We are just over two weeks away from what is sure to be one of the best Fantastic Fests ever. The final wave of films is announced and it is a stunning line up of not just films but some TV premieres as well! I can’t wait to get a look at the new Westworld! Also announced was Nacho Vigalondo’s “COLOSSAL” as the closing night film. Let’s get right to the list (again, I’ll update with photos later today). From the press release:
A MONSTER CALLSUnited States, 2016
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Director – J. A. Bayona
Twelve year old Conor, dealing with his mother’s illness, unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally – a 40-foot-high Monster.
AGE OF SHADOWS South Korea, 2016
US Premiere, 140 min
Director – KIM Jee-woon
Korea, during the Japanese occupation. Police Chief Lee Jung-Chool is hunting members of the resistance under strict orders from the Japanese overlords. However, a chance encounter with Jung Chae-San will have him questioning his loyalties…
ANOTHER WOLFCOP Canada, 2016
World Premiere, 82 min
Director – Lowell Dean
Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
ASH VS EVIL DEAD United States, 2016
Special Screening, 60 min
Director – Rick Jacobson, episode 1
Director – Tony Tilse, episode 2
“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.
ASURA US Premiere, 136 min
South Korea, 2016
Director – Sung-soo KIM
Corrupt police detective Han protects Mayor Park’s interests while he saves up to pay for his wife’s terminal cancer treatment. When intimidation of a witness goes wrong, they’re all thrown into a violent storm.
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOEUnited Kingdom, 2016
U.S. Premiere, 99 min
Director – André Øvredal
When a mysterious body turns up at a crime scene, the local sheriff turns to the coroner and his son to find the cause of death.
BAD BLACK Uganda, 2016
World Premiere, 65 min
Director – Nabwana IGG
A mild-mannered doctor is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes (!). This is only one of the many delirious action-packed stories that converge in this exuberant DIY extravaganza from the home of “da best of da best movies”: WAKALIWOOD, UGANDA!!!
United States, 2016
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Todor Chapkanov
Escaped from prison and longing for a legitimate life, Yuri Boyka must choose between a shot at the glory he has trained for and the demands of his conscience after tragedy strikes in the ring.
BUGS Denmark, 2016
Regional Premiere, 74 min
Director – Andreas Johnsen
Two researchers search the globe for the best flavors the insect world has to offer in an attempt to make this inevitable future food source more palatable to wimpy Westerners.
CALL OF HEROESHong Kong, 2016
North American Premiere, 120 min
Director – Benny Chan
During China’s Warlord era, in the village of Pucheng, a sheriff and his ragtag band of men must make sure the cruel general Cal’s son Shaolin faces justice in this brilliant blend of wuxia and westerns!
CHINYUKI Japan, 2016
North American Premiere, 100 min
Director – Yudai Yamaguchi
Yudai Yamaguchi’s Chinyuki is one of those rare films where its own subtitle tells you everything you need to know about the movie: A journey to the West with farts.
US Premiere,110 min
Director – Nacho Vigalondo
Fantastic Fest favorite Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) wrings an extraordinarily potent allegory for personal responsibility and emotional toxicity in this witty and absorbing drama about an alcoholic (Anne Hathaway) who discovers an improbable connection between herself and a giant monster ravaging South Korea.
DON’T KILL ITUnited States, 2016
North American Premiere , 93 min
Director – Mike Mendez
An ancient demon is unleashed in a Mississippi town and the only people who can stop it are FBI agent Evelyn Pierce and grizzled, cynical demon hunter Jebediah Woodley.
FASHIONISTAUnited States, 2016
World Premiere, 108 min
Director – Simon Rumley
April and Eric own a clothing store together and are happily in love. April will have to rely on her fashion obsession for survival when everything unexpectedly crumbles after Eric makes a single destructive mistake.
US Premiere, 117 min
Director – Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
The bone-crunching, soul-crushing, face-breaking story of an amnesiac young man named Ishmael, the doctor named Rika who cares for him and the bad men who all need to die in a maelstrom of sweet violence.
HENTAI KAMEN 2: The Abnormal CrisisJapan, 2016
Texas Premiere, 118 min
Director – Yuichi Fukuda
At the request of his girlfriend Aiko, Kyosuke Shikijo agrees to retire Hentai Kamen. But when a new threat starts stealing panties, who will the people of Tokyo call on?
THE INVISIBLE GUESTSpain, 2017
US Premiere, 106 min
Director – Oriol Paulo
A wealthy businessman wakes up in a locked hotel room with the body of his dead lover next to him in Orio Paulo’ latest.
THE LUREUnited States/United Kingdom, 2016
Texas Premiere, 77 min
Director – Tomas Leach
Two young mermaids get caught up in the world of a Warsaw nightclub as they navigate human life and love in this Polish musical.
MY ENTIRE HIGHSCHOOL IS SINKING INTO THE SEAUnited States, 2016
U.S. Premiere, 74 min
Director – Dash Shaw
Jason Schwartzman voices a young, hopeful writer who jumps into action during a disaster in this dazzling and hilarious animated adventure from famed graphic novelist Dash Shaw.
RATSUnited States, 2016
Austin Premiere, 84 min
Director – Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary shows us the world of the rat, from the garbage of NYC to the dining plates of Vietnam to a Karni Mata Temple of worship in India.
RE: BORNJapan, 2016
North American Premiere, 115 min
Director – Yûji Shimomura
Tak Sakaguchi is a seemingly untouchable super soldier who must return to the life he left behind when a former colleague threatens his fragile world.
RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN Hong Kong, 1978
Special Screening, 115 min
Director – Chia-Liang Liu
What happens when one of the most influential hip hop artists descends on one of the most influential martial arts movies? There’s only one way to find out.
SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE : THE OSIRIS CHILDAustralia, 2017
World Premiere, 95 min
Director – Shane Abbess
A far-future military contractor – and moderately shitty father – must race to save his daughter when his employer’s negligence puts her in the path of a rampaging alien race.
THE TRUTH BENEATHSouth Korea, 2016
International Premiere, 108 min
Director – LEE Kyoung-mi
When a politician’s teenage daughter goes missing, a desperate mother takes it upon herself to uncover the truth in this startling Korean thriller.
WESTWORLDUnited States, 2016
Special Screening, 60 min
Director – Jonathan Nolan
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Adam Ruhl is a writer and life long Cinephile. He is the Executive
Cinema Editor of Pop Culture Beast’s Austin branch; covering festivals,
conventions, and new releases. When not filing reports, Adam can be
found stalking Alamo Drafthouse Programmers for leads on upcoming
DrafthouseFilms titles. Adam once blocked Harry Knowles entrance to a
theater until he was given extra tickets to a Roman Polanski movie.