RIAN JOHNSON’S ‘KNIVES OUT’
TO CLOSE FANTASTIC FEST 2019
Fantastic Fest’s second wave rolls in with Rian Johnson’s star-studded whodunnit KNIVES OUT, Palme d’Or profitable PARASITE with director Bong Joon-ho in attendance, and particular programming specializing in Mexican style cinema
and LGBTQ+ id inside style cinema.
AUSTIN, TX — August 20, 2019 — Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night time screening of writer-director Rian Johnson’s hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and MRC thriller KNIVES OUT. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, KNIVES OUT stars Daniel Craig as debonair Detective Benoit Blanc, despatched to research the dying of a renowned crime novelist played by Christopher Plummer. KNIVES OUT might be Fantastic Fest 2019’s closing night time movie with Johnson in attendance for a special presentation at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 26th.
“Rian Johnson is a consistently thrilling and brilliant director whose work has enthralled Fantastic Fest audiences for the past 15 years,” stated Fantastic Fest Artistic Director Evrim Ersoy. “The chance to close out the festival with his unique and ingenious murder mystery was too good an offer to pass up!”
Cannes Palme d’Or winner PARASITE may also play this yr’s Fantastic Fest with director Bong Joon-ho (SNOWPIERCER, OKJA) in attendance. Reaping near-universal acclaim all over the world, PARASITE is a darkly comic tale of two very totally different families who discover their lives inexplicably intertwined.
A celebration of Mexican genre film
This yr, Fantastic Fest celebrates the rich and different history of Mexican style movie with a trio of not often seen repertory titles, programmed in affiliation with Mexico City’s Mórbido Film Fest. In THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M (MISTERIOS DE ULTRATUMBA), two docs make an unholy guess to find simply what’s within the afterlife; in THE SHIP OF MONSTERS (LA NAVE DE LOS MONSTRUOS), two extraterrestrials traverse the universe accumulating sample species to repopulate their planet resulting in the wildest spaceship ever with a wide selection of characters from singing cowboys to Martian princes and other otherworldly beings starring none aside from the sensible Lorena Velázquez; and eventually, TRAMPA INFERNAL (a.okay.a. HELL’S TRAP) sees a gaggle of younger individuals go after a bear, only to seek out themselves terrorized by a crazed Vietnam vet in a model mask and Freddy Krueger glove, combining the perfect of slasher traditions with an unimaginable visible type and ‘80s fashions galore! A dedicated shorts program exploring up and coming young Mexican filmmakers shall be introduced as half of the program, as nicely, which might be announced at a later date.
Mórbido Movie Fest’s head of programming Abraham Castillo Flores will give a lecture titled “The Mórbido Crypt’s Guide to Mexican Fantasy and Horror Cinema,” a co-presentation with The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, based by film author/programmer/producer Kier-La Janisse. The sidebar can also be supported by Cine Las Americas, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Consulate Basic of Mexico in Austin, Fundación Televisa, Alameda Movies, and Grupo Galindo.
Flores says: “As Mórbido continues its primal mission to promote Mexican fantasy and horror cinema throughout the world, we are proud to collaborate with Fantastic Fest to highlight three unique films that represent peculiar moments in our complex national film history.”
Fantastic Fest exhibits its full (rainbow) colours with a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema, together with the US Premiere of SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a documentary focusing on the journey Mark Patton’s life took from actor to activist after starring in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE, in addition to a rep screening of that seminal title with the forged in attendance. There might be a really special presentation of Norman J. Warren’s PREY (1977), which focuses on the disintegration of a relationship amidst a really actual alien menace. The sidebar wraps up with a screening of LYLE with director Stewart Thorndike in attendance, where the grief of a mom turns to abject paranoia when she suspects her neighbors of being half of a satanic cult.
“The two most unwavering pieces of my identity – my queerness and my love of horror – come together in some fascinating and unexpected ways over the course of film history,” says Fantastic Fest programmer Brian Kelley. “I can’t think of a better group of people to explore and celebrate some of the crazy, frequently daring and often challenging films that make up the universe of queer horror with than my Fantastic Fest family.”
Fantastic Fest’s LGBTQ+ sidebar is proudly sponsored by Shudder and co-presented by group companions aGLIFF and OUTsider, the Horror Queers podcast, and drag horror titans Peaches Christ and Louisianna Buy, who along with Die Felicia will slay at an epic BYOW (Deliver Your Own Wig) get together in The Highball.
The witching hour arriveth at Fantastic Fest and with it brings titles that promise the viewers all those forbidden sights that the daytime can’t deal with. In the World Premiere of Joe Begos’ VFW, a gaggle of veterans find themselves in a deadly showdown towards a gang of punk mutants dead-set on killing them. Also from Begos is BLISS, the place a artistic mental block threatens to tip an artist into uncontrollable bloodbath in a really particular 35mm screening. Seth Ickerman expands the unique imaginative and prescient of a neon sci-fi universe first introduced inside his astounding brief TURBO KILLER and teams up as soon as again with synth master Carpenter Brut within the North American premiere of BLOOD MACHINES. And Richard Stanley recruits the assistance of Nicolas Cage to explore just what mysteries THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE holds in an adaptation of the seminal Lovecraft story within the US premiere of the highly-anticipated title.
Science fiction and visions of the longer term are represented on the pageant with a trio of titles that run the gamut of all fears. Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return to the pageant for the US Premiere of their newest fever-dream SYNCHRONIC starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as a pair of paramedics in the throes of a dropping battle towards a model new designer drug. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots are a pair who discover themselves shifting into their dream house, only to discover a lure in Lorcan Finnegan’s Cannes hit VIVARIUM. And in a small town in 1950s New Mexico, a mysterious radio sign sends a pair of teenagers on an thrilling journey to find its supply in the masterful debut THE VAST OF NIGHT from director Andrew Patterson.
Cinema itself is explored at Fantastic Fest with a duo of documentaries that target wildly assorted subjects. Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet’s PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERS takes an in depth take a look at the good genius behind the visual results of movies comparable to ROBOCOP, STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK whereas IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS explores the historical past of kung fu cinema from 1960s Hong Kong by way of ‘70s 42nd Road and past with the assistance of specialists, historians, kung fu stars and more! Prior to the pageant, Alamo Drafthouse might be operating a collection to prep for the screening titled Fists of Iron, Wheels of Metal where Texas DJs might be live-scoring some of probably the most beloved Kung Fu classics, together with MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE with DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, POLICE STORY with DJ Catwalk, and extra!
The world at giant is explored by way of a style lens with films that take purpose at topical topics. In the US Premiere of Karl Markovics’ NOBADI, the unlikely friendship between an previous German man and a migrant worker will show them the true horror of their existence, whereas the US Premiere of THE PLATFORM sees society use a really new and distinctive punishment for criminals and those in need. In ABOU LEILA, two males hunt for a vicious terrorist chief while making an attempt to cover from the bloodstains of their soul, and within the US Premiere of Orçun Behram’s THE ANTENNA, a sinister authorities broadcast in Turkey corrupts the very nature of all the things it touches.
Worldwide, bizarre genre movies return with a variety of titles that refuse to be categorized. In Martin Krejčí’s THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY, an unusual young man goes on a journey of discovery with a roster of eccentric characters in a film that mixes the perfect of fairy-tales and Czech magical realism. In VHYES, the discovery of a video camcorder leads a 12-year-old boy to create a singular time capsule. In PATRICK, a young man goes to excessive lengths to seek out his misplaced hammer in his father’s nudist colony. Finally, in BUTT BOY, a person discovers he has a fetish of probably the most extraordinary type throughout a routine prostate examination.
Extra FF alumni return to the pageant with new and thrilling titles. Mickey Reece uses the cold backdrop of a New England winter to explore a homecoming of a very weird type in the astounding CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER. In Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s THE LODGE, the relationship between two youngsters and their stepmother gets strained to its murderous restrict when the trio are trapped in a cabin. And Mattie Do explores the facility of errors, decisions, and penalties within the beautiful and unique Laotian science-fiction exploration THE LONG WALK.
The horror/thriller titles can be highlighted in RED.
SECOND WAVE FILM LINEUP BELOW:
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Within the midst of the Algerian Civil Struggle, Lotfi ventures into the desert together with his lifelong pal S., who hopes to seek out and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Someplace inside an unnamed metropolis in Turkey, the residents of an house block await the set up of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. Nobody can prepare them for the evil that will probably be unleashed.
THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two docs make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact won’t finish properly.
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While making an attempt to complete her newest portray, a starving artist dealing with a scarcity of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.
France, 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 monitoring down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
In attendance – Director Tyler Cornack
Author/director/comic Tyler Cornack’s BUTT BOY introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs emotions deep inside leading to an habit that may solely be proven to Fantastic Fest audiences.
CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest together with his 27th function. Two lovely sisters vie for the affections of a person who might or is probably not a vampire.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their entrance lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s brief story.
IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to THE MATRIX, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu movies conquered the world from the 1960s to now.
Particular Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed author, director Rian Johnson comes KNIVES OUT, a recent and trendy tackle the basic “whodunnit” mystery style.
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after GOODNIGHT MOMMY surprised Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are again with one other disturbing psychological twister a few brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.
THE LONG WALK
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An previous Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a street accident sufferer can transport him again in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful demise..
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her youngster, a younger lady begins to suspect that her neighbors is perhaps part of a satanic cult and that she could be their next target.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Road and Freddy Krueger won’t be the one monster in the closet in this much discussed however under-appreciated queer horror basic.
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds each himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ exceptional and poignant third function.
South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
In attendance – Director Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh function — about an unemployed Korean household conning their method out of their basement house — is a roller coaster experience of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick just isn’t having a simple time. First his domineering father handed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover solutions to the questions he didn’t even know existed.
PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERS
Worldwide Premiere, 80 min
Administrators – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary CREATURE DESIGNERS – THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso ship an in-depth, unhappy, and delightful documentary concerning the cease movement and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who modified the landscape of visual effects in movie.
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere sooner or later exists THE PLATFORM, a vertically tiered prison where the higher levels have access to beautiful meals and the lower ranges battle for survival. Degree assignments are random, however how long can a prisoner’s luck maintain? One man is about to seek out out.
1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine discover greater than their relationship at stake once they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational research.
SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
Greater than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE), units the report straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, shocking, and eye-opening documentary.
THE SHIP OF MONSTERS
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian ladies and their robot servant are on a mission to seek out suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Quickly their ship is crammed with bizarre specimens from across the universe, resulting in an journey like no different!
US Premiere, 96 min
Administrators – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Administrators Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped aside once they begin encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly results of a brand new designer drug referred to as Synchronic.
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling struggle veteran sporting a mannequin masks and Freddy Krueger glove. Leisure ensues!!
THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krejčí
Affected by hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul is aware of he’s not like other youngsters. But a seemingly random package deal from his estranged mother will ship him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.
THE VAST OF NIGHT
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a phone operator uncover a wierd sign that would change every thing on this beautiful science fiction debut function.
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
Within the close to future, a new drug referred to as Hype has turned America into a warfare zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, they usually’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW submit in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This weird retro comedy, shot solely on VHS and Beta, takes us again to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly data residence videos and his favourite late night time exhibits over his mother and father’ wedding ceremony tape.
Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When younger couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly reasonably priced houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to go away.