This year marks the 15th edition at Fantastic Fest and AiPT! will be joining the festivities for the first time. The Austin movie gathering is the largest genre film festival in the country. FF specializes in horror and fantasy, but has never been one to limit itself. Past movies that have debuted at the event include the award winning There Will be Blood, the action packed John Wick, and one of the funniest horror comedies of all time, Zombieland. The week long extravaganza also sees celebrities, filmmakers, and some of the most rabid films fans in the world make a trek to central Texas. This year will see up-and-coming directors, one of the most polarizing names in professional wrestling, and the debut of possible Oscar nominees.
Earlier this month, we ran a list of some of the most anticipated movies that will be showing at this year’s FF. There were so many movies to choose from, the list did not even cover the tip of the iceberg. There will certainly be plenty of documentaries to choose from. Along with a look at the infamous and iconic Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and a fun examination of kung fu flicks, the fest will also be screening You Don’t Nomi, a tongue in cheek look at the infamous Showgirls. Movie documentaries tend to be interesting and it is good to see this much variety.
If horror movies are what you are looking for, FF will have a nice selection. Netflix will have a strong presence showing three films including In the Tall Grass based on a short story by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill. Sweetheart from Blumhouse is a different and frightening take on the castaway story. The Cleansing Hour sounds like a terrifying look at Internet culture and exorcisms. Movies like The Lodge, Wrinkles the Clown, and The Antenna also look like they will scratch any horror itch.
FF is not just limited to documentaries and horror movies. Major releases Jojo Rabbit and Knives Out will be opening and closing the festival, respectively. Early Oscar favorite Parasite will be screening while prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike’s latest film First Love will be making its debut. Mikke will also be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Older fare like 1994’s Tammy and the T-Rex have also been fully restored and will be showing. Basically, there will be something for everybody.
Between all of the films, there will be plenty of fun and games at FF. From parties and trivia contests to karaoke and charades, there will be lots of events to keep attendees busy between movies. There will also be panels and sidebars, including one dedicated to queer horror and another about Mexican horror and fantasy films. It will be a wise decision to take a planner since there will almost be too much going on.
Fantastic Fest is one of the highlights of the movie year. AiPT! Will be there from the opening day until the whole thing is over. Make sure to check with AiPT! From September 19-26 to check out all the latest news, events, and interviews to come out of the event.