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First wave of Fantastic Fest titles includes Phantasm: Ravager

Phantasm: Ravager David Hartman Don Coscarelli

The 12th edition of the film festival Fantastic Fest, an annual celebration of genre-twisting cinema, is going to be held at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas from September 22nd to 29th, and the first wave of programming for the event has just been announced.

There are a lot of films that will be of great interest in horror fans in this line-up, especially the World Premiere screening of the fifth and final film in the PHANTASM franchise, the long-awaited PHANTASM: RAVAGER. That will be accompanied by a screening of the restored-in-4K original film, with writer/director Don Coscarelli, RAVAGER director David Hartman, and cast members in attendance. The screening of PHANTASM: REMASTERED will be streamed live to art house theatres across the country on September 24th.

Horror fans may also be hyped that James Bryan, director of the 1981 slasher DON'T GO IN THE WOODS, will be at the festival to unveil his film JUNGLE TRAP, which was shot on VHS in 1990 but was only just recently cut together and completed. JUNGLE TRAP is described as "a rampaging, top-notch camcorder adventure packed with ghosts, cannibal warriors, drunken pilots and bloodthirsty elderly bellboys".

Another special guest at the festival will be Tim Burton, with his latest film MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN receiving a red carpet screening.

The theme for this year's event is Indian cinema, with a dedicated block of new and repertory features made in India having been assembled "to showcase the wildly creative world of the second most populous country."

VR storytelling will also be making a strong showing at this Fantastic Fest, with VR studio Dark Corner on hand for a world premiere of a terrifying VR experience tied to the plot of founder Guy Shelmerdine's "fast-paced hell ride" MULE.

Dark Corner has also crafted BURLAP: REFLECTIONS, a VR companion experience to Justin Denton's short film BURLAP, which is a take on the classic "killer stalks a babysitter" scenario.

The first wave film line-up:

24X36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS
Canada, 2016
World Premiere, 83 min
Director - Kevin Burke
Through interviews with art personalities from the past four decades, 24 x 36 examines the birth, death and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art.
 

A DARK SONG
Ireland, 2016
World Premiere, 99 min
Director - Liam Gavin
Sophia is a determined young woman who hires a weird occultist to perform a ritual which will risk not only their lives and souls, but also the very essence of their being.
 

ALOYS
Switzerland, France, 2016
US Premiere, 91 min
Director - Tobias Nölle
Aloys Adorn is a lonely private investigator who, after the death of his father, finds himself sucked into a mysterious “telephone walking” game with a mysterious woman who might be his only hope.
 

AMERICAN HONEY
United States, 2016
Texas Premiere, 158 min
Director - Andrea Arnold
Andrea Arnold’s first US feature follows 18-year-old Star as she leaves her home in Oklahoma and goes in search of adventure, adulthood and America.
 

BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES
New Zealand, 2015
US Premiere, 89 min
Director - David Stubbs
The true story of the Wainuiomata exorcism provides the basis for David Stubbs’ striking debut feature, a documentary exploring the tragic death of Janet Moses in a traditional Maori exorcism ceremony.
 

THE CREW
France, 2016
US Premiere, 81 min
Director - Julien Leclercq
It’s bad men versus worse men as thieves face off against dealers in this super slick French heist thriller from the director of Chrysalis and The Assault.
 

DEAREST SISTER
Laos, France, Estonia, 2016
World Premiere, 100 min
Director - Mattie Do
After moving to the city, a poor woman realizes her recently blinded cousin can not only commune with the dead, but they can provide a path to much-needed wealth.
 

DOWN UNDER
Australia, 2016
North American Premiere, 87 min
Director - Abraham Forsythe
In the aftermath of massive race riots, two carloads of dim-witted alpha males set off to defend their respective territory with outrageous results in this sharp edged Australian satire.
 

THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY
Thailand, 2016
World Premiere, 92 min
Director - Bhin Banloerit
A Thai village of little people is attacked by evil, butt-munching, fart-tracking Krause spirits - floating heads with attached intestines - in this slapstick horror-comedy.


FAULTLESS
France, 2016
North American Premiere, 103 min
Director - Sébastien Marnier
After burning out in Paris, Constance returns to her home town only to find herself in lethal competition with a younger girl for her old job. 


FRAUD
United States, 2016
Texas Premiere, 53 min
Director - Dean Fleischer-Camp
A family’s home movies document a desperate crime, and the subsequent bid to escape the consequences in this impressionistic meta-fiction born from the manipulation of hundreds of hours of innocuous uploads to YouTube. An extraordinary feat of editing, a provocative parable of the pursuit of happiness and a disturbing demonstration of the mutability of the stories we share in the Internet age.


THE GREASY STRANGLER
United States, 2016
Special Screening, 93 min
Director - Jim Hosking
Ronnie fears his first love affair is turning his father into a bloodthirsty monster who’s covered in grease and has an 18-inch penis that looks like a dead chicken.
  
 
JUNGLE TRAP : Presented By Bleeding Skull
United States, 1990/2016
World Premiere, 80 min
Director - James Bryan
Exploitation demigod James Bryan’s massively entertaining, decapitation-fueled shot-on-video horror masterpiece about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loin cloths, shot in 1990 and unreleased until THIS VERY MOMENT.
 

KHALNAYAK
India, 1993
Repertory Screening, 190 min
Director - Subhash Ghai
Ballu is an unrepentant gangster who has dedicated his life to the celebration of villainy. He is a bad, bad man and not ashamed one bit. However, with the help of his mother and a sympathetic cop, Ballu will rise above his circumstances to gain satisfying redemption.
 

MAGADHEERA 
India, 2009
Repertory Screening, 157 min
Director - S.S. Rajamouli
Harsha, a dirt bike racer, lives for thrills. One day he crosses paths with Indu, a girl with whom he feels strangely connected. Through this bond, Harsha discovers his hidden identity: a reincarnated warrior king.
 

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
United States, 2016
Special Screening, 123 min
Director - Tim Burton
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience.  When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
 

ORIGINAL COPY
Germany, 2016
Texas Premiere, 95 min
Directors - Florian Heinzen-Ziob and Georg Heinzen
In the heart of Mumbai, behind the screen of one of the last Hindi Film cinemas, lives Sheik Rahman, the city’s last painter of film posters. This is his story.

 
PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979)
United States, 1979
Special Screening, 88 min
Director - Don Coscarelli
One of the most influential and important horror films of all time, Don Coscarelli's Phantasm returns to Alamo Drafthouse's screens in a gorgeous 4k remaster.

 
PHANTASM: RAVAGER
United States, 2016
World Premiere, 87 min
Director - David Hartman
The fifth and final film in the classic Phantasm film series, Phantasm Ravager follows our intrepid everyman hero Reggie on his quest across dark dimensions as he struggles to confront and vanquish the sinister Tall Man.

 
POPOZ
The Netherlands, 2015
International Premiere, 85 min
Directors- Erwin van de Eshof & Martijn Smits
Festival favorite Huub Smit (New Kids Nitro; New Kids Turbo; Bros Before Hos) stars as a Dutch cop raised on far too many American action films in this outrageous action comedy.

 
PSYCHO RAMAN
India, 2016
US Premiere, 127 min
Director - Anurag Kashyap
Raghavan is a cop: brutal, violent, and drug-addicted. Ramanna is a criminal: psychotic, unpredictable, and vicious. It’s only a matter of time before they meet and when they do, Mumbai's slums will be colored deep crimson.

 
SALT AND FIRE
Mexico, 2016
North American Premiere, 93 min
Director - Werner Herzog
Herzog’s most wildly unpredictable film, Salt and Fire is a meticulously slow burning, quasi-ecological thriller punctuated by moments of the lyrically poetic and the inexplicably, outrageously absurd.

 
S IS FOR STANLEY
Italy, 2016
North American Premiere, 82 min
Director - Alex Infascelli
Alex Infascelli’s documentary about Emilio D’Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant for more than thirty years, which provides never-before-seen insight into the private auteur.


THE VOID
Canada, 2016
World Premiere, 90 min
Directors - STEVEN KOSTANSKI & JEREMY GILLESPIE
Trapped in a hospital with a handful of people, a small town sheriff finds himself caught up in the demented plot of a death-obsessed madman.
 
 
WE ARE THE FLESH
Mexico, 2016
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director - Emiliano Rocha Minter
Somewhere within a ruined city, a man makes an offer to a pair of siblings who wander into his abandoned building: food and shelter in exchange for building a strange room…


ZOOLOGY
Russia, France, Germany, 2016
US Premiere, 87 min
Director - Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Natasha is a lonely, middle-aged woman who still lives with her mother and feels insecure about her tedious life… until she grows a tail.

Fantastic Fest 2016

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