Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: SHREW'S NEST Unleashes A Torrent Of Pent-Up Emotions

A maelstrom of highly-charged, dysfunctional family dynamics, Shrew's Nest (Musarañas) unleashes a torrent of pent-up emotions in the form of a bloody suspense thriller. The movie sets up easily as a two-hander about the tense relationship between Montse (Macarena Gómez)... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: DWARVES KINGDOM, A Surprisingly Balanced Exploration Of The World's Strangest Theme Park

I had never heard of the Kingdom of the Little People in Kunming, China before seeing Matthew Salton's documentary, Dwarves Kingdom. I'm hardly surprised that it exists, however. In this world of fake triple-breasted women, Crispin Hellion Glover films with casts... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: NORWAY, A Delightfully Odd Vampire Tale From Greece

If you're craving electronic music, handmade sets and 80s cinema homages aplenty with your basic vampire lore, then Yannis Veslemes' debut feature Norway is one to keep an eye on. By no means a cult classic, the film is wonderfully... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE ABSENT ONE Chronicles The Infuriating Power Of Evil

Absolute evil exists in this world, and that is absolutely infuriating. When it's captured in a murder mystery whose premise sounds like a thousand other murder mysteries, that is either a blessing or a curse. When it comes to The... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Flip van der Kuil Drunkenly Reviews Flip van der Kuil And Steffen Haars' BROS BEFORE HOS

Shit, the guy sitting next to me is now drained. I think he's an Italian or something. He has as much as I drank half a bottle of vodka, but he's really bad. His eyes closed. Vodka was really tasty.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: EVERLY Deserves Better

Joe Lynch's latest, Everly, is a fairly standard shoot-em-up action movie. Think Die Hard. Both take place at Christmas (a seasonal assault in its own right), but instead of resourceful Officer John McClane fighting off a swarm of bad guys... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Nikolas List Drunkenly Reviews Nikolas List's TOMBVILLE

Tombille is no film on the virility Loccasioon finally got to put on Jai ran all my fantansmes If you think I fuck you Jai shoots the mother of my son is doing viloler by a group of men Jen... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I AM HERE Explores What Happens When A Biological Clock Pops A Spring

The concept of the early middle aged woman's biological clock is well established. It's expected that as childless women reach a certain age their body will begin to tell them that it is time. Now, obviously this is a gross... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: AUTOMATA, Surreal Science Fiction At Its Best

Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez's long-awaited second feature Autómata is an intense and gripping dystopian story, bordering on European surrealism within a classical narrative. Certainly, many current films present a weary and negative view of humanity's future, be it death by... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN Morphs Into A Whole New Thing

Note to filmmakers: If you capture the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky in conversation with another filmmaker and he turns to the camera to ask you a question, be sure to lead with that. Wisely, that's what first-time filmmaker Liv Corfixen does... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE Takes Its Anthropomorphic Oddity Very Seriously

Victoria Cocks' post-apocalyptic saga of an anthropomorphic panda trekking across a great barren wasteland in search of redemption is remarkably restrained in its treatment of this absurd concept. Wastelander Panda: Exile's greatest asset is, without a doubt, its commitment to world... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Awards Go To IT FOLLOWS, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, ALLELUIA, And More

Not to wax too nostalgic, but the awards show for Fantastic Fest 2014 is quite a bit different from the first one I attended back in 2006 for the festival's second edition. For one thing, it's much more elaborate. For another,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: REDEEMER Delivers Awesome MMA-Inspired Action

Ernesto Diaz Esponiza has long been a favorite director in the Twitch world. His impressive ability to keep the action flowing while dabbling in different subgenres has always been commendable. In Mirageman, Diaz Espinsoza married lo-fi action with the tropes... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

In The Ring With BitTorrent: Todd's Complete Text From The Fantastic Debates

The night before last I took the opportunity to shake hands with Leonard Maltin. I was wearing only a pair of shorts at the time, sweat streaming down my torso and I may or may not have been bleeding. "Thank... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Blowouts, Subconscious Beats: An Interview With HARDKOR DISKO Director Krzysztof Skonieczny

Back in March I had a chance to talk with Krzysztof Skonieczny about his experimental, thrilling debut Hardkor Disko. I did not know a lot about him back then besides the fact that he's always busy; working on sets, shooting... More »
By Anna Bielak   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD Argues And Excites

A wonderfully exhaustive documentary, Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD argues pointedly that the British comic book deserves more recognition for its influence on modern popular culture. Far better known in its native land than in the rest of the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

New HORSEHEAD (FIEVRE) Clip Suggests Terrible Things To Come

Here's an ominous new clip from the Fantastic Fest selection Horsehead (Fievre), Romain Basset's art-horror tale of family secrets and lucid dreams. Or rather, lucid nightmares, if this clip and the previously released trailer are any indication. In this scene, a girl... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: Strong Visuals Not Enough to Save LET US PREY

Known primarily for stuffy literary films and the odd historical potboiler, or losing its talent to more attractive industries in the English diaspora, Ireland has, in recent years, become an unlikely purveyor of impressive genre fare. Though horror films are... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE TREATMENT Flays A Serial Killer And His Victims

A murderous meal prepared with familiar ingredients, The Treatment (originally titled De Behandeling) should, by all rights, be little more than a standard potboiler. The film follows the sensational case of a serial killer who first kidnaps mother, father, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Proves Far More Successful

One of the more notorious production debacles in recent memory, the maelstrom behind the scenes of New Line's The island of Dr. Moreau (1996) is the subject of this candid and entertaining documentary from David Gregory.Following the relative success of... More »
By James Marsh   
  
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