heather graham in appropriate flesh and nicolas cage in sympathy for the satan. pic credit score: courtesy of fantasia

Fantasia Worldwide Movie Competition kicks off this weekend, and we’re right here with half two of the flicks we’re excited to observe at this 12 months’s competition.

With so many films taking part in on the competition, it’s arduous to condense them right into a prime 10. However, now we have a finalized record of the 5 prime anticipated movies.

Our first 5 movies coated a wide selection of ideas, together with creative documentaries, horror films set within the 70s, and physique swap thrillers from Korea.

Our subsequent set of movies is simply as various in selection and originality.

These titles embrace a “Shin” impressed imaginative and prescient for a traditional Japanese superhero, an epic return of filmmakers from Fantasia Fest 2021, and a Nicolas Cage automobile.

Listed here are our most anticipated movies taking part in at Fantasia 2023.

5. Shin Kamen Rider

Still image from Shin Kamen Rider.
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Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman have been impressed visions of lengthy beloved icons from Japan. Each variations introduced fascinating takes on the characters and centered on how Governments and politicians would react in a state of affairs of ginormous wonders roaming the earth. The intriguing method combines Kaiju motion with boardroom diplomacy.

Shin Kamen Rider sees Hideaki Anno return to helm one other movie within the collection. He beforehand directed Shin Godzilla, and we’re excited to see his imaginative and prescient for Kamen Rider.

4. The place the Satan Roams

Still image of Where the Devil Roams.
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The Adams household burst on the scene in 2021 with their creative horror flick, Hellbender. We reviewed the coming-of-age horror film again in 2021 and gave it a stable assessment regardless of some third-act nitpicks. The movie stays an indie achievement contemplating it was a family-made movie.

Their new outing titled The place the Satan Roams sees the Adams household directing and starring as soon as once more of their newest effort, which is described as a movie that “traces a family of murderous sideshow performers as it travels around the world on the dying carnival circuit.” If it’s something like Hellbender, this ought to be a competition favourite.

3. River

Still image from River.
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Junta Yamaguchi is one other returning filmmaker to Fantasia Fest. In 2021, the filmmaker and author Makoto Ueda wowed audiences with Past the Infinite Two Minutes. The film was actually impressed and performed with time and themes of inevitability.

Right here, the inventive duo return with River, a high-concept time-loop film involving an array of characters working by advanced dilemmas of their particular person loops. Past the Infinite Two Minutes showcased Yamaguchi and Ueda’s expertise, thus making River one to maintain on fest goers radar.

2. Appropriate Flesh

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Tailored from H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Factor on the Doorstep, director Joe Lynch takes one other stab at filming a physique horror extravaganza with Appropriate Flesh. The movie made an look at Tribeca and garnered optimistic buzz. Evidently, we’re hyped for this.

The movie is written by Dennis Paoli, who beforehand scripted cult classics equivalent to Re-Animator and Physique Snatchers. With the addition of Heather Graham and Barbara Crampton, this has all of the signs of one other cult favourite within the making.

1. Sympathy for the Satan

Still from Sympathy for the Devil.
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Anytime Nicolas Cage makes a competition look, it can have our undivided consideration. This was true of Mandy, The Insufferable Weight of Huge Expertise, and it stays legitimate for Sympathy for the Satan.

The movie stars Cage and Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon, Robocop) and sees them each in a highway-style thriller with Cage as a person taking a driver for a wild experience at gunpoint. As acknowledged by others, lunatic Nicolas Cage is by far the very best Cage.

It’s an thrilling 12 months at Fantasia 2023, so make certain and keep tuned for competition protection at Monsters and Critics.