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Monstral's Fantasia International Film Festival is one of the world's best and biggest genre festivals and since the fine folks will celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year they have announced some special guests and film premiers worth taking note of.

The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival has announced a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

Guillermo del Toro will be awarded the prestigious Cheval Noir Award, which del Toro will accept in person in his first-ever Montreal appearance. del Toro will host the Canadian premiere of Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet's CREATURE DESIGNERS: THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX, a fascinating documentary on the history of movie monstermakers, in which he is featured prominently in.

Director Takashi Miike, one of the most groundbreaking filmmakers of his generation, will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award. No other filmmaker has left a mark on Fantasia’s first 20 years as he has. In addition to receiving his award, Takashi Miike will be hosting the North American Premiere of Terra Formas, a sci-fi extravaganza where a team of misfits must fight humanoid cockroaches to colonize Mars, and As God Wills, a surreal deathgame where Japanese traditional objects turn playground amusement into modern video-game blood baths.

Rupture, Steven Shainberg's first full-on genre work, will have it's world premier. Rupture is a provocative and startling sci-fi/horror/thriller about a single mother struggling to escape from a mysterious organization that have abducted her, starring Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare, and Michael Chiklis.

J-horror pioneer Kiyoshi Kurosawa returns to the horror thriller genre with the Berlin Film Festival selected Hitchcockian horror thriller CREEPY, which will be screened in Canadian Premiere. Kurosawa brings terror to a quiet neighborhood where an ex detective and his wife have to deal with their deranged new neighbor.

Fantasia will present a special screening of David F. Sandberg’s hotly anticipated horror film LIGHTS OUT, in which a woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.

Realive - The provocative new film (formerly "PROJECT LAZARUS") from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil (screenwriter of VANILLA SKY) presents a modern spin on FRANKENSTEIN where the emphasis rests on the emotional and psychological ramifications of reanimating the dead. Tom Hughes stars as a man awakened from cryogenic sleep 60 years into the future who must adjust to a life that left all his loved ones behind.

Christmas day becomes a hellish homecoming in Craig Anderson’s RED CHRISTMAS an unusual Australian horror/comedy gorefest starring beloved genre vet Dee Wallace (HILLS HAVE EYES, THE HOWLING, E.T.) that’s at once an over-the-top rollercoaster of a slasher film and a confrontational sociopolitical hand grenade.

Fantasia takes place This summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24.

You can find more of the titles announced on the Festival site.

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