Fantastic Fest, an event that celebrates fantasy, horror and sci-fi films, has announced the first wave of programming for their 10th anniversary film festival. This year also marks the reopening of Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball.
“My personal challenge each year is making Fantastic Fest the best week of the year for like-minded genre film obsessive’s,” said festival founder Tim League. “With the resonance of a round number anniversary, all reasonable fetters are discarded. In 2014, we are taking no prisoners. This festival is going to set new boundaries of decadence, destruction and debauchery.”
Fantastic Fest will open with Kevin Smith’s latest film “Tusk.” Check out some of the lineup for the festival, which runs from September 18-25 in Austin, Texas below (descriptions courtesy of Fantastic Fest).
Directors – Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury and, Alexandre Bustillo, Julian Gilbey, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugués, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Dennison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper.
In 2013 the craziest anthology ever created was released to an unsuspecting public. It immediately divided audiences. Some claimed it was a much-needed adrenaline shot to the heart of genre film, while others claimed it was reprehensible and the death knell of cinema as we know it. In 2014 it’s happening again. This time with an all-new line-up of international directors. This series, which will occur right after the “Tusk” showing, will feature some of the world’s most renowned horror directors showing off 26 freaky stories.
ALLELUIA France/Belgium, 2014
US Premiere, 95 min
Director – Fabrice Du Welz
A lonely woman and a psychotic gigolo find love through murder in the latest film from the director of “Calvaire” and Vinyan.” THE BABADOOK Australia, 2014
Texas Premiere, 94 min
Director – Jennifer Kent
In this impressive horror debut, Amelia thought her biggest problems were her son’s violent behavioral problems and her own depression. That was before something came knocking at the door…
BRO’s BEFORE HO’s Netherlands, 2013
US Premiere, 88 min
Directors – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil
A unashamedly offensive bromance from the killer comedy team behind “New Kids Turbo” and “New Kids Nitro.” The film follows two brothers who promise that they will never fall in love with a woman after witnessing their parents relationship go sour.
CLOSER TO GOD United States, 2014
Texas Premiere, 81 min
Director – Billy Senese
Dr. Victor Reed finds himself in the middle of an ethical, legal and religious storm after conducting the first successful human cloning in this fiercely intelligent indie thriller.
DANGER 5 – SERIES 2 Australia, 2014
World Premiere, 75 min
Director – Dario Russo
When Adolf Hitler surfaces posing as a 1980s high school student, there can be only one response! The crack team of Danger 5 are pressed back into service to eliminate the Nazi threat once and for all!
HIGH FIVE (RELOCOS Y REPASADOS)
World Premiere, 98 min
Director – Manuel Facal
It’s a stoner comedy from Uruguay. It follows a boy who finds a case of different drugs and the subsequent shenanigans. What else do you need to know?
World Premiere, 89 min
Director – Romain Basset
A stunning exploration of a young woman’s nightmares, “Horsehead” follows a young woman who decides to look into the dreams that have been haunting her since childhood.
THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE)
North American Premiere, 100 min
Director – Isaac Ezban
A cosmic event disrupts life on Earth in this sci-fi mind-bender.
JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (JACKY AU ROYAUME DES FEMMES)
Texas Premiere, 87 min
Director – Riad Sattouf
Women hold the power while men cower in this scathing dystopian satire starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.
KUNG FU ELLIOT
Fantastic Fest Premiere, 88 min
Director- Jaret Belliveau & Matthew Bauckman
A hilarious and disturbing documentary about a man’s quest to become an international action star.
MALTIN’S GAME TOURNAMENT
Created by Fantastic Fest alum and film producer, and self-described Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide convert, Ant Timpson circa the early 90s, MALTIN’S is a movie lover’s version of game night favorite Balderdash. Someone starts as “Maltin” and chooses a title from Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, a film that no one knows. The other players then all write down a fake synopsis based on the title. Players attempt to trick each other into believing that their synopsis is the
real one while trying to decipher the true Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide synopsis.
LOCAL GOD (DIOS LOCAL)
World Premiere, 88 min
Director – Gustavo Hernandez
While filming music videos in an abandoned gold mine, a rock group is tormented by an evil spirit in this new film from the director of “La Casa Muda.”
THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET
US Premiere, 71 min
Director – Aik Karapetian
A laid-off harbor worker wages a private war on the rich in this surrealistic Latvian horror film.
THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH & KUMAIL
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail hails all the way from the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles, where not only has it been crowned one of the best standup shows in LA by LA Weekly, LA Times, and Hollywood Reporter, but it’s now a TV show! Comedy Central filmed eight documentary-style episodes of “The Meltdown” with Jonah and Kumail for a brand new type of standup show that airs Wednesday nights starting July 2014. Come see why this is the only existing live standup show to get its own TV show as hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani charm your pants off and welcome some very special guests!
US Premiere, 74 min
Director – Yiannis Veslemes
A vampire dances his way through ’80s era Athens in this fantastic film from the production team behind “Dogtooth.”
STILL LIFE (NATURALEZA MUERTA) Argentina, 2014
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Gabriel Grieco
Meat is murder in this brutal Argentinian slasher with an animal rights edge.
TOMBVILLE Belgium, 2014
North American Premiere, 94 min
Director – Nikolas List
Young David awakens battered and disoriented on the edge of town, knowing only one thing: He wants to get away. But no matter what he tries, he’s always led back to the same dark, disturbing place. Welcome to Tombville.
TOMMY (TommyMer) Sweden, 2014
North American Premiere, 95 min
Director – Tarik Saleh
Tommy is coming home, or at least that’s what his wife Estelle desperately needs people to believe when she returns after a year in exile. And if he doesn’t get what’s his, there’s going to be hell to pay.
TUSK United States, 2013
US Premiere, 102 min
Director – Kevin Smith
From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcast’s, “Tusk” is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, “Tusk” will stay with you long after the credits roll. Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, and Haley Joel Osment
As a mysterious ice cream truck wreaks havoc on the streets, running down cops and dragging kids to their deaths, teenagers are finding themselves become part of an increasingly chaotic and sinister online phenomenon. And that’s just the wraparound story. The VHS VIRAL tales, all featuring inventive uses of the found footage style the series is built upon, jump from a peculiar magician to a garage scientist’s bizarre discovery to a rowdy bunch of skateboarders who screw around with the wrong local legend with expectedly bloody results.
WYRMWOOD Australia, 2014
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Kiah Roache-Turner
The undead rise again in this raucous feature debut from Australia’s Roache-Turner Brothers, who deliver one of the most balls-out, gonzo and just plain fun entries into the zombie canon in years.