New Thrillers, Horrors And Tons Of Weird Stuff – The Films Of Fantasia Fest 2015 Part 1

Fantasia film Festival was founded back in 1996 – it usually happens around July, and it is mostly held in Montreal, Canada. The festival has become more than just a festival, it has become a large vessel for independent film-makers to get their name out there. Not only that but the festival focuses on the darker side of cinema, and gives us all the best horrors, thrillers and dark comedies from around the globe.

You will probably recognise some of the films that are on this list as I have already written about some them but I have tons more new ones to share with you …so lets get started


When I mention the word “zombie”, I can almost see some of my friends eyes rolling in the back of their heads. Sometimes when we get together, it is all-out warfare, having a full-on arguments, which usually has me in the zombies line of defence – trying to make them see that not all zombie films follow the same formula, and not all zombie films are like The Walking Dead… Or as they like to call it, The Talking Dead.

The reason I am always in the zombies corner is because, every so often we will get a new zombie film that will stand-out from the long-list of shit that has been released..and Extinction looks to be one of those films.

One of my most popular posts on this site is my Top Ten most Shocking Films On Netflix. This post gets so much traffic to my site  that I am really high up on search engine rankings when people people search to find disturbing stuff to watch on Netflix. Anyway, one of the films in that post is Spanish Home-Invasion shocker Kidnapped. 

I am a huge fan of the Home-Invasion sub-genre, and I have seen them all – Kidnapped is one of the most gruesome ones that I have seen. It was fast,bloody, dark, and extremely graphic, and I thought it had a nice twist.

I am a fan of Spanish movies, but something as dark and vicious like Kidnapped is hard to come by, and I have nothing but respect for man responsible for bringing it  to the screen.

Extinction is the English language début from Kidnapped Director Miguel Angel Vivas.  I am really looking forward to seeing what he brings to the zombie genre, by the looks of things he has gone and invented us a new zombie – the evolved zombie.

Official Plot (IMDb)

And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth… until now.


This is the new film from Japanese veteran actor/writer/director Takeshi Kitano, and Fantasia Film Fest will hold it’s world première. The film is a Yakuza gangster flick but also a comedy about 7 old-school Yakuza members who come out of retirement and reform to take-down a much younger gang boss.

I am a huge fan of Kitano’s work, and I have been for years. He is one of the main reasons that I feel in love with world cinema. This looks to be a lot different from the movies that we would usually see him release but nonetheless it still looks incredible , and I am expecting greatness when the reviews start to pour in.

Official Plot (wiki)

Ryūzō (Tatsuya Fuji) is a retired Yakuza gangster who lives a quiet unassuming life with his salaryman son, Ryuhei (Masanobu Katsumura). Still in contact with his former lieutenant, Masa (Masaomi Kondō), Ryūzō maintains his short tempo with their regular get-togethers. One day, the old gangster receives a call from an impostor pretending to be his son asking for ¥5 million. Ryūzō sees through the trick and learns from police detective Murakami (Beat Takeshi) that a member from the Keihin Rengo Gang is responsible. Re-uniting his seven former henchmen to strike back, Ryūzō learns that they have all grown weak with their old age. The elderly yakuza members soon learn that they must overcome their weakness if they are to prove to be a match against the younger Keihin Rengo.



Dark places is the new book-to-movie adaptation from Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn. The film stars Chalize Theron, Nicholas Hoult (pair featured together in Mad Max: Fury Road) and Chloe Grace Mortez. The film is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Walled In), who also wrote the screenplay.

I was a huge fan of Gone Girl, and actually thought it was one of the best American thrillers in recent years. I never read the book, so the plot took me completely by surprise. I have been told by many people that it was one of the few book adaptations that transferred beautifully on to screen

Dark Places looks like it is going to do just the same, and has all the ingredients needed to be one of the most popular crime thrillers of 2015

Just like Gone Girl, I am not familiar with the book, so I am looking forward to getting my mind a little twisted.


Set in a farming town in Kansas, Dark Places follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron), the only surviving witness of a horrific massacre that took her mother and sisters. Believing the slaughter to be the work of a Satanic cult, Libby testifies in court against her own brother. Twenty-five years after the murder, she remains haunted by the gruesome violence of her past when she meets a group of amateur investigators who call themselves “The Kill Club”. Looking to satisfy their morbid curiosity, the group begins their own inquiry about the case, believing Libby’s brother is innocent. In order to help them, Libby must unearth painful memories of the event and learn that her past may not be what it seems.



This one sounds like it going to be quite deranged, and I am proud to announce that it is from Ireland. The film is the début from Irish directing duo Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

All I have to go with is a short description in the email I was sent, but it is enough for me to want to get my claws in and dig deeper and find out more about Traders

OFFICIAL PLOT (fantasia film program 2015)

A freshly unemployed worker from an asset management firm creates a website on the dark web, designed to appeal specifically to the financially obliterated. “Better than suicide”, it promises. “Trading.” One of the most blackly subversive social satires to antagonize the screen in years, TRADERS is smart, violent, empathetic and angry. The feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, starring Killian Scott (CALVARY), John Bradley  (GAME OF THRONES), Nika McGuigan (PHILOMENA) and Barry Keoghan (’71).  International Première 

No trailer available as of yet, but you guys will be the first to get hooked-up when one arrives.

Thanks for reading (part 2 will be here in a couple of days)


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