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Fantastic Fest is legend; a festival you attend once, and
mark to never miss again. We’re less than two months away from the 2012 edition
and Austin’s annual cinematic treasure trove has begun to reveal itself.
As per usual, the first announcement of titles just hints at
all to come, including international finds (LA MEMORIA DEL MUERTO, PARIS BY
NIGHT, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, WRONG), anticipated premieres (DREDD,
FRANKENWEENIE) and repertory picks too good to miss (THE ENTITY, SECRET
CEREMONY, THE SHINING)!
You can see plenty of trailers and images from the first wave
of programming below. And for much more, including how to attend, head over to
• COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2011) US Premiere , Director - Matthias
When a badly planned bank robbery and a zombie outbreak
collide, hilarity ensues in this balls-out, irreverent British comedy.
• DEAD SUSHI (2012) US Premiere, Director - Noboru Iguchi,
Japanese splatter action comedy is on the menu when director
Noboru Iguchi & karate girl Rina Takeda join forces to take on flying
killer sushi monsters in DEAD SUSHI!
• DREDD 3D (2012) Gala Premiere, Director: Pete Travis, USA,
The future America is an irradiated waste land. The only
force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess
the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd
(Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its
• THE ENTITY (1982) Repertory Screening as part of the House
of Psychotic Women series, Director - Sidney J. Furie, 125min
In this controversial film based on a true story, director
Furie explores the domestically-abused-woman-as-masochist stereotype by veiling
it as a supernatural horror film.
• ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY (2012) US Premiere, Director - Eron
Plagued by the memory of the infant son he could not save,
geneticist Geoff Burton plunges into a web of intrigue, jealousy and lies in
this icily precise thriller.
• EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY (2011) US Premiere, Director - Radu
A simple domestic dispute becomes an explosive examination
of stress in this powerful and unsettling Romanian drama.
• I DECLARE WAR (2012) Regional Premiere, Director - Jason
Lapeyre and Robert Wilson, 91min
A group of exceptionally creative teens gets sucked into
their own private Lord of the Flies scenario when an after-school game of
"war" turns into a test of loyalty, strategy and friendship.
• THE KING OF PIGS (2011) Texas Premiere, Director - Yeun
THE KING OF PIGS is an emotionally punishing animated indie
film about a group of friends whose brutal childhoods continue to haunt them as
• LE MEMORIA DEL MUERTO (2012) US Premiere, Director -
Valentín Javier Diment, 89min
Alicia undertakes a bizarre cult ritual to restore her
deceased husband to life - a ritual that will see her home and friends visited
by the spirits of the dead.
• THE MAFU CAGE (1978) Repertory Screening as part of the
House of Psychotic Women series, Director - Karen Arthur, 102min
One of the most compelling and uniquely dark films of the
psychotic woman subgenre, Karen Arthur's adaptation of Eric Westphal's play You
and Your Clouds stars Lee Grant as Ellen, an astronomer who lives with her feral
sister Cissy (Carol Kane).
• PARIS BY NIGHT (2011) Texas Premiere, Director - Philippe
Phillippe Lefebvre's PARIS BY NIGHT is a sleek French cop
thriller that follows a pair of vice cops as they patrol the Parisian club
scene over the course of a single evening.
• ROOM 237 (2012)Texas Premiere, Director - Rodney Ascher,
Rodney Ascher's ROOM 237 is a fascinating documentary that
explores bizarre theories about the subtext and symbolism underlying Stanley
Kubrick's landmark film THE SHINING.
• SECRET CEREMONY (1968) Repertory Screening as part of the
House of Psychotic Women series, Director - Joseph Losey, 105min
In Losey's underrated SECRET CEREMONY, an aging but still
glamourous Elizabeth Taylor stars as Leonora, a prostitute grieving over the
death of her daughter in a drowning accident.
• THE SHINING (1980) Repertory Screening, Director - Stanley
Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece features an unhinged
performance by Jack Nicholson and a setting that drips with menace. Its imagery and characters have permeated all
areas of pop culture throughout the decades, yet the film retains all its power
to disturb and terrify.
• TOWER BLOCK (2012) US Premiere, Directors - James Nunn and
Ronnie Thompson, 87min
The last remaining tenants of a deteriorating,
soon-to-be-demolished tower block must band together to survive when a killer
with a high-powered sniper rifle starts picking them off through the windows of
• UNIT 7 (Grupo 7) (2012) Texas Premiere, Director - Alberto
Alberto Rodriguez's UNIT 7 is gritty realistic thriller
about a crew of narcotics officers in Seville, Spain who go rogue during a
citywide crackdown in the years preceding Expo '92.
• WRONG (2011) Regional Premiere, Director - Quentin Dupieux,
Everyman Dolph Springer's (Jack Plotnick) world is turned
wrong when he awakens at 7:60 one morning to find his beloved dog missing in
Quentin's Dupieux's latest absurdist opus and follow up to 2010's killer tire
• YOUNG GUN IN THE TIME (2012) US Premierel, Director - Oh
Young Doo, 95min
The director of INVASION OF ALIEN BIKINI returns with a
quirky, low budget time travel romp filled with sex shops, robot hands and
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