In a darkened theater, a fantasy film fan squawks, feet stomping heavily as the voices of George Romero, Roger Corman and Tim Burton echo in unison, “What’s not to love about Austin’s greatest annual geek gathering?”
Fantastic Fest is back this month, Sept 24-Oct 1, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, animation and action movies from around the world, invites regulars and newcomers to a schedule of films that are said to be nourishing to the soul.
World premieres of major motion pictures have been launched here in the past, from “There Will Be Blood” to “Frankenweenie.” The fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new and up-and-coming genre films. There are notable actors, producers, directors and writers of cinema all about, joining in the fun at what is universally acclaimed in the industry as one of the coolest collective screening on earth.
In addition to the film fest, Fantastic Arcade provides a unique showcase of independent gaming, free and open to the public from Sept 28-Oct 1 at the Highball, next to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. The best new indie video games, plus talks, tournaments and special events are on offer, highlighted by six original Fantastic Arcade game cabinets.
Daytime badges go for $125. Other badges include guaranteed time slots, Fantastic Fest parties and exclusive items. For more info go to fantasticfest.com.