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In the Belly of the Beast (2001)

| Documentary
For 11 years, the FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal has been the premiere showcase in North America of fantasy, horror and action films from around the world. Every July, sold out crowds ... See full summary »


Alex Chisholm


Credited cast:
Richard Stanley ... Self
Nacho Cerdà Nacho Cerdà ... Self
Jim Van Bebber Jim Van Bebber ... Self
Todd Morris Todd Morris ... Self
Deborah Twiss ... Self
Karim Hussain ... Self
Mitch Davis Mitch Davis ... Self
Chas Balun Chas Balun ... Self
Anthony Timpone ... Self
Mariano Baino Mariano Baino ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loris Curci Loris Curci ... Self
Demetri Estdelacropolis Demetri Estdelacropolis ... Self
Marcelle Perks Marcelle Perks ... Self
Peter Rist Peter Rist ... Self
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For 11 years, the FantAsia Film Festival in Montreal has been the premiere showcase in North America of fantasy, horror and action films from around the world. Every July, sold out crowds of 900 line up around the block before each screening; the festival itself lasts approximately 3 weeks. Shot during the 2 year of the festival in 1997, In the Belly of the Beast chronicles the intense struggles that five filmmakers in attendance went through to complete their films. Crew rebellions, corporate embezzlers and bankrupt studios are just a few of the memories conjured up during candid interviews, while the camera captures the latest challenge: the public acceptance - or rejection - of their films. Written by jojo

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The interview with Montreal filmmaker Demetri Estdelacropolis was unintentional. Director Alex Chisholm had interviewed several fans in attendance at random throughout the festival, and believed Estdelacropolis was one until he identified himself midway through his on-camera interview. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 91-minute rough cut screened in Montreal in 1999. See more »


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Canadian doco aptly relates the struggle of independent horror filmmakers
10 January 2002 | by koronerSee all my reviews

Concordia graduate Alex Chisolm's first feature is a landmark for anyone interested in the perils of indie horror - and just plain deviant-- filmmaking. Trimmed down from an alleged 80 hours of video footage filmed against the backdrop of the 1997 FanTasia Film Festival in Montreal, In the Belly of the Beast is the ultimate genre documentary, as it's the only one I've seen that accurately captures the horror stories that take place behind the camera. Chisholm's probing eye manages to capture some of the most heartbreaking moments in horror history: Deep red editor Chas Balun's verbal attack on Aftermath director Nacho Cerda; FanTasia programmer Karim Hussain's dejection when his new film fails to arouse the enthusiasm of a roomful of his cinematic mentors; a blood-soaked Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) eloquently confessing his alienation from the rest of the human race; and a teary-eyed Jim Van Bebber as he stands beside a sold-out lineup eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the in-progress Charlie's Family. Blessed with unbelievably intimate interviews and exclusive footage of a myriad of cult and horro personalities, Chisolm's In the Belly of the Beast is a rare treat for aficionados of this unique little family that we call the horror genre.

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