head of programming,
Fantastic Fest opens tonight with the sci-fi epic Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and closes Sept. 29 with the Nacho Vigalondo monster movie Colossal. Other notable films to be screened at the Alamo South Lamar during the genre festival founded by Tim League include Age of Shadows, American Honey, The Bad Batch, Dog Eat Dog, Elle, The Handmaiden, A Monster Calls, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, Playground, Raw, The Red Turtle, Shin Godzilla, and Salt and Fire. Crowd-pleasing sequels include Another Wolfcop, Assassination Classroom: Graduation, Boyka: Undisputed, the J-Horror mash-up Sadako vs Kayako, as well as Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm Ravager. Austin is represented by Simon Rumley’s locally shot thriller Fashionista. The festival also will place a special emphasis on films from India. Big-name guests in attendance include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children director Tim Burton and Ash vs. Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. The festival will host the premiere of the new HBO series Westworld. Fantastic Market will run concurrent to Fantastic Fest. As usual, audiences can unwind after a full day of screenings by attending the Dhishoom Reigns Karaoke, Comedy Meltdown, Fantastic Debates, Fantastic Feud, and Nerd Rap events. Special events and attractions include the Satanic Panic Room at the Highball, the Dark Corner Virtual Reality installation, and Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA performing his live re-score of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.
Aired: Sept. 22, 2016
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