Overwhelming press response to the festival’s newly-revealed lineup!

JULY 7 + 8, 2011

Twitch Film – Fantasia 2011: Enough Films to Choke a Horse, with Wings!

“Fantasia’s 15th edition will shriek to a close with the Canadian premiere of the Guillermo del Toro scripted & produced DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, a thrilling and frightening remake of the classic 1973 TV movie that traumatized a generation.”


Twitch Film – Fantasia 2011: Asian Film Line-up

“So good they deserved their own press release – it is the announcement of the line up of Asian films being screened at this year’s edition of the FanTasia Film Festival in Montreal. A lot of familiar names and titles for Twitch readers. You will not be disappointed with this lineup!”


Twitch Film – Fantasia 2011: Camera Lucida and Documentaries from the Edge

“Oh, I’m sorry. Did you think we were done announcing program lineups for FanTasia? ‘Fraid not, but this is the last one. For now. Remember, FanTasia runs a whole three weeks. That is a lot of film.”


Twitch Film – Fantasia 2011: Axelle Carolyn’s first short The Last Post to premiere

“Axelle Carolyn has already made her mark as a writer and author about horror film. She’s had roles in hubby Neil Marshall’s Doomsday and Centurion. And she has been getting behind the camera lately and will debut her first short film The Last Post in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 17, 2011, before the premiere of Mike Cahill’s Another Earth.”


Twitch Film – Severin Films Horror Anthology The Theatre Bizarre Trailer

“Severin Films all-star horror anthology, The Theatre Bizarre is set to premiere at Fantasia this year, and they’ve released the first official trailer. The Theatre Bizarre features segments directed by Douglas Buck, Tom Savini, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Richard Stanley, and Buddy Giovanozzo and promises to be one of the most exciting horror films in recent memory.”


Screen Daily – Canadian Premiere of Red State to kick off Fantasia Festival

“Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark will also receive its Canadian premiere as the festival’s official closing film.”


The Gazette/ The Cine Files-Al Kratina – Fantasia 2011: Full Line-up Announced

“Fantasia’s full 2011 line-up has been announced, and, as always, it’s a mix of high-profile genre movies, hidden gems, cult classics, and the kind of twisted rarities that would turn Netflix queues into the lineup outside an STD clinic.”


Bloody Disgusting - Fantasia ’11: Ridiculously Large Full Lineup Announced, Anxiety Ensues

The first announced wave of films nearly gave me an anxiety attack, while today’s announcement sent me into cardiac arrest. Inside you’ll find all of the newly announced genre titles from the 130-feature array that’s going to blow up Montreal on July 14 (through August 7). You’re going to need three weeks to even attempt to see all of these!”


Fangoria- Feast Your Eyes on Theatre Bizarre

“The shock anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE is getting ready to unleash all kinds of Grand Guignol-inspired horrors at its world-premiere screening at this month’s Fantasia festival in Montreal, and the first official trailer has appeared to give you a taste of ’em.”


Fangoria – Complete Fantasia Film Fest 2011 Schedule
“We gave you a few early hints of some of the key titles from the 15th edition of Montreal’s Fantasia film festival (see previous story here), which takes place July 14-August 7 at Concordia’s Hall and J.A. de Séve theaters, as well as at other locations throughout the city.”


Anime News Network- Montreal’s Fantasia to show Takashi Miike’s NINJA KIDS!!!

“Ninja Kids!!!, a live-action film adaptation of the long-running children’s anime and manga Nintama Rantaro by prolific director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 Assasins), will be screened at the 15th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.”


Arrow in the Head- Bloody, Trippy Trailer for Horror Anthology The Theatre Bizarre

“Lots of blood, gore, freaky Udo Kier, cannibal chicks and more. What else could you ask for? THE THEATRE BIZARRE will have its world premiere at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 16th at 9:20pm.”

Arrow in the Head-Complete Schedule for Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival Announced
“The 15th annual Fantasia international film festival will take place from July 14 to August 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The line-up contains over 130 features and nearly 250 shorts. The vast majority of the films fall into the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and action genres, and many of the screenings will be world or North American premieres.”


Arrow in the Head – New still exposes creature from Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

“In anticipation of its upcoming screening at Fantasia, a new still from Miramax’s DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK has been released.”


Shock Til You Drop – The Theatre Bizarre Trailer from Severin Films

“The Theatre Bizarre – a modern horror omnibus inspired by the over-the-top shocks of Paris’ early 20th century ‘Theatre du Grand Guignol’ – which will have its Gala World Premiere at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 16th at 9:20pm.”


Sound on Sight – Fantasia 2011: Severin Films Releases First Trailer for Horror Anthology ‘The Theatre Bizarre’

“I just came back from the Fantasia Film Festival press conference and I am already overwhelmed. I’ve been looking over the schedule all afternoon (which includes around 126 films in just over three weeks) trying to figure out how to find time to watch everything I want to see.”


Market Wire

“One of the biggest film festivals of its kind: FANTASIA.”


Hollywood Reporter – Fantasia to close with Guillermo Del Toro-scripted ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

“Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival is to close its 15th edition with the Canadian premiere of Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro.”


Criticize This – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark announced as closing night film of Fantasia 2011

“The last announcement we received from Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival was that Kevin Smith’s Red State would have its Canadian premiere as the opening night film of the 2011 fest. Now we’ve been told that the Guillermo del Toro written and produced horror remake Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, will have its Canadian premiere as the closing night film.”


When We Were Marks- Fantasia: Best Discoveries at the Fantasia Film Festival Part One

“The 2011 Fantasia Film Festival announces their line-up TODAY – July 7th to be exact. Fantasia is of course, my favourite film festival in the whole world… other than the one that pays my salary obviously.”

“What this reinforces for me is that even more than most film festivals Fantasia is an elephant. Two different film lovers can experience two almost completely different festivals united only by a love for urgent, passionate genre film.”


Dread Central – Fantasia 2011: Don’t be afraid of the Dark First look at the Creature

“In addition the flick, a revamping of the original 1973 TV movie of the week terror tale, will close the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival on August 4th.”


Dread Central – Fantasia 2011: Sleepy First Still from Retreat

“Below you’ll find the first still from Carl Tibbett’s feature film debut for Sony Pictures Worldwide, Retreat, starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell.”

“The flick will be debuting at this year’s Fantasia International Film festival.”



Exclusive Pre-Fantasia Headlines!


“In 24 hours, the schedule for the 15th edition of Montreal’s gargantuan Fantasia Film Festival (running July 14th to August 7th) will be announced to the world (and right here!).”


“As we celebrate this Summer of Savini (cover story of FANGORIA #304; directorial comeback THE THEATRE BIZARRE debuting at Fantasia this month), I decided to share with you my first-ever professional interview, which I conducted with the King of Splatter as a 17-year-old high school student in 1980. “


“In the spirit of last year’s successful screening of METROPOLIS, Fantasia and the Cinemateque quebecoise will present a rare and pristine 35mm print of the 1925 classic silent version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.”


“KNIFEPOINT is by far one of the more realistic, violent and disturbing films within the currently exploding subgenre of home invasion flicks.”


The Gazette – Al Kratina- The Cine Files

“I’m well aware that Fantasia’s eclectic and excellent genre programming spans everything from horror to fantasy to comedy to action.”


“Fantasia has continued its expansion into bigger films, more ambitious presentations and a wider scope, all while maintaining the edge that’s made it the liveliest major film festival in town.”


Cineplex Magazine (July 2011, Volume12/Number 7)

“The Fantasia International Film Festival (July 14th to August 7th) is where all the hip Montreal movie buffs will be.”


Bloody Disgusting:

“On the subject of Canada’s esteemed horror film culture, Fantasia will be the site of the world premiere of the partially-made-in-Quebec (as well as the USA, the UK, Germany and France) anthology film, THE THEATRE BIZARRE … One of the most hotly anticipated genre films of 2011, THEATRE showcases the combined talents of some of the world’s most exciting and iconoclastic fantastic film figures…”

“The Fantasia launch of this film will be a special kind of homecoming. The work of each filmmaker has been showcased at Fantasia over the past 15 years, and the project itself came together in large part at the festival.”


Dread Central:

“Making its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival next month is the 38 years in the making sequel to the cult classic The Wicker Man entitled The Wicker Tree…”


“Getting ready to make its debut at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival is the D-Day horror thriller The Devil’s Rock…”


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