Jack the Ripper story From Hell, Angel de la Cruz's Spanish 3D computer animation El Bosque Animado and German hit Das Experiment are amongst the films in the official section at leading European fantasy and genre festival, Fantasporto.
The Portuguese event, more formerly known as the Oporto International Film Festival, will showcase two offerings from Brian Yuzna's Spanish genre outfit Fantasy Film Factory. Arachnid is directed by Jack Sholder, while Dagon is from Re-Animator's Stuart Gordon.
Also in the official fantasy section are the likes of Christophe Gans' Brotherhood Of The Wolf, Carlos Saura's Bunuel, Paul Harather's Austrian film The Praying Mantis and Stuart Urban's UK title Revelation. Korea is represented by Yoon Jong-chan's Sorum and Japan has Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Seance, although the bulk of the section is from Europe and the US.
Held February 15 until March 4, the event includes a selection of non-genre titles such as Bloody Sunday, currently making waves at the Sundance International Film Festival. In the Panorama section are such pictures as Jan Sverak's Dark Blue World, Masato Harada's Japanese Cannes film Inugami and German director Roland Suso Richter's The Tunnel.
The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson will be the subject of a special homage, including retrospective screenings for Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles and Braindead. UK director Julien Temple is expected to attend for a tribute selection of his work including his latest film, Pandaemonium.