Fantasia: Fiesta of terror

Fiesta of terror

Guillermo del Toro with little Bailee Madison on the set of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Photo: Carolyn Johns/Alliance

The 2011 edition of Fantasia concludes this weekend with plenty of scares and music

The official closing film of this year’s festival, Troy Nixey’s remake of the 1973 made-for-television horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which stars Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, is undeniably most notable for having been co-written and co-produced by Mexican filmmaker extraordinaire Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil’s Backbone). He was supposed to attend the screening; unfortunately, he hurt his back and had to cancel his trip to Montreal (Hall Theatre, August 4).

Canadian actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood will visit Fantasia this week for the world premiere of Final Destination 5, the latest in the series of thrillers about the unavoidable nature of death (Scotiabank Theatre, August 4).

For a few years now, the festival has included live performances, such as Isabelle Stephen’s Infection in 2008 and Stuart Gordon’s Nevermore in 2010. The last in line is Puppet Master of the Macabre, an evening with New York singer and musician Voltaire that will include projections of some of his animated short films, as well as stories, games and songs performed live (D.B. Clarke Theatre, August 5).

One of the highlights of Fantasia last year was undeniably the presentation of a restored print of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with an amazing new orchestral score by Gabriel Thibaudeau. The fest is following up on that with two screenings of another silent film classic, Rupert Julian’s Lon Chaney-starring The Phantom of the Opera (1925), again with an original Thibaudeau score, which will be performed live by a 30-piece orchestra (Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve, August 6-7).

Finally, DJ XL5 returns on Sunday night with his Mexican Zappin’ Party, a homage to the best – and worst – cinema from the Land of Santo via some 60 trailers and clips, plus mariachis playing on stage (Hall Theatre, August 7).

Fantasia Film Festival
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