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“TUSK,” “THE ABC’s OF DEATH” and Leonard Maltin Lead the 10th Annual Fantastic Fest First Wave

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By now, you must know what a great admirer of Fantastic Fest I am. The annual Austin festival devoted to all things Fantastic is a special haven for genre lovers, cinema lovers and really great vibes. This year is poised to be even more so as the fest celebrates its tenth anniversary, as well as the grand re-opening of Fantastic Fest HQ, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Announced today is the first wave of programming to ring in such a milestone and it is appropriately exciting. Opening with Kevin Smith’s latest horror curiosity TUSK and the world premiere of the sequel to brash anthology THE ABC’s OF DEATH, Fantastic Fest 2015 also boasts surprising events (Leonard Maltin in attendance), as well as anticipated international genre, including surreal fright feature HORSEHEAD, acclaimed Australian gem THE BABADOOK and the new film from Fabrice du Welz, ALLELUIA.

Find the entire First Wave announcement below. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and it’s highly recommended you attend. Much more, including special participation from FANGORIA, to come!


Austin, TX – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the first wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

Fantastic Fest is thrilled to open the fest with the US Premiere of Kevin Smith’s dark horror-comedy TUSK.  Smith will be in attendance for a red carpet gala screening and Q&A.

Immediately following TUSK, the world premiere of ABCs OF DEATH 2 will unveil 26 devilishly diabolical tales at Fantastic Fest with multiple directors from the horror anthology sequel in attendance, including: Alejandro Brugués, Robert Boocheck, Lancelot Imasuen, E.L. Katz, Jerome Sable, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Jim Hosking, Larry Fessenden, Chris Nash, Steven Kostanski, and Julian Barrett.  Following the premiere, guests are invited to attend ‘A Bodacious Celebration: 26 Ways to Party’ culminating in an epic food fight curated by Thu Tran of Food Party fame.

“My personal challenge each year is making Fantastic Fest the best week of the year for like-minded genre film obsessive’s,” says festival founder Tim League.  “With the resonance of a round number anniversary, all reasonable fetters are discarded.  In 2014, we are taking no prisoners.  This festival is going to set new boundaries of decadence, destruction and debauchery.”

For its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is also going all out with celebratory events and special programming, including two tent pole showstoppers. Legendary film critic and historian Leonard Maltin joins proceedings as head of the comedy jury and to play “MALTIN’S,” a game tournament of movie trivia twenty years in the making. “My brother and I were obsessed with Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide at an early age,” said MALTIN’S creator and festival alum Ant Timpson. “His reviews shaped our own language and view of film. How could we be even closer to our God? How could we become Leonard Maltin? MALTIN’S was the answer.”  Complete rules and information on how to enter can be found at fantasticfest.com.

Elevating the comedic quota of Fantastic Fest programming is the addition of Comedy Central’s breakout stand-up show “The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail.” Hitting Austin for its first-ever Fantastic Fest performance, host comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani explained why they want to be a part of the festivities, “We want to watch films, drink, and make people laugh.”

Fantastic Fest also marks an important milestone for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain with the grand reopening of its flagship destination at South Lamar and the all-new Highball. Under construction for the past two years, the new theaters boast three new screens (9 total), and completely rebuilt Highball bar, and 7 custom-designed karaoke rooms that are sure to melt the mind.

See below for the initial lineup of programming at this year’s festival.

ABCs OF DEATH 2

Various, 2014

World Premiere, 125 min

Directors – Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury and, Alexandre Bustillo, Julian Gilbey, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugués, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Dennison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper

In 2013 the craziest anthology ever created was released to an unsuspecting public. It immediately divided audiences. Some claimed it was a much-needed adrenaline shot to the heart of genre film, while others claimed it was reprehensible and the death knell of cinema as we know it.

In 2014 it’s happening again. This time with an all-new line-up of international directors.

For more information about ABCs OF DEATH 2, please visit Magnet,”like” the film on Facebook or follow on twitter @ABCsofDeath.

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ALLELUIA

France/Belgium, 2014

US Premiere, 95 min

Director –  Fabrice Du Welz

A lonely woman and a psychotic gigolo find love through murder in the latest film from the director of CALVAIRE and VINYAN.

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BABADOOK, THE

Australia, 2014

Texas Premiere, 94 min

Director –  Jennifer Kent

In this impressive horror debut, Amelia thought her biggest problems were her son’s violent behavioral problems and her own depression. That was before something came knocking at the door…

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BRO’s BEFORE HO’s

Netherlands, 2013

US Premiere, 88 min

Directors – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil

A unashamedly offensive bromance from the killer comedy team behind NEW KIDS TURBO and NEW KIDS NITRO.

 

CLOSER TO GOD

United States, 2014

Texas Premiere, 81 min

Director – Billy Senese

Dr. Victor Reed finds himself in the middle of an ethical, legal and religious storm after conducting the first successful human cloning in this fiercely intelligent indie thriller.

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DANGER 5 – SERIES 2

Australia, 2014

World Premiere, 75 min

Director – Dario Russo

When Adolf Hitler surfaces posing as a 1980s high school student, there can be only one response! The crack team of Danger 5 are pressed back into service to eliminate the Nazi threat once and for all!

 

HIGH FIVE (RELOCOS Y REPASADOS)

URUGUAY – BRASIL, 2013

World Premiere, 98 min

Director – Manuel Facal

It’s a stoner comedy from Uruguay. What else do you need to know?

 

HORSEHEAD (FIEVRE)

France, 2014

World Premiere, 89 min

Director – Romain Basset

A stunning exploration of a young woman’s nightmares.

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THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE)

Mexico, 2014

North American Premiere, 100 min

Director – Isaac Ezban

A cosmic event disrupts life on Earth in this sci-fi mind-bender.

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JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (JACKY AU ROYAUME DES FEMMES)

France, 2013

Texas Premiere, 87 min

Director – Riad Sattouf

Women hold the power while men cower in this scathing dystopian satire starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.

 

KUNG FU ELLIOT

Canada, 2014

Fantastic Fest Premiere, 88 min

Director- Jaret Belliveau & Matthew Bauckman

A hilarious and disturbing documentary about a man’s quest to become an international action star.

 

MALTIN’S GAME TOURNAMENT

Created by Fantastic Fest alum and film producer, and self-described Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide convert, Ant Timpson circa the early 90s, MALTIN’S is a movie lover’s version of game night favorite Balderdash.  Someone starts as “Maltin” and chooses a title from Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, a film that no one knows. The other players then all write down a fake synopsis based on the title.  Players attempt to trick each other into believing that their synopsis is the real one while trying to decipher the true Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide synopsis.

 

LOCAL GOD (DIOS LOCAL)

Uruguay, 2014

World Premiere, 88 min

Director – Gustavo Hernandez

While filming music videos in an abandoned gold mine, a rock group is tormented by an evil spirit in this new film from the director of LA CASA MUDA.

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THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET

Latvia/Estonia, 2014

US Premiere, 71 min

Director – Aik Karapetian

A laid-off harbor worker wages a private war on the rich in this surrealistic Latvian horror film.

 

THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH & KUMAIL

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail hails all the way from the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles, where not only has it been crowned one of the best standup shows in LA by LA Weekly, LA Times, and Hollywood Reporter, but it’s now a TV show! Comedy Central filmed eight documentary-style episodes of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail for a brand new type of standup show that airs Wednesday nights starting July 2014. Come see why this is the only existing live standup show to get its own TV show as hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani charm your pants off and welcome some very special guests!

 

NORWAY

Greece, 2014

US Premiere, 74 min

Director – Yiannis Veslemes

A vampire dances his way through ’80s era Athens in this fantastic film from the production team behind DOGTOOTH.

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STILL LIFE (NATURALEZA MUERTA)

Argentina, 2014

North American Premiere, 97 min

Director – Gabriel Grieco

Meat is murder in this brutal Argentinian slasher with an animal rights edge.

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TOMBVILLE

Belgium, 2014

North American Premiere, 94 min

Director – Nikolas List

Young David awakens battered and disoriented on the edge of town, knowing only one thing: He wants to get away. But no matter what he tries, he’s always led back to the same dark, disturbing place. Welcome to Tombville.

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TOMMY (TommyMer)

Sweden, 2014

North American Premiere, 95 min

Director – Tarik Saleh

Tommy is coming home, or at least that’s what his wife Estelle desperately needs people to believe when she returns after a year in exile. And if he doesn’t get what’s his, there’s going to be hell to pay.

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TUSK

United Stats, 2013

US Premiere, 102 min

Director – Kevin Smith

From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcast’s, TUSK is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, TUSK will stay with you long after the credits roll.  Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, and Haley Joel Osment

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V/H/S VIRAL

US, 2014

US Premiere, 98 min

Directors – Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Fantastic Fest alumni Nacho Vigalondo & Marcel Sarmiento join several other genre filmmaking greats in this 3rd installment of the twisted found footage horror anthology franchise.

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WYRMWOOD

Australia, 2014

World Premiere, 92 min

Director – Kiah Roache-Turner

The undead rise again in this raucous feature debut from Australia’s Roache-Turner Brothers, who deliver one of the most balls-out, gonzo and just plain fun entries into the zombie canon in years.

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Look for more film & event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

 

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Samuel Zimmerman
Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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