Fantasia 2012 - Final Thoughts and "Top 10 / Bottom 5 of the Festival" – by Matthew Saliba
I went into Fantasia this year thinking that things were going to be different and with the festival behind me, I more or less feel the same way.
At any rate, another Fantasia is in the books and I want to thank the good folks over at Exploitation Retrospect and Rogue Cinema for allowing me to cover the festival for them this year. I got to walk around showing off my official press pass, which gave me satisfaction in large amounts. It also gave me a chance to take a chance on some films that I may have otherwise not gone to see due to lack of funds.
So without any further Apu, allow me to list my "Top 10 Favorite Films of Fantasia 2012" followed by my "Bottom 5, a.k.a. The Worst of the Worst, The Most Hated and Cursed."
Top 10 Favorite Films of Fantasia 2012
- KILLER JOE (2011) - directed by William Friedkin (USA)
- SINGHAM (2011) - directed by Rohit Shetty (India)
- ROLLER TOWN (2012) - directed by Andrew Bush (Canada)
- LLOYD THE CONQUEROR (2011) - directed by Michael Peterson (Canada)
- YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE (2011) - directed by Giddens Ko (Taiwan)
- THE KICK (2011) - directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Thailand / South Korea)
- A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING (2012) - directed by Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell (UK)
- JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011) - directed by Alejandro Brugués (Spain / Cuba)
- GAME OF WEREWOLVES (2011) - directed by Juan Martínez Moreno (Spain)
- ROBO-G (2012) - directed by Shinobu Yaguchi (Japan)
Bottom 5 a.k.a. "The Worst of the Worst, The Most Hated and Cursed!"
- LES AVENTURES DE CHATRAN (1986) - directed by Masanori Hata (Japan)
- TOAD ROAD (2012) - directed by Jason Banker (USA)
- BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK (2012) - directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani (Japan)
- MEMORY OF THE DEAD (2011) - directed by Valentín Javier Diment (Argentina)
- FOR LOVE'S SAKE (2012) - directed by Takashi Miike (Japan)
Many thanks to Matthew for his great man-on-the-ground coverage of this year's Fantasia. You can check out more of his reviews in the upcoming print edition of ER as well as at his new blog, The Celery Stalks at Midnight.