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FF2012: James Moran Climbs The 'Tower Block'

Writer James Moran has played a key part in the history of Fantastic Fest. In 2006, his business horror Severance made the short list of films to play both there and SXSW. This year, he has two scripts on screen: comedy horror Cockneys Versus Zombies and survival shocker Tower Block. So where's he been for six years? Read More | Comment »

Film 2:00PM Wed. Sep. 26, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: 'Young Gun in the Time'

A year ago, director Oh Young-doo brought lascivious weirdo Invasion of Alien Bikini to Fantastic Fest, and I was unimpressed by its bargain-basement antics. This year, he's back with the even loopier Young Gun in the Time, and I'm glad of the do-over. Because this is a strange, floopy, back-and-forth gem of a time travel pic. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:37PM Wed. Sep. 26, 2012, Richard Whittaker

Wil Wheaton: Austin, He Will Be In You

Get your w00t on! The one and only Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, is coming to Wizard World Comic Con in Austin, making the show reunion complete. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:47AM Wed. Sep. 26, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: Austin's Mayor Proclaims "It's Fantastic Fest Week"

We're just gonna let this one speak for itself. No explanation required here. (No free downtown parking, either. Damn you smart growth!) Read More | Comment »

Film 9:00AM Wed. Sep. 26, 2012, Marc Savlov

VOD Watch

Although Solomon Kane screened at Fantastic Fest 2009, this handsomely produced adaptation of Weird Tales icon Robert E. Howard's other ancient scrapper is only now getting a fitful release. So fitful, in fact, it was just pulled from its slated Friday opening in Austin – but it's readily available on video-on-demand. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:16PM Tue. Sep. 25, 2012, Marc Savlov

FF2012: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for 'The American Scream'

It's rare that made-for-TV docs like The American Scream gets a big screen outing, but like the home haunts it portrays, it always dreamed big. Director Michael Paul Stephenson explained, "In our heads, it was never a TV documentary." Like a home haunter makes magic from chicken wire, he created something that was a little more cinematic. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:00PM Tue. Sep. 25, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: Fantastic Fest Awards

In case you weren't following last night's live tweeting (@ACScreens) from the Chronicle's Richard Whittaker (aka The Kilted One), here's the Fantastic Fest Awards tally. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:28AM Tue. Sep. 25, 2012, Kimberley Jones

FF2012: 'The ABC's of Death'

I don't think I've laughed as hard or was caught off guard as much by any other film at the Fest this year. Alamo jefe Tim League and Kiwi filmhead Ant Timpson corralled 26 directors, some FF-alumni, some not, and the result is like Sesame Street as helmed by the imps of the perverse. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:42AM Tue. Sep. 25, 2012, Marc Savlov

Film Flam

So you wanna be in pictures? How about a new picture from an international filmmaker with an adoring Austin fanbase and a first name that puts us in mind of the tastiest flavor of Dorito snack chips around? (No, not Cool Ranch, ya doof.) Read More | Comment »

Film Flam 4:08PM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, Kimberley Jones

FF2012: 'The Conspiracy'

The genius of the true conspiracy theorist is that, no matter how thoroughly their pet paranoia is debunked, they can still say, "Ah-hah, but that's what THEY want you to believe." Mockumentary The Conspiracy dwells in that netherworld between proof and suspicion. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:00PM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: 'The King of Pigs'

Say what you want about animation being a flimsy to convey mature themes and imagery that, pre-CGI, would have been impossible to adequately capture on traditional film. The King of Pigs can take it and dish it out...and dish it out...and dish it out. Read More | Comment »

Film 3:54PM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, Marc Savlov

FF2012: 'The Warped Forest'

You can't really review The Warped Forest. You can just prepare people for it. That's not a bad thing, and this is not an A Serbian Film-style warning. It's that The Warped Forest is so dreamlike, so peculiar, that it's best to let wash it over you. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:50AM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: Bumper Scars

Unlike their more straight-laced cousins on the festival circuit, Fantastic Fest let's its freaky-as-fuck-flag unfurl even before the movies start. FF's pre-screening bumpers are notoriously over-the-top and they've just picked this year's Top Six. (As in "666," we assume.) Read More | Comment »

Film 10:18AM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, Marc Savlov

FF2012: Fantastic Arcade Award Winners

The Fantastic Arcade ended with two gaming geeks going head to head in Starcade followed by the award ceremony, both hosted by Wiley Wiggins who continued his four-day streak of superlative mic handling. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 1:19AM Mon. Sep. 24, 2012, James Renovitch

FF2012: 'Dredd' Heads

As judge, jury and executioner, comics anti-hero Judge Dredd seems like a someone who'll shoot the bad guy in the head for no reason. "Not for no reason," says Karl Urban, who gets to don the iconic helmet for the new Dredd 3D. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:14PM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: 'The Final Member'

If the life of Sigurdur “Siggi” Hjartarson has an anthem, it's probably Monty Python's 'The Penis Song.' Read More | Comment »

Film 4:00PM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: Why 'The Collection' is All About Character

Horror fans loved 2009 slasher pic The Collector, but it didn't set the box office ablaze. With sequel The Collection, director Marcus Dunstan sees a chance for a do-over. He said, "We tried to hit the home run the first time. OK, the ball didn't sail out of the park yet, but you know what? It's still coming at us. Let's hit it again." Read More | Comment »

Film 12:12PM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, Richard Whittaker

FF2012: 'Wake in Fright'

This long lost Aussie nightday-mare dates back to 1971, the same year Nicolas Roeg's seminal Walkabout arrived in theaters. Director Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright is the more compelling of the two, and this restored version might well be the most intense 116 minutes of Fantastic Fest 2012. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:36AM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, Marc Savlov

FF2012: 'Combat Girls'

There have been enough films made depicting varying facets of skinhead subculture that they by now represent a sub-genre unto themselves. The viscerally over-the-edge Combat Girls, though, is the first to focus exclusively on female protagonists caught up in the whirlwind of hate. Read More | Comment »

Film 7:39AM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, Marc Savlov

FF2012: Fantastic Arcade Day 3

The Arcade has one thing on its film-centric sibling: The stars of the show aren't on the red carpet. The developers generally stay for the entire fest playing one another’s games and mingling with the crowd of game-lovers and -makers. All that schmoozing makes the panels informal and unpredictable. Saturday was no exception. Here are the highlights: Read More | Comment »

Gaming 4:15AM Sun. Sep. 23, 2012, James Renovitch

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