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New “PUPPET MASTER” and more at Fantaspoa festival; Frankensteined poster debut

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (pictured), the reboot of the tiny-terror franchise, is among the first wave of features announced for the 2018 edition of the long-running Fantaspoa festival, which has also unveiled its official poster, a homage to a classic horror character.

The 14th edition of Fantaspoa, Latin America’s largest genre fest, takes place May 17-June 3 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The poster, seen below, reflects the event’s focus on the many screen incarnations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel FRANKENSTEIN, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Guests will include filmmaker Mick Garris and actress Elina Löwensohn (NADJA, LET THE CORPSES TAN); joining the previously announced opening- and closing-night films, both from Brazil—Rodrigo Aragão’s A MATA NEGRA and Fernando Sanches’ A PEDRA DA SERPENTE—are these newly announced features:

  • AFTER THE LETHARGY (Marc Carreté, Spain)—World Premiere
  • BLOOD FEST (Owen Egerton, U.S.)—International Premiere
  • THE DARK (Justin P. Lange, Austria/Canada)—Latin American Premiere
  • EDERLEZI RISING (Lazar Bodroza, Serbia)—Latin American Premiere
  • THE ENDLESS (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, U.S.)—Brazilian Premiere
  • LES GARÇONS SAUVAGES (Bertrand Mandico, France)—Latin American Premiere
  • INUYASHIKI (Shinsuke Sato, Japan)—Latin American Premiere
  • MOHAWK (Ted Geoghegan, U.S.)—Brazilian Premiere
  • THE NEXT KILL (Mike McCutchen, U.S.)—World Premiere
  • PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH (Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, UK/U.S.)—International Premiere
  • THE RANGER (Jenn Wexler, U.S.)—Latin American Premiere
  • ROCK STEADY ROW (Trevor Stevens, U.S.)—International Premiere
  • THE SCYTHE (Rustam Mosafir, Russia)—Latin American Premiere
  • TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Issa López, Mexico)—Brazilian Premiere
  • THE WITCH FILES (Kyle Rankin, U.S.)—World Premiere

Carreté, Egerton, Benson, Moorhead, Mandico, Geoghegan, McCutchen, Weber, Wexler and López will accompany their movies; more titles and talent will be announced soon. In addition to the screenings, Fantaspoa will host its first Fantasmercado film production market, devoted to hooking up Latin American filmmakers and producers. Entries to Fantasmercado can be made through April 27 here; for more info on Fantaspoa, head over to its Facebook page.

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.