Fantastic Fest 2013: Shorts Lineup, From ANGST To ZIEGENORT

Serial killers, satanic rituals, and "an exasperated amphibious creature recalling the adventure that led him to a sushi restaurant chopping block" are featured in the first three short films announced for Fantastic Fest 2013 -- and there are more than... More »

Fantastic Fest's Fantastic Market Announces New Projects

Fantastic Fest has just announced the first projects selected for Fantastic Market / Mercado Fantastico, the international co-production market that debuts at this year's festival. Ten different countries are represented on the list and Twitch readers will certainly recognize most... More »


Elijah Wood is going to be looking all dapper when Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano has its world premiere as part of Fantastic Fest 2013! What other wonders lie within the just announced second wave? Ari Folman's The Congress! A panty-masked... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantastic Fest 2013: First Wave Includes MAN OF TAI CHI, LFO, KID'S POLICE, BORGMAN, SHE WOLF, And More

You hear that high-pitched squealing, like a pig in heat? Just to warn you: that's the sound I make when I'm really, really excited. The first wave of titles for North America's biggest genre festival has now been unveiled, featuring... More »

World Premiere of MACHETE KILLS To Open Fantastic Fest 2013

Fantastic Fest has announced that the World Premiere of Robert Rodriguez's action-packed sequel Machete Kills will be the opening film at this year's festival. Danny Trejo, the film's eponymous vigilante, will attend the screening on 19 September, along with the... More »

Fantastic Fest Launches The Fantastic Market!

What, you may be asking yourself, is a co-production market? Well, unlike a sales market which exists for producers to sell the films they've already made, a co-production market is where people can go to pitch the ideas they have... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantastic Fest 2013 Announces a New Home in NW Austin

We always thought it was a bit ambitious to hope the South Lamar remodel of the Alamo Drafthouse's main digs would be done in time for this year's Fantastic Fest. Today brings news that delays have indeed reared their... More »

Tell Mom The Babysitter Makes Movie-Killers Dead in THE SLEEPOVER

Hot off a streak of festival screenings (including Fantastic Fest) that culminated in the winning of Lionsgate and Vimeo's CABIN IN THE WOODS short film competition, Chris Cullari's satirical stab at the residential routines of movie serial killer communities, THE... More »
By Peter K.   

Weinberg Reviews PUSHER, a Remake That Respects the Original

The easy way to approach an English-language remake of a (relatively) recent film is with ample doses of frustration and disdain. "How dare they remake a great film like [REC] / Let the Right One In / The Girl with... More »

FIRST BLOOD Director Ted Kotcheff Talks His Australian Classic WAKE IN FRIGHT

After cutting his teeth on TV in the sixties Ted Kotcheff broke out big time with Wake In Fright (1971) a devastatingly cinematic adaptation of Kenneth Cook's novel. It and L'avventura (1960) by Michelangelo Antonioni are the only films ever... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012: Twitch's Super Festival Wrap

As sad as it is to admit, Fantastic Fest has closed up shop for yet another year. Yes, the empty Shiner bottles are in the recycling, the karaoke books are on the shelves, and the regrets over new tattoos from... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: HELLFJORD Is a Delightfully Surreal Descent Into Norway's Fishy North

From the creators of Dead Snow, Cold Prey and You Said What (so pretty much every talented Norwegian currently making movies) comes this delightfully weird and wonderful television series, following a disgraced city police officer as he sees out... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: THE EXORCIST IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The recent surge in occult horror films, particularly those involving demonic possession is hardly a new thing. Such surges are often followed by sensationalistic documentaries that purport to get behind the real life history and mystery of possession events or... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: TWO RABBITS Looks Good But Makes Little Sense

The first thing you'll notice in Afonso Poyart's light-hearted Brazilian crime actioner is the impressive bright yellow subtitles. I couldn't help but think for the first ten minutes about how remarkably legible those subtitles were. Why don't all movies have... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Dispatch: House of Psychotic Women

"Crazy people never look their age," says a character in Joseph Losey's Secret Ceremony, which screened at Fantastic Fest as part of the "House of Psychotic Women" retrospective sidebar. The same could be said for the older films playing in... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: DANGER 5 is YACHT ROCK-level Hilarious, but with Nazis!

All right, let's get straight to the biscuits: World War Two. The Nazis are making their mark on Europe. Adolf Hitler wants to take the world. And keep it. All for himself. Hitler's days are numbered because Danger 5 are... More »
By Rachel Fox   

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: LA MEMORIA DEL MUERTO Is A Delirious Genre Mashup

Influenced by everything from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II (1987) this bit of occult horror from director Valentín Javier Diment pops like a Tex Avery cartoon off the screen, offering solid laughs and genuinely shocking... More »

Catch Chris Nash's Skinfections Trilogy Online!

Hot off its premiere as a trilogy at Fantastic Fest 2012, Toronto filmmaker Chris Nash has just uploaded his terrific triptych of short films about relationships and skin diseases onto the interwebs, so that they may now spread and infect... More »
By Peter K.   

Jason Gorber's Cineruminations: LOOPER, Eco, and a Constellation of Clichés

In one of Looper's most delicious scenes, two versions of the same lead character are discussing the vagaries of time travel. When asked to explain how the technology works, "old" Joe deadpans a response to deflect the question, stating that... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: Despite Misfires, Sniper Thriller TOWER BLOCK Hits Its Mark

Nothing good ever happens on the block. It might not be small-scale alien invasions of futuristic battles with scarred lady drug kingpins, but if you live on a block, something terrible is bound to happen to you. Consider the film... More »
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