Category: Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: The Conspiracy

Posted on 10/01/12 by Ben
The Conspiracy

Review by Eric Lefenfeld This should just be gotten out of the way upfront, given the violent reaction it might provoke in certain circles: The Conspiracy is partially a found footage film. More specifically, it’s one part found footage and three parts faux-documentary. If you’re one to dismiss anything of the sort outright, then keep [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: The ABCs of Death

Posted on 09/27/12 by Ben
The ABCs of Death

Review by Eric Lefenfeld After being announced a year ago, The ABCs Of Death has come full circle to have its US premiere at the homebase of co-producer and Alamo Drafthouse impresario Tim League. The basis of the anthology is as follows: League, along with producer Ant Timpson, approached 26 filmmakers from all over the [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: The Exorcist in the 21st Century

Posted on 09/25/12 by Ben
Exorcist in the 21st Century

Review by Eric Lefenfeld The mere notion of exorcism needs to do very little work to sell itself as the subject of a documentary. Like their undead counterparts, exorcists, along with the requisite side serving of possessed young women, have grown to become cinematic staples since the release of a sort of famous movie back [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: Here Comes The Devil

Posted on 09/24/12 by Ben
Here Comes the Devil

Review by Eric Lefenfeld This world of ours is far from lacking in tales of demonic possession. The last few years alone have brought us The Possession and The Last Exorcism (with a sequel on the way). Leave it to Adrián García Bogliano, returning to Fantastic Fest with his third fever dream of a film [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: Frankenweenie

Posted on 09/23/12 by Deaditor
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Review by Eric Lefenfeld The last few years have not been kind to the ongoing legacy of Tim Burton. The reigning king of pop-goth cinema has continued to churn out films that are very clearly his own, but they’ve lacked that classic blend of whimsy and transgression that has embodied his best work. It’s a [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: The Collection

Posted on 09/23/12 by Deaditor
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Review by Eric Lefenfeld The Collector was one of the more pleasant surprises to grace the horror landscape in the last few years. Initial torture porn dismissals proved to be unfounded, and the film ended up being quite the nasty little game of cat and mouse involving one of the more memorable villains to come [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Announces First Wave of Programming

Posted on 08/02/12 by Deaditor
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by Marc Patterson Once again, the summer is drawing to a close and for all of us film geeks that means one thing: All eyes will be on Austin, Texas as Fantastic Fest creators ignite the largest genre film festival in the US. Fantastic Fest runs from September 20-27 at the Alamo Drafthouse and as [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Sleep Tight

Posted on 10/07/11 by Deaditor
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by JC De Leon If there’s one thing that the team who created the [Rec] franchise has taught us, it’s that they are a cinematic force to be reckoned with. One half of that team — Jaume Balagueró — has managed to craft a film at this year’s Fantastic Fest that is much slower paced, [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Penumbra

Posted on 10/01/11 by Deaditor
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by JC De Leon Continuing the trend of films at this year’s Fantastic Fest that keep the viewer guessing and result in being pleasantly surprised, we have an entry from Adrián García Bogliano: Penumbra. Fresh off making a splash at SXSW earlier this year, this follow-up examines a day in the life of a beautiful [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: You’re Next

Posted on 10/01/11 by Deaditor
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by Britt Hayes It’s not easy to craft a film that is both an acknowledgement and re-invigoration of a genre. You’re Next breathes fresh life into a genre that’s been dominated in recent years by foreign horror imports, with the last good American home invasion film being the eerily effective The Strangers. When Erin (Sharni Vinson)  goes [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Rabies

Posted on 09/29/11 by Deaditor
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by JC De Leon Film festivals can, at times, subject those that attend to films of a familiar nature. So many times we will sit down for a film where we think we’ll know all of the steps that are about to unfold. Such is the case with Rabies. Stop me if you’ve heard this [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Posted on 09/29/11 by Deaditor
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by Britt Hayes What do you do when your son is an irredeemable, manipulative, and dangerous human being, but the only person who can see it is you? In Lynne Ramsay’s latest film, We Need to Talk About Kevin (based on the novel of the same name), Eva (Tilda Swinton) and Franklin (John C. Reilly) [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: The Devil’s Business

Posted on 09/25/11 by Deaditor
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by Britt Hayes Sean Hogan returns to Austin just six months after the premiere of Little Deaths at SXSW to present his latest effort, The Devil’s Business. The story of two hit men sent to take out a man who has slighted their mob boss, The Devil’s Business is an intimate and engaging film that [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Juan of the Dead

Posted on 09/25/11 by Deaditor
Juan of the Dead

Review by J.C. De Leon I know what you’re thinking. Juan of the Dead. You’re thinking “with a name like that, did the writer/director even TRY to come up with something original?” While it may not be the most original film, (but really, what zombie film today is completely original anyway?), it’s certainly one of [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Livid (Livide)

Posted on 09/24/11 by Deaditor
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by Britt Hayes The writing and directing team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury are responsible for arguably one of the best horror films in recent memory: Inside (À l’intérieur). With Inside, the duo created a tense, violent home invasion film that touched upon themes of obsession, motherhood, and loss. With Livid, they’ve returned with [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

Posted on 09/24/11 by Deaditor
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by Britt Hayes Two years ago Tom Six premiered Human Centipede at Fantastic Fest, earning high praise for the button-pushing genre film and promising a more provocative and brutal second film in the planned trilogy. This year Six is back with Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. Six introduces his audience to Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), [...]

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‘The Human Centipede: Full Sequence’ US Teaser Trailer

Posted on 09/08/11 by Deaditor
Human Centipede: Full Sequence

by Marc Patterson Brace yourself horror fans. Let the hyperbole filled hype begin. It’s time to get underway with The Human Centipede: Full Sequence marketing blitz. The Human Centipede, a film so drastically dull and derivative, but yet one that featured such an outlandish and preposterous pretense of perversion that every genre geek worldwide was [...]

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