[INTERVIEW] Erica Benedikty, Director Of Phobe

[INTERVIEW] Erica Benedikty, Director Of Phobe


September 27, 2016    Matt Wedge

PHOBE: THE XENOPHOBIC EXPERIMENTS looks like the sort of oddity you would run across on a cable access channel back in the early ’90s. That is because it is that oddity. Shot in the early ’90s in and around the Niagara, Ontario area with an amateur cast that often doubled…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: The PHANTASM RAVAGER Team

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: The PHANTASM RAVAGER Team


September 26, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

What an excellent way to wrap up PHANTASM WEEK! PHANTASM RAVAGER, the fifth and final chapter in the PHANTASM saga had its world premiere at FANTASTIC FEST in Austin, Texas last night. The cast and crew of the film were in the audience for the screening and Assistant Editor Mike…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: EYES OF MY MOTHER Director Nicolas Pesce

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: EYES OF MY MOTHER Director Nicolas Pesce


September 26, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

EYES OF MY MOTHER is a creepy little horror flick from director Nicolas Pesce. The film tells the story of a young Portuguese girl living on a secluded farm in what appears to be the American Midwest who is so afraid of being alone that she’ll do just about anything…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: SALT AND FIRE

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: SALT AND FIRE


September 26, 2016    Matt Wedge

SALT AND FIRE (France/Bolivia/USA/Germany/Mexico, 2016)   I am sure there will be those who disagree with me, but I think the majority of Werner Herzog’s fans and admirers will admit that, overall, his documentaries are superior to his narrative films. But what I always have and always will enjoy about…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Day 2 Dispatch: Shorts, Movie Posters & The Fantastic Debates

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Day 2 Dispatch: Shorts, Movie Posters & The Fantastic Debates


September 26, 2016    Patrick Smith

  My second day here started easily enough, pretty much rolling out of bed, grabbing a shower and then heading to The Highball around 10 for coffee and a breakfast taco. I banged out the previous days roundup although its quickly becoming apparent that writing real estate is hard to…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE INVISIBLE GUEST

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE INVISIBLE GUEST


September 26, 2016    Matt Wedge

THE INVISIBLE GUEST (Spain, 2016)   In the opening scene of THE INVISIBLE GUEST, Adrián Doria, a successful technology entrepreneur, meets Virginia Goodman (Ana Wagener), a cold-blooded trial attorney who has never lost a case. It takes only a couple of minutes for it to be established that Adrián has…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Halfway Through FANTASTIC FEST

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Halfway Through FANTASTIC FEST


September 26, 2016    Sharon Gissy

It’s sad to think the first half of Austin, Texas’s Fantastic Fest has already nearly come and gone, and here have been a few highlights for me: THE RED TURTLE (dir. Michael Dudok de Wit) Here is an animation collaboration with some of the finest names in the industry (Studio Ghibli,…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Reflections On PHANTASM RAVAGER

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Reflections On PHANTASM RAVAGER


September 26, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

PHANTASM RAVAGER had its world premiere only hours ago at 2016’s FANTASTIC FEST and Phanboys MATT WEDGE and MIKE VANDERBILT simply couldn’t get to bed before they discussed the fifth and final entry in Don Coscarelli’s sci-fi horror series.   MATT WEDGE: It is hard for me to write a…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Review: BELIEF

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Review: BELIEF


September 26, 2016    Matt Wedge

BELIEF: THE POSESSION OF JANET MOSES (New Zealand, 2015)   I always have a tough time with documentaries that rely too heavily on staged recreations of events. My thought process is usually, “if staged footage takes up more than half your films, why don’t you just craft a narrative film…

[SUNDAY COMICS PAGE] THE JURASSIC GANG IN “THAT’S NO ASTEROID!”

[SUNDAY COMICS PAGE] THE JURASSIC GANG IN “THAT’S NO ASTEROID!”


September 25, 2016    Mac Bell

In honor of the release of PHANTASM RAVAGER those lovable scamps from the JURASSIC GANG run afoul of something that isn’t quite an asteroid! Created and written by Mac Bell, additional gags and artwork by Andy Vanderbilt.

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] DISPATCH: Movie Posters, Lurid Regional Horror, & An Autopsy

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] DISPATCH: Movie Posters, Lurid Regional Horror, & An Autopsy


September 25, 2016    Jason Coffman

24×36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS (USA, dir. Kevin Burke) The rise of collectible screen prints and movie posters over the last decade or so has happened in conjunction with the growth of the Alamo Drafthouse brand–and, by extension, Fantastic Fest–so it makes perfect sense that a film about the…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD Director Chris Peckover

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD Director Chris Peckover


September 25, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD—which had its world premiere at this year’s FANTASTIC FEST—is a twisted holiday horror tale with a pitch black sense of humor. Even as someone who feels spoilers are inconsequential (if spoilers ruined a movie, nobody would own EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)It’s almost impossible to talk about what makes the…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO INTERVIEW: SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] VIDEO INTERVIEW: SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL


September 25, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

A.D. Calvo’s SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL played earlier this week at FANTASTIC FEST. The ghost story—set in the late ’70’s—has a very Carter-era aesthetic with it’s perfect costuming and set design. SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL feels like something that Jess Franco or Jean Rollin would have produced around that time….

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: DON’T KILL IT

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: DON’T KILL IT


September 25, 2016    Matt Wedge

DON’T KILL IT (United States, 2016)   Dolph Lundgren stars in silly movies. Even back in the days when he was appearing as a heavy in studio movies and starring as the miscast hero in movies for Cannon Films, the end result was usually something so tonally bizarre, it could…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: TERRY TEO

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: TERRY TEO


September 24, 2016    Matt Wedge

TERRY TEO (New Zealand, 2016)   Writer/director Gerard Johnstone made waves in 2014 with HOUSEBOUND, a horror-comedy that was a blast of pure entertainment. I was so happy with that film, it made my “Favorites” list for that year. So when I spotted his name as the writer/director of TERRY…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: DARK SONG

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: DARK SONG


September 24, 2016    Matt Wedge

A DARK SONG (Ireland/UK, 2016)   The debut feature by writer/director Liam Gavin, A DARK SONG is a deceptively simple tale of the damage that grief can do to the psyche. It is also profoundly difficult to watch at times and creepy as all get out once you get by…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] INTERVIEW: The Team Behind THE VOID

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] INTERVIEW: The Team Behind THE VOID


September 24, 2016    dailygri

THE VOID played the midnight slot of the opening night of this year’s FANTASTIC FEST and there is really no better place to screen this movie. A Carpenteresue take on Lovecraftian mythos chock full of gooey, gory special effects, EMPIRE PICTURES would be jealous of THE VOID circa 1986. The…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Grease, Gore, & Con Artists

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Grease, Gore, & Con Artists


September 23, 2016    Jason Coffman

    ARRIVAL (USA, dir. Denis Villeneuve) When twelve alien ships suddenly appear all over the globe, linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is enlisted by the government to attempt to communicate with the creatures that landed in the midwest. Joined by physicist Dr. Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), Banks manages…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL Q&A

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL Q&A


September 23, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

Director A.D. Calvo’s SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL is a very ‘70s, very lurid, very European romance that brings to mind the works of Jess Franco. The film has an impressively tight 76 minute run time, and while the scares are few and far between, the leads (Quinn Shephard and Erin…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Review: THE HANDMAIDEN

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Review: THE HANDMAIDEN


September 23, 2016    Matt Wedge

  The last thing you expect when you go into a new Chan-wook Park film is to be highly entertained. I do not say that as a slight to one of the finest directors currently working in world cinema, merely that his particular brand of carefully constructed, shot, and edited…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Aliens, Flying Kicks, & Cosmic Terror

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Aliens, Flying Kicks, & Cosmic Terror


September 23, 2016    Patrick Smith

  This has been a long time coming. It seems as long as I’ve had easy access to the internet I’ve been reading about FantasticFest. A cinematic paradise where you can see days worth of crazy genre fare and then immediately walk into the lobby afterwards and talk to the…

[THE BIG QUESTION] DO YOU HAVE RECURRING DREAMS? OR NIGHTMARES?

[THE BIG QUESTION] DO YOU HAVE RECURRING DREAMS? OR NIGHTMARES?


September 23, 2016    dailygri

    WHAT KIND OF RECURRING DREAMS OR NIGHTMARES DO YOU HAVE?   Original art by Andy Vanderbilt!   Much has been said this week about PHANTASM, in particular the dream logic of the films. Events occur without rhyme or reason — sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s silly, and in the case…

[PHANTASM WEEK] THE SOUNDS OF THE SPHERES

[PHANTASM WEEK] THE SOUNDS OF THE SPHERES


September 23, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

  Music is one of the key components to make a movie into something more than just a visual experience. What would the STAR WARS series be without the iconic work of John Williams? Would HALLOWEEN still be as memorable without the unsettling theme song that you will no doubt…

[THE DEAN’S LIST] The Lasting Influence Of SEVEN SAMURAI

[THE DEAN’S LIST] The Lasting Influence Of SEVEN SAMURAI


September 23, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

Chances are, even if viewers haven’t seen Akira Kurosawa’s classic SEVEN SAMURAI, they have seen one of its many variations that have echoed down through the ages. Despite being made over 60 years ago, Kurosawa’s film has become ingrained in the cinematic landscape— not just through its own great filmmaking…