Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Eight

A scene from BONE TOMAHAWK.

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Seven

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Six

The Witch

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Five

A scene from FEBRUARY.

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Four

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Three

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

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Two

On day two: the quirky Dutch crime drama The Glorious Works of G.F. Zwaen; Darling, the latest psych-horror from the director of Pod; the highly-buzzed Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Murder Party); and more. The Glorious Works of G.F. Zwaen (Denmark; Max Porcelijn, 2015) The … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Two

Fantastic Fest 2015: Day One

A scene from THE LOBSTER.

The first day: The Lobster, from the director of Dogtooh; and Belladonna of Sadness, a rediscovered Japanese animated head-trip from the early '70s.  The Lobster (Greece/Ireland; Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) In the dystopian future of The Lobster, the law the newly single to stay at "The Hotel," where they have forty-five days to find a new mate or … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day One