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The second wave of films playing this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, has been announced, and all we can say is start packing your bags right now!

From the Press Release:
Two of the fall season’s most anticipated genre films, sci-fi actioner Looper and supernatural horror Sinister, are coming to Fantastic Fest along with a wide array of mind-boggling/bending/warping films from around the world. The lineup also includes the world premieres of The American Scream, from the filmmaking team behind Best Worst Movie, and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, introduced by stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

THE ABCs OF DEATH (2012)
US Premiere with multiple directors in person
Director – Various, 110 min
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Co-produced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed-see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most brilliant filmmakers from around the world free reign to indulge their creative impulses and black humor. From A to Z, it’s got something for every genre fan and is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM (2012)
World Premiere with director Michael Paul Stephenson and stars Manny Souza and Victor Bariteauin person
Director – Michael Paul Stephenson, 81min
In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands in this surprisingly touching documentary from the director of BEST WORST MOVIE.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

COLD BLOODED (2012)
Regional Premiere with director Jason LaPeyre in person
Director – Jason LaPeyre, 86min
Things quickly spiral out of control when a policewoman must protect her recently comatose suspect from a violent crime boss who has cornered them in an isolated hospital wing.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

COLD STEEL (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director – David Wu, 107min
After 17 years spent directing television series in North America, director David Wu (a longtime collaborator of John Woo) returns to his native China to deliver the heart-pounding World War II epic COLD STEEL.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

DOOMSDAY BOOK (2012)
Austin Premiere
Director – Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, 113min
Innovative Korean genre directors Kim Ji-Woon (A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD, I SAW THE DEVIL) and Yim Pil-Sung (HANSEL & GRETEL) turn their imaginations to apocalyptic sci-fi with this three-part omnibus film which outlines three possible ways in which the world goes kaput.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

GRACELAND (2012)
Texas Premiere with director Ron Morales and producers Theo Brooks and Joshua Sobel in person
Director – Ron Morales, 84min
When a driver for a powerful congressman picks up his and his boss’ daughters from school, he’s annoyed to find himself being pulled over. But this alleged cop, far from an officer of the law, sets in motion a downward spiral of kidnapping, murder, deceit and deep depravity.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

HENGE + THE BIG GUN (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Hajime Ohata, 106min
A double shot from Japanese up-and-comer Hajime Ohata. Blending elements of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinya Tsukamoto with just the right amount of kaiju monster battles, Ohata is quickly building a reputation as one of Japan’s brightest new talents.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2012)
US Premiere with director Adrián García Bogliano in person
Director – Adrián García Bogliano, 97min
Fantastic Fest veteran Adrián García Bogliano (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA) returns with his latest supernatural horror. When two children who went missing while exploring a cave are found, it quickly becomes apparent something evil has come home with them.

HOLY MOTORS (2012)
North American Premiere
Director – Leos Carax, 116min
While following a day in the life of Mr. Oscar as he attends several appointments, things quickly unravel and spiral out of control, abandoning all sense of logic or sanity. Fans of Carax’s ‘Mierde’ segment of Fantastic Fest 2008 hit TOKYO! will be right back at home.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

LOOPER (2012)
Special screening with director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in person
Director – Rian Johnson, 118 min
In the futuristic action thriller LOOPER, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. The film, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt, is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Eric Walter, 88min
You’ve seen the movie; now hear the story of the Amityville haunting from someone who lived it. Regardless of the source, it’s clear there was darkness in that Long Island house.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

NEW KIDS NITRO (2012)
US Premiere with cast Huub Smit, Wesley van Gaalen, Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil
Director – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil, 78min
In 2011, NEW KIDS TURBO rocked Fantastic Fest audiences with its potent brand of Dutch gross-out humor. Now, Fantastic Fest is proud to present the highly anticipated-and very offensive-sequel: NEW KIDS NITRO.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - New Kids Nitro

NO REST FOR THE WICKED (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director – Enrique Urbizu, 104min
A dirty cop who tries to cover up a crime stumbles upon a massive criminal conspiracy. NO REST FOR THE WICKED swept the Spanish Goya awards this year with an electrifying performance by lead actor José Coronado.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

OUTRAGE BEYOND (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Takeshi Kitano, 112min
As Japanese police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as internal strife in director Takeshi Kitano’s OUTRAGE has now become a nationwide war in his latest film OUTRAGE BEYOND.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

SINISTER (2012)
Special screening with director Scott Derrickson, producer Jason Blum and writer C. Robert Cargill in person
Director – Scott Derrickson, 110 min
SINISTER is a frightening new thriller about a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Sinister

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012)
World Premiere with Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins in person
Director – John Hyams, 93 min
Surviving Unisols Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott battle anarchy to build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. To accomplish this, they weed out the weak and constantly test their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

VANISHING WAVES (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Kristina Buozyte, 124min
A scientist with a neurological research team volunteers to experiment with a new technology which will allow him to access the thoughts of a coma victim.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

THE WARPED FOREST (2011)
US Premiere
Director – Shunichiro Miki, 81min
Shunichiro Miki delivers a shot of utter madness. Penis guns! Nipple monsters! A giant girl running a very small shop! This quasi-sequel to THE FUNKY FOREST more than lives up to the weird factor of its predecessor.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Look for more film and event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

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This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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