Fantasia Film Festival: Top Five Films We're Looking Forward To This Year

The Fantasia International Film Festival is North America's largest and longest-running genre film fest and it'll be celebrating its 22nd year in Montreal this summer. The fest will debut and revisit a slew of genre films, starting from July 12th through August 2nd and we've compiled a small list of the top five movies we can't wait to check out. For a full list of all the movies showing this year, click here.

(July 12th)

This anthology will center on a series of down-on-their-luck individuals who enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke) – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. Expect segments from directors Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, David Slade, Alejandro Brugues and Mick Garris.

(July 21st)

A remake of the classic 1989 Full Moon film, this one revolves around Edgar (Thomas Lennon), who returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.

(July 20th)

As if the title alone wasn't intriguing enough, the film's premise is surely enough to warrant a watch: Sam Elliott (TOMBSTONE, ROAD HOUSE) stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot.

(July 13th)

Fans of the first movie (including myself) should be pumped to catch this long-awaited sequel to the 1995 film. Keith David stars as a contemporary Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh... while you scream.

(August 1st)

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. With its bizarre premise, a crazy revenge-driven Nic Cage, and fantastical visuals, this movie looks absolutely INSANE and we can't wait to see it!