For the last couple of years, PopHorror has had the privilege to help cover the annual Fantasia International Film Festival. They always deliver the best of the best, and we’re never left disappointed. After checking out the official lineup for Fantasia 2019, we have no doubt that this year may be the best one yet.
On that note, please check out the TOP FIVE films that we can’t wait to experience. Let us know which ones you’re aching to see as well.
1) Blood On Her Name
The neo-noir Blood On Her Name is the debut feature from Filmmaker Matthew Pope. The film stars stars Bethany Anne Lind (Stranger Things TV series), Will Patton (Remember The Titans 2000, Armageddon 1998) and Elisabeth Röhm (Joy 2015, American Hustle 2013), and was co-written and co-produced by The Echo Construct’s (2013) Don Thompson and Director Matthew Pope for Rising Creek.
Synopsis for Blood On Her Name
A woman’s panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spins out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man’s body to his family.
It’s never a good idea to return a dead body. We’re totally intrigued by both the cast and the storyline for this film and can’t wait to check it out at Fantasia 2019.
2) The Lodge
The Lodge was co-directed by Goodnight, Mommy’s (2014) Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. The cast includes Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road 2015), Alicia Silverstone (The Crush 1993, Clueless 1995), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012), and more.
Synopsis for The Lodge
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
This looks like the perfect winter nightmare, and we get chills just thinking about it. We can’t wait to see it and hope that it’s as amazing as its poster and trailer!
3) Ready Or Not
From Twentieth Century Fox Films comes a new horror mystery that we think everyone will love called Ready or Not. Directed by V/H/S’ (2012) Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with a screenplay co-written by Guy Busick (Stan Against Evil TV series) and Ryan Murphy (Minutes Past Midnight 2016). The cast includes Adam Brody (Jennifer’s Body 2009), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day 1993), Samara Weaving (The Babysitter 2017 – read our review here), Mark O’Brien (Bad Times at the El Royale 2018), Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible 1996), Nicky Guadagni (Cube 1997), Melanie Scrofano (Saw VI 2009), and more.
Synopsis for Ready or Not
Follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
Ever since we first found out about this film, we’ve been dying to check it out. It looks like so much fun and has a killer cast and crew.
4) Satanic Panic
RLJE Films has acquired the highly anticipated horror film, Satanic Panic, the latest in the lineup from the recently re-launched Fangoria, and based on a story by Grady Hendrix (Mohawk 2017 – read our review here) and Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here 2015 – read our review here). The film was written by Hendrix and directed by Into the Dark’s Chelsea Stardust (read our interview with her here). It stars Hayley Griffith (The Drew), Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day 2017 – read our review here), Michael Polish (Before I Wake), Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me 1986) and Rebecca Romijn (X-Men franchise).
Synopsis for Satanic Panic
A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.
We’ve been dying to watch this, especially after interviewing the director recently. Not only does it have an amazing cast and crew, but the imagery is jaw droppingly beautiful.
5) Riot Girls
Riot Girls was directed by Jovanka Vuckovic (XX 2017 – read our review here) and written by Katherine Collins (Lost in Space 2018). The cast stars Madison Iseman (Annabelle Comes Home 2019 – read our review here), Jenny Raven (Flatliners 2017), and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Bates Motel TV series).
Synopsis for Riot Girls
In an alternate 1995, a mysterious disease has wiped out all of the adults. In this new age, two gangs are pitted against each other in a brutal war for territory, resources and survival.
Out of all the ones on the list, this is the only one we haven’t reported on or heard of before until now. It looks freaking awesome and we’re huge fans of both Jovanka Vuckovic and Madison Iseman. Madison has been killing it in the horror community so we expect great things.
Don’t these movies sound amazing? Which ones are you most excited to see?
Keep it tuned to PopHorror for all of our upcoming Fantasia 2019 film and short reviews. The 23rd annual Fantasia International Film Festival takes place from July 11-August 1st, so news and review will be coming shortly!