The internet demands lists! The best of Fantastic Fest 2015.
The final day! Featuring: Kurt Russell's new Western Bone Tomahawk; Love and Peace, the latest from Japanese director Sion Sono; Sean Byrne's sophomore effort The Devil's Candy; the Czech documentary Daniel's World. Daniel's World (Czech Republic; Veronika Lisková, 2015) Daniel's World is easily the most controversial and difficult film of the festival. The titular Daniel is a twenty-something student and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Eight
Day six gives us: Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen in Men and Chicken; the superhero farce Lazer Team; In Search of the Ultra-Sex, assembled from scraps of porn movies; the Turkish horror film Baskin; and the horror anthology Southbound. Short film: Deathly (Mike Williamson, 2015) Cameron from Ferris Bueller (he has an actual name, you know; it's Alan Ruck) … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Seven
On the sixth day, I watched: the John Hawkes-led neo-noir Too Late; the colonial-era horror film The Witch; the Polish supernatural drama Demon; the "extreme" and "controversial" anthology German Angst; Isaac Ezban's Twilight Zone-inspired The Similars. The Similars (Mexico; Isaac Ezban, 2015) Isaac Ezban wears his influences on his sleeve in The Similars. Or maybe I should … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Six
Day five gave us: the surreal German black comedy Der Bunker; the Emma Roberts horror vehicle February; Schneider vs. Bax, the latest from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam; the French remake of Mario Bava's crime drama Rabid Dogs; and more! February (U.S.A.; Osgood Perkins, 2015) If your reaction to these Fantastic Fest writeups has been "That's … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Five
On the fourth day: video-game documentary Man vs. Snake; French body-horror Evolution; and Danish zombie flick What We Become. Evolution (France; Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015) Co-written and directed Lucile Hadzihalilovic, one of Gaspar Noé's occasional collaborators (she participated in Enter the Void, but I won't hold that against her), Evolution seems to have a polarizing effect on … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Four
Day three: Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Luke Evans; The Mind's Eye, a Scanners homage from the director of Almost Human; the animated French steampunk epic April and the Extraordinary World; the performance-art pop-culture riff Stand by for Tape Backup; Follow, a psych-thriller starring Noah Segan. … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Three