Fantasia Press – August 4, 2011

Sound on Sight – Ricky D - Sound On Sight Radio #284: Fantasia 2011 – The Career of Director John Landis, with Special Guest…John Landis!

“John Landis, the director behind The Blues Brothers, Animal House, American Werewolf In London and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, is back after 12 long years with Burke and Hare. The film had its Canadian premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival this past week and the director Landis was present to receive a lifetime achievement award.”

August 4, 2011

Fangoria – Michael Gingold – Guillermo del Toro:  In the “Dark” and out on a “Rim”

“The eagerly awaited remake of DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK makes its Canadian premiere tonight at Montreal’s Fantasia festival ahead of its general release August 26 from FilmDistrict, reviving little monsters that have terrorized TV viewers for decades.”

Indie Wire – Bryce J. Renninger – The Four Coolest Things About the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival

“Stretching from July 14-August 7, Montreal’s marathon genre-film lovefest the Fantasia International Film Festival kicked off with the Canadian premiere of “Red State” (without Kevin Smith) and featured other festival favorites like “Another Earth.” The closing film screens tomorrow night with the Guillermo del Toro-produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and the world premiere midnight screening of the fifth installment in the “Final Destination” series.”

Hour – Kevin Laforest – Fantasia:  Fiesta of Terror

“The official closing film of this year’s festival, Troy Nixey’s remake of the 1973 made-for-television horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which stars Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, is undeniably most notable for having been co-written and co-produced by Mexican filmmaker extraordinaire Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil’s Backbone).”

“One of the highlights of Fantasia last year was undeniably the presentation of a restored print of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with an amazing new orchestral score by Gabriel Thibaudeau. The fest is following up on that with two screenings of another silent film classic, Rupert Julian’s Lon Chaney-starring The Phantom of the Opera (1925), again with an original Thibaudeau score, which will be performed live by a 30-piece orchestra (Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve, August 6-7).”

Frankensteinia – The Art of Frankenstein:  Donald Caron

“Caron’s fantasy illustrations have graced film posters, games, advertising and comics. He has produced a number of posters for Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, including this year’s 15th Anniversary edition depicting the Cheval Noir of Québécois legend, the festival’s prize for Best Film.”

***Here’s a missed headline from July 22***

Tenebrous Kate - Pierre Fournier Reviews “Jean Rollin: The Stray Dreamer” [2009] – Fantasia 2011

“Celebrating its 15th glorious year, Montreal’s Fantasia has grown to become the biggest genre film festival in North America, and stands solidly among the world’s best. Need proof? See this year’s program and judge for yourself”

“Fantasia has its share of world premieres and high-profile films, but it also provides a rare chance to see features, foreign and domestic, too weird and whacked out for mainstream screens, obscure titles, experimental works and documentaries you’d have a tough time tracking down on your own. Case in point, JEAN ROLLIN: THE STRAY DREAMER, the 2009 documentary by Damien Dupont and Yvan-Pierre Kaiser.”

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