Fantastic Fest is back with an absolutely insanely packed lineup. The world-famous genre festival is back for its eighteenth edition featuring 29 World Premieres, 24 North American Premieres, and 18 U.S. Premieres. It will once again be at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX from September 21st – 28th. The opening night film will host the world premiere of The Toxic Avenger, starring Peter Dinklage, Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Kevin Bacon, Sarah Niles, Julia Davis, Julian Kostov, and Elijah Wood. On top of that Fantastic Fest will present Your Lucky Day, which features the final performance of Angus Cloud. The Paramount+ prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is set to grace the lineup.
If you thought it couldn’t get any better, strap in. The closing night film is the world premiere of Prime Video and Blumhouse Television’s slasher-comedy Totally Killer by director Nahnatchka Khan. Take a trip back into the twisted mind of Mike Flanagan with episodes 1&2 of Netflix’s The Fall of the Hosue of Usher. What really caught my attention is the inclusion of season two, episodes 1&2, of Álex de la Iglesia’s 30 Coins. I previously covered 30 Coins, and if you haven’t seen the show now is your time to watch season 1. Fright Fest will also be hosting multiple parties, live events, and an epic closing night party.
You can check out anything and everything Fantastic Fest has to offer on their website and read the synopses’ of everything announced below. Festival passes are out now, don’t miss your chance to see some of these amazing films!
30 Coins (Season 2, Episodes 1&2) | Spain | 2023 | World Premiere | Directed by Álex de la Iglesia | 110 min
Welcome to hell.
100 Yards | China | 2023 | US Premiere | Directors Xu Haofeng and Xu Junfeng | 108 min
Shen An wages war in the streets of Tianjin after losing control of his martial arts academy in a humiliating duel with his father’s apprentice.
Acid | France | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Just Philippot | 99 min
In a world messed up by climate change, a girl and her divorced parents must cross a devastated France under strange clouds pouring acid rain.
The All Golden | Canada | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Nate Wilson | 64 min
In veteran Fantastic Fest filmmaker Nate Wilson’s kaleidoscopic and labyrinthine deconstructionist satire, a laid-up polyamorous bicycle courier discovers that her older, scholarly boyfriend has been keeping a sinister secret in his closet.
The Altman Method | Israel | 2022 | North American Premiere | Director Nadav Aronowicz | 101 min
A struggling actress questions her husband’s account of a brutal act of heroism that has won him national recognition and saved his failing business.
The Animal Kingdom | France | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Thomas Cailley | 130 min
Emile’s dad moves him to southern France, where his mom is held in a facility for patients afflicted with an illness that mutates them into animals.
Animalia | France, Morocco, Qatar | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Sofia Alaoui | 91 min
Separated from her husband during a state of emergency, pregnant Itto is stranded in a village, where she starts to experience mysterious phenomena.
Baby Assassins 2 | Japan | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Hugo Sakamoto | 101 min
The Baby Assassins have been suspended from the Assassin Guild and it’s hard to find a new job when you’ve got a fanboy assassin duo out to kill you.
Bark | Germany | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Marc Schölermann | 90 min
A businessman tied to a tree deep in the woods struggles to convince an outdoorsman to cut him free after the hunter sets up camp to watch him die.
Blonde Death (Presented by Bleeding Skull) | USA | 1984 | World Premiere of Restoration | Director James Dillinger aka James Robert Baker | 98 min
Bleeding Skull presents a tale of death, drugs, and Disneyland in James Robert Baker’s essential chapter of queer cinema history.
Blood Diner | USA | 1987 | Director Jackie Kong | 90 min
A brain in a jar orders his cannibal nephews to dismember call girls in their diner’s kitchen to patch together a perfect body for an ancient goddess.
The Book of Solutions | France | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Michel Gondry | 102 min
Michel Gondry returns with a tongue-in-cheek satire about an idiosyncratic filmmaker who will do anything to execute his vision.
Bugged! (Presented by Agfa and Troma) | USA | 1996 | Director Ronald K. Armstrong | 82 min
Following a freak lab accident, a woman hires the Dead and Buried Exterminators to rid her house of some overgrown crickets but they all soon realize the bugs are radioactive beasties with a lust for blood!
Caligula: The Ultimate Cut | USA, Italy | 1980 | North American Premiere | 173 min
Art historian Thomas Negovan offers a new cut of one of the most decadent movies ever made, using outtakes to reconcile the film to its original script.
Centipede Horror (Presented by AGFA and Error 4444) | Hong Kong | 1982 | Director Keith Li | 94 min
After his sister dies under mysterious circumstances while on vacation, Wai Lun decides to take matters into his own hands. Soon enough, he discovers a family curse, battling wizards, and centipedes.
Cobweb | South Korea | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Kim Jee-woon | 135 min
Director Kim Jee-woon’s ravishing and raucous tale of a director trying to finish his magnum opus in the censorship-prone 1970s Korean film industry.
The Coffee Table | Spain | 2022 | North American Premiere | Director Caye Casas | 90 min
Sometimes a gaudy coffee table is just a coffee table, and sometimes it’s the catalyst for a nightmarish descent into ruination.
Conann | France, Luxembourg, Belgium | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Bertrand Mandico | 105 min
Fantastic Fest favorite Bertrand Mandico is back with his uniquely beautiful and bizarre time-traveling spin on the myth of Conan the Barbarian.
Concrete Utopia | South Korea | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Um Tae-hwa | 130 min
A magnetic Lee Byung-hun and Park Seo-joon lead this dark, high-stakes disaster parable of Korea’s fevered obsession with real estate and class forms.
The Creator | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Gareth Edwards | 133 min
From director/co-writer Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Godzilla) comes an epic sci-fi action thriller set amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence.
Crumb Catcher | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Chris Skotchdopole | 103 min
An anxiety-inducing chamber piece that will make you fondly remember the worst high-pressure sales pitch you’ve ever delivered (or endured).
The Cult of AGFA Trailer Show (Presented by AGFA) | USA | 2023 | World Premiere of 35mm Restoration | Director Joseph A. Zeimba & Bret Berg | 77 min
The world premiere 35mm screening of AGFA’s wildest mixtape yet.
The Deep Dark | France | 2023 | International Premiere | Director Mathieu Turi | 100 min
A group of coal miners unintentionally free a bloodthirsty creature after accompanying a professor down to a hidden crypt discovered deep in the mine.
Divinity | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Eddie Alcazar | 88 min
A mad scientist’s serum grants perfect bodies and immortality, but at a cost: rampant infertility leads to an undying society based only on pleasure.
Door | Japan | 1988 | North American Premiere | Director Banmei Takahashi | 88 min
A lonely housewife is held hostage in her own apartment by an increasingly deranged door-to-door salesman in this forgotten home invasion masterpiece.
Eileen | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director William Oldroyd | 97 min
Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret—throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.
Enter the Clones of Bruce | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director David Gregory | 94 min
In the wake of Bruce Lee’s sudden death, film studios rushed to capitalize on the irreplaceable icon, and a new subgenre was born—Bruceploitation.
The Fall of the House of Usher (Episodes 1&2) | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Mike Flanagan | 120 min
Roderick Usher, CEO of a corrupt pharmaceutical company, must face his past when brutal and mysterious incidents start affecting his family.
Falling Stars | USA | 2023 | North American Premiere | Directors Richard Karpala & Gabriel Bienczycki | 80 min
Three brothers set out on the first night of Harvest to check out the desiccated remains of the witch that their friend has buried in the desert.
The Fantastic Folem Affairs | Spain | 2023 | US Premiere | Dirctors Burnin’ Percebes | 97 min
After his best friend falls to his death and shatters into pottery shards, Juan uncovers a secret world of living golems in this offbeat comedy.
Found Footage Festival Vol. 10 | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Directors Joe Pickett and Nich Prueher | 85 min
Joe Pickett (THE ONION) and Nick Prueher (LATE SHOW) take you on a guided tour through their latest and greatest VHS finds.
Four’s A Crowd | Spain | 2022 | Texas Premiere | Director Álex de la Iglesia | 100 min
Two unexpected passengers complicate an Uber driver’s plan to declare his feelings for one of his regular customers during a 300 km drive to Madrid.
A Guide to Becoming an Elm Tree | Ireland | 2023 | North American Premiere | Directors Skye & Adam Mann | 75 min
Padraig (James O Healy) is pulled into a dark world of Irish Mythology and magic as he struggles to deal with his past actions.
I’ll Crush Y’all | Spain | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Kike Narcea | 92 min
A retired boxing champion and his dog must defend his family’s country farm from wave after wave of gangsters in this bloody, bare-knuckle brawler.
In My Mother’s Skin | Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Kenneth Dagatan | 97 min
A Filipino girl living under Japanese occupation learns the tragic consequences of making deals when a fairy’s gifts extract pounds of flesh.
The Invisible Fight | Estonia, Latvia, Greece, Finland | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Rainer Sarnet | 115 min
After martial artists take out his Soviet post on the China border, a mechanic seeks kung fu mastery at a monastery in this wuxia-inspired comedy.
Jackdaw | UK | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Jamie Childs | 97 min
Former motocross champion Jack Dawson embarks on a dark odyssey through his decaying Rust Belt town after being double-crossed by the local kingpin.
The Jar (Charon) | USA | 1984 | World Premiere of Restoration | Director Bruce Tuscano | 85 min
After hitting an old man with his car, Paul is left with a jar holding a demonic creature that opens a portal to strange worlds and psychotic visions.
Kennedy | India | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Anurag Kashyap | 144 min
Kennedy works as a contract killer for a corrupt police commissioner with the hope of exacting vengeance on the man who murdered his son.
Kill Dolly Kill | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Heidi Moore | 79 min
Dolly Deadly is out to win Serial Killer of the Year, and she’ll violate all sense of good taste to snatch the crown and look fabulous while doing it.
Killing Romance | South Korea | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Lee Won-suk | 107
A toxic masculinity-bashing karaoke musical phantasmagoria from the magical mind of LEE Won-suk, Killing Romance will stick in your head for months.
Kim’s Video | USA, UK | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Directors David Redmon & Ashley Sabin | 86 min
An aspiring filmmaker with fond memories of browsing the shelves of a defunct NY video store attempts to rescue its singular collection of VHS tapes.
The Last Stop in Tuma County | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Francis Galluppi | 90 min
A traveling salesman and a waitress face down two murderous bank robbers while waiting for gas at the last pump before a hundred miles of desert.
The Last Video Store | Canada | 2023 | World Premiere | Directors Cody Kennedy & Tim Rutherford | 83 min
Blaster Video’s only employee teams up with his best customer’s daughter to fight off an onslaught of B-movie baddies made real by a VHS Necronomicon.
Letters to the Postman | UK, England | 2022 | US Premiere | Director Felix Dembinski | 61 min
A naive postman finds himself corresponding with a mysterious woman in Felix Dembinski’s auspicious and bewitching folk fable.
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life of Cliff Twemlow | UK | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Jake West | 124 min
A hilarious, action-packed documentary chronicling the fascinating life of indie filmmaker Cliff Twemlow and the industry he built in Manchester, UK.
#Manhole | Japan | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | 99 min
The premise is a simple one: After a night of hard drinking on the night before his wedding, a man falls into an open manhole. How will he escape?
Messiah of Evil (Presented by AGFA and Radiance Films) | USA | 1974 | World Premiere of 35mm Restoration | Directors Gloria Katz & Williard Huyck | 90 min
AGFA and Radiance Films present a brand new, restored 35mm print of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz’ artful nightmare.
Mushrooms | Poland | 2023 | World Premeire | Director Pawel Borowski | 75 min
An old lady stumbles upon a lost couple while picking mushrooms. They beg for help getting out of the forest, but she senses that something is off.
The Nest (Presented by AGFA and Shout! Factory) | USA | 1988 | Director Terence H. Winkless | 89 min
Roaches have never tasted flesh… Until now.
Nowhere | USA | 1997 | Texas Premiere of 4K Restoration | Director Gregg Araki | 83 min
A bunch of LA teens realize they’re witnessing the apocalypse as they seek out a wild party in this 4K restoration of Gregg Araki’s cult classic.
One-Percenter | Japan | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Yûdai Yamaguchi | 85 min
An aging stuntman caught in a brutal feud between yakuza gangs finally shoots the pure action thriller he’s been obsessing over his entire career.
The Origin | UK | 2023 | North American Premeire | Director Andrew Cumming | 87 min
A group fights for survival against an unknown adversary in this Stone Age thriller.
The Other Laurens | Belguim, France | 2023 | North American Premerie | Director Claude Schmitz | 117 min
When his niece shows up at his door looking for help, shaggy-dog P.I. Gabriel Laurens is unwittingly drawn into his twin’s shady criminal underworld.
The People’s Joker | USA | 2022 | Texas Premiere | Director Vera Drew | 92 min
The Joker finds new purpose in Gotham City after transitioning and opening an illegal comedy club in Vera Drew’s handcrafted superhero genre parody.
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines | USA, Canada | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Lindsey Anderson Beer | 87 min
In 1969, a young Jud Crandall and his childhood friends band together to confront an ancient evil that has gripped their hometown. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is a terrifying prequel based on chapters from Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary.
Project Silence | South Korea | 2023 | North American Premeire | Director Tae-gon Kim | 101 min
A car pileup on a foggy bridge pits survivors against a pack of vicious dogs in this satirical horror pitched between The Host and Train to Busan.
Property | Brazil | 2022 | North American Premeire | Director Daniel Bandeire | 101 min
A gang of disenfranchised farmhands traps a traumatized woman in her armored car in Daniel Bandeira’s Brazilian take on the home invasion.
Rage | Mexico | 2023 | North American Premeire | Director Jorge Michel Grau | 93 min
The only child in a rundown gated community mourns his mother’s death as suspicious events lead him to suspect that his father may be a werewolf.
Restore Point | Czech Republic | 2023 | North American Premeire | Director Robert Hloz | 108 min
A detective investigates a double homicide in a near-future world where technology allows those who die violently to be rebooted from a data backup.
Riddle of Fire | USA | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Weston Razooli | 113 min
Three children go on an epic quest to uncover the password for their TV, finding themselves in their own video game-like adventure in the real world.
River | Japan | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Junta Yamaguchi | 86 min
Kikaku Theater Group, the team behind our 2021 Audience Award winner Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, returns with more two-minute time loop hijinks.
The Sacrifice Game | USA, Canada | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Jenn Wexler | 100 min
Disillusioned demon worshipers end a string of grisly murders by interrupting a boarding school’s quiet Christmas in this ‘70s-era Satanic Panic romp.
Salem | France | 2023 | International Premiere | Director Jean-Bernanrd Marlin | 115 min
A former gang member begins to believe that his daughter will be their slum’s new messiah after a rival curses the neighborhood with his dying breath.
Scala!!! | UK | 2023 | North American Premiere | Directors Jane Giles & Ali Vatterall | 96 min
The story behind London’s legendary Scala Cinema, which screened the most outrageous movies before it was sued and shuttered for showing A Clockwork Orange.
Sleep | South Korean | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Jason Yu | 95 min
Somnambulism takes on a frightful new meaning in this clever, claustrophobic Korean chiller from former Bong Joon-ho assistant director Jason Yu.
So Unreal | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Amanda Kramer | 95 min
Amanda Kramer’s documentary collage looks back at the subgenre of films concerned with cyberspace, hackers, and the first days of the internet.
Spooktacular! | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Quinn Monahan | 105 min
A new documentary tells the warts-and-all story behind America’s first horror theme park, Spooky World.
Sri Asih: The Warrior | Indonesia | 2022 | North American Premiere | Director Upi Avianto | 133 min
An aspiring boxer discovers she’s a reincarnation of the goddess Asih in this Indonesian superhero movie focused on punching terrible men in the face.
Stopmotion | UK | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Robert Morgan | 93 min
A stop-motion animator puts up with her overbearing, sick mother in Robert Morgan’s haunting debut.
Strange Darling | USA | 2023 | World Premeiere | Director JT Mollner | 96 min
One day in the life of a serial killer.
The Strangler | France | 1970 | US Premiere of 2K Restoration | Director Paul Vecchiali | 95 min
A killer and a detective cross paths as they hunt for an answer to their respective feelings of loneliness in the world premiere of the restoration of this 1970 Giallo.
Suburban Tale | India | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Stephen Alexander | 89 min
A young woman reluctantly returns home for her estranged sister’s wedding only to discover that her family is hiding a possessed boy in their home.
Suitable Flesh | USA | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Director Joe Lynch | 100 min
A casual, intimate encounter with a patient leads a psychologist into the cosmic, kinky world of Lovecraftian horror headlined by Barbara Crampton and Heather Graham.
There’s Something in the Barn | Norway | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Magnus Martens | 96 min
After inheriting an old cabin in Norway, an American family moves there with the intention of turning the adjoining barn into a bed and breakfast. They end up disturbing a barn elf who will go to deadly lengths to drive the family away.
Tiger Stripes | Malaysia, Taiwan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Amanda Nell Eu | 95 min
A dreamy horror fairy tale about a teenage girl who notices strange, transformative changes in her body soon after getting her first period.
Totally Killer | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Nahnatchka Khan | 106 min
When the infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer” returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim, 17-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) accidentally travels back in time to 1987, determined to stop the killer before he can start.
The Toxic Avenger | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Macon Blair | 102 min
A horrible toxic accident transforms downtrodden janitor Winston Gooze into a new evolution of hero: THE TOXIC AVENGER!
Triggered | Philippines | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Richard V. Somes | 113 min
Procuring a job as a night watchman as a re-entry back into civilian life, ex-soldier Miguel finds himself caught in a gun battle between a drug cartel and a corrupt police unit.
UFO Sweden | Sweden | 2022 | North Amiercan Premiere | Director Victor Sanell | 115 min
A rebellious teenager seeks out the help of a disgraced meteorologist’s ufology society to locate her father years after he vanished into thin air.
The Uncle | Croatia, Serbia | 2022 | US Premiere | Directors David Kapac and Andrija Mardešić
A family prepares for their uncle’s Christmas visit, but the festivities are dampened by the fact that he’ll return in a few days to celebrate again.
V/H/S/85 | USA | 2023 | World Permeire | Directors David Bruckner, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Natasha Kermani, Mike Nelson, and Scott Derrickson | 110 min
The iconic found footage series returns with an array of explosive, bloody scares set in a decade obsessed with serial killers and the Satanic Panic.
Vermin | France | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director Sébastien Vaniček | 100 min
A critter collector’s purchase of a venomous spider turns his entire apartment building into a death trap after it escapes from its shoebox enclosure.
Visitors (Complete Edition) | Japan | 2023 | World Premiere | Director Kenichi Ugana | 61 min
A rock ‘n’ roll band drop in unannounced on a friend and find themselves plummeting into a wackadoo reverie of monsters and mayhem.
The Wait | Spain | 2023 | North American Premiere | Director F. Javier Gutiérrez | 99 min
The gamekeeper of a wealthy man’s rural hunting grounds accepts a bribe from the local hunting guide, which spirals downward into dire consequences.
Wake Up | France | 2023 | World Premiere | Directors RKSS | 90 min
Gen Z activists are violently picked off by a deranged night watchman after sneaking into an environmentally destructive big-box furniture store.
We Are Zombies | France, Canada | 2023 | International Premiere | Directors RKSS | 80 min
Canadian filmmaker collective RKSS returns with a hilarious, violent take on a post-apocalyptic world where zombies are misunderstood, unalive citizens.
What You Wish For | USA | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Nicholas Tomnay | 101 min
A down-and-out sous-chef gets more than he bargained for when he steps into the life of an old culinary school pal, a private chef for the über-rich.
When Evil Lurks | Argentina, Uruguay | 2023 | US Premiere | Director Demián Rugna | 99 min
Two brothers uncover a deadly secret festering in their village and are soon in a race to contain a demon threatening to extinguish their community.
Where the Devil Roams | USA | 2023 | US Premiere | Directors John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Posner | 92 min
After a fatal trespassing incident, Eve steals a terrifying artifact from a fellow carnival performer in the hope of bringing her parents back.
You’ll Never Find Me | Australia | 2023 | Texas Premiere | Directors Josiah Allen and Indianna Bell | 96 min
A strange woman desperate for shelter from a harrowing storm picks the wrong trailer to seek refuge…or did she choose exactly right?
You’re Not Me | Spain | 2023 | World Premiere | Directors Marisa Crespo and Moisés Romera | 98 min
Aitana shows up at her estranged parents’ home for a surprise Christmas visit and discovers they’ve replaced her with a strange live-in caretaker.
Your Lucky Day | USA | 2023 | World Premiere | 89 min | Director Dam Brown | 89 min
After a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go—and how much blood they’re willing to spill—for a cut of the $156 million.