The always fantastic Fantastic Fest begins today, and to celebrate, they’ve released six incredible new posters for select films and events taking place over the next week. The posters were created by various artists for Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique. In addition, we have details on the title card in the 2010 Fantastic Debates.
Not familiar with the Debates? Here’s the skinny:
This is a yearly event where press, filmmakers and film professionals enter a Fantastic Fest arena for a formal debate followed by a single round of boxing. In this ring the great issues facing the fan community are solved once and for all. The headlining bout will feature Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar and the upcoming Citizen Jane), star of the most successful film of all time, debating against Fantastic Fest founder and noted film enthusiast Tim League on the topic “Avatar should have won the Academy Award for Best Feature Film.” Michelle Rodriguez will be taking the affirmative position, whereas Tim League will be arguing the negative. Following the spirited verbal repartee, Rodriguez, also the star of Girl Fight and a professionally trained boxer, will be sending the overly-cocky League to the hospital with a series of well placed and potent jabs and uppercuts.
Now, on to the posters. For more details on Fantastic Fest (which runs September 23rd-30th in Austin, Texas), just click the last one, which is the official fest poster.
LET ME IN – Art by Olly Moss. Let Me In is the opening night film at Fantastic Fest on Thursday, September 23. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre festival in the U.S. Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) said, “We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist’s story as I am.”
RUBBER – Art by Olly Moss. Fantastic Fest scours the globe for the very best (and strangest) in genre cinema. Rubber tops the list of both categories with its tale of Robert, a very disgruntled psychokinetic automobile tire who explodes the heads of birds, beasts and humans alike on a high-desert killing spree like no other.
RED WHITE & BLUE – Art by Sawdust. IFC Midnight, the new genre label of IFC Films, has partnered with Fantastic Fest for the first time to bring four of its festival films to audiences nationwide via the movies-on-demand platform. Red White & Blue, Heartless, Primal and High Lane will premiere at the festival and be available on-demand simultaneously. In Red White & Blue, Erica is a tough, troubled nymphomaniac with wound across her soul. For Erica, sleeping with multiple men forms the core of her life, until she meets the mysterious Iraq vet Nate. Despite his air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t immediately want to sleep with her, and the two form a hesitant bond. But in a shocking twist, one of Erica’s earlier sexual encounters with wannabe rock star Franki will have unexpected – and devastating – consequences on both of their lives.
ROGER CORMAN – Art by Zach Hobbs. Fantastic Fest will honor director/producer Roger Corman and producer Julie Corman with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000 and The Little Shop of Horrors. The double-feature screening includes a Corman-produced film, Sharktopus, about a hybrid shark/octopus that goes in a killing rampage, and Machete Maidens Unleashed! a documentary from the director of Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation, featuring the even wilder world of Philippine-made exploitation movies. The documentary features interviews with Roger Corman.
NEVERMORE – Art by Alan Hynes. Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners) will be performing his one man show Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. The play uses a compilation of historical accounts, actual monologues, articles, letters and Poe’s own words to construct the definitive portrait of America’s most famous macabre poet. The play ran for months in Los Angeles and received unanimously glowing reviews. Jeffrey Combs and director Stuart Gordon will also attend special repertory screenings of their cult horror classics Re-Animator and From Beyond during the festival.
X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES – Art by Rob Jones. Fantastic Fest will also pay tribute to Roger Corman at the festival with a repertory screening of a film he directed called X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes. Fantastic Fest is put together by programming gurus behind the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League credits Roger and Julie Corman as the single greatest inspiration in the development of the renowned theater.
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