Going to Fantasia 2018? These are some films we are excited to see!

FT18-Poster-EN ReducIn less that TWO days, The Fantasia International Film Festival, one of the coolest places to be if you are a film lover (As we know you are) will begin its 2018 edition, and while we might not be there in person, there are several films that got us excited since they were announced.

Here a list of SOME of the films that either we would love to see or we have seen and recommend you to watch:

(please note that the main synopsis is taken from the official Fantasia International Film Festival)

Parallel:

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Is no secret that I love Isaac Ezban’s films, both “The Incident” and “The Similars”. The guy is a big fan of science fiction, and has no problems pushing the envelope when telling a story. I am really hyped to see his first film in English with an international cast.

Synopsis: A group of young tech developers, Josh (Marc O?Brien), Carmen (Alyssa Diaz), Lena (Georgia King), Devin (Aml Ameen) and Noel (Martin Wallström), struggle to strike partnerships with possible business investors. After receiving some bad news, the group returns to their rental house to strategize, but their brainstorming session is cut short when they discover a portal to a multiverse hidden in their attic. World-hopping through a supernatural gateway, they quickly begin to gather knowledge between dimensions for their benefit, both professional and interpersonal. Some capitalize by stealing time from elsewhere, others moonlight in foreign dimensions gathering credit for stolen work. This illusory time-warp chronicle has marshalled the protagonists? dissatisfied self-images by looking to differing times and spaces to in order to conjure personal change. But as the characters ambitiously double and substitute as they please, seemingly innocent “Groundhog Day-ing” turns to playing with fire. In efforts to improve their lives, terrible consequences quickly begin to outweigh the good in tragic and disturbing ways.

H15033-A01-BLU-RAY O-SLEEVEOne of the sequels that fans have been waiting for years is finally here. The original “Tales From The Hood” had a smart social commentary mixed with very cool stories that eerily enough, presented situations that we can relate with TODAY on the real world. (And no, I am not talking about the story about the domestic abuse). I was sad to see that the original film didn’t get the love and success that deserved when it was released, but as time passed, the film has become a cult favorite. I am very excited to see where the segments will take us this time.

Synopsis: Horror is back in the hood! The sequel to the groundbreaking original film TALES FROM THE HOOD reunites executive producer Spike Lee (Honorary Academy Award® winner) and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott for an all-new gripping, horrifying and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. 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.

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “Attraction”

atrat poster miniEsperando ver el espectáculo natural de una tormenta de meteoritos, la gente de Moscú recibe una visita inesperada: Una nave extraterrestre y con ella la prueba de que la humanidad no es la única vida inteligente en el universo.

Sufriendo un accidente a causa de la lluvia de meteoritos, la nave extraterrestre entra a la atmósfera terrestre y es derribada por la milicia de Rusia, quien deciden aplicar la de “Dispara primero, averigua después” dejando en claro que el pueblo ruso no es tan distinto a su contraparte norte-americana. El aterrizaje forzado ocasiona la destrucción de muchos edificios, y la muerte de un gran numero de personas, pero a la población se le oculta la información de quien fue responsable del desastre, por lo que la gente se empieza a manifestar en protesta cuando el gobierno ruso logra hacer contacto con los ocupantes de la nave y deciden dejarlos solos para que puedan hacer sus reparaciones y volver al espacio.

Yulya, la hija de el Coronel encargado de la recién impuesta ley marcial, decide entrar en la zona donde ocurrió el desastre, junto con su novio Artyom y sus amigos, buscando respuestas sobre los extraterrestres. Esta escapada lleva al enfrentamiento con un extraterrestre, donde Artyom acaba llevándose una armadura de combate alienigena. Yulya por su lado, se encuentra con el ocupante de la nave y decide ayudarlo a recuperar una poderosa fuente de energía que la milicia ha tomado y podría poner en riesgo la vida de todas las personas de la ciudad, al tiempo que mucha gente en las calles, empieza a organizar protestas cada vez mas violentas contra los extraterrestres, creyendo que son los culpables de su desgracia.

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From Fantasia 2017: “Tragedy Girls”

Trage posterMany seek fame through video blogs and social networks, but one of the best ways to succeed in the media is to talk about what you are passionate about and/or what you know best, in the case of Sadie and McKayla, that theme would be real-life serial killers. How much do they know about it? More than enough to capture a real serial killer, try to convince him to be their mentor and to help them to create a new bloody legend in their little sleepy town.

Why?
Because #Ratings

To the girls’ dismay, apparently getting lot likes and subscribers is not that easy when you are not releasing raunchy pictures, and after seeing that a couple of deaths that should gain more views for their blog are just dismissed by the community as freak accidents, the duo decides to step up their murders, specially when other people for one reason or another end up stealing the spotlight that Sadie and McKayla believe their project deserves. This starts to look suspicious to Jake, Sadie’s best friend (zoned) that also by an amazing coincidence is the sheriff’s son and the editor for the girls’ project.

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “Tragedy Girls”

Trage posterMuchos buscan la fama a través de video blogs y redes sociales, pero para tener éxito en estos medios muchas veces es mejor hablar de lo que mas te apasiona y/o de lo que mejor conoces, en el caso de Sadie Y McKayla, el tema serian los asesinos seriales de la vida real. ¿Que tanto saben del tema? Lo suficiente como para atrapar a un verdadero asesino serial y tratar de convencerlo para que sea su mentor y les ayude crear una nueva leyenda de terror y sangre en su adormecida ciudad.

¿Porque?

Pues Porque #Ratings

Para sorpresa de las jóvenes, el conseguir likes y suscriptores no es tan fácil si no quieres aflojar el pack, y después de un par de difuntitos que deberían darle mas notoriedad a su video blog (#Tragedygirls), pero que son ignorados por la comunidad y tomados como simples “accidentes bizarros”, el dúo maniático decide subirle la intensidad a sus asesinatos, en especial cuando otras personas por una razón u otra acaban acaparando la atención que Sadie y McKayla creen que su proyecto merece. Esto empieza a causar las sospechas de Jake, el mejor amigo (friendzoneado) de Sadie, quien por pura conveniente casualidad también es el hijo del sheriff del pueblo, y el editor de los videos de las chicas.

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “La noche del virgen”

virge posterCelebrando la víspera de año nuevo en un bar, Nico trata desesperadamente encontrar una chava con quien ligar y amanecerse en el nuevo año, pero el amigo tiene una suerte que va de mala a pésima. Conforme se acerca la medianoche, Nico conoce a una mujer mayor y aplica la de “peor es nada” pensando que por fin va a quitarse la estorbosa virginidad (la cual niega, pero es mas que evidente) y la acompaña departamento, el cual claramente ocupa una garra de tigre, no una manita de gato..

Lo que Nico no sospecha, es que Medea, la dama en cuestión es la que lo escogió a él, no tanto por su físico atractivo, si no porque es fanática de una oscura religión, y ocupaba a alguien para consumar un ritual antiguo, donde Nico tendrá que aportar algo mas que su presencia y buena voluntad… If you know what I mean..

Todo lo del ritual suena interesante y chance Nico con tal de bailar el mambo horizontal hasta le entraba con gusto, pero ahí les llega Araña, el novio de Medea, y vemos claramente que no le gusta la idea de que lo están reemplazando para sus labores como macho, haciendo que Nico y Medea tengan que atrincherarse en el departamento para estar a salvo del novio claramente psicótico. Medea de repente decide que Nico no es su tipo y pues que le haga como pueda, yendose a dormir, poniendo a Nico entre la espada y la pared, sin siquiera haber cometido el crimen. Continue reading

From Fantasia 2017: “68 KILL” (and available on VOD 08/04/17)

68 posterAll Liza wanted was the chance to start a new life and to get out of the dump she was living, and Chip just wanted to see his girlfriend happy. There is a reason why everybody says that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The plan was simple: Get into the house and take the 68 grand from Ken, Liza’s wealthy Sugar Daddy. The job was supposed to be quick, the good old “in and out” thing, and nobody was supposed to get hurt, but as we all know, The Devil is in the details, and Chip suddenly finds himself with not only two corpses on his conscience but also a hostage in the trunk.

Liza, who clearly has no problems with spilling blood, specially if is not hers, suggest that Chip should dispose of Violet, their hostage and the only witness of their crime, but Chip, who actually does not have a single criminal bone in his body, decides to save Violet and escape with her, accidentally taking the money in the process. This ignites the rage of she who Chip considered the woman of his dreams, and from there on, Chip will be running for his life, being threatened not only by Liza, but also by other more bizarre and violent characters that he will meet along the way…

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “68 Kill”

68 posterTodo lo que Liza quería era empezar una nueva vida lejos del sumidero donde vivía, y Chip solo quería ver a su novia feliz. Bien dicen que el camino al infierno está pavimentado con buenas intenciones.

El plan era simple: Entrar a la casa de Ken, el adinerado “Sugar Daddy” con quien Liza se estaba acostando y robarle 68 mil dolares, el golpe sería rápido y nadie iba a salir herido, pero como dice el dicho “El diablo está en los detalles”, y de repente Chip se halla no sólo con dos cadáveres en la conciencia, sino hasta con un rehén en la cajuela de su auto.

Liza, quien podemos ver no tiene problemas con que corra la sangre (siempre y cuando no sea la de ella) le propone a Chip deshacerse de Violet, la rehén y único testigo del robo, pero Chip, que a leguas se ve que no tiene ni un gramo de criminal en su persona, decide salvar a Violet y huir con ella. Esto provoca la ira de quien fuera la mujer de sus sueños y Chip empieza una carrera donde su vida literalmente estará en juego, no solo amenazado por Liza, sino también por otros personajes que Chip conocerá en el camino, cada vez más bizarros y violentos…

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From Fantasia 2017: “Le Manoir” (The Mansion)

Poster miniScreened recently at the Fantasia International Film Festival and coming from France, we just saw “Le Manoir” (The Mansion), a comedy/slasher film where we meet a group of students reunited on a secluded mansion, with the goal of celebrating the arrival of the new year with alcohol, drugs and sex (or at least that is what some of them hope).

As the hours fly by, we see that this colorful group has its share of secrets, envy, resentment and unrequited love, but still, these friends promise to stay together no matter what. Little do they know, that as soon the first minutes of the new year start running, the numbers in their group will start to decrease in a fast and violent manner, courtesy of a mysterious masked visitor.

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Desde Fantasia 2017: “Le Manoir” (La Mansión)

Poster miniExhibida hace unos días en el festival de Fantasia 2017, nos llega desde Francia un filme que se avienta la tarea de mezclar la comedia con el subgénero slasher en “Le Manoir” (La Mansión), donde conocemos a un grupo de universitarios que se reúnen en una enorme mansión ubicada en un bosque remoto, con la idea de celebrar el año nuevo con alcohol, drogas y sexo (o por lo menos , eso esperan algunos de ellos).

Conforme avanzan las horas vemos que en este grupo existen secretos, envidias, resentimientos y desengaños amorosos, pero aun así, estos amigos tan pintorescos prometen seguir juntos hasta la muerte, promesa que sin saberlo, acabaran cumpliendo mas pronto de lo que imaginan, ya que apenas entrados los primeros minutos del nuevo año, el número de invitados se empezará a reducir violenta y rápidamente, cortesía de un misterioso enmascarado…

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From Fantasia 2017: “Sequence Break”

SB posterOz is a very skilled electronic technician that works repairing old arcade consoles, and that rather loose himself in the screens and circuitry at the repair shop where he works instead of interacting with other members of the human species. Learning that the shop will be shut down soon due “Times change and nobody wants arcades anymore” Oz decides to have a few drinks at a local bar and is approached by a very attractive girl named Tess that also is a nut for old vintage video games, starting a romantic relationship that not only could cause us a diabetic coma, but also defies the laws of logic and reality, nothing wrong there (I am old and bitter, please bear with me and keep reading).

That same night, Oz finds an old weird motherboard, and pinched by curiosity, decides to install it on a machine that he was repairing. The result is the appearance of a weird hypnotic old-style video game on the screen, that compels Oz to play, and start giving him strange hallucinations that might or might not be predicting his future and doom, while a strange apparently homeless man gets in and out of the shop like if he had the duty to ensure that the entity on the other side of the game’s images can find a way to pay us a visit.

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