For some, summer starts on the 21st of June, for others it has to wait until the second week of July. Welcome to the 23rd installment of the Fantasia Film Festival Franchise. Lots of genre film treasures from Japan, Korea and the rest of the world.

It kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Hideo Nakata’s SADAKO. A new ‘sequel’ from the popular Ringu series.

As our own little SheBeast Daria at puts it: «I need that Hideo «Ringu» Nakata. He symbolizes fantasia to me!» What if she meant «fantasized»? Guess I’ll have to remind the girl of our strict code of conduct…

Note that before it became legendary, Ringu was previously shown 20 years ago at Fantasia. The Return!

Regarding another legendary topic, folk stories has it that upon stumbling on an image of the programmer of the cool animated ‘Axis’ section, Rupert Bottenberg, famous TV host Don Cherry burst into tears because of the casual good taste of R.B. There is no match. So beside expressing it (again) in the wardrobe department, this Devil dig out some beauties of the animated world. It goes from Latvia’s jaw dropping AWAY to the more experimental SHE (from China) with of course a selection of classic countries in the field and equally classic Hungarian oldie SON OF THE WHITE MARE (1981).

Restored ‘prints’ of classics include a 35mm of Ringo Lam’s FULL CONTACT (1992), a Fantasia old crowd favorite, an interesting take on the Zombie genre, Jorge Grau ‘s  THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974) with a great score by Italian composer Giuliano Sorgini (you know our Love for film music), Sisworo Gautama Putra’s Classic Indonesian Horror SATAN’S SLAVE (1982), Brian De Palma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, as part of the homage to producer Edward R. Pressman (Conan) and restored versions of Top Anglo-Québécois classic The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) and First Blood (1982) both directed by Ted Kotcheff.