A Week Later, Reflecting on Fantastic Fest 2017 and All the Good Times

Last Thursday, Austin’s Fantastic Fest came to a close after more than a week of films, events, and soirées. It was my first year in attendance (I did my prep) and the amount of people who were telling me that… Continue Reading

Video Interview: Jon Schnitzer and Shar Mayer Discuss Haunters: The Art of the Scare

This past Tuesday, the haunted house documentary Haunters: The Art of the Scare (review) came out on digital platforms as well as Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the release, we’ve got an exclusive video interview with director Jon Schnitzer and… Continue Reading

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse Review (Fantastic Fest): A Powerful, Lingering Horror in an Ancient Wilderness

Starring Haymon Maria Buttinger, Aleksandra Cwen, Claudia Martini Directed by Lukas Feigelfeld The forces of evil drew more power and influence during primitive times when belief and suspicion ruled over a less rational and educated masses. As civilization grew, the… Continue Reading

Mon Mon Mon Monsters Review (Fantastic Fest): Bullies! Bullies Everywhere!

Starring Yu-Kai Teng, Kent Tsai, Eugenie Liu, Carolyn Chen Directed by Giddens Ko WARNING: THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS, SO READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL I was a bullied child. For years and years through both elementary, middle school,… Continue Reading

Haunters: The Art of the Scare (Fantastic Fest Review): Venturing Into the Darker Side of Humanity

Starring Jason Blum, McKenzie Westmore, Slash, Jen Soska, Jessica Cameron Directed by Jon Schnitzer Haunters: The Art of the Scare isn’t really about the joy of crafting haunted houses and embracing the spirit of Halloween; it’s main focus is to… Continue Reading

Exclusive: Barbara Crampton, Brea Grant, and More Talk Applecart at Fantastic Fest 2017

Having had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, it was time for everyone associated with Applecart to begin chatting about the film! So, when we got the opportunity to hang out with stars Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Sophie Dalah, and… Continue Reading

Fantastic Fest 2017 Interview: Anna and the Apocalypse Cast and Crew On the Crowd Favorite Zombie Musical

Anna and the Apocalypse

One of the biggest hits of this year’s Fantastic Fest is undoubtedly the Christmas zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse (review), which has charmed and delighted audiences thanks to its mix of High School Musical, Shaun of the Dead, and… Continue Reading

Blade of the Immortal (Fantastic Fest): A Gleeful Explosion of Bodies, Gore, and Violence

Starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi Directed by Takashi Miike The 100th film (!!!) of prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike, Blade of the Immortal is nothing short of pure samurai violence at its finest. An adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s… Continue Reading

1922 (Fantastic Fest): Stephen King’s Novella Gets a Serviceable Adaptation

Starring Thomas Jane, Molly Quinn, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard Directed by Zak Hilditch 2017 is the year of Stephen King. The Dark Tower, IT, Gerald’s Game, “The Mist”, “Castle Rock”, “Mr. Mercedes”… The prolific author is seeing adaptations being released… Continue Reading

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Fantastic Fest): A Noble Descent Into a Vicious Hell

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier, Mark Blucas, Dion Mucciacito Directed by S. Craig Zahler For those of you who have seen movies at an Alamo Drafthouse, you know that there are small sheets of paper upon which you… Continue Reading

Anna and the Apocalypse (Fantastic Fest): Singing! Dancing! Zombies! Christmas!

Starring Ella Hunt, Christopher Leveaux, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire Directed by John McPhail The Christmas-themed zombie musical you didn’t know you need in your life. The story behind the making of Anna and the Apocalypse is a sad one: based… Continue Reading

Let the Corpses Tan (Fantastic Fest): A Crime Story of Passion and Precision

Starring Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbé, Hervé Sogne, Marine Sainsily, Pierre Nisse, Dorylia Calmel, Aline Stevens, Dominique Troyes, and Bamba Forzani Ndiaye Directed by Héléne Cattet and Bruno Forzani Premiering here at Fantastic Fest in… Continue Reading

Maus (Fantastic Fest): Survival Horror Gets Deeply Political

Starring Alma Terzic, August Wittgenstein, Aleksander Seksan, Sanin Milavic Directed by Yayo Herrero At its core, Maus is a horror story that we’ve all heard of and seen before. Two people get stranded in the middle of a forest and… Continue Reading