The 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival has so many films, that it merits a 2 part preview!
In the first Fantasia preview, I covered my top horror picks but on this list are some of the more horror adjacent films that I am looking forward to seeing this year. Let’s jump right in…
Incredible But True- Directed by Quentin Dupieux
From the director of Rubbercomes the story of a couple who buy a new house with something very unusual in the basement. I’m going in cold to this one but the Jordan Mintzer at the Hollywood reporter calls the film “a worthy addition to a canon that keeps getting weirder with each film, taking the director so far into left field that he’s practically built another ballpark by now”.
House of Darkness- Directed by Neil LaBute
Kate Bosworth and Justin long star in this film about a flirtation that continues beyond the bar and that Variety calls “part cautionary tale, part post-#MeToo ghost story”.
King of Pigs- Directed by Kim Dae-jin
The first series to be shown at Fantasia, King of Pigs is a live action adaptation of an animated film and it is about a serial killer and a cop playing a cat and mouse game. The twist is that the cop knows the killer’s identity- they were childhood friends- and the killer is targeting the people who used to bully them.
On The Line- Directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun
The victim of a phishing scam and former cop, Seo-joon decides to infiltrate the Chinese mafia and stop the fraudsters with no regard for whom he hurts.
Cult Hero- Directed by Jesse T. Cook
Making its world premier at Fantasia, Cult Hero is the story of, “Dale Domazar (a) washed-up private investigator and “cult-buster” whose last cult bust resulted in a mass suicide. Kallie Jones is a realtor who needs to control everything. With her husband Brad sleepwalking through life, Kallie is certain a stay at Master Jagori’s retreat for men will help their marriage. But when Brad extends his stay against Kallie’s wishes, she suspects he’s been indoctrinated into a cult and calls Dale for help.”
What To Do With the Dead Kaiju?- Directed by Satoshi Miki
The monster is vanquished, the city is saved but now the rotting corpse has to be dealt with by the special forces clean up task force. While I’m usually not a creature feature fan, this sounds like a really fun and refreshing take on the genre.
The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place July 14- August 3, 2022 and it is back in person. You can read about all the films, mark your favorites, buy tickets (which are very reasonable priced and available individually or in packs) and plan your schedule at the official festival website.