Fantastic Fest runs Sept. 19-26 at the Alamo South Lamar. The genre festival, which celebrates its 15thanniversary this year, opens Sept. 19 with director Taika Waititi’s World War II satire Jojo Rabbit and will close Sept. 26 with director Rian Johnson’s all-star whodunnit Knives Out. Legendarily Japanese director Takashi Miike will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and attend screenings of his 2001 musical horror comedy The Happiness of the Katakuris and his new drama, First Love. World premieres include Oscar Martin’s Amigo, Mickey Reece’s Climate of the Hunter, Brad Anderson’s Fractured, Jim Mickle’s In the Shadow of the Moon, Vincenzo Natali’s Stephen King adaptation In the Tall Grass, Ryan Spindell’s The Mortuary Collection, Meghan Leon and Bradford Baruh’s Night Drive, Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence, Joe Bego’s VFW, Marc Meyers’s We Summon The Darkness, and Christopher Winterbauer’s Wyrm. U.S. premieres include Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, Toby Poser & John Adams’ The Deeper You Dig, Jérémy Clapin’s I Lost My Body, Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, Malgorzata Szumowska’sThe Other Lamb, Katrin Gebbe’s Pelican Blood, Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’sSynchronic, and Gille Klabin’s The Wave. Other films include Bliss, Come to Daddy, The Death of Dick Long, The Lodge, andSomething Else. International films include 4X4, Adoration, Cosmic Candy, Deerskin, Die Kinder Der Toten, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, The Golden Glove, Keep Me Company, The Last to See Them, The Lodge, The Long Walker, Night Has Come, Patrick, The Platform, The Pool, The Whistlers, Why Don’t You Just Die!, and Parasite, with director Bong Joon-ho in attendance. Documentaries include Memory: The Origins of Alien, Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, Phil Tippet – Mad Dreams and Monsters, Wrinkles the Clown. The American Genre Film Archives’ presents restorations of Bloody Birthday, Limbo, The McPherson Tape, The Peanut Butter Solution, Reflectionsof Evil, She Mob, and Tammy and the T-Rex. This year’s Fantastic Fest celebrates Mexican genre film with repertory screenings of The Black Pit of Dr. M, The Ship of Monsters, andTrampa Infernal, a shorts block by up-and-coming Mexican filmmakers, and the lecture “The Mórbido Crypt's Guide to Mexican Fantasy and Horror Cinema” by Mórbido Film Fest’s head of programming Abraham Castillo Flores. New to Fantastic Fest is a sidebar devoted to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema, with repertory screenings of Lyleand Prey, and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, documentary subject Mark Patton also in attendance for a retrospective screening on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. In keeping with tradition, Fantastic Fest also will host secret screenings, film panels, live podcast recordings, a VHS swap, the Fantastic Feud, the Fantastic Debates, and the Chaos Reigns Karaoke night.
Aired: Sept. 12, 2019