In a few days, I’ll be covering Fantasia Festival. This year is a bit different as most festivals have either been cancelled, postponed or adapted to fully digital (or drive-in’s). Fantasia Festival is another that tackled changing their festival to entirely digital. Now that all three waves have announced, I’m excited to talk about some of the films I’m looking forward to seeing the most.

When I got the e-mail to potentially cover Peninsula, there was one thing that I knew I had to do first, and that was to watch Train to Busan first. I had four years to do so prior, but now there was a timeline for the next film, I rushed for it. And yes, I was aware it wouldn’t be a direct sequel or one that was directly connected to the first one. But I wanted an understanding of their world and zombies first before seeing where they would adapt.

In 2017, Jay Baruchel made his feature directorial debut with Goon: Last of the Enforcers, a sequel to the Michael Dowse helmed Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg. The response to his film was that it didn’t sway too much from the original – which makes for an enjoyable sequel but doesn’t try to fix some of the things that critics didn’t enjoy in the first film, such as it’s violence at the scale it had. And it seems that Jay doubled down (or even quadrupled) on the violence for his horror film. And it makes for a great and grimey horror. 

Brandon Cronenberg made a huge splash with his debut feature Antiviral. One part of it was apart of who his father was, but another part was the fact he made a great debut.

Well he’s finally back, and I’ve been waiting to see this film for a long time. But also, it feels like a long time because 2020 has already felt like it lasted at least 2.5 years.