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Ithaca Fantastik Announces Full 2017 Lineup and Art Show

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The sixth annual Ithaca Fantastik (IF) has just announced their full lineup for the 2017 edition and art show, and this year’s lineup includes such quality flicks as Let Corpses Tan, My Friend Dahmer, Pin Cushion, Kaleidoscope, November and more!

You can check out the full press release below and then let us know how excited you are about this year’s Ithaca Fantastik in the comments below.

This year’s Ithaca Fantastik will be held Nov. 3–12 in Ithaca, NY. Mark your calendars!

From press release:

Ithaca Fantastik (IF) will unleash its sixth annual film festival Nov. 3–12 in Ithaca, NY. With little more than two weeks to go IF is announcing its full features and short film lineup. With 37 films from 20 countries, the IF team promises this year’s festival will be a Fantastik ride—so buckle up!

2017 has been a prolific year for genre films and IF programmers have narrowed the field to thrill every flavor of Fantastik fan. In LET THE CORPSES TAN, Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani pay visual homage to Italian gangster films. Marc Meyers’s award-winning MY FRIEND DAHMER, based on the graphic novel of the same name, follows the teenage years of the budding serial killer. Ryan Prows’s mesmerizing and gritty LA tale LOWLIFE takes viewers on a high-energy organ-harvesting misadventure. And Deborah Haywoods’s beautifully disturbing and deeply personal PIN CUSHION explores intergenerational bullying in a small but toxic English town.


Playing to a full range of IF6’s retrospective theme—Italiano Psichedeliko—with a contemporary eye, Rupert Jones’s murder-mystery, KALEIDOSCOPE, mesmerizes with lush visuals and amazing performances from Sinead Matthews and Toby Jones. Rainer Sarnet’s NOVEMBER plunges vanguard film-lovers into a surrealist maelstrom of faith, witchcraft, and love, while German tale FREDDY/EDDY ushers in a doubled and troubled soul from the mind of Tini Tüllmann.

Any pure horror lovers in the room? Giddens Ko’s MON MON MON MONSTER blows minds with its thoughtful subtext on bullying dressed with gory violence. A Taiwanese echo to Haywoods’s PIN CUSHION, this film takes no prisoners. The same can be said about Gabriela Amaral’s FRIENDLY BEAST: What starts out as a classic social drama makes a sharp turn into more graphic territory demanding self-reflection. And for undead action, Robin Aubert’s LES AFFAMÉS—an art house Zombie film full of deep social commentary—is a brilliant homage to maestro George Romero’s ghoul metaphor.

Sometimes, real life is more Fantastik than fiction. Brad Abrahams’s documentary, LOVE AND SAUCERS, tells the improbable story of David Higgins’ intimate love for an alien and the art that followed. For sheer genre joy, Australian mockumentary TOP KNOT DETECTIVE is Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce’s madcap love letter to late-night Japanese television—from Lone Wolf and Cub and Mute Samurai to Message from Space and Space Sheriff Gavan.

IF completes this year’s smorgasbord with the crazies:  Adolfo Kolmerer and William James’s SNOWFLAKE, the prodigal son of Pulp Fiction and Synecdoche NY, with producer Eric Sonnenburg here for the sceening; Thomas Berg and Frederik Waldeland’s super-weird, laugh-out-loud VAMPYR VIDAR; and Jimmy Henderson’s JAILBREAK with its roots in HK martial arts cinema, Jean Paul Ly’s choreography, dynamic camerawork, and the incisive power of a Tony Jaa elbow strike. These films will inspire guilty pleasure and deep love with their absolute audacity and inventiveness.

IF also shines a spotlight on BLUE UNDERGROUND, Bill Lustig’s distribution company, with the 4K restoration of Gary Sherman’s DEATH LINE, a direct transfer from the camera negative—as close as you can get to a director’s true vision! Another new 4K transfer, Bob Clark’s DEAD BY NIGHT, offers a deep meditation on the effects of war …with a zombie trope. Gary Sherman and Bill Lustig will present these respective films to a yet-to-be-blown-away audience!

Along with this incredible lineup, IF is excited to present its 2017 art show: THE STRANGE COLORS OF GILLES VRANCKX featuring the work of the Belgian poster genius behind art for Amer, The Strange Colors of Your Body’s Tears, LET THE CORPSES TAN, and more. Vranckx will appear as an IF special guest at the show’s opening reception on Thursday, November 9.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

THE ENDLESS (Ithaca Premiere)

Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson, USA

THE CRESCENT (Ithaca Premiere)

Seth A. Smith, Canada

I REMEMBER YOU (Ithaca Premiere)

Óskar Thór Axelsson, Iceland

PIN CUSHION (East Coast Premiere)

Deborah Haywood, UK

VAMPYR VIDAR (East Coast Premiere)

Thomas Aske Berg & Fredrik Waldeland, Norway

FREDDY/EDDY (East Coast Premiere)

Tini Tüllmann, Germany

FRIENDLY BEAST (US Premiere)

Gabriela Amaral, Brazil

LES AFFAMÉS (East Coast Premiere)

Robin Aubert, Canada

SNOWFLAKE (East Coast Premiere) With producer Eric Sonnenburg in attendance!

Adolfo J. Kolmerer, Germany

Opening & Closing

TRAGEDY GIRLS (Ithaca Premiere)

Tyler McIntyre, USA

A DAY (East Coast Premiere)

Sun-Ho Cho, South Korea

Cinema Pur

HAGAZUSSA: A Heathen’s Curse (Ithaca Premiere)

Lukas Feigelfeld, Germany

INFLAME (East Coast Premiere)

Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, Turkey

LET THE CORPSES TAN (East Coast Premiere)

Bruno Forzani/Hélène Cattet, Belgium

NOVEMBER (Ithaca Premiere)

Rainer Sarnet, Iceland/Estonia  

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (East Coast Premiere)

Issa López, Mexico

TOP KNOT DETECTIVE (Ithaca Premiere)

Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce, Australia/Japan

Fantastik Documentary: FOREVER LOVE!

BIGHT OF THE TWIN (Ithaca Premiere)

Hazel Hill McCarthy III, USA

LOVE AND SAUCERS (East Coast Premiere)

Brad Abrahams, USA

Midnighters

BRAVESTORM (North American Premiere)

Junya Okabe, Japan

SAMURAI RAUNI (North American Premiere)

Mika Rättö, Finland

ZOMBIOLOGY (Ithaca Premiere)

Alan Lo, Hong Kong

Festival Favorite

KALEIDOSCOPE (East Coast Premiere)

Rupert Jones, UK

JAILBREAK (East Coast Premiere)

Jimmy Henderson, Cambodia

LOWLIFE (East Coast Premiere)

Ryan Prows, USA

SEQUENCE BREAK (Ithaca Premiere) With director Graham Skipper in attendance!

Graham Skipper, USA

MY FRIEND DAHMER (Ithaca Premiere)

Marc Meyers, USA

BLUE UNDERGROUND PRESENTS with Bill Lustig in attendance!

DEATHLINE (Ithaca Premiere) With director Gary Sherman in attendance!

Gary Sherman, UK 1972

DEAD OF NIGHT 4K Restoration (North American Premiere)

Bob Clark, 1974

SHUDDER PRESENTS

Mon Mon Mon Monster (New York Premiere)

Giddens Ko, Taiwan

ITALIANO PSICHEDELIKO: Retrospective

AUTOPSY

Armando Crispino, 1975

BABA YAGA

Corrado Farina, 1973

DEADLY SWEET

Tinto Brass, 1967

LE ORME

Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli 1975

SUSPIRIA

Dario Argento, 1977

BLOW UP

Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966

DANGER: DIABOLIK

Mario Bava, 1968

SHORT FILMS

Born of Sin

William Boodell – USA

Jenny Secoma In: The Blind Spot

Jack Warner – USA

No Man’s Land: A Folktale

Ty Turley – USA/Sierra Leone

Popsy

Julien Homsy – France

Night Encounter

Ludovic de Gaillande – France

Bestia

Gigi Saul Guerrero – Canada

Sol

Carlos G. Gananian – Brazil

Oh, Dear

Raquel Fogel – USA

Evocation of a Nightmare

Wally Chung – USA

Waiting for Pascale

Guillaume Harvey – Canada

Breaker

Phillippe McKie – Japan

Bon Appétit

Erenik Beqiri – Albania

Zoey And The Wind-Up Boy

Marica Petrey – USA

I Am The Doorway

Robin Kasparik – Czech Republic

Miriam is Going to Mars

Michael Lippert – USA

Ink

Ashlea Wessel – Canada

It Began Without Warning

Jessica Curtright & Santiago C. Tapia – USA

Amy

L. Gustavo Cooper – USA

Killing Klaus Kinski

Spiros Stathoulopoulos – Colombia/Netherlands

What Comes From a Swamp

Tyler Macri – USA

Viola vs. The Vampire King

Kevin Fermini – USA

Standby

Daumon Khakpour & Travis Pulchinski – Canada

Sherry

Eliane Lima – USA

Jules D.

Norma Vila – Spain

Signal to Noise

Jarret Blinkhorn – USA

Holiday Fear

Nicholas Santos – USA

A Father’s Day

Mat Johns – UK

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

Make sure to follow and “like” Dread Central Presents on Facebook to stay in the know regarding this and upcoming titles!

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In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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