The 2019 What the Fest!? invades NYC this weeks, and there has never been a better time to take a train ride into Manhattan. Included in this year’s lineup are SXSW favourites Body at Brighton Rock and Darlin, a special presentation of Japanese horror-comedy One Cut of the Dead, and the world premiere of Larry Fessenden’s modern Frankenstein tale Depraved. Oh and did we mention that Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks From Hell) will also be at the festival for a live talk and book signing of his latest heavy-metal horror novel We Sold Our Souls!

What The Fest!? runs March 20 – March 24 at the IFC Centre in New York City. You can check out the full lineup and schedule on the official WTF!? website, and purchase tickets to any of the mind-blowing films listed below HERE.

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One Cut of The Dead

Thursday, March 21st, 9:45PM
Written & Directed by: Shinichiro Ueda
Starring: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is a comedy about the making of a one-take zombie movie.The film has won numerous audience awards at festivals around the world, including Best Director and the Audience Award at Fantastic Fest, and was nominated for seven Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. 


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The Wind

Friday, March 22nd, 7:00PM (NY Premiere)
Directed by: Emma Tammi
Written by: Teresa Sutherland
Starring: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Miles Anderson

Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) wants to be a good wife and take care of her home, have children, and patiently bide her time until her husband returns, while she waits alone in the vast, empty plains of the 19th century West. But being by yourself in the middle of nothing, where just the sound of thewind can curl your toes, isn’t that easy. Slowly the forces of nature start feeding into her paranoia.What if something else is out there? When a new couple settles into a house nearby, Lizzy finds comfort in friendship with another young woman (Julia Goldani Telles) and shares her biggest fears with her. But soon enough, she’ll regret that.

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Opening Night: Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00PM (World Premiere)
Written & Directed by: Larry Fessenden
Starring: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux, Maria Dizzia

In Larry Fessenden’s modern take on Frankenstein, the castle in Vienna is now a loft in Brooklyn and lightning is now a miracle drug that’s still in testing, but the creation (Alex Breaux) is still made from dead body parts and still on a quest to learn what it means to be human.


Body at Brighton Rock

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Saturday, March 23rd, 7:00PM (NY Premiere)
Written & Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin
Starring: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus

Wendy works as a park ranger, but sometimes she’s a little sloppy at her job. She can be a little careless, a little too chill. When she gets an assignment to take care of the mountain trails that would mean being completely on her own way out in the woods, her friends try to talk  her out of it. But Wendy ignores their concern and heads out — ending up stranded overnight at Brighton Rock with a decaying body. What could go wrong?


Why Don’t You Just Die!

Closing Night: Sunday, March 24th, 8:45PM (North American Premiere)
Written & Directed by: Kirill Sokolov
Starring: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde

WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! is stylized, dark action comedy about a group of people brought together in the apartment of police detective Andrei: his resentful daughter, an angry thug and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge. The film is a tale of crime, corruption, greed, dysfunctional families, unrequited love and lots and lots of blood — proudly displaying its influences while it forges its own path.


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