Halloween Comes Late to France at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

Brian Clark, European Editor
My biggest complaint about living in Paris has nothing to do with the usual stereotypes of rude French people, endless bureaucracies or overpriced food, but rather that the city's overall appreciation of Halloween and all things fantastic pales in comparison to that of the U.S. Thankfully, two weeks after the fact, France will get a healthy dose of horror and the supernatural at the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival.

The festival has just unleashed its stellar lineup, which features a handpicked selection of the best horror films making the rounds at festivals this year, including many which haven't yet screened in Paris, including (finally!) V/H/S and John Dies at the End. They've also got a stellar repertory program, including a chance to see classics like Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 and Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet on the big screen!

The festival will also include a number of directors in person to present their films including Xavier Gens, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani for the ABC's of Death (coincidentally the directors of two of the strongest segments, by far), Michael J. Basset for Silent Hill: Revelation and Connor McMahon for the gory clown-slasher, Stitches.

The entire feature lineup is below. Festivities run from November 16 to November 25. Check out the festival website for information on tickets, venues and the short film lineup.

In Competition
Citadel (Dir. Ciaran Foy)
Crave
(Dir. Charles de Lauzirika)
Doomsday Book (Dir. Kim Jee-Woon, Yim Pil-Sung)
Here Comes the Devil (Dir. Adrián García Bogliano)
In Their Skin (Dir. Jeremy Power Regimbal)
Modus Anomali (Dir. Joko Anwar)
Stitches (Dir. Connor McMahon)
The Body (Dir. Oriol Paulo)
The Butterfly Room (Dir. Jonathan Zarantonello)
The Cleaner (Dir. Adrian Saba)

Out of Competition
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Dir. Tsui Hark)
Horror Stories (Dir. Hong Ji-young, Im Dae-woong ...)
In the Shadow of the Tall Man (Dir. Louis Thevenon)
Side by Side (Dir. Chris Kenneally)
Silent Hill: Revelation (Dir. Michael J. Bassett)
The ABC's of Death (Dir. Many)
The Seasoning House (Dir. Paul Hyett)
Trailer War (Dir. Many)
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (Dir. John Hyams)

Retro-Cult
Bad Taste (Dir. Peter Jackson)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dir. Dario Argento)

The Forbidden Screening
V/H/S - (Dir. Many)

Retrospective
Candyman (Dir. Bernard Rose)
Hellraiser (Dir. Clive Barker)
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (Dir. Tony Randel)
Nightbreed - The Cabal Cut (Dir. Clive Barker)

In the meantime, whet your appetite with the ultra-violent trailer for the festival below.

Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2012... par pifff
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  • Omar Hauksson

    I believe my short is playing there.

  • Omar Hauksson

    Well after looking at the site it seems my film is not playing. Strange because I thought we were.

  • Don't miss El Limpiador/The cleaner. Amazing first feature...

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "My biggest complaint about living in Paris"
    Whoa.....you live in Paris, lots of cute girls, wine, culture etc...stop complaining, Mr Clark....hahahhahha....thanks for the list.

  • Brian Clark

    I love Paris. It's just sometimes tough love.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    Yeah...I thought so....rest assure, that I envy you.

  • kevo42

    I'll be there. Last year Joseph Kahn was there for Detention and it was awesome.

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