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Fantasia 2016 Review: MAN UNDERGROUND, A Love Letter to the Thrills of Conspiracy

William Koda (George Basil) is a man with a story to tell. Once a geologist for the U.S. government, he now spends his time in upstate New York telling tales of digging tunnels deep underground where they uncovered…something. Speaking to...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Wrap - All Our Reviews & ScreenAnarchy Awards

Wow. Fantastic Fest ended last Thursday but we are all still recovering from 8 (8!) days of magical mayhem. There were a ton of good movies and very few stinkers (not counting some of us on day 8). But it's...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DARLING Is Too Shrill To Scare

In the last few years, writer-director-producer Mickey Keating has established himself as a prolific genre filmmaker, and his film Pod was released just a few months ago. Darling, his latest work, is a low-key psychological thriller that draws from a...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: BONE TOMAHAWK Is One Of The Most Brutal Westerns Ever Put To Film

It appears safe to say that whatever medium he may be working in, Bone Tomahawk writer-director S Craig Zahler has a tendency to play things hard and dark. As a musician Zahler lives in the heavy and black metal worlds...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Awards Go To GREEN ROOM, DER BUNKER, DEMON And More

Fantastic Fest ends with its usual crazy bang tonight in Austin, and with it comes the awards announcement. Some great titles have been honoured; I know, I've seen many of them (if you'll allow me to say a personal congratulations...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE MIND'S EYE Is A Squishy 80's Throwback

When any filmmaker with a well-received first film heads into their next project, the threat of the sophomore slump has to weigh heavily on their heads. Joe Begos' first film, Almost Human, was a lovingly crafted homage to the low-budget...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DEMON, When Ghosts Refuse To Be Silenced

Anything you try to bury will come back to haunt you. And as many times as you bury it, it will come back, and no doubt hurt those you least want to see hurt. The past can never be escaped,...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: WHAT WE BECOME, Quiet Horror Invades The Nuclear Family

An extremely well-made horror film from Denmark, What We Become (original title: Sorgenfri) examines the churning emotional dynamics of a nuclear family when they are placed under extreme -- some might even call it apocalyptic -- stress. Mother Pernille (Mille...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks With BASKIN Director Can Evrenol

Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: ZINZANA, Thrills, Chills, And Kills In A Police Station

Two men in a police station. One is locked up, the other should be. The first genre film from United Arab Emirates, Zinzana (aka Rattle the Cage) is a refreshingly potent, teasingly intense drama. It begins with Talal (Saleh Bakri)...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: GRIDLOCKED Kicks Ass And Takes No Prisoners

If you're looking for a movie with hyper-violence, well-choreographed ass kickings, and a lot of bloodshed, Gridlocked is your Huckleberry. Not to be confused with the great 1997 crime film Gridlock'd starring Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur, Gridlocked...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks THE INVITATION With Director Karyn Kusama And Writer Phil Hay

Director Karyn Kusama and her husband and co-writer Phil Hay have constructed a masterful horror suspense film in The Invitation. The curious thing is that the woman behind the camera is so much less interested in genre than the film would...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: MEN AND CHICKEN Doesn't Give A Cluck

Anders Thomas Jensen has reunited with long-time collaborator Mads Mikkelsen for Men And Chicken, an utterly strange, absurdist film that revels in Dr. Moreau-type conventions and the awkwardness of long-lost family, as well as the family that can seem more like...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: KLOWN FOREVER, Still Funny, Still Raunchy

Tragedy is easy. Comedy is hard. And making a comedy sequel is impossible Four years ago, Klown (original Danish title: Klovn) blew into worldwide cinematic consciousness as a wickedly funny, perversely smutty, and utterly original comedy. Born on a television...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: MAN VS. SNAKE, Cheering For The Champion Of An Unknown Game

What the heck is Nibbler? The opening scene of Man Vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, a new documentary by Andy Seklir and Tim Kinzy, asks that question, which is pertinent because the movie is about several...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DAG Delivers A Bleakly Hilarious Take On Life And Love

Dag dislikes people. All of them. Strongly. He would like nothing more than to be simply left alone to enjoy a good meal alone at home, while listening to his vast collection of music. Because he does not like people....

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: L'AFFAIRE SK1 Delivers A Clinical Dissection Of France's Most Notorious Serial Killer

The first body was discovered in 1991, a young woman raped and killed in clearly sadistic fashion in her own home in the French capital. She would be the first of seven, the leading edge of a wave of murders...

Fantastic Fest 2015: CAMINO Stomps On Humanity's Dark Pedal

Josh Waller's Camino premiered this past Saturday to a packed theatre --- or actually, three of them simultaneously. Starring Zoe Bell, Nacho Vigalondo, and Francisco Barriero, Camino posits Bell as an award-winning photojournalist who gets pulled into a job in Colombia photographing...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, Stirring, Fantastical Entertainment

April is an extraordinary character in an extraordinary world. As voiced by Marion Cotillard in the animated film April and the Extraordinary world (original title: Avril et le monde truque), she is the offspring of scientists who have gone missing....

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LA GRANJA Refuses To Be Friendly To Tourists

Nothing fantastic happens in La Granja, a relentlessly dour feature debut by writer/director Angel Manual Soto that should have the official Puerto Rico Tourism Company up in arms. Set in Puerto Rican neighborhoods that are far off the beaten path...