Hosted annually in Austin, Texas, Alamo Drafthouse's famous genre-film festival Fantastic Fest is set to celebrate its 15 year anniversary with a bang. For a festival that has seen world premieres of the likes of John Wick, Split, Machete Kills, Bone Tomahawk and Zombieland, there should be plenty of blood, carnage, zombies and suspense in this latest batch of films.
“Our fifteenth year is a one-of-a-kind of celebration of the cinema we champion: brilliant and out-there. It’s an ode to the independent spirit of cinema that allows us to showcase the diversity of the world at large and helps us to understand it better!” - Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy
Along with asking all attendees to submit awkward photos of themselves at the age of 15 in lieu of traditional identification for their badges, the festival has some big World, North American and US premieres from some big names like Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson in attendance.
Let’s look at 15 of the most promisingly insane features to be screened in this year’s Fantastic Fest lineup.
Jojo RabbitUSA, 2019
US Premiere, 108 min
Director - Taika Waititi
In Attendance - Director Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi is back with a timely and hilarious satire about a bright-eyed German boy who wants nothing more than to join his nation’s army during WWII, until he finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Knives OutUSA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director - Rian Johnson
In attendance - Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes KNIVES OUT, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.
Come to DaddyNew Zealand, Canada, Ireland, 2019
Texas Premiere, 94 min
Director - Ant Timpson
When 30-year-old Norval (Elijah Wood) receives a letter from his estranged dad begging him to visit, he is set on a weird path of discovery, unusual encounters… and a lot of violence.
The WaveUnited States, 2019
World Premiere, 87 min
Director - Gille Klabin
Frank (Justin Long), a bored corporate lawyer, decides to shake it up with a wild night out. In the process, he takes a mysterious drug that launches him into a mind-bending time travel adventure.
Wrinkles the ClownUSA, 2019
World Premiere, 78 min
Director - Michael Beach Nichols
In Attendance - Director Michael Beach Nichols
Pennywise isn’t real. But Wrinkles is. This documentary explores the story of the infamous freaky clown from Naples, Florida who makes a living being hired by parents to terrorize their naughty children.
The McPherson TapePresented by AGFA + Bleeding Skull!
World Premiere of Restoration, 63 min
Director - Dean Alioto
The world’s first found-footage horror movie, newly preserved by AGFA + Bleeding Skull!
We Summon the DarknessUSA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director - Marc Meyers
When Val, Beverly, and Alexis meet a group of fun-loving dudes in the parking lot of a heavy metal concert, they all decide to have an after-party, but it isn’t long before the group finds themselves fighting for their lives.
Blood MachinesFrance, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director - Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, “Turbo Killer,” shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.
Sea FeverIreland, Sweden, Belgium, 2019
US Premiere, 91 min
Director - Neasa Hardiman
The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply.
The PlatformSpain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director - Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance - Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists THE PLATFORM, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.
World Premiere, 92 min
Director - Joe Begos
In attendance - Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.
US Premiere, 91 min
Director - Lijo Jose Pellissery
The line between man and beast dissolves when a buffalo escapes slaughter in a sleepy South Indian village, leaving a trail of chaos and explosive machismo in its wake. It's a landlocked JAWS, a bestial 2001, and a contemporary MAD MAX: FURY ROAD all rolled into one.
The Cleansing HourUSA, 2019
World Premiere, 95 min
Director - Damien LeVeck
Reverend Max and his best friend Drew have a hit web show where they make a pretty good living faking exorcisms for hundreds of thousands of fans until the evening a real demon takes over and terrorizes their crew.
I Lost My BodyFrance, 2019
US Premiere, 82 min
Director - Jérémy Clapin
A severed hand escapes from a laboratory and sets off on a series of adventures across Paris, determined to find its owner.
VivariumIreland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director - Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple -- Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) -- drive out to a maze of temptingly-affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.
For more information about the festival, you can check out the Fantastic Fest website here.