yeah, are you guys going to be providing coverage of this sucker? I’d love to hear a 2-3 week series of Fantasia-themed Podcasts from you guys! Of course I’d also love to just GO to the freakin’ thing, but I’ll take some EXTENSIVE coverage as a consolation prize!

    eh? eh? any takers?

  • We probably won’t be covering Fantasia but we should be covering Toronto After Dark.

  • I love Fantasia, but it’s so difficult to plan the trip when the schedule is announced less than a week before the event. I missed last year. Hopefully I can make it to this one.

  • I’ll be very sad to miss this years Fantasia fest. One of the most enjoyable festival experiences.

  • Dafne

    I just do not understand why the schedule of the festival is the best kept secret in Montreal…