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Fantastic Fest 2013 to Open with World Premiere of Machete Kills

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If you’re a diehard fest-goer like me, Fantastic Fest is akin to Christmas or losing your virginity every year for 8 days straight. This year it will be held from September 19-26 in sunny Austin, Texas, at the brand new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline; and we have info on the opening night film.

The Fest promises over a week of friends, fun, parties, and plenty of genre films; and kicking things off will be the world premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. The director will join stars Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega on the red carpet with additional guests to be confirmed closer to the event.

From the Press Release:
Fantastic Fest is excited to announce Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills will have its world premiere on September 19, 2013, as the opening night film for the 2013 festival. “Every year we compile our dream targets for opening night film; Machete Kills was at the top of that list,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League. “We are going to pull out all the stops to ensure Robert’s world premiere red carpet experience is literally blood red.”

“Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters,” said director Robert Rodriguez. “I am honored and extremely excited for Machete Kills to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest.”

Fantastic Fest 2013 to Open with World Premiere of Machete Kills

Machete Kills is directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) from a screenplay by Kyle Ward based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez/Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Mel Gibson. Machete Kills releases in U.S. theaters on October 4, 2013.

Synopsis:
In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

Look for more programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead. For the latest developments, tickets, and badges, visit the official Fantastic Fest website, like Fantastic Fest on Facebook, and follow Fantastic Fest on Twitter.

Fantastic Fest 2013 to Open with World Premiere of Machete Kills

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