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 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   

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   

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   


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   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FELT, Healing Through Art Gets Extremely Human

There comes a moment early in Toad Road director Jason Banker's Felt which beautifully sets the tone for what is to unfold over the next 70 or so minutes of his second narrative feature: After partying with a few young... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET Screams, Quietly

He's a rich old business executive who has just laid off one hundred workers. He's troubled as he returns home to his beautiful, isolated mansion with his lovely young wife. He needs a good night's sleep before heading to Italy... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: TOMBVILLE Plunges Into Nasty Nightmare Territory

A young boy is handed a gun by his mother. It is night, the boy's mother is panicked, and an armed man is about to invade their home. The anxieties quickly mount in Tombville, Nikolas Last's feature directorial debut, even... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL, For Those Who Listen Closely

'Stand over by the window, it's better light. Good. Now why don't you take off your sweater? Good. Now why don't you take off your shirt?' Martin (Vincent Redetzki) is desperate, so he does what he's asked by Horn, the... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: BLIND, A Stunning, Sensitive Ode To The Lonely

What we see: A street in Oslo, Norway. A dress shop. Pedestrians stream on by. Standing on the inside of the shop is a German Shepard. It Barks. Spittle hits the window. Pedestrians stream on by. What we hear: A... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: ABCs OF DEATH 2 Is A Superior Sequel

It is common knowledge that sequels rarely, if ever, either improve upon or best their original. Which makes the latest addition to the short horror film anthology The ABC's of Death 2 a truly rare - if not totally unexpected... More »
By Rachel Fox   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD Is Batshit Crazy

For those of you that want one sentence, consider this movie splattastic! Of course Dead Snow (2009) itself freaking rocked. It started with a hoary cliche. A group of horny young adults on a remote weekend retreat but it reintroduced... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: CLOSER TO GOD, A Scientist Clones, While Everyone Else Fights About It

Turning a hot-button issue into a dramatic soap opera would be the easy way out. Skipping over the procedures and processes that would be involved, Closer to God goes directly to the creation of a clone and then asks, "What... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: KIDS POLICE Gets Big Laughs From Small Heroes

Writer-director Fukuda Yuichi brings his own TV series Kodomo Keisatsu (aka Kids Police) to the big screen in impressive fashion, with this slick, frequently amusing action comedy that enthusaistically embraces its ridiculous premise and succeeds in large part thanks to... More »
By James Marsh   

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NARCO CULTURA, A Collision Between Drugs, Music, And Murder

It's all fun and games until your children are murdered in the street. A blood-boiling documentary, Narco Cultura explores the intersection of mass murder and pop culture in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where the murder toll skyrocketed tenfold from 2007 to... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2013: Mattie Do Drunkenly Reviews Mattie Do's CHANTHALY

Todd told me that I have to do Biogno a critic of my film is fucking CALL CHANTHALY FIGO FIGISSIMO ! No, instead , my film a movie seems very slow and a little artistic ... communque me and I... More »
By Mattie Do   
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