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Forced to hold an abbreviated virtual week-long celebration last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fantastic Fest returns this fall with a hybrid festival featuring in-theater and on-demand programming. The Fantastic Fest in-theater programming runs Sept. 23-30 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Mueller, and Village locations. Attendees must show proof of vaccination or present a negative COVID test conducted 24 hours prior to each day’s screenings. Fantastic Fest kicks off Sept. 23 with the opening selection Titane by Raw director Julia Ducournau and closes Sept. 30 with the Keira Knightley black comedy Silent Night. World premieres include the latest in the horror anthology series V/H/S94; Gigi Saul Guerrero’s Bingo Hell; Patrick Brice’s There’s Somebody in Your House; Level 16 director Danishka Esterhazy’s remake of Slumber Party Massacre; andThe Black Phone, directed by Sinister’s Scott Derrickson and co-written by Austin-based screenwriter C. Robert Cargill. Other high-profile titles include Agnes, A Banquet, The Beta Test, The Innocents, Lamb, Mad God, The Taking, The Trip, This is GWAR, Who Killed the KLF?, and the 4K restoration of Possession. Former Alamo Drafthouse programmers Lars Nilsen and Kier-La Janisse launch their new book “Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive” with screenings of Snakes and The Visitor while Janisse will also screen her new documentary, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror and the 4K restoration of the 1983 folk horror film Eyes of Fire. “These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World” authors Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali will screen Dynasty 3D, Dance of Death, and The Dragon Lives Again as well as preside over a new live event, BingoDome. RZA will provide live commentary for the 1976 wuxia classic Master of the Flying Guillotine; GroundUp Music will present the world premiere of the 1924 Soviet silent film Aelita: Queen of Mars with a new score by Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock; and RAD star Bill Allen will attend a pre-Fantastic Fest bike stunt show and the film’s 35thanniversary screening on Sept. 22. The virtual Fantastic Fest @Home is available Sept. 30-Oct. 11 on Alamo On Demand. The lineup includes 35 films that will screen in-theater as well as past Fantastic Fest selections.
Aired: Sept. 16, 2021