A summary of this year’s Fantastic Fest
Ah, Fantastic Fest! It’s kind of like a comic-book convention, except with Elijah Wood instead of cosplayers, and there’s always some guy right in front of you in the line to the men’s room singing “we are the flesh” to the tune of “We Want the Funk”. (That would be me.) The Critics’ Code requires an end-of-festival writeup, including a complete list of films ranked by personal preference. In that spirit, I bring you this:
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A horror film from Laos, a race riot comedy from Australia, and more
The final day brought us a thriller from Spain, a supernatural horror film from Laos, and a black comedy from Australia.
(This final entry is going to be kind of brief, as I came down with a severe head cold on Thursday and am still recovering from feeling weak, feeble, and having a solid lead ingot instead of a brain.)
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The latest from André Øvredal, a babysitter horror with a twist, and more
Day seven brings us into the home stretch with a rediscovered backyard cheapie, the latest from André Øvredal, and more.
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Documentaries about movie posters and Kubrick, the latest from Benny Chan, and more
Day six’s offerings included documentaries about Stanley Kubrick and movie posters, the latest effort from Benny Chan, and more.
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The latest from Sarah Edina Smith, M. Night Shyamalan, and more
Day five brings us the latest from Sarah Edina Smith, the secret screening of the new M. Night Shyamalan film, and more.
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The latest from Werner Herzog, a farewell to Angus Scrimm, and more
Day four brings us a new film from living legend Werner Herzog, the fifth (and final?) installment of the Phantasm saga, and more.
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A divisive tale of sex and death underneath the streets of Mexico City, a short film program, and more
Day three delivers the Short Fuse program of short horror subjects, the polarizing We Are the Flesh, and more.
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The latest from Studio Ghibli and Ana Lily Amirpour, and more
Day two gives us a new Studio Ghibli co-production, the latest from Ana Lily Amirpour, and more.
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The latest from Denis Villeneuve and Chan-Wook Park, and more
Day one brings us the latest films from Denis Villenueve and Chan-Wook Park, and more!
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The internet demands lists! The best of Fantastic Fest 2015.
Note to those who have been following my Fantastic Fest 2015 coverage: there isn’t any new content in this post, this is just the “Best Of” and Ranking segments broken off from the day 8 post for ease of reading.
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