Killer Lasagna, Mad Cats, and Satanic Hispanics Invade Fantaspoa’s 2023 Edition 

Brazilian genre fest Fantaspoa has announced its full lineup for its 19th edition, and there are horror and genre films ranging from the comical to the emotionally devastating aplenty. Following is the official press announcement.

After presenting its first wave of 2023 titles, Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival is proudly announcing the remaining selection of feature films from its upcoming nineteenth edition. The massive lineup, between shorts and features, comes to a whopping 160 films.

The festival’s feature films are divided into four different competitive sections: International; Ibero-American; Brazilian; and a new section “Low Budget, Great Films”, dedicated to the appreciation of those who take risks and make incredible movies with meager resources. According to festival directors João Fleck and Nicolas Tonsho, “Low Budget, Great Films is a section that emerged from our 2023 entries. There were so many amazing films that applied and blew our minds, and we simply had to acknowledge their abilities to overcome a lack of resources with amazing originality”.

Today the festival also launches its annual trailer, which can be found at and showcases a number of the incredible films being featured at this year’s edition.

Along with filmmaker Mark L. Lester, this year’s Fantaspoa will also pay homage to J-horror master Takashi Shimizu. The festival will celebrate his career with a special screening of the classic Ju-On and the Latin American premiere of his latest feature, Immersion. Shimizu will be present at Fantaspoa for Q&As of both movies.

Another special attraction of Fantaspoa 2023 will be the presence of actor Sean Gunn, best-known for his roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kraglin and as the on-set stand-in for Rocket Raccoon. The multi-faceted performer will be part of “A Night with Sean Gunn”, a spirited live discussion about his entire career, from Troma to Gilmore Girls and onward to Marvel.

One of the most eagerly-awaited events of the festival is its legendary boat party, which has become synonymous with Fantaspoa and once again will be the festival’s Closing Party. The festival will also play host to two other parties, including one with a performance from Pasco 637, the band of acclaimed Argentinian filmmaker Demian Rugna (Terrified).

Enter Mycel

New confirmed in-person guests at this year’s Fantaspoa include Gabriel Foster Prior (The Bystanders); Daniel Christian Limmer and Simone Aigner (Enter Mycel); Natasha Halevi and Sean Gunn (Give Me an A); Takashi Shimizu, Shiori Takata, and Takara Kosugi (Immersion); Dani Manzini and Lucas Pelegrino (Ivan); and Demian Rugna (Satanic Hispanics).

Below are the remaining 33 features included in the 19th edition of Fantaspoa.

ABERRANCE (d. Baatar Batsukh, 2022, Mongolia, Latin American Premiere)

ALL JACKED UP AND FULL OF WORMS (d. Alex Phillips, 2022, United States, Latin American Premiere)

THE ANTARES PARADOX (d. Luis Tinoco Pineda, 2022, Spain, Latin American Premiere)

THE ARTIFICE GIRL (d. Franklin Ritch, 2022, United States, Latin American Premiere)

THE BREACH (d. Rodrigo Gudiño, 2022, Canada, Latin American Premiere)

THE BYSTANDERS (d. Gabriel Foster Prior, 2022, United Kingdom, Latin American Premiere)

CONVENIENCE STORY (d. Satoshi Miki, 2022, Japan, Latin American Premiere)

CULT HERO (d. Jesse Thomas Cook, 2022, Canada, Latin American Premiere)

ENTER MYCEL (d. Daniel Christian Limmer, 2022, Austria, Latin American Premiere)

EXHIBIT #8 (d. Ruben Broekhuis, 2022, Netherlands, Latin American Premiere)


THE FIFTH THORACIC VERTEBRA (d. Syeyoung Park, 2022, South Korea, Latin American Premiere)

GIVE ME AN A (d. Natasha Halevi, Meg Swertlow, Bonnie Discepolo, Danin Jacquay, Erica May Wright, Sarah Kopkin, Monica Moore-Suriyage, Caitlin Hargraves, Megan Rosati, Hannah Alline, Avital Ash, Mary C. Russell, Valerie Finkel, Kelly Nygaard, Loren Escandon, and Francesca Maldonado, 2022, United States, International Premiere)

GOOD BOY (d. Viljar Bøe, 2022, Norway, Latin American Premiere)

HIDEOUT (d. Yen Kuang Chen, 2002, Taiwan, Latin American Premiere)

IMMERSION (d. Takashi Shimizu, 2023, Japan, Latin American Premiere)

IT CAME FROM WATER – APOKAWIXA (d. Xawery Żuławski, 2022, Poland, Latin American Premiere)

IVAN (d. Dani Manzini, 2022, Brazil, Regional Premiere)

THE KILLER LASAGNA (d. Ale McHaddo, 2002, Brazil, Regional Premiere)

LOGGER (d. Steffen Geypens, 2022, Belgium, Latin American Premiere)

MAD CATS (d. Reiki Tsuno, 2022, Japan, Latin American Premiere)

MEGALOMANIAC (d. Karim Ouelhaj, 2022, Belgium, Brazilian Premiere)

MOTHER SUPERIOR (d. Marie Alice Wolfszahn, 2022, Austria, Latin American Premiere)

NEW RELIGION (d. Keishi Kondo, 2022, Japan, Latin American Premiere)

THE ONES YOU DIDN’T BURN (d. Elise Finnerty, 2022, United States, Latin American Premiere)

ONIMANJI (d. Yoshihiro Nishimura, 2023, Japan, Latin American Premiere)

THE OPEN BODY (d. Angeles Huerta, 2022, Spain, Latin American Premiere)

RAZZENNEST (d. Johannes Grenzfurthner, 2022, Austria, Latin American Premiere)

SATANIC HISPANICS (d. Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero, and Alejandro Brugues, 2022, United States/Mexico/Argentina, International Premiere)

STEPHANE (d. Timothée Hochet and Lucas Pastor, 2022, France, Latin American Premiere)

THE STONE TURTLE (d. Ming Jin Woo, 2022, Malaysia, Latin American Premiere)

SWALLOWED (d. Carter Smith, 2022, United States, Latin American Premiere)

WORLD WAR III (d. Houman Seyyedi, 2022, Iran, Regional Premiere)

THE UNCLE (d. David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić, 2022, Croatia, Brazilian Premiere)

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.