Fantastic Fest, to be held September 20-27 this year, is the largest genre film festival in the U.S. specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. The festival is dedicated to championing challenging and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and new stories from around the world and supporting new filmmakers.
This year will bring the “very best in mind-melting mayhem and madness from all corners of the globe, which also includes a cinematic trip back in time to South Korea, highlighting a period of filmmaking that was mad, bad and dangerous to know,” according to festival organizers.
The annual festival brings together audience members, guests, industry, press and others in an inclusive and fun environment for a week-long celebration of film in all its forms through carefully curated screenings and events.
Highlights this year will include the world premier of the bone-chilling WWII horror-thriller “Overlord,” produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, with director Julius Avery and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro and Mathilde Ollivier in attendance.
Audiences can also expect “Apostle,” Gareth Evans’ (“The Raid”) take on the folk horror genre with Dan Stevens as a mysterious man infiltrating a sinister cult headed by Michael Sheen to rescue his sister with eye-gouging results. Then, Timo Tjahjanto pits Joe Taslim against Iko Uwais in “The Night Comes for Us,” an action thriller where the body count breaks new records in bone-crunching fights, venomous violence and dynamic destruction.
Don’t have a badge but still want to get in on some of that Fantastic fun? There will be individual tickets on sale for any screenings that don’t completely sell out to badgeholders. Look for an updated list on the website every day of the festival of the screenings that aren’t immediately filled up by badgeholders. If any of these titles ring your bell, you can head down to South Lamar and stand in the individual ticket buyer line for that screening.
More information on Fantastic Fest at fantasticfest.com.