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International terrors and creatures converge on the Night Visions Film Festival

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The 2017 edition of the Night Visions International Film Festival in Helskinki, Finland opens with Guillermo del Toro’s much-anticipated THE SHAPE OF WATER (pictured) and continues with a wide range of horror and thriller fare from all over the world. Read on for more of the fest’s hot lineup.

In addition to SHAPE OF WATER, U.S. titles at Night Visions include:

  • Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s THE ENDLESS
  • Graham Skipper’s SEQUENCE BREAK
  • Marc Meyers’ MY FRIEND DAHMER
  • Tyler MacIntyre’s TRAGEDY GIRLS
  • Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s LEATHERFACE
  • Ash Avildsen’s AMERICAN SATAN
  • Lloyd Kaufman’s RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE ’EM HIGH
  • S. Craig Zahler’s BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
  • Taylor Sheridan’s WIND RIVER
  • James Franco’s THE DISASTER ARTIST
  • Flying Lotus’ KUSO

Simeon Halligan’s HABIT reps the UK, Canada howls with Lowell Dean’s ANOTHER WOLFCOP and Brandon Christensen’s STILL/BORN, France weighs in with Coralie Fargeat’s REVENGE, while italy contributes Giordano Giulivi’s THE LAPACE’S DEMON. There will also be a heavy Scandinavian contingent:

  • Oskar Thor Axelsson’s I REMEMBER YOU
  • Reinert Kiil’s CHRISTMAS BLOOD
  • Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland’s VIDAR THE VAMPIRE
  • Teemu Nikki’s EUTHANIZER
  • Marko Mäkilaakso’s IT CAME FROM THE DESERT
  • Ville Mäkelä’s BEYOND THE LAW

Asian fare at the fest includes:

  • Sion Sono’s TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL
  • Jung Byung-gil’s THE VILLAINESS
  • Byun Sung-hyun’s THE MERCILESS

From Latin America:

  • Samuel Galli’s OUR EVIL
  • Fabian Forte’s DEAD MAN TELLS HIS OWN TALE
  • Luciano and Nicolas Onetti’s WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND

There will also be documentaries like Morten Traavik and Ugis Olte’s LIBERATION DAY, P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes’ MANSFIELD 66/67 any Tony Zierra’s FILMWORKER, and guest appearances by director Mark Lester (showing CLASS OF 1984, COMMANDO and ROLLER BOOGIE) and actress Christina Lindberg (accompanying THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE, MÄTÄKUU and the documentary CHRISTINA LINDBERG: THE ORIGINAL EYEPATCH WEARING BUTT KICKING MOVIE BABE). For more info, head over to the festival’s official website.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.
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