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Fantastic Fest 2010 – Day One Photos and Reviews

September 23rd, the first day of Fantastic Fest 2010, is already just a memory, which is why it’s good that we’ve gotten ahold of a few photos from the opening night festivities. In addition, the Dread Central team on the scene, Scott & Tabby Johnson and Clint & Heather McCrocklin, have already posted two new reviews from the fest, both of which are extremely positive.

  • Fantastic Fest Kickoff
    It was an epic kickoff to Fantastic Fest at The Paramount Theatre last night. This year Fantastic Fest is spotlighting the incredible genre films of Norway, and after last night’s Viking war dance/karaoke concert, we hope they allow us to do it again some time in the future! Fantastic Fest founder Tim League ripped off a Velcro suit to reveal not-so-modest Viking battle gear. He was joined on stage by Fantastic Fest staff and special guest Eugenio Mira, whose film Agnosia is playing at the fest. It also happened to be Eugenio’s birthday, and the crowd demonstrated their gratitude for his wonderful support of the festival (his film The Birthday showed at the very first Fantastic Fest six years ago).

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Tim League (CEO/Founder, Alamo Drafthouse)

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Tim League (CEO/Founder, Alamo Drafthouse)

  • Let Me In
    After the Viking dance things switched gears to a more serious note when the Texas Boys Choir performed music from the score of Let Me In. Director Matt Reeves and Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino introduced the Texas Boys Choir, who gave a haunting choral performance prior to the screening of the incredible film.

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Texas Boys Choir

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Matt Reeves (director)

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Dylan Minnette, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jimmy Pinchak

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Dylan Minnette, Jimmy Pinchak, Kodi Smit-McPhee,
    Matt Reeves (director), Elias Koteas, Michael Giacchino (composer)

  • Buried
    Ryan Reynolds and director Rodirgo Cortes walked the red carpet for Buried. Ryan also had the chance to meet the four people who endured being buried in custom built coffins for the chance to attend the gala event.

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Ryan Reynolds

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Ryan Reynolds, Rodrigo Cortes

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Rodrigo Cortes

  • Mother’s Day
    Rebecca DeMornay, Jaime King, Frank Grillo, Scott Milam (writer), and Darren Bousman (director) walked the red carpet for Mother’s Day. Darren treated all of the screening attendees to a motherly treat of milk and cookies.

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Scott Milam (screenwriter), Rebecca De Mornay, Darren Bousman (director),
    Jaime King, Frank Grillo, Jessie Rusu (executive producer)

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews
    Frank Grillo, Jaime King

    As for the films the Johnsons and McCrocklins viewed, we have a four-knife review from Scott for French film High Lane, aka Vertige (review here), and a stunning five out of five from Clint and Heather for the German head-trip Transfer (review here).

    Fantastic Fest 2010 - Day One Photos and Reviews

    Keep it here for LOTS more from Austin over the next week, and for additional info visit the official 2010 Fantastic Fest website.

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