Kiddie Cannibalism, A Supernatural Love Triangle, A Crooked Kevin Bacon And The Post-Apocalyptic ‘90s Lead An Impressive Program
This fall, Saskatchewan genre fans can look forward to attending the province’s only genre film festival from September 30th through October 3rd at the Broadway Theatre. Attendees will get to see pulse-pounding thrillers (opening night film Cop Car), hilarious child cannibal films (Cooties), socio-political statements (Felt), controversial gut-munching entries (The Green Inferno), and madcap Canadian releases (closing night film Turbo Kid)
“This year’s line-up of films really shows just how strong the last year has been for genre films. The festival was able to strike a great balance of crowd pleasers to the more challenging genre films that defy convention. On a personal note I really hope we can get a huge crowd out for the 2006 Korean cult animated movie Aachi & Ssipak, which we are showing in the original language with subtitles. It has taken us 8 years to program it and I hope Saskatoon is ready for it,” said festival founder and director John Allison.
Having seen many of these features, I can personally vouch for the quality of this line up. Canadian filmgoers are in for a hell of a treat.
Check out the fest selections below:
Cop Car / U.S. (Director: Jon Watts) A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. As long as the kids have not opened the trunk everything should be alright.
Goodnight Mommy / Austria (Directors: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz) Twin brothers wait for their mother to return home. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother.
Yakuza Apocalypse / Japan (Director Takashi Miike) When a bout of Vampirism threatens a small town and the local Yakuza gang’s livelihood could it get any worse? When the modern monster Kaeru-Kun shows up it proves it can.
Nina Forever / UK (Ben Blaine and Chris Blaine) Rob falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when his last girlfriend Nina, who dies in a car crash and unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.
III / Russia (Director: Pavel Khvaleev) When Ayia’s sister becomes ill to a mysterious illness she discovers that only by going into Mirra’s sick subconscious mind will she discover the true cause of her disease. Ayia is ready to go through this terrifying ritual, dive into the depths of the subconscious mind, and face the demons residing there.
Aachi & Ssipak / Korea (Director Jo Beom-jin) In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with “juicybars”. Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang.
A Hard Day / Korea (Director: Kim Seong-hoon) Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day. On the way to his mother’s funeral he hits someone with his car. He starts by hiding the body in his trunk and eventually will hide the body in his mother’s casket. But someone has been watching all along, and Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to threaten him.
We Are Still Here / U.S. (Director Ted Geoghegan) In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. A couple, grieving the loss of their son, move into a remote New England farmhouse. Not only does the house have a horrible past but the townsfolk are not all that nice either.
The Green Inferno / U.S. (Director: Eli Roth) A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rainforest. In the wake of a terrible plane crash discover that they not only are they not alone, but they are also on the menu.
Felt / U.S. (Jason Banker) A woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. When she gets into a relationship with a young man has she been able to put her past behind her?
Cooties / U.S. (Directors: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion) A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
The Interior / Canada (Director: Trevor Juras) A listless young man, upon learning he is ill, leaves his job, girlfriend and city behind, and ventures alone into the British Columbia interior, bringing his fears and anxieties with him.
Turbo Kid / Canada (Directors: RKSS aka. François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell) In a post-apocalyptic 1997, THE KID, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE.
Stay tuned to more info on the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival at www.skfilmfest.com.