CATEGORIES Foreign Language, Horror, Fantastic Fest, Trailers and Clips, Trailers and Clips, CinematicalDo you feel that? That electric hum in the air? It's only going to get stronger as September 23rd gets nearer and nearer. What happens on September 23rd, you ask? Fantastic Fest begins. That's right, the coolest genre film festival in the world is a mere 64 days away as of this writing.
The festival, which is held almost entirely at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas over the course of seven days, has just released the first wave of titles programmed. And I do mean first wave; only 13 titles have been dished out in this initial press release and if I recall correctly, last year's fest had some 50+ feature films, so the brilliant minds behind the fest (which includes Drafthouse founder Tim League, Ain't It Cool News headgeek Harry Knowles, and Twitch Film honcho Todd Brown) have plenty of tricks still waiting to be unveiled.
Below you can find trailers for all 13 of the feature films just announced for the fest, but before perusing the goods I should also remind everyone about some of the previously-announced coolness. First there's Fantastic Arcade, a showcase for the best independent video games in the industry, and its associated gamer-themed films Joysticks, The Last Starfighter, The Wizard, Nerdcore Rising, Nightmares, Playing Columbine and Red Vs. Blue Revelation. And if that's not fantastic enough for you, FF will also be honoring Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs with screenings of From Beyond and Re-Animator, as well as a special presentation of Combs' one-man stage play, Nevermore... An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe. That last bit alone should have any genre fan waiting for September with baited breath, but it only gets better from there:
Director: Cheol-soo Jang, South Korea, 115 minutes
If you beat, brutalize, dehumanize and torment a country girl for her entire life, take note: when she reaches the breaking point, you'd best hide the farm implements.
Directors: Johan Lundborg & Johan Storm, Sweden, 80 min
Lonely medical student Frank is pleased with his flat, a quiet place to focus on his coming exams. But when he meets the girl upstairs, his peace and quiet, his sanity and possibly even his life become jeopardized.
The Dead (2010)
Directors: Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford South Africa, 100 min
After his plane crashes in the South African bush, Rob Freeman (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) joins forces with Prince David Osei (a superstar actor in his native Ghana) to cross the vast desert by any means necessary. A daunting task under normal circumstances becomes particularly challenging after the zombie apocalypse.
Directors: Derek Kwok & Clement Cheng, Hong Kong, 98 minutes
The funniest, most ass-kicking, hard-rocking, pedal-to-the-metal movie of the year. It's COCOON with kung fu! (New York Asian Film Festival)
Golden Slumber (2010)
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, South Korea, 139 minutes
Last year, Yoshihiro Nakamura's FISH STORY saved the world from certain annihilation and became the word-of-mouth hit of the festival. This year, Nakamura's back with another ode to the human connection, GOLDEN SLUMBER, a brain-melting thriller send-up that's two parts THE BIG CHILL, three parts BOURNE IDENTITY and a million parts awesome. (New York Asian Film Festival)
Ip Man 2 (2010)
Director: Wilson Yip, Hong Kong, 108 minutes
It's a rousing Canto-fable, a Hong Kong empowerment movie, a return to old school martial arts filmmaking with AVATAR-era production values, and on its opening weekend in Hong Kong it beat IRON MAN 2 at the box office like a redheaded stepchild. (New York Asian Film Festival)
Life and Death of Porno Gang (2009)
Director: Mladen Djordjevic, Serbia, 90 minutes
Adult movie director Marko steals money from his mobster producer Cane to create his masterpiece: an experimental black and white erotic horror film. When the film bombs and he can't repay his boss, he slips away with the cast and crew to produce live porno-theater in the Serbian countryside. Then it gets weird.
Director: Takeshi Kitano, Japan, 109 minutes
Takeshi Kitano is back in classic form, directing and starring in the genre God intended for him: a ruthless, bloody and very violent yakuza crime thriller.
Director: Marvin Kren, Germany, 59 minutes
Hoping to rekindle the sparks with his ex-girlfriend, Michael makes a surprise visit to her apartment in the city. Bad timing. As luck would have it, this is also the same day the zombie outbreak hits Berlin.
Red Hill (2010)
Director: Patrick Hughes, Australia, 95 minutes
On his first day on the job as a rural Australian constable, Shane Cooper (TRUE BLOOD star Ryan Kwanten) has a daunting assignment: face off against an escaped-convict Aboriginal tracker whose current prey is the entire Red Hill police department.
Director: Quentin Dupieux, France/USA, 85 minutes
Quentin Dupieux (the real name of legendary DJ Mr. Ozio) has directed my hands-down favorite film of Cannes 2010. Robert, a very disgruntled psychokinetic automobile tire explodes the heads of birds, beasts and humans alike on a high-desert killing spree like no other.
Sound of Noise (2010)
Directors: Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stärne Nilsson, Sweden, 102 minutes
Musical terrorists have launched a full-scale musical attack using the city - its buildings, its machinery and its ceaseless noise - as their instrument. The group's leaders are the "Bonnie and Clyde of underground rock," hell-bent to dismantle the harmony of the world with their anarchic performances.
Note: The above is not a trailer, but the short film that Sound of Noise is based on.
The Violent Kind (2010)
Directors: The Butcher Brothers, USA, 95 minutes
What starts as a biker bash gone awry first gets unfathomably bloody before finally transcending into truly bizarre territory.
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