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If you’ve been on the fence about attending this year’s edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, which runs from September 22-29, then the announcement that came today about their final wave of programming should make up your mind. With these additions, just about every film on our radar will be making an appearance at this year’s fest! Read on for the details.

Fantastic Fest Announces Killer Second Wave of Programming

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Fantastic Fest is excited to announce its final wave of feature film programming including the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE on opening night courtesy of IFC Midnight and COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE on closing night.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE became a cultural sensation after its premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2009, where it won Best Horror Film and Best Actor. The festival is excited to welcome back director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six with the second installment of the depraved series. The opening night party will be themed to the film, featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest human centipede conga line. The Charles Edward Cheese Band is not only the most important force of entertainment in the universe, but is also Austin’s leading all-animal semi-robotic rock group.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock, produced by Thomas Tull, and presented by Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles, Stan Lee and Joss Whedon. The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention. Following the premiere, the closing night party will be an epic superhero-themed carnival with costume contests and activities that will bring out the fanboy/girl in everyone.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Mondo Presents Special Screening
Director of special makeup effects Rick Baker and poster artist Olly Moss live in person!
Director: John Landis, USA, 97 minutes
“Keep to the roads.” A simple warning, but one that is not heeded by two Americans backpacking across the Yorkshire Moors. Now, they must learn to follow a new warning, “Beware the moon.” World famous artist Olly Moss will unveil his Mondo poster for this very special event.

A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Korea, 109 minutes
From the director of festival faves Fish Story and Golden Slumber, the ultimate time travelling, father-son, samurai pastry chef, food movie ever made.

BUNOHAN (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Dain Said, Malaysia, 100 minutes
BUNOHAN is the tragic story of love lost between three estranged brothers and their ailing father.

CARRE BLANC (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti live in person!
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, France, 77 minutes
It’s eat or be eaten (literally) in an absurdist future where a woman struggles to reclaim her husband from the bleak corporate machine.

CLOWN (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director Mikkel Nørgaard and producer Louise Vesth live in person!
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard, Denmark, 90 minutes
Casper and Frank are on a canoe trip to glory, a Tour De Pussy with an exclusive brothel waiting at the end. Probably shouldn’t have brought the kid.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Morgan Spurlock, USA, 88 minutes
The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention.

THE DAY (2011)
US Premiere
Producer Guy Danella and actor Dominic Monaghan live in person!
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA, 90 minutes
A group of weary post-apocalyptic survivors find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The house, however, may not be as safe or abandoned as they first assumed.

THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS (2011)
International Premiere
Director Sean Hogan and producer Jen Handorf live in person!
Director: Sean Hogan, UK, 75 minutes
Two hitmen are ordered to assassinate an old associate. While waiting for their target to come home, one shares a story of love lost which brings out the demons – first figuratively, then literally.

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director: Jose Padillha, Brazil, 116 minutes
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro, dirty cops and corrupt politicians gain notoriety by capitalizing on the vulnerable weak and poor. Two men with polar opposite ends of the political spectrum dedicate their lives to exposing the corruption.

THE HOLDING (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 93 minutes
After the sudden departure of her husband, Cassie is struggling to keep the family farm alive. After reluctantly accepting the assistance of a drifter, she realizes he may have more sinister plans in mind.

HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION (2011)
International Premiere
Director and writer Charlie Vundla and producer Mfundi Vundla live in person!
Director: Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 109 minutes
Freshly released from prison, Jack needs to pull one last score to finance his move to a legit life in this classically styled noir.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE (2011)
World Premiere
Director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six live in person!
Director: Tom Six, Netherlands, 90 minutes
Tom Six’s follow-up to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, FULL SEQUENCE ups that ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. It is sure to be one of the most controversial films of our time.

JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011)
US Premiere
Director Alejandro Brugues and producer Gervasio Iglesias Macias live in person!
Director: Alejandro Brugues, Cuba, 100 minutes
50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is zombies; filthy, flesh-eating zombies.

JULIA X (2011)
North American Premiere
Director and producer PJ Pettiette, producer Claudie Viguerie and associate producer Courtney Rawls live in person!
Director: P.J. Pettiette, USA, 92 minutes
Super sexy serial killer Kevin Sorbo (in 3D!) gets a nasty surprise when his latest potential victim puts up an unexpected fight.

KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (2011)
Austin Premiere
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 101 minutes
Happy 70’s crimefighters: a boy and his motorcycle-transforming, karate-fighting robot…only the kid’s grown up now and is pushing 50.

LAST SCREENING (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Laurent Achard, France, 81 minutes
In this stylish, giallo-inflected thriller, a strange young man, the single employee of a doomed French repertory cinema, lives a secret life, making regular trips into the night to victimize women and collect a certain body part. As the bloody story progresses, we find out why.

LIVID (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France, 88 minutes
A group of amateur thieves stumble across something very strange and unexpected in this horrific fairy tale from the directors of INSIDE.

THE LOVED ONES (2009)
Special Screening
Director: Sean Byrne, Australia, 84 minutes
Girl likes boy. Girl asks boy to the prom, but boy says no. Girl kidnaps boy and holds him hostage. THE LOVED ONES is PRETTY IN PINK meets MISERY, but worse; much, much worse.

MANBORG (2011)
World Premiere
Director and writer Steven John Kostanski, co-writer and actor Jeremy Gillespie and actor Andrea Karr live in person!
Director: Steven John Kostanski, Canada, 60 minutes
Part man, part robot, all killing machine! Only the awesome power of the MANBORG can drive the demon hordes back to hell!

POLVORA NEGRA (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Kapel Furman, Brazil, 89 minutes
A man is hunted down and left for dead. Years later he returns, hired as a hitman by the same criminals who gunned him down. They are in for a surprise.

RABIES (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director: Aharon Keshales and Novat Papushado, Isreal, 90 minutes
For two cops, a ranger, four teens, and a pair of sibling runaways, it was supposed to be just a walk in the park. They chose the wrong park.

RETREAT (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Carl Tibbetts, UK, 90 minutes
Martin and Kate’s much needed getaway would be perfect except for
power issues… and the guy covered in blood that unexpectedly
stumbles onto their lawn.

SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Michael Steiner, Switzerland, 110 minutes
The residents of a small village in the Swiss Alps start to distrust their local police officer after he decides to shelter a mysterious young woman who arrived directly after the death of a priest.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Frédéric Jardin, France, 98 minutes
Dirty cops use police intelligence to rob drug dealers as a moonlighting venture, but when they are identified by one of their marks, the drug kingpin mobilizes a serious payback.

SMUGGLER (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Katsuhito ISHII, Japan, 115 minutes
Ultra-stylish gangster comedy from the director of FUNKY FOREST and THE TASTE OF TEA pits a failed actor against a lethal assassin.

TAKE SHELTER (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Jeff Nichols, USA, 120 minutes
Curtis LaForche is having apocalyptic nightmares which progressively get worse, blending reality with the dream world. As paranoia starts to take a toll, he decides to build a living quarters underground, risking his job security, marriage, and friends.

TWO EYES STARING (2010)
US Premiere
Director: Elbert Van Strien, Belgium, 112 minutes
9-year-old Lisa loves her father but has always felt disconnected from her mother. When the family moves from Holland to Belgium, Lisa makes a new friend who will dig up long buried secrets.

URBAN EXPLORER (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Andy Fetscher, Germany, 100 minutes
Four 20-somethings hire a guide to escort them through a network of tunnels underneath Berlin. Things start to spiral out of control when a member of the group falls, breaking a leg.

THE YELLOW SEA (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director Hong-jin Na, Korea, 157 minutes
The director and stars of THE CHASER team up for an action packed crime epic featuring the most knife and hatchet combat you are likely to see this year.

YOU SAID WHAT? (2011)
US Premiere
Director Syversen Patrik, producer Kjetil Omberg, producer Terje Stromstad and actor Stig Frode Henriksen live in person!
Director: Patrik Syversen and Nini Bull Robsahm , Norway, 107 minutes
The producers of DEAD SNOW re-imagine Takashi Miike’s AUDITION as a rom-com and make Peter Stormare ride a paper mâché dragon shrieking that he is the King of Darkness.

ZOMBIE ASS (2011)
World Premiere
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 85 minutes
A mad scientist conducts experiments on alien parasites and zombies in turn. Will karate save the day, or…fart power? Ass-obsessed madman Noboru Iguchi creates the most crap-tastic zombie movie ever to emerge from Japan’s cinema sewer.

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Director Jeff Burr was gracious enough to give us here at Dread Central a few minutes of his time to discuss the Blu-ray release of his 1990 film Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Recently dropped on 2/13, the movie has undergone the white-glove treatment, and he was all-too-happy to bring us back to when the film was being shot…and eventually diced thanks to the MPAA – so settle in, grab a cold slice of bloody meat, read on and enjoy!

DC: First off – congrats on seeing the film get the treatment it deserves on Blu-ray – you excited about it?

JB: Yeah, I’m really happy that it’s coming out on Blu-ray, especially since so many people bitch and moan about the death of physical media, and this thing made the cut, and it’s great for people to be able to see probably the best-looking version of it since we saw it in the lab back in 1989.

DC: Take us back to when you’d first gotten the news that you were tabbed to be the man to direct the third installment in this franchise – what was your first order of business?

JB: It was fairly condensed pre-production for me, and there really wasn’t a whole lot of time to think about the import or the greatness of it – it was basically just roll up your sleeves and go. It was a bit disappointing because a lot of times in pre-production you have the opportunity to dream what could be – casting had already been done, but certain decisions hadn’t been made yet. A very condensed pre-production, but exciting as hell, for sure! (laughs)

DC: R.A. Mihailoff in the role of Leatherface – was it the decision from the get-go to have him play the lead role?

JB: No – I totally had someone else in mind, even though R.A. had done a role in my student film about 7 years earlier, and we’d kept in touch, and I’d felt strongly because I’d gotten to know him a bit that Gunnar Hansen should have come back and played Leatherface, which would have given a bit more legitimacy to this third movie. He and I talked, and he had some issues with the direction that it was going – he really wanted to be involved, and it ended up boiling down to a financial thing, and it wasn’t outrageous at all – it wasn’t like he asked for the moon, but the problem was that New Line refused to pay it, categorically. I think the line producer at the time was more adamant about it than anyone, and Mike DeLuca was one of the executives on the movie, and he was really the guy that was running this, in a creative sense. I made my case for Gunner to both he and the line producer, and they flat out refused to pay him what he was asking, so after that was a done “no deal” I decided that R.A would be the right guy to step into the role. Since New Line was the arbiter of the film, he had to come in and audition for the part, and he impressed everyone and got the part. He did an absolutely fantastic job – such a joy to work with, and he was completely enthusiastic about everything.

DC: Let’s talk about Viggo Mortenson, and with this being one of his earliest roles – did you know you had something special with this guy on your set?

JB: Here’s the thing – you knew he was talented, and I’d seen him in the movie Prison way back in the early stages of development and was very impressed with him, and he was one of those guys that I think we were really lucky to get him on board with us. I really believe that The Indian Runner with he and directed by Sean Penn was the movie that truly made people stand up and notice his work. Every person in this cast was one hundred percent into this film and jumped in no questions asked when it was time to roll around in the body pits.

DC: It’s no secret about the amount of shit that the MPAA put you through in order to get this film released – can you expound on that for a minute?

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DC: Looking back at the film after all this time – what would be one thing that you’d change about the movie?

JB: Oh god – any film director worth his salt would look back at any of their films and want to change stuff up, and with this being 28 years old, I can look back and say “oh yeah, I’d change this, this and this!” You grow and learn over the course of your time directing, and this was my third movie and my first without producers that I had known, so the main thing that I’d do today would be to make it a bit more politically savvy. I had always thought that they wanted me to put my vision on this film, and that wasn’t necessarily the case, so maybe I’d navigate those political waters a little better.

DC: Last thing, Jeff – what’s keeping you busy these days? Any projects to speak of?

JB: Oh yeah, I’ve got a couple of movies that I’m working on – I’m prepping a horror movie right now, and then I’ve got a comedy film that I’m doing after that. You haven’t heard the last of me! I’ve had a real up and down (mostly down) career, but I still love it – it’s what I love to do, and it’s still great that after 28 years people still want to talk about this movie, and are still watching it – that’s the greatest gift you can get, and I thank everyone that’s seen it and talked about it over all these years.

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