Fantasia Film Festival 2024: Top Picks Part 1

It’s that time of year again and we’re delighted to announce that Moviehooker will be covering this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival

Okay, so the third and final wave of films was recently announced. There is so much awesome content playing this year that it would be humanly impossible to fit it all into one article.

So, to make it easier on your eyes, I’ll be breaking these articles down, in alphabetical order of what films to look out for (and I will miss some gems, but trust me I will get to them sooner or later).


Azrael is a new cult horror from E.L Katz (director of the hugely underrated Cheap Thrills) and stars the insanely talented modern-day horror queen Samara Weaving.

On the run from a cult, Azrael and her friend find themselves trekking through vast wooded areas. Unaware of their surroundings, they’re eventually recaptured and taken hostage but this time she learns that she is to be sacrificed to an ancient demon that waits in the trees.

E.L Katz is trying something unique with Azrael and it is a film with very little dialogue that is said to capture the essence of silent cinema.


The Beast Within is a brand new werewolf film starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington. Set in rural England the film is told through the eyes of a ten-year-old who realises that her father is transforming into a werewolf once a month.


A new South Korean actioner that deals with the consequences of bullying in high school. A part-time teacher and former boxer is tired of how some students are being bullied and decides to take on the problem by becoming a masked vigilante.


You can always count on Fantasia to bring in the creative weirdness. Black Eyed Susan sounds like a feature-length episode of Charlie Broker’s Black Mirror. A man takes a job at a tech company that is developing a state-of-the-art AI BDSM sex doll – I think we all know where this one is going to go, right?


I don’t know what to expect from Bookworm. From what I have seen it looks to be lighthearted, and hey there is nothing wrong with that.

Bookworm is the new film from Come To Daddy director Ant Timpson and reunites Come to Daddy star Elijah Wood alongside the awesome Michael Smiley and Nell Fisher.

A father and daughter set out on a camping trip and agree to track down a mythical beast known as the Canterbury Panther.


Starring Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens and Jemma Henwick, Cuckoo is a new multi-layered horror film from Tilman Singer, the director of indie horror hit Luz.

Cuckoo follows a 17-year-old girl called Gretchen who moves to the German Alps to be with her family who may not be who they say they are. Tormented by bloody visions and increasingly weird noise, Gretchen is about to learn the true meaning of the word “family”


Who remembers the Spanish serial killer film, Piggy? Of course you do, it was great and a hard one to forget. The Chapel is the next feature from Piggy director Carlota Perada. So far, it has been a mixed bag of reviews but it makes it onto the list If it’s good enough for Fantasia, then it’s good enough for us.


Director/writer Lowell Dean burst onto the screen scene with the hugely enjoyable Wolfcop. He would then later attend Fantasia Festival with Wolfcop 2: Another Wolfcop and now returns to Montreal with his brand new 80s-set wrestling-infused horror mashup Dark Match.

Dark Match deals with a demonic cult that tricks some cash-strapped indie wrestlers for their sick cultish pleasure. Starring wrestling legend Chris Jehrico.


The Dead Thing marks the debut of filmmaker Elric Kane (always exciting to hear of new names in horror). It focuses on the horrors of modern-day dating and promises us cinematic content that is disturbing, yet scarily relatable.

Okay, folks, that is it for part one covering films from A to D. Check back tomorrow for part 2.

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