Fantastic Fest is exactly a week away, and I personally can’t think about anything else. I’m not even lying to you guys when I tell you that I’ve been having Fantastic Fest-related dreams lately. I am so obsessed! So I thought I’d take a minute to walk you through the 34 countries represented at this year’s festival. 34 countries! I can’t even name 34 countries offhand! I am, however, astonishingly terrible at geography.
PENUMBRA, 2011, directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, horror. Stone-cold, high-powered attorney Marga is trapped in her apartment in a shady neighborhood during an eclipse.
THE LOVED ONES, 2009, directed by Sean Byrne, horror. A girl who is rejected by her dream date to prom kidnaps and tortures him.
SNOWTOWN, 2011, directed by Justin Kurzel, thriller. Based on the true story of serial killer John Bunting.
MICHAEL, 2011, directed by Markus Schleinzer, drama. The film portrays five months in the life of a pedophile and his young, incarcerated victim.
BULLHEAD, 2011, directed by Michael R. Roskam, thriller. A glimpse into the world of steroid addiction and the beef hormone black market.
KILL ME PLEASE, 2010, directed by Olias Barco, black comedy. A delightful tale about the world’s foremost euthanasia clinic.
TWO EYES STARING, 2009, directed by Elbert van Strien, horror. 9-year-old Lisa and her family move to a new house and Lisa gains an imaginary friend. If those two pieces of information don’t give you the chills, then welcome to your very first horror movie!
ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN, 2010, directed by José Padilha, action/thriller. A harrowing look into BOPE, Brazil’s badass elite military squad.
POLVORA NEGRA, 2011, directed by Kapel Furman, action/thriller. A man left for dead by criminals returns years later as a hired hitman working for the same men who gunned him down and murdered his sister.
THE CORRIDOR, 2010, directed by Evan Kelley, sci-fi/horror. A group of friends enjoy a rustic reunion at a wooded cabin and some supernatural shit goes down.
MANBORG, 2011, directed by Steven John Kostanski, sci-fi/comedy. A killing machine dude-bot is our only chance to send this demon back into hell! Sounds so awesome!
LET THE BULLETS FLY, 2010, directed by Wen Jang, action/comedy. A bandit/train heist/scam artist film starring Chow Yun Fat.
THE SQUAD, 2010, directed by Jaime Osorio, action/horror. A special ops team comes upon a pile of corpses surrounded by devil-protection markings, and the team members soon become trapped in the Colombian mountains.
JUAN OF THE DEAD, 2011, directed by Alejandro Brugués, comedy/horror. Cuba is facing a new revolution of the zombie variety.
CLOWN, 2010, directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, comedy. A buddy canoe trip goes haywire. A feature from the Scandinavian television series by the same name.
MELANCHOLIA, 2011, directed by Lars von Trier, drama/sci-fi. The night before her wedding, depression-addled Justine continues to destroy her personal world while in the sky above her, a looming planet threatens to destroy the actual world.
BORDERLINE, 2010, directed by Alexandre Coffre, crime/comedy. A found bag of illicit contents shakes things up in the tedious marriage of David and Christine.
CALIBRE 9, 2011, directed by Jean-Christian Tassy, action/fantasy. A bureaucrat is compelled by a gun possessed by a dead prostitute.
CARRE BLANC, 2011, directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, sci-fi. Marie will do anything to prove that her husband still loves her and to rescue him from his soul-sucking career.
LAST SCREENING, 2011, directed by Laurent Achard, horror. A giallo about the only employee of a tiny cinema and his dark, secret life.
LIVID, 2010, directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, horror. From the makers of Inside, one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen! A horrific fairy tale about a group of petty thieves and their fantastical discovery.
SLEEPLESS NIGHT, 2011, directed by Frédéric Jardin, crime. Dirty cops and drug kingpins battle it out on the streets of Paris.
SNOWMANS LAND, 2011, directed by Tomasz Thomson, crime/comedy. An old, incompetent hitman takes a job that proves to be more than he can handle.
URBAN EXPLORER, 2011, directed by Andy Fetscher, horror. A group of young, good-looking urban adventurers sign up to explore the underground tunnel network of Berlin and soon find themselves in a treacherous situation.
REVENGE: A LOVE STORY, 2010, directed by Ching Po Wong, horror. A wronged man reaches terrible depths in his quest for vengeance.
MOVIES ON FIRE: HONG KONG ACTION CLASSICS, multiple. A Hong Kong grindhouse smorgasbord.
SUMMERLAND, 2010, directed by Grímur Hákonarson, fantasy/comedy. Oscar and Lara have a super weird marriage. Lara converses with elves and Oscar runs a haunted house in their basement.
KNUCKLE, 2010, directed by Ian Palmer, documentary. A gritty look into the world of Irish bare-knuckle brawling. It’s important to know more about this phenomenon before you see Drafthouse owner Tim League fight Knuckle star James Quinn McDonagh because he is insane.
RABIES, 2010, directed by Aharon Keshales and Novat Papushadu, horror. A brother and sister running away from home chose the wrong park for hiding.
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, 1981, directed by Lucio Fulci, horror. Fulci! I love this movie so much. A New York family moves into a haunted mansion and before long, the bloodshed is abundant.
ZOMBIE, 1979, directed by Lucio Fulci, horror. FULCI! This film is one of the greatest. Zombie features a zombie fighting a shark underwater, and if you need more information to compel you to watch this movie then I feel like I don’t even know you.
AARDVARK, 2010, directed by Kitao Sakurai, drama. A blind man finds himself drawn into a sinister world.
BODY TEMPERATURE, 2011, directed by Takaomi Ogata, drama. A journey into the love affair a young man has with his sex doll.
A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI, 2010, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura, fantasy. A harried single mom finds her life turned upside down when her son becomes attached to a time-traveling samurai.
BOYS ON THE RUN, 2010, directed by Daisuke Miura, comedy. Tanishi’s an awkward 29-year-old virgin who has a chance to turn his life around with Chiharu. But when she cheats on him, he aims for revenge.
KARATE ROBO ZABORGAR, 2011, directed by Noboru Iguchi, action/comedy. A bizarre spoof of the 70s tokusatsu TV show.
MILOCRORZE, A LOVE STORY, 2010, directed by Yoshimasa Ishibasha. A surreal musical samurai love story!
SMUGGLER, 2011, directed by Katsuhito Ishii, crime/comedy. A gangster comedy featuring a failed actor and an assassin.
UNDERWATER LOVE, 2011, directed by Shinji Imaoka, fantasy/pink. A kinky musical featuring a fish factory worker and her love affair with a mythical creature.
VERSUS, 2000, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, action. The 10th anniversary of this ultraviolent action-packed yakuza flick will feature star Tak Sakaguchi and writer Yudai Yamaguchi live in person!
YAKUZA WEAPON, 2011, directed by Tak Sakaguchi and Yudai Yamaguchi, action/comedy. A yakuza with a machine gun arm and rocket launcher leg is pretty much all you need to know about this movie.
ZOMBIE ASS, 2011, directed by Noboru Iguchi, comedy/horror. A mad scientist experiments on zombies with alien parasites.
HAUNTERS, 2010, directed by Kim Min-suk, action. This Korean hit is a dark superhero thriller.
BUNOHAN, 2011, directed by Dain Said, drama. A story of three estranged brothers and their father.
EL INFIERNO, 2010, directed by Luis Estrada, black comedy. A rags-to-riches story about a peasant who grows into a crime lord.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE), 2011, directed by Tom Six, horror. Maybe you’ve heard a little about this movie? Tim League says it’s “sure to be one of the most controversial films of our time.”
NEW KIDS TURBO, 2010, directed by Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil, action/comedy. Unemployed, mulleted, mustachioed, motorcycle-riding idiots decide to take a stand against the government.
HEADHUNTERS, 2011, directed by Morten Tyldum, thriller. A Napoleon-complexed con man decides to do one last job.
YOU SAID WHAT?, 2011, directed by Nini Bull Robsahmand Patrik Syversen, fantasy/romance. A film that takes the premise of Miike’s Audition and re-envisions it as a fantastical rom-com with a papier-mâché dragon.
THE STOKER, 2010, directed by Alexey Balabanov, drama. A gory crime drama about Afghanistan vet Ivan, the titular stoker of coals.
HOW TO STEAL TWO MILLION, 2011, directed by Charlie Vundla, action. A noir about a man freed from prison who needs to make one last score so he can go clean.
BLIND, 2011, directed by Ahn Sang-hoon, thriller. A police officer is nearly killed and blinded during a car accident; she must now learn to cope with her disability in order to protect herself from a serial killer.
INVASION OF ALIEN BIKINI, 2011, directed by Oh Young-doo, sci-fi/comedy. The title says it all, except for the fact that this clever film was made for under $5000!
THE YELLOW SEA, 2011, directed by Hong-jin Na, crime drama. From the director and stars of the spectacular Fantastic Fest 2008 fave The Chaser, an action-packed crime epic.
EXTRATERRESTRIAL, 2011, directed by Nacho Vigalondo, sci-fi/romance. This film has garnered a ton of buzz at TIFF and other festivals. An alien invasion complicates the personal relationships of four neighbors.
SLEEP TIGHT, 2011, directed by Jaume Balagueró, thriller. From the writer and co-director of REC and REC 2, a thriller about a doorman and his unhealthy obsession with a tenant in the apartment building where he works.