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Watch Fantastic Fest 2016 Short Film GIVERTAKER

Hot off its world premiere at Fantastic Fest just a couple weeks back, the good folks at Arcanum Pictures (who brought you the teen genre flicks Grow Up, Tony Phillips and My Sucky Teen Romance) are releasing their short film...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: Short Fuse Block Sparks Awe

Short films don't often get a lot of love --- or attention --- from the press. That's why I'm proud to cover the Short Fuse 2016 program from Fantastic Fest and programmer Peter Kuplowsky. Short Fuse held a lot of...

Fantastic Fest 2016: All The Awards

Fantastic Fest is all wrapped up and the Shiner hangover is just now setting in. That hangover may be a few days later than normal due to the lack of the customary boozy awards show, but we can now share...

Fantastic Fest 2016: Dolph Lundgren Hunts Demons in DON'T KILL IT Trailer

Director Mike Mendez knows how to have a good time. His segment in Tales of Halloween segment, "Friday the 31st" had me grinning from ear-to-ear, while Big Ass Spider! was a glorious throwback to drive-in monster movies. With Don't Kill...

SURPRISE! Fantastic Fest 2016 Drops Last Wave With SHIN GODZILLA, BUSTER'S MAL HEART, Debates & More

We certainly didn't see this one coming, but if anything, Fantastic Fest is known for sucker punches of awesomeness. Debates include fisticuffs over Tremors, Zack Synder, Rocky 4, and on whether superhero movies are ruining the industry. The new films...

Fantastic Fest 2016: Short Film Lineup Gets Bloody and Weird and Wild and More

Curated by Peter Kuplowsky, a festival programmer who has contributed to this site in the past, the 41 short films that will screen during the upcoming Fantastic Fest sound ... fantastic. It feels like cheating to use that word, but...

Fantastic Fest 2016: First Look at SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE: THE OSIRIS CHILD

Australia's Shane Abbess is back with another ambitious science fiction project and we have our first look thanks to a bevy of images accompanying the film's Fantastic Fest 2016 announcement.  Set in the future, in a time of interplanetary colonization,...

Fantastic Fest 2016: HEADSHOT, AGE OF SHADOWS, WESTWORLD, ASH vs. EVIL DEAD and So Much More Invade Austin in Final Wave!

Sweet mercy. The final wave of titles for this year's Fantastic Fest have been announced and there is so much to digest here that we are giving you fair warning. Load up on the Pepto before you go any further. ...

Fantastic Fest 2016: TERRY TEO Celebrates Fest Inclusion With a New Poster

The Second Wave for Fantastic Fest dropped this afternoon and already the members of ScreenAnarchy going to this year's festival are feverishly updating and prioritizing their wish lists for that week.    From the comfort I my own home I...

Fantastic Fest 2nd Wave Led by ARRIVAL, HANDMAIDEN, BAD BATCH

Whoo-whee! This is an exciting time of the year as festival announcements are coming thick and fast. TIFF has fully revealed its extensive program, Venice is out there, and NYFF will be close behind. But right in the middle of...

Fantastic Fest's Film Market First Wave & Special Guests Revealed!

Oh hey, so Fantastic Fest will be back next month to thrill, overfeed, and exhaust Austin --- and I mean that in the best possible way. This festival is one of my absolute favorites and I'm proud to be repping...

Fantastic Fest 2016 First Wave: New PHANTASM! VR Horror! Tim Burton! Spotlight on India!

Hold on to your proverbial (or literal) hats, film fans. The legendary Fantastic Fest has just dropped its first announcement of films and events, and is it ever incredible. From Andrea Arnold to Tim Burton to the latest in VR...

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: 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...

CAMINO: Check Out Jay Shaw's Poster Art For The Zoe Bell Starring Action Flick

Fresh from its world premiere at Fantastic Fest yesterday Twitch is happy to present the (typically) fantastic Jay Shaw created poster art for Josh Waller's Camino, with Zoe Bell and Nacho Vigalondo. Here's how I pitched the film in the...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Day One: Canfield Talks FEBRUARY With Writer/Director Osgood Perkins

Hello from Fantastic Fest! Yesterday I had the chance to have an amazing conversation with Osgood Perkins the writer/director of the extraordinary horror drama February. Fans of deep psychological or spiritual insight, take note. Perkins manages genre convention with a deftness...

Fantastic Fest 2015: Nicolas Winding Refn's THE ACT OF SEEING On View

"The cycle jungle of hot steel and raw flesh!""Lovers caught in a dark tide of sinister TERROR!""Everything you might imagine is shown in this motion picture!"Loglines such as these recall the mostly lowbrow films of wildly varying quality which played...

Dominic Purcell Kicks Ass In First Clip From GRIDLOCKED

Dominic Purcell anchors the cast of Allan Ungar's indie action film Gridlocked and with the film set to have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest later today the first clip is freshly arrived online.David Hendrix (Dominic Purcell) has got it...

World Premiere Poster For Marko Zaror Actioner THE GREEN GHOST

Marko Zaror has been a Fantastic Fest staple for a number of years, but there were a few people wondering just why Marko is here this year when he doesn't have a film in the fest. Now we know. Michael...

ZINZANA (RATTLE THE CAGE) Trailer is Malicious Fun

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest 2015 World Premiere Preview post, I'm eager to see Zinzana (Rattle The Cage), among other films. The feature gives off a decidedly Tarantino-esque vibe full of malice, violence, and black humor. The terrific...