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Fantastic Fest runs Sept. 21-28 at the Alamo South Lamar. Austin’s world-famous genre festival opens Sept. 21 with Austin-based director Macon Blair’s remake of Troma’s The Toxic Avenger, starring Peter Dinklage, Kevin Bacon, Elijah Wood, and Jacob Tremblay, and closes Sept. 28 with Blumhouse’s time-bending slasher Totally Killer. High-profile titles include Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi epic The Creator, Vera Drew’s controversial The People’s Joker, Michel Gondry’s quirky comedy The Book of Solutions, the prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, the Thomasin McKenzie-Anne Hathaway two-hander Eileen, Andrew Cumming’s stone-age thriller The Origin, and Your Lucky Day, starring the late Angus McCloud. World premieres include The All Golden, Bark, Crumb Catcher, I’ll Crush Y’All, Jackdaw, Kill Dolly Kill, The Last Stop in Yuma County, The Last Video Store, Mushrooms, Stopmotion, Strange Darling, Suburban Tale, There’s Something in the Barn, Visitors, Wake Up, and You’re Not Me. Alumni films include Joe Lynch’s Suitable Flesh, Jenn Wexler’s The Sacrifice Game, and the horror anthology V/H/S/85, featuring segments directed by Hellraiser 2022’s David Bruckner, Bingo Hell’s Gigi Saul Guerrero, and the Sinister creative team of director Scott Derrickson and Austin-based screenwriter C. Robert Cargill. Film-themed documentaries include Enter the Clones of Bruce, Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life of Cliff Twemlow, and Scala!!! TV offerings include 30 Coins and Mike Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher. The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) will premiere The Cult of AGFA Trailer show and host retrospective screenings of Bugged!, Centipede Horror, Messiah of Evil, and The Nest. Other retrospective screenings include Blonde Death, Caligula: The Ultimate Cut, Nowhere, and The Strangler. In addition to four secret screenings, a variety of shorts packages, and live podcast recordings, Fantastic Fest’s signature events 100 Best Kills, the Fantastic Feud, and Fantastic Debates will return this year.
Aired: Sept. 13, 2023