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The upcoming genre explicit Fantasia International Film Festival held yearly in Montreal will be hosting a slew of top notch sounding features in its co-production market. This includes Bruce McDonald's Pontypool sequel Pontypool Changes and TWO PA features: Turbo Kid (vid below) about an eighties obsessed scavenger and an android girl and The Wither about a survivor looking for a rumored sanctuary. Then there's two French flicks: Seve where a fog descends over paris, obscuring everything and Pandemonium about a virus overrunning France.

Unfortunately Changes has no synopsis available, but considering the original film and the book were widely disparate (and the title), we're guessing it might have something to do with the book.


Turbo Kid is based on the short which was part of The ABCs of Death.

What does this whole co-production market thing mean your asking? It means they're looking for funds to make or complete these films and unfortunately, we don't know what state any of them are in.

BLOOD BORNE (Australia) Director / Writer: Fin Edquist / Producer: David Rapsey (Rogue Production)
Bram is determined his kids will grow up strong in the Faith, able to counter any evil the world throws at them. Like any 19 year old, Felix is caught between the desire to honour his family traditions and the need to step into the world and prove himself. If he hadn’t met Gemma, a teenage prostitute with a wicked sense of humour about what Felix really needs, he might never have broken free from the tangle of lies his father has spun to cover his own deadly lusts.

DARK HOLLOW (New Zealand) Director: Paul Cam pion / Writers: Paul Campion & Paul Finch, based on a book by Brian Keene / Producer: Daniel Warwick (Chameleon Films)
After two miscarriages, writer Adam Shay’s marriage is on the rocks. On a walk through local woods rumored to be haunted, Adam come across a strange sight: a statue of a half-man, half-goat creature, a satyr from ancient legends, that comes to life before his eyes. Soon, women in town begin disappearing, summoned to the woods by the satyr’s hypnotic piping. When Adam gathers his friends to hunt down the satyr and save the women, what they uncover is an unholy evil hellbent on protecting itself and spreading its seed...

KEEP QUIET (Mexico) Director /Writer: Jorge Michel Grau / Producer: Mayra Espinosa Castro
Jimena and Alberto were a model couple and loving parents to a teenage son named Alan. But a failed home invasion shatters all of that, Jimena raped and violently murdered. In the aftermath, Alberto and Alan move to the suburb, in the house where Alberto’s only brother committed suicide. Gradually, Alan slides into a highly violent schizophrenia, coming to believe that his father is a werewolf, a violent creature who threatens everything - Alan included - in his vicinity. According to the legends, a werewolf can only be killed by a loved one and Alan knows the legend.

M (Australia) Director: Jon Hewitt / Writers: Jon Hewitt & Belinda McClory / Producer: Lizzette Atkins (Unicorn Films), Executive Producer: Richard Stewart
Sydney, 1986. Fresh out of law school, ambitious young solicitor Stephen Bilinsky joins the firm of the city's most infamous and flamboyant lawyer. He discovers an exclusive playground of wealth, sex and power. But the high-life also brings him face-to-face with the firm's start client, a charismatic psychopath who in less than a decade will be convicted as one of the world's worst serial killers, the backpacker murderer, Ivan Milat. Stephen will learn the hard way - you can't have the dream without the nightmare.

PANDEMONIUM (France) Director: Abel Ferry / Writer: Eric Rondeaux / Producer: Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin (Paprika Films)
On a night train from Paris to a ski resort, a particularly volatile virus overruns France and infects its population. Le train quickly becomes a siege of a thrilling fight for survival. Murderous insanity, contamination threats and claustrophobia take hold. The protagonists' true personalities are revealed in this extreme situation, as they try to make it out alive.

PERISH (UK) Directors / Writers: Catherine Linstrum & David-John Newman / Producers: Brian Coffey & Gillian Berrie (Sigma Films)
Aiden and Greta have just lost their four year-old son, Reuben – a child made even more precious by the fact that he was an IVF baby, one of two successful embryos; the other embryo was kept in frozen storage. Now Aiden and Greta have two weeks to decide to have the embryo implanted or have it destroyed. Greta wants the child but Aiden refuses. Gradually, Greta come to believe she’s being haunted by the icy presence of the unborn child, a presence which shifts from pleading to threatening until it seems that this child will do anything to be born.

PONTYPOOL CHANGES (Canada) Director: Bruce McDonald / Writer: Tony Burgess / Producer: Ambrose Roche (Shadow Shows)
Synopsis coming.

PORK CHOP (Canada) Director: Sid Zanforlin / Writers: Chris Bavota & Sid Zanforlin / Producer: Philippe Chabot
Mild-mannered, timid James Cooper is a carnophobic vegetarian trapped behind the bar of his meat-eating, rock & roll parents' pub. His suspicions that he doesn’t belong are confirmed one night when he discovers that he’s adopted, prompting him to escape to America in search of his birth parents. Who he finds are dedicated, hard-working pig farmers, who also happen to be cannibalistic killers. Pork Chop is a horror comedy about the difficulties of finding your place in the world, especially when you’re kin to a bunch of backwoods flesh eaters.

PURGATORY (USA) Director / Producer: Stuart G ordon / Writer: Richard Mancuso
Synopsis coming.

RADIUS (Canada) Directors / Writers: Caroline Labrèche & Steeve Leonard
Lee Fairchild wakes up after a car crash, with no memory of who he is, and what he’s doing there. As he gets into town, he realizes that everyone within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly - simply put, he seems to radiate death. After failing to live in seclusion, he meets Angie, an amnesic woman able to filter out his power. Together they embark on a quest to find out who they are, and who put them in this incredible predicament.

SEVE (France) Director: Fabrice Blin/ Writers: Fabrice Blin & David Uystpruyst / Producer: Fabrice Lambot (Metaluna Productions)
As torrential rains fall on the whole country since many days, inhabitants of a Paris apartment tower are stuck at home. Then the rain stops one morning, giving way to abnormal silence and sweltering heat, paired with a fog that covers everything. All exits to the building become blocked, a mud slide covers the ground floor and the windows are mysteriously covered. A small group of neighbors will have to unify to survive the surnatural threat that slowly insinuates the tower.

STRATA (USA) Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead / Writer: Justin Benson / Producer: Justin Benson & David Lawson
A rugged ex-special forces loner and a drugged-up ecobiologist are sent on a vague mission to backwoods Ukraine by a mining corporation. Picking up a hilariously shady native as a guide, the three discover just how much they all hate each other as they voyage into the Carpathian mountains. It takes a bloody turn when they get trapped in an undiscovered 14th-century castle, and as they find a way to survive, what are initially thought to be ghosts or bandits turn out to be something even more disturbing. The anti-buddy picture that’s as funny as it is gruesome, it’s LOST put through a meat grinder.

THE WITHERING (UK) Directors / Writers: Robert Morgan & Sam Walker / Producer: Karen Smyth (La Belle Allee)
Clay is a lonely man searching for a last enclave of human survivors in a battered post-apocalyptic wasteland. Humanity has fallen victim to a terrible plague, which has reduced 99% of the population to grotesque, deformed monsters known as the Gigglers. As he staggers through the dangerous wilderness, beset with threat, his mission to find Fort Robinson, a rumoured sanctuary for survivors, is fraught with terror and danger at every turn. He finally reaches the Fort, but the fate that awaits him inside might just be worse that the world he’s escaped from...

TURBO KID (Canada) Directors / Writers: François Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann–Karl Whissell / Producer: Ant Timpson, Executive Producer: Jason Eisener
Decades after the apocalypse, a young and lonely scavenger obsessed with comic books and technology from the eighties has his life changed when he meets with a mysterious girl travelling with a group of nomads. After undergoing an attack by Zeus, the sadistic and powerful leader of a pirate gang, the wastelander has to gather the courage to save the love of his life, with the help of found turbocharged laser gun. Broken during the attack, the mysterious girl confesses that she is a robot and that is slowly dying. Chased by Zeus, they embark on a journey through which she will teach him to believe in himself and become a real supehero.

Turbo Kid from ABC of Death!

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