Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fantastic Fest 2014 Announces Final Wave of Films!

It's about the most wonderful time of the year. It's almost time for us to go down to Austin to spend some time with great movie people, drink craft beer, and watch some fantastic movies. Fantastic Fest has announced their final wave of films, which just makes the anticipation for this festival that much more palpable. 

As always, keep coming back here starting next week with our full coverage of the festival.

Now, onto the final wave of programming!

Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & US Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes HORNS, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, THE HIVE, IT FOLLOWS, EVERLY, OPEN WINDOWS and guests Joe Lynch, Liv Corfixen & Nicolas Winding Refn, Edgar Wright, Ti West, Nacho Vigalondo, Alfonso Gomez- Rejon, and David Robert Mitchell. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

"We promised that our tenth anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet and I'm proud to say we've delivered on that promise," says festival founder Tim League. "Not only have we compiled our biggest slate of exceptional genre films but the chaos we've embraced for our events is going to knock people out. Much like I'm going to do to Ti West."  

Special guests of the festival include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn in attendance to moderate the red carpet World premiere of David Yarovesky's THE HIVE and Edgar Wright serving on the Next Wave film jury.  

Director Liv Corfixen who documents her husband director Nicolas Winding Refn on the making of ONLY GOD FORGIVES will both be in attendance for the world premiere of MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Nicolas Winding Refn will also host a special screening of THE ASTROLOGER, a long-lost exploitation masterpiece recently rescued and restored by local non-profit the American Genre Film Archive.

For its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is also going all out with celebratory events and special programming, including the 10-YEAR BIRTHDAY ARMAGEDDON opening night party featuring costumed creatures, human piñatas, a breakdance competition, and a mind-blowing food fight that will shake the foundations of the earth. The 26 WAYS TO PARTY closing night party takes its macabre cues from ABCs OF DEATH 2 by running down the alphabet from A to Z, unleashing a massive meltdown of madcap mayhem in Fantastic Fest history.

FANTASTIC DEBATES, FF's long-running showcase of intellectual and physical combat, cements it's vein-bulging status for 2014 with four (count 'em) rounds of verbal disputation followed by two-fisted decimation! Included among this year's white-knuckle conflicts are Alamo Drafthouse founder TIM LEAGUE duking it out with indie provocateur TI WEST on the controversial subject of found footage horror, filmmakers JOE LYNCH (EVERLY) and JOSH ETHIER (ALMOST HUMAN) with "RESOLVED: Samurais are infinitely more badass than cowboys in cinema," while producer/film writer/Twitch website editor TODD BROWN accepts the challenge from's MATT MASON, whose stunning topic is: "RESOLVED: Bit-torrent is the saviour-not the enemy-of independent film." Check out Todd Brown's challenge fight video HERE.

Fantastic Fest is excited to announce that for the first time ever, the festival's opening night screenings of TUSK and the world premiere of ABCs OF DEATH 2 will also screen in all Alamo Drafthouse markets nationwide with Q&A's hosted by festival founder and Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League that will be live streamed in all theaters, on the Fantastic Fest YouTube Channel andFandango, presenting sponsor of the festival.  For more info, visit the following ticketing links:
Fantastic Fest Opening Night Satellite Screenings of TUSK with writer/director Kevin Smith and Justin Long:

Fantastic Fest World Premiere Satellite Screenings of ABCs OF DEATH 2:

Fantastic Fest also marks an important milestone for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain with the grand reopening of its flagship destination at South Lamar and the all-new Highball. Under construction for the past two years, the new theaters boast three new screens (9 total), and completely rebuilt Highball bar, and 7 custom-designed karaoke rooms that are sure to melt the mind.

See below for the final lineup of programming at this year's festival. 

AGFA presents THE ASTROLOGER hosted by Nicolas Winding Refn
dir. Craig Denney, 96 min., United States
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn hosts a rare screening of this unseen, long-lost exploitation masterpiece, recently rescued and restored by local non-profit The American Genre Film Archive.

United States, 2014
US Premiere, 110 min
Director - Gabe Ibañez
In the post-nuclear apocalypse there will be robots, and insurance agents played by Antonio Banderas. He's investigating an insurance claim on a faulty robot that leads to greater discoveries.

Thu, Sept 25th * 10pm
Obviously, a decade of insanity requires the grandest of finales. So we're tearing the pages out of ABCs OF DEATH 2 to annihilate the universe with 26 WAYS TO PARTY! We're running down the alphabet from A to Z, cracking open a neon canister of radioactive wildness and unleashing a massive meltdown of madcap mayhem in FF history. Gird your loins for the ultimate experience in non-stop amusement/ abusement. LIVE TO PARTY, PARTY TO DIE.

Belgium, 2014
US Premiere, 85 min
Director - Jonas Govaerts
A boy scout troop goes on a camping trip that they will never forget in this brutal, uncompromising horror film.

Argentina, 2013
North American Premiere, 76 min
Director - Martín Desalvo
Things are a bit off in Virginia's tiny village. Something dark is coming her way. And now she's left alone with her sick cousin, unaware of the dangers around her.

United Kingdom, 2014
US Premiere, 104 min
Director - Peter Strickland
Peter Strickland's (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) dark melodrama follows the impassioned sexual relationship between two women. If BERBERIAN was Strickland's aural roller-coaster ride, BURGUNDY is definitely his visual feast.

United States, 2014
World Premiere, 92 min
Director - Joe Lynch
Salma Hayek stars as a tough yet vulnerable woman who must fight her way through a gauntlet of assassins in this fist-pumping action thriller.

Mon, Sept. 22nd * 11:59pm
This annual display of geek warfare, brainchild of FF hero Scott Weinberg, pits the globe's greatest horror scholars against one another in a galactic display of mental agility, verbal hostility and full-tilt brutality. Bear witness to the most brain- flexingly rampaging display of trivia prowess in the universe.

Ireland, 2015
World Premiere, 90 min
Director - Conor McMahon
Mark and Sarah are trapped, darkness is falling and the creature outside only attacks by night in this fast-paced Irish horror.

United Kingdom, 2014
World Premiere, 90 min
Director - Paul Goodwin
The anarchic and unruly history of 2000AD: the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.

United States, 2014
Special Screening, 99 min
Director - Adam Wingard
Looks are definitely deceiving when a dashing soldier with a propensity for violence moves in with a grieving family in this fun-as-hell, Carpenter-esque action thriller.

South Korea, 2013
US Premiere, 111 min
Director - Sung Bo Shim
A gripping maritime thriller from director Shim Sung-Bo and producer/co-writer Bong Joon-Ho.

Poland, 2014
US Premiere, 87 min
Director - Krzysztof Skonieczny
A misanthropic young man plunges into an intense relationship with the daughter of the couple he means to kill.

United State, 2015
World Premiere, 89 minutes
Director - David Yarovesky
A young man suffering from amnesia must dig deep into the far reaches of his mind to remember who he is and save the love of his life before a virus that has infected him takes over.

United States, 2014
Austin Premiere, 120 min
Director - Alexandre Aja
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig, who after being accused of murdering his girlfriend awakens one morning to discover new powers and devil horns growing from his head. Adapted by Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION; PIRANHA) from Joe Hill's novel.

New Zealand, 2014
Special Screening, 107 min
Director - Gerard Johnstone
Forced to return to her childhood on house arrest, Kylie discovers that there are more sinister forces in the old homestead than just her overbearing mother.

United Kingdom, 2015
US Premiere, 112 min
Director - Gerard Johnson
Crooked cop Michael must deal with machete-wielding Albanian brothers while handling pressure within his own department in this gritty crime saga from the director of TONY.

United States, 2014
US Premiere, 83 min
Director - Bennett Jones
First his girlfriend dies in a suicide bombing. Then a fatwa is issued against him. And now international Europop star Bené's eclair is weird.

United States, 2015
US Premiere, 107 min
Director - David Robert Mitchell
After an innocent sexual encounter with her boyfriend, a teenager is stalked by an increasingly evil force in the year's smartest and scariest horror film.

Ireland - United Kingdom, 2014
US Premiere, 89 min
Director - Brian O'Malley
 On small town constable Rachel Haggie's first night on the job, she encounters a strange man whose presence and knowledge threatens to destroy everyone.

United States-United Kingdom, 2014
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director - David Gregory
The amazing true story of one of the most notorious Hollywood productions of the 1990s.

United States, 2014
World Premiere, 58 min
Director - Liv Corfixen
An impossibly personal portrait of unique filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn over the course of the shooting/release of his 2013 film ONLY GOD FORGIVES.

China, 2009
Texas Premiere, 114 min
Director - Ning Hao
A city lawyer fights for his life in the cutthroat deserts of contemporary China in Ning Hao's Coen-esque follow-up to CRAZY RACER, which was banned for four years.

Denmark-Germany-Belgium-United Kingdom-France, 2014
North American Premiere, 324 min
Director - Lars Von Trier
Fantastic Fest proudly presents the complete, uncut version of Lars von Trier's epic and highly controversial film.

Spain, 2013
Special Screening, 100 min
Director - Nacho Vigalondo
Nacho Vigalondo's latest is a completely unique and endlessly creative thriller for the internet age, taking place entirely on a single computer desktop.

Thu, Sept. 18th * Midnight - 2am
We're decking out our decadent decennium with a blowout fit for even the most debaucherous 10-year old. We'll kick-off with costumed creatures, beat human piñatas, and throw in a breakdance competition. We'll do it all in cardboard hats, balloons, noisemakers, and ridiculous mounds of confetti. And to top it all off, the psychopathic shindig culminates in a food fight that will shake the foundations of the earth.

Spain, 2014
US Premiere, 90 min
Directors - Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel
A young Spanish girl living with her agoraphobic sister in their family's apartment discovers the real reasons behind her sister's strange behavior.

Chile, 2014
World Premiere, 92 min
Director - Guillermo Amoedo Schultze
A mysterious man returns to his home after sixteen years, which jumpstarts a bizarre and deadly chain of events.

United States, 2014
Special Screening, 85 min
Director - Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Based on a terrifying true story, The Town That Dreaded Sundown picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the "moonlight murders" begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching the murderer.

Ukraine, 2014
US Premiere, 132 min
Director - Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Winner of the three major awards at this year's Cannes' Critics Week, THE TRIBE follows deaf student Sergey's transfer to a new school, which sends him down a path of ruthless crime and forbidden love.

Belgium, 2014
US Premiere, 97 min
Director - Pieter Van Hees
Hard edged homicide cop Leo is plunged into a dark and dangerous world when he takes on the murder of a young Congolese man. Will unraveling the truth cost his hold on his own life and happiness?

Denmark, 2015
US Premiere, 81 min
Director - Jonas Alexander Arnby
In an isolated Danish fishing town, 16-year-old Marie hides a terrifying secret and deadly consequences for the unwary in this unique coming-of-age story from director Jonas Alexander Arnby.

Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 118 min
Director - Tetsuya Nakashima
Tetsuya Nakashima injects his signature style into a brutal and shocking thriller about one repulsive father's quest to find his missing daughter... who just might be worse than he is.

For ticketing and latest developments visit the Fantastic Fest official site: and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 & 4, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly,Wired and TIMEVariety included Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," and was also named one of the "25 coolest film festivals" by
Moviemaker Magazine.

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Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  17 years later, the now 19-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

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