Fantasia 2023 is running from July 20 through August 9, 2023. And, as per usual, we’ll be covering the genre movies at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Here’s our pick of 6 Must-Watch Horror Movies, Thrillers & Sci-fi movies at Fantasia 2023!

Fantasia 2023 is always very high on my list of Summer things to do. Fortunately, this also means it’s not really a tough job to cover most of the horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Usually, we pick five genre titles, but this time around we just could not limit ourselves. That’s why we’ve picked six genre titles that we’re really looking forward to watching at Fantasia 2023.

So mark your calendar for the Fantasia International Film Festival 2023, scheduled from July 20 to August 9, and delve into our must-watch selection below.

6 horror movies, thrillers, and sci-fi movies to watch at Fantasia 2023:

MY ANIMAL (2023) Horror Movie


Prepare to be captivated by this groundbreaking queer horror drama that skillfully subverts the narrative of GINGER SNAPS. With its compelling slow-burn storyline and lycanthropic love affair, this film injects a remarkable intensity that will undoubtedly leave its mark.


Heather (Bobbi Salvör Menuez), an outcast teenage goalie, falls for newcomer Jonny (Amandla Stenberg), an alluring but tormented figure skater. As their relationship deepens, Heather’s growing desires clash with her darkest secret, forcing her to control the animal within.

Canadian Premiere



VINCENT MUST DIE by Stéphan Castang is an exhilarating blend of multiple genres, seamlessly intertwining horror, comedy, romance, fantasy, and thriller elements.

Random strangers have suddenly started attacking the otherwise unremarkable Vincent (Karim Leklou) with murderous intent. As things spiral violently out of control, he is forced to flee and change his life completely.

North American Premiere



Prepare to be mesmerized by David Dastmalchian‘s exceptional performance in this groundbreaking and chilling horror gem. Set in 1977, a live television broadcast takes a horrific turn, plunging viewers into a nightmarish ordeal as evil infiltrates their very living rooms.


A live television broadcast in 1977 goes horribly wrong, unloosing evil into the nation’s living rooms.

Canadian Premiere

#MANHOLE (2023)


A tale with more twists than a corkscrew factory, and an elegant balance of black humor, social satire, and nerve-wracking tension. This Japanese movie just sounds very intriguing in its brutal simplicity. Not unlike Buried (2010) or Oxygen (2021), but with a social media twist in #Manhole.


Successful salesman Shunsuke falls into a concrete manhole with no way out.

Canadian Premiere

ROMI (2023)


From his 2019 short film to now a feature-length production, director Robert Cuffley delves deeper into the frightful world of AI. This time, he unleashes an expanded terror that will leave you on the edge of your seat.


In ROMI, AI takes control when a young woman hides out in a state-of-the-art smart home while evading the law. As her reality unravels, she discovers she’s not the only one with secrets.

World Premiere

RESTORE POINT (2023) Sci-fi movie


We are ready to experience a groundbreaking moment in Czech cinema with Robert Hloz’s RESTORE POINT, the first science-fiction feature in over four decades. This thought-provoking neo-noir creation has already drawn comparisons to the acclaimed film MINORITY REPORT.


2041. People have a constitutional right to experience one full life. If someone dies an unnatural death, they are revived. All that’s needed is to regularly create a restore point – a backup where one’s memory is saved like a computer. Murder is nearly impossible. Nearly. A detective attempts to solve the violent killing of a couple after only one of the victims is brought back to life.

North American Premiere

Remember to check back here for all our Fantasia 2023 reviews when it all begins on July 20, 2023!

I usually keep up-to-date with all the horror news, and make sure Heaven of Horror share the best and latest trailers for upcoming horror movies. I love all kinds of horror. My love affair started when I watched 'Poltergeist' alone around the age of 10. I slept like a baby that night and I haven't stopped watching horror movies since. The crazy slasher stuff isn't really for me, but hey, to each their own. I guess I just like to be scared and get jump scares, more than being disgusted and laughing at the grotesque. Also, Korean and Spanish horror movies made within the past 10-15 years are among my absolute favorites.
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