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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: TOP KNOT DETECTIVE, Japan's Greatest TV Show That Never Existed

Just to be up front, I am generally a fan of media based mockumentaries, and Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce's Top Knot Detective is one of the best and funniest examples of the form in a while. The film explores...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Sex, Lies and VIDAR THE VAMPIRE

Blood-sucking vampires have been invading cinema screens for nearly a century now so it’s increasingly rare to see something truly original come out of the genre. Enter Vidar. Not only is this unfortunate creature one of the sorriest excuses for...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: SEE YOU UP THERE Shows Us They Can Still Make 'Em Like They Used To

Classical cinema makes a return to the big screen in the engrossing adventure-drama See You Up There, a period yarn based on the novel of the same name by ace mystery thriller writer Pierre Lemaitre. Combining imagination, humor and heart...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: MOM AND DAD, Infanticide Has Never Been So Much Fun!

Becoming a father was the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I'd wager that this sentiment rings true to millions of other parents around the world, as well. However, as glorious a feeling and as rewarding as parenthood is,...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, Horror and Imagination on the Streets of Mexico

Thousands of people have been murdered or gone missing in the ongoing violent drug war in Mexico. One of the often unacknowledged side effects is the now-orphaned children, many of whom end up on the streets. In her third feature,...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE, From Old-School to Extreme Horror

It's all fun and games until someone is left a whimpering mess. Five years ago, The American Scream debuted at Fantastic Fest. Under the direction of Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie), it lovingly documented the growing phenomena of handcrafted...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: REVENGE, Best Served Hot and Bloody

There is one inviolable rule of the rape-revenge genre: the revenge must be complete. Other than that, all bets are off. French director Coralie Fargeat takes this to heart in her feature debut, Revenge, and she does not disappoint her...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: PIN CUSHION, The Heartbreak of Bullying

Some people like to say that bullies really just hate themselves. That might be true of many, but not of all; some people are just mean, and enjoying being mean to others to give themselves power, or because they get...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, The Queerness of Creation

The United States has always been prudish and conservative when it comes to sex, to say the very least. Television shows and films can show enormous amounts of violence, but heaven forbid even an glimpse of nipple is seen. So...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GEMINI Lifts the Veil of the Hollywood Machine

Director Aaron Katz (Cold Weather, Dance Party USA) is back with a film about the entrenched weirdness of his adopted city. Gemini stars Zoe Kravitz as Heather, a beautiful movie star hounded by paparazzi, and Jill (Lola Kirke), her personal...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GERALD'S GAME Is Oscar Worthy

Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman ---...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GENERATION B, Start the Revolution Without Me

Everyone dances while the world goes to hell. Although it doesn't spring forth as an immediately binge-worthy series, Generation B very quickly develops into a worthy, perhaps essential experience. Laced with absurdist comedy and cogent social commentary, it's also quite...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GOOD MANNERS, A Fable of Love, Fear, and Kindness

There is the family you are born into, and the family you make; lovers who stay with you a long time, and ones whose time with you is brief, but make a lasting impact. What then is the nature of...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: FIRSTBORN Reveals the Shattering Futility of Manhood

A mean, menacing undercurrent slithers through FirstBorn (Pirmdzimtais). It's not easily dismissed. Writer/director Aik Karapetian's previous film, The Man in the Yellow Jacket, which screened at Fantastic Fest in 2014, showcased his ability to create an abrasive, unsettling atmosphere in...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: LET THE CORPSES TAN, More Stylish Than Substantial

Writing-directing team Hélèn Cattet and Bruno Forzani burst onto the genre film scene in 2009 with the highly original Amer, a giallo-inspired experimental horror/thriller about different ages of one girl's life. Their second feature, The Strange Color of Your Body's...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: THOROUGHBREDS, A Pitch Black Tale of Female Friendship

Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy cement their positions as two of the most captivating young actresses working today in Thoroughbreds, a wickedly humorous psychodrama straddling the class divide in small-town Connecticut and exposing the complex malevolence of the adolescent psyche....

Fantastic Fest 2017: Index

In 2017, Fantastic Fest runs from September 21-28. Here are links to reviews and interviews by our contributing editors and writers, all listed alphabetically by the film's English-language title. This will be updated throughout the festival. Last update: 09/29/17, 12:18....

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: HAGAZUSSA Paints Terrible Beauty

When Fantastic Fest programmer and producer Annick Mahnert introduced Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse, she mentioned that it was a student film and that her jaw dropped when screening it. She wasn't joking.  Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse could be easily labeled as the...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: THELMA Thrills With Lust and Existentialism

Fantastic Fest 2017 opened with plenty of surprises, one of which, I'm happy to say, was a Norwegian film called Thelma. Directed by Joachim Trier, Thelma follows the titular character played by Ellie Harboe --- a young, beautiful student --- as she ventures...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: DARKLAND, Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth the Brother

Vengeance lives in a far-away country until it comes home to roost in your brain. A successful surgeon, Zaid (Dar Salim) is happily married to Stine (Stine Fischer Christensen), who is expecting their first child. They are celebrating her pregnancy...