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“WHAT WE DO,” “ANIMALS,” “SPRING” and more hot horrors at Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival

New York fright fans seeking post-Halloween scares will want to take a trip upstate the third week of November, as the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival unveils an extensive program of genre movies new and old.

Running Wednesday-Sunday, November 12-16 in Ithaca, NY, the third edition of of the IIFFF will open with Jonas Alexander Arnby’s acclaimed teen-werewolf drama WHEN ANIMALS DREAM (pictured above) and close with Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s fest-favorite vampire comedy WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (review). In between, nine features will play in the international competition (for which Fango’s Michael Gingold is one of the judges):

ITHACAFEST14NEWS• Till Kleinert’s DER SAMURAI (review)

• Bradley King’s TIME LAPSE

• Sarah Adina Smith’s THE MIDNIGHT SWIM (review)

• Jung Yeon-sik’s THE FIVES

• Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto’s KILLERS

• Hugh Sullivan’s INFINITE MAN

• Richard Bates Jr.’s SUBURBAN GOTHIC (review)

• Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s SPRING

• Jonas Govaerts’ CUB (review)

In addition, the program features Midnighters showings of Matt O’Mahoney’s BLOODY KNUCKLES and Adrián García Bogliano’s LATE PHASES; documentaries including David Gregory’s LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S “ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU” (review), Paul Goodwin’s FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD and Tal Zimerman’s WHY HORROR?; special screenings of Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Jim Mickle’s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (plus Jorge Michel Grau’s original WE ARE) and COLD IN JULY, the multi-director V/H/S: VIRAL and Gustavo Hernandez’s LOCAL GOD; a Spotlight on Iran including Ana Lily Amirpour’s A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (review) and Sharham Mokri’s FISH AND CAT; and a Witchcraft in Popular Imagination retrospective with Benjamin Christensen’s HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, Victor and Edward Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE, Mario Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY, Michael Reeves’ WITCHFINDER GENERAL, Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER MAN and William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST. And beyond that, there will be three days of concerts and a Fantastic Art Show put together by comic-book artist Steve Ellis.

How are they cramming all this into five days? Come on up to Ithaca and find out; see more info at the fest’s official website and Facebook page.

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