"Two years ago, it felt like every other movie was a zombie apocalypse movie." That was the challenge for director Kristjan Thor when he started work on Astraea, to find a new take on the end of the world.
The autumn film festival season isn't quite with us yet. But as Austin film fans brace themselves for news about Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Other Worlds Austin, and more, Austin filmmakers are packing their bags, loading up their Blu-rays, and heading across the planet to show their latest projects.
It’s easy to make jokes about SXSW – the lanyards, the tech scene enthusiasts, even the whiteness (as comedian Moshe Kasher puts it, “diverse kinds of white people”). The six performers for SXSW Comedy With Natasha Leggero never missed an opportunity to capitalize on the ridiculousness of Austin’s culture while they performed in the middle of it.
Ask Justin Seaman, director of loving retro-horror The Barn, what his favorite Eighties VHS shocker is, and it's a simple choice. "Night of the Demons," he said, "but I’m a real fan of The Monster Squad. That’s my heart and soul, that’s what made me want to be a filmmaker, that’s what made me want to make The Barn."
There is no worse nightmare for a farmer than finding your livestock dead. It’s an inevitable kick in the gut, made all the harsher when you realize they’ve fallen to predators. Australian siege-horror The Pack amplifies that nightmare by having humanity’s supposed best friend culpable.
Who said video rental stores are dead? Turns out, in Austin they're just migrating to where the renters are. Walking through the packed shelves of the new Vulcan Video, relocated from South Congress to South Manchaca, general manager Kristen Ellisor said, "No one's where they were 10 years ago."