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Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: OPEN 24 HOURS, Gory Suspense in a Gas Station

Sometimes a horror movie is so suspenseful that you don't recognize its flaws until later. A midnight viewing of Open 24 Hours not only kept me awake but on the edge of my seat for its entire running time. Director...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: SCHOOL'S OUT Plays a Dark Game of Cat and Mouse

Pierre, a substitute teacher called to fill in for a colleague who has committed suicide in front of his gifted students discovers an eerie calm pervading his classroom of gifted kids. As he finds himself drawn further into the lives of his students he finds a weird air of indifference amongst the other teachers about the disturbing things he finds. It also becomes clear he himself is being watched.

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: FERAL, Andrés Kaiser's Worthy Debut Feature

The only Mexican film at this year's Fantastic Fest was Andrés Kaiser’s debut feature length film, Feral, which uses fake documentary and found footage formats to delve into a tragedy that took place in the late 1980s. It officially ended...

Fantastic Fest 2018: Wrap and Index of Films We Really, Really Liked

We have no grand pronouncements to make about this year's edition of Fantastic Fest, except to say that we (mostly) wrote only about films that we really, really liked. Here's our wrap (as of this moment) of our reviews and...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Director Amanda Kramer Talks LADYWORLD

In the opening credits of Amanda Kramer's Ladyworld, we hear what we'll eventually confirm as an earthquake that has left eight young girls trapped in the house where they were supposed to celebrate the birthday of one of them. With...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Director Jim Hosking and Co-Writer David Wike on AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN

After his debut feature The Greasy Strangler, a sort of mix between quirky romantic/comedy indie cinema and exploitation/B movies, British director Jim Hosking is back with An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, stepping away from horror but maintaining a general...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Nicolas Pesce on His Film Adaptation of Murakami Ryu's PIERCING

For his second feature length film, after The Eyes of My Mother, young American director Nicolas Pesce decided to adapt Murakami Ryu’s 1994 novel Piercing. The movie stars Christopher Abbott and definitely has one of the most striking opening sequences...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS, Sibling Rivalry Gets Musical

Directed by Joe Pearlman and David Soutar, the documentary examines the British band Bros and the brothers who formed its heart and soul.

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: DACHRA, Dark, Atmospheric Horror From Tunisia

The North African nation of Tunisia finally makes its entrance onto the world genre film scene with Abdelhamid Bouchnak's moody chiller, Dachra. Borrowing liberally from cinematic folk horror traditions, Dachra takes on a not entirely unfamilar journey into a heart of...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: DESTROYER, Wrestling With Demons Can Be Exhausting

Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Tatiana Maslany and Toby Kebbell star in Karyn Kusama's sterling, soul-ripping drama.

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Gustav Möller Talks THE GUILTY

The charming writer and director has made a chilling thriller. How'd he do it?

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, Brutal, Spectacular Action

All you need is a girl, a gun, and 30 million gallons of blood. Bullets, knives, and fists come in handy, too, in Timo Tjahjanto's extremely violent action picture The Night Comes For Us. The violence is brutal and explicit:...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: FP2: BEATS OF RAGE Is One For The Fans

FP2: Beats of Rage is the kind of sequel that seems both impossible and inevitable at the same time. 2012's The FP presented such a unique, idiosyncratic vision of a dystopian future in which the course of human existence was...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Gareth Evans Talks APOSTLE

Serving up a big bowl of angry stew, Gareth Evans' Apostle is a kinetic exercise in British folk horror. Full disclosure: I confess that I'm only vaguely familiar with the sub-genre. Watching the filmmaker's latest effort unfold on a big...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: APOSTLE, Ambitious Folk Horror That Lacks Focus But Mostly Delivers Anyway

There is a lot to like in Gareth Huw Evans' ambitious folk horror tale, Apostle. The problem might be that there is just too much of everything to really fall in love. The film takes huge swings at slightly incongruous...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: THE UNTHINKABLE, Audacious, Gripping and Shamelessly Sentimental

A low-budget wonder from the filmmaking collective Crazy Pictures.

Fantastic Fest 2018 Preview: Many Strange and Possibly Glorious Films

This year's edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, kicks off tomorrow, September 20 and runs through Thursday, September 27. As always, it's filled with glorious genre goodness. The fest opens with the new Halloween and closes with Bad Times...

APOSTLE: Dan Stevens Rises Against a Blood Thirsty Cult in Trailer For Gareth Evans' Netflix Movie

The trailer for Gareth Evans' upcoming period action film Apostle, starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen, arrived this morning.    We are not going to say too much about it except stop what you are doing and take a moment...

STARFISH: Yellow Veil Pictures Acquires A.T. White's Feature Debut

Screen Daily announced earlier today that our friends at Yellow Veil Pictures acquired the worldwide sales rights for A.T. White's feature film debut Starfish. The film will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest next week.   Yellow Veil Pictures...

Fantastic Fest 2018: Final Wave Includes BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE and Much More

Fantastic Fest 2018 will kick off one week from today -- Thursday, September 20 -- and now the final wave of programming has been announced. It includes a mix of high-profile titles, such as Bad Times at the El Royale...