Festivals: Fantastic Fest

Review: SHE WILL, Empowered by Truth and Mythic Magic

She did. That is, Charlotte Colbert did. She’s one of a few first-time directors who turned in great movies at this years edition of Fantastic Fest. What seemed like it may be a grim and broody revenge horror fable becomes…...

Interview: Noomi Rapace and Valdimar Johannsson Dish Up LAMB

For those who have already seen Lamb, an interview with its star, Noomi Rapace, and its director, Valdimar Jóhannsson, may provide welcome clarification. For those who haven't, said interview might provide a warning. Lamb is not casual cinema. Its odd...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: LAMB May Not Be What You Think

Whatever the trailer may make you think, maybe it's best just to let go of your preconceptions before watching Lamb. This is the kind of cinema to go into blind, ready to connect with characters and the journey they find...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: BARBARIANS, Hell Really Is Other People

Not to be confused with Barbarians (the Netflix series), Barbarians at the Gate (Wall Street robber barons), or even Waiting for the Barbarians (the already forgotten adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee’s novel), the latest film with the word...

ALONE WITH YOU: Raven Banner Boards Fantastic Fest Thriller

Only a couple weeks ago we announced that Dark Star Pictures acquired the thriller Alone With You ahead of its world premiere at Fantastic Fest. The debut feature film from Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks starred Barbara Crampton alongside Bennett,...

COP SERET: Future Festival Dates For Hit Icelandic Buddy Cop Comedy

A tough super-cop, in denial about his sexuality, falls in love with his new partner while investigating a string of bank robberies where nothing seems to have been stolen.   This is a public service announcement that the Icelandic buddy...

HOMEBOUND Exclusive Clip, Like it Used to be With The Kids

Holly’s excited to finally meet fiancé Richard’s three children for the first time at a birthday celebration for his youngest. Taking place at his ex-wife’s secluded home in the English countryside, Holly is nervous at the proposition of being a...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: PREMAN, Indonesian Action Flick Delivers Heart, Emotion, and Kicks

At one point in writer-director Randolph Zaini’s feature-length debut, Preman, Pak Guru (Kiki Narendra), a depth-free, mustache-twirling villain, marvels that the best laid plans of gangsters, gang bosses (like him), and a Buddha-like real-estate developer have gone sideways due to...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: IKE BOYS, Kindhearted Tribute to Sentai's Life Lessons

The story goes that back in the late 60s a dynamic anime director in Japan made a very ambitious movie that bombed at the box office. Shelved in the company archives the film escaped a warehouse fire and became the...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: LET THE WRONG ONE IN Lets Audience in On Joke

This is the most fun I’ve had in a vampire comedy since What We Do in the Shadows.   The comparison needn’t stop there but this is no imitator. Full of original characters, hysterically gross practical effects, and a take...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: EYES OF FIRE, 1700s Style EVIL DEAD

Eyes of Fire is an interesting film. A low-budget horror venture from the mind of Avery Crounse, it is a curious amalgam of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sam Raimi. The storyline is a familiar one. Set in the 1700s, Reverend Will...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: V/H/S 94, Typically Uneven Horror Anthology

After three entries in three years, the V/H/S horror anthology/portmanteau series, a showcase for established and up-and-coming horror filmmakers to show horror-friendly audiences what terrifying delights they could deliver in short bursts, slipped into an extended period of quietude. That...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: THE TRIP, Have a Bloody Good Time

Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie star in an action thriller, directed by Tommy Wirkola.

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: BABY ASSASSINS, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa star in a killer action comedy, directed by Hugo Sakamoto.

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, A Slasher with Smarts

Secrets. We all have them. To keep them safe, we hide them behind masks to appear “socially acceptable”. There’s Someone Inside Your House from Creep director, Patrick Brice explores this idea under the clever guise of a 1980’s style slasher....

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: NR. 10, Sly and Brilliant

Alex van Warmerdam ('Borgman') directs a new film. It's very, very good.

Fantastic Fest 2021: Turkey Shenanigans Abound in IKÉ BOYS Clip

Best friends Shawn Gunderson and Vikram 'Vik' Kapoor escape from the drudgery of high school life in Oklahoma through their obsession with all things Japanese. When a mysterious anime film transforms them into its superhuman characters, they at first think...

DEAD & BEAUTIFUL Trailer, Coming to Shudder in November

In Dead & Beautiful, five rich, spoiled Asian twenty-somethings (Gijs Blom, Aviis Zhong, Yen Tsao, Philip Juan, Anechka Marchenko) are suffering from upper class ennui, unsure how to spend their days when so little is expected from them. In search...

Fantastic Fest 2021: Casey Tebo's BLACK FRIDAY Acquired by Screen Media, Set for November Release

The holiday season has come early for Black Friday director Casey Tebo and writer/executive producer Andy Greskoviak. According to Variety, their highly anticipated horror venture (starring genre icons, Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa) has been acquired by Screen Media. This...

Dark Star Pictures Acquires Barbara Crampton Starrer ALONE WITH YOU

A young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend. As she goes about this her apartment begins to feel more and more like a tomb as voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to...