[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…

[PHANTASM WEEK] 21 PHANTASM PHACTS!

[PHANTASM WEEK] 21 PHANTASM PHACTS!


September 22, 2016    Kevin Maher

                PHANTASM’s haunting score is part HALLOWEEN, part THE EXORCIST, but has a chilling quality that makes it its own memorable soundrack. The music is by Malcolm Seagrave & Fred Myrow. Myrow had been a friend of Jim Morrison and had been working…

[PHANTASM WEEK] Where To See PHANTASM on ART HOUSE THEATRE DAY

[PHANTASM WEEK] Where To See PHANTASM on ART HOUSE THEATRE DAY


September 22, 2016    John Reents

55 theaters across 26 states will be screening PHANTASM REMASTERED as a part of the first ever ART HOUSE THEATER DAY on Saturday, September 24th. You can find showtimes for Art House Theater Day screenings of PHANTASM REMASTERED below (all times are local). And be sure to check your local listings…

[PHANTASM WEEK] More Creative Types Talk PHANTASM

[PHANTASM WEEK] More Creative Types Talk PHANTASM


September 22, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

­Whenever fans discuss the experiences with seeing the original PHANTASM, the usual response is, “That movie scared the crap out of me!” or “That movie freaked me out!” PHANTASM has haunted filmmakers’ dreams and nightmares since 1979, and it’s influenced creative types of all kinds, from writers to directors, from actors to adult film stars. With the excitement…

[PHANTASM WEEK] Hotlips Messiah’s PHANTASM

[PHANTASM WEEK] Hotlips Messiah’s PHANTASM


September 22, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

Horror movies and punk rock just seem to go hand in hand like rockabilly and tiki culture, pumpkin spice lattes and infinity scarves, and BDSM and the Ren Fest. The Ramones loved ‘50s sci-fi are featured in numerous Stephen King stories; The Misfits arguably kicked started the trend of “horror…

[PHANTASM WEEK] With KENNY & COMPANY, Don Coscarelli Set The Stage For PHANTASM

[PHANTASM WEEK] With KENNY & COMPANY, Don Coscarelli Set The Stage For PHANTASM


September 22, 2016    Matt Wedge

It seems strange to claim that the PHANTASM films have their roots in a kid’s comedy like KENNY & COMPANY, but as is to be expected from a filmmaker like Don Coscarelli, it is far from a typical offering in the genre. There is no real plot to the film…

[PHANTASM WEEK] Death Is But A Dream

[PHANTASM WEEK] Death Is But A Dream


September 22, 2016    Sharon Gissy

There are many reasons to look forward to PHANTASM: REMASTERED: for its spinning silver sphere device, for Angus Scrimm’s compelling and sinister presence as the Tall Man, Fred Myrow’s haunting score, and for nightmarish imagery such as miniature grave-robbing minions that is never fully explained. What I find so fascinating…

[PHANTASM WEEK] Mike Pearson: An Inspiration To Precocious Adolescents

[PHANTASM WEEK] Mike Pearson: An Inspiration To Precocious Adolescents


September 21, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

I didn’t care much for horror movies growing up. To be honest I hated them. The rest of my family (including my much older brother and sister) would enjoy watching films such as FRIDAY THE 13TH, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and even lesser known films such as MADMAN. I would be…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOM PATROL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOM PATROL #1


September 21, 2016    Jon Abrams

    Question: You’re a comic book publisher and you’ve got yourself a high-profile “superfan.” What should you do about it?     Answer: If you’re DC, and said fan is Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame — who interned at your offices and was planning on pursuing a…

[PHANTASM WEEK] A Chat With PHANTASM: EXHUMED Author Dustin McNeill

[PHANTASM WEEK] A Chat With PHANTASM: EXHUMED Author Dustin McNeill


September 21, 2016    Nathan Smith

Don Coscarelli’s PHANTASM, released in 1979, is the most pure example of an endless nightmare captured on celluloid. It played upon the fears of loss and death in a way that most didn’t, and frankly still don’t today. The horrifying idea that even the sweet embrace of death wouldn’t save you from…