The controversial Antichrist will make its U.S. premiere, as will [REC] 2 (hec yeah!). The director of Ninja Assassin will be there with his film, the stars of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant will be there with theirs (read: John C. Reilly), and the very clever Hirsute bodes well for the shorts program to boot. And there'll even be a couple of secret screenings that we can only hope our fellow Twitter types will have the courtesy not to spoil prior.
Check out the rest after the jump. 17 more days!
We are proud to announce the final titles in the 5th edition of Fantastic Fest. There will be subsequent annoucements with last minute additions, but this list will be the last major list of titles added. Subscribe to the Fantastic Fest Blog or Twitter Feed for all of the latest updates. You can view photos, watch trailers and find more information at www.fantasticfest.com. Also, we have updated BSide with showtimes, so you can begin filling out your festival calendar.
Antichrist US Premiere
(dir. Lars Von Trier, 2009, Denmark)
Lars Von Trier rocked the Croisette at Cannes this year with his latest beautiful, visceral opus with themes on depression, insanity and arrogance. It's also got talking animals and some truly inspired horror moments.
The Bare Breasted Countess
(dir. Jesus Franco, 1973, France/Belgium)
Jess Franco directs his muse Lina Romay in this surreal story of a beautiful female vampire who consumes the sexual effluvium of her victims.
Crazy Racer US Premiere
(dir. Hao Ning, 2009, China)
Singing and dancing Chinese Supermen, bumbling police investigators, even more bumbling apprentice criminals, double and triple-cross assassination attempts, muay thai gymnastics, triad gangster shootouts, explosions and car chases all collide to form a deliriously intoxicating celluloid cocktail.
Drawn and Quartered: The Fantastic Fest Animated Shorts
Eugenie: Story of Her Journey
(dir. Jesus Franco, 1970, Spain/West Germany)
Jess Franco's tremendously stylish modern dress adaptation of a key Marquis De Sade work follows a teenage girl as she learns the libertine lifestyle from her father's mistress and her depraved half brother.
(dir. Yojiro Takita, 1984, Japan)
2008 Academy Award winner Yojiro Takita's (DEPARTURES) early skeleton in the closet, a pink film that combines French bedroom farce, slapstick humor and softcore sex.
Merantau North American Premiere
(dir. Gareth Evans, 2009, Indonesia)
Indonesia's first martial arts film in roughly fifteen years and quite possibly the first to ever feature a serious treatment of local martial art silat.
Ninja Assassin Sneak Preview
James McTeigue live in person
(dir. James McTeigue, 2009, USA)
Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth.
Master Pancake presents Total Recall (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1990, USA)
In honor of Fantastic Fest, longtime Alamo comedy gods Master Pancake Theatre suck the air out of one of sci-fi's most dated hits, TOTAL RECALL (1990).
Paranormal Activity Sneak Preview
(dir. Oren Peli, 2007, USA)
Critics are unanimously raving, "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is one of the scariest movies of all-time. YOU WILL BE AFFECTED as it's hard to ignore the imprint it leaves on your psyche. Nightmares are guaranteed." - Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
REC 2 US Premiere
Javier Botet (the monster) live in person
(dir. Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2009, Spain)
In one of the most highly anticipated horror films of the year, the mysterious, rampaging outbreak of [REC] wreaks bloody havoc on the citizens of Madrid.
Short Fuse: Extreme Fantastic Fest Shorts
(dir. Shûji Kataoka, 1986, Japan)
A classic Japanese "Pink Film" presented as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz' long-running Weird Wednesday series. The "hero" of S&M HUNTER is a bondage super hero who faces off against a teenage girl gang. Something to offend absolutely everyone.
(dir. Jesus Franco, 1968, West Germany/Spain)
Jess Franco's classic sexploitation/art mash up follows a beautiful woman as she explores her interior dream life amid the intellectual tumult of Europe in the '60s. Fritz Lang describes SUCCUBUS as a "beautiful piece of cinema."
Tokyo Onlypics US Premiere
(dir. various, 2008, Japan)
A truly bizarre spoof on the Olympics that only the Japanese could concoct featuring events such as Mother Tossing, the 1000 Character Texting competition, and the Samurai Call.
Under the Mountain US Premiere
director Jonathan King live in person
(dir. Jonathan King, 2009, New Zealand)
A pair of twins are sent to live with their aunt and uncle after their mother dies in a car accident. They deal with their grief in different ways, interrupting the closeness between them. But they're going to need that bond very badly when they begin to sense danger coming from the decrepit old house across the lake...
Vampire's Assistant Sneak Preview
Stars John C. Reilly, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Massoglia live in person
(dir. Paul Weitz, 2009, USA)
Based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, The Vampire's Assistant is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires.
Venus in Furs (dir. Jesus Franco, 1969, UK/West Germany/Italy)
A young jazz musician finds the body of a beautiful woman he saw at a party the previous night washed up on the beach near Istanbul. He thinks back to the mysterious circumstances of the party and the strange people there. Later, in Rio he sees the woman again, and falls in love with her. A kaleidoscope of psychedelic and sexual imagery follows. Based on a plot idea by jazz great Chet Baker.
Consoul (dir. Lasse Gjertsen, Norway, 2009, 12 min)
Controlmaster (dir. Run Wrake, UK, 2008, 6 min)
A brilliant young scientist is beside himself when he realizes that time travel isn't only possible...but he already mastered it.
Kaboom (dir. PES, USA, 2005, 1 min)
Kicking off your day with a head wound isn't always such a good idea.
Two children are trapped in an unknown world...will they be able to escape?
Virtual Dating (dir. Katia Oliver, Canada, 2008, 16 min)
Fed up with the dating scene, a young woman purchases a robotic mate and discovers that technology may not be the answer.