For the last 14 years Fantastic Fest has been America’s largest (and coolest) genre film festival specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from around the world. In previous years the festival has been home to the world premieres of John Wick, Zombieland, and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. This year proves to be no different boasting world premieres of WWII zombie action-horror Overlord, Drew Goddard’s Bad Time At The El Royale, and a super secret screening that we hope will be Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria.
Also included in this year’s program is the US premiere of David Gordon Green’s Halloween, a 4K restoration of William Lustig’s Maniac (1980), and the real highlight of the festival: The Fantastic Debates. Sure, a calm and respectful panel discussion is nice and all, but wouldn’t you rather see your favourite actor, director, or critic get in the ring and throw a few punches? This year’s competitors have yet to be announced but previous debates have included genre Legend Udo Kier (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich) and Dolph Lundgren!
If you’re in the Austin, Texas area do not miss the opportunity to see a new movie, make some new friends and eat a few dozen tacos. Nightmare on Film Street will be covering the festival live, so be sure to say hi if you see us out in the wild! The programmers at the festival are bother generous and cruel, for jam-packing so many incredible genre films into the festival. Below are 10 movies that we absolutely cannot wait to see at this year’s Fantastic Fest.
Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, Berberian Sound Studio) returns to Fantastic Fest in full, flourishing style with In Fabric, a film that’s part surreal thriller, part giallo love letter, part fashion collage, and all hypnotic originality.
From streaming service Shudder comes a new and original short form TV series — shown in its entirety — from Graham Reznick, sound designer on several past Fantastic Fest features like Stake Land, The House of The Devil and The Sacrament. In Dead Wax, A young woman is pulled into a murder investigation revolving around a curious vinyl record which has driven those who possess it mad, and killed anyone who dared to listen to it.
Consistent provocateur Gaspar Noé (Enter The Void, Irreversible)outdoes himself with his latest feature Climax, a trippy horror-musical featuring twenty sensuous dancers partying hard and living their best lives, until a bad batch of sangria plunges them into insanity.
Nicole Kidman gives the performance of a lifetime as LAPD detective Erin Bell, a human weapon of escalating vengeance, in the brilliantly grounded new drama-action-thriller from director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation).
The mountains of Oaxaca harbor the remains of a ravaged and burnt shelter, once home to a psychoanalyst priest who used it to look after savage children, trying to re-integrate them into society. Through videotape diaries and interviews, the truth of what happened is shockingly revealed.
An Evening With Beverley Luff Linn
Fantastic Fest alumni director Jim Hosking of The Greasy Strangler and Renegades is back with a second feature as absurd, crazy, funny, and mind-melting as his first. Follow Lulu Danger’s very own revolution in a Lynch-meets-Waters dilapidated version of America.
Murder Me, Monster
Visual horror spectacle Murder Me, Monster draws you deep into a fascinating and opaque underworld of serial murders, supernatural obsessions, metaphysical madness, forbidden desires, and one nightmarishly disgusting creature.
Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto
Tenacious D will appear IN PERSON (!!!) at the festival to premiere their six-part animated series Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto, hand drawn by none other than Jack Black himself! True to its title, the series finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction! See them battle for the survival of the human race!
J.J. Abrams joins the line-up with his World War II horror thriller Overlord that he produced through Bad Robot. With Director Julius Avery and Jovan Adepo in the starring role, the film will be making its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest. In the upcoming WWII horror-thriller Overlord, a group of American paratroopers get dropped into a Nazi-occupied France on the eve of D-Day. As they struggle to carry out their seemingly impossible mission, they discover a secret Nazi lab carrying out terrifying and bizarre supernatural experiments.
Bad Times At The El Royale
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in Bad Times At The El Royale.
Fantastic Fest takes place September 20 – September 27th, 2018 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX. Tickets and Badges are on sale now.