Fantastic Fest 2013

Horror. Fantasy. Sci-fi. Action. Check one, or check all. The largest genre film festival in the U.S., Fantastic Fest has something for everyone – well, except, maybe, for the faint of heart.

Fantastic Fest 2013 ended Sept. 26. Fantastic Fest 2014 will be held Sept. 18-25, 2014, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar.

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Band members and filmmakers celebrated the premiere of 'Metallica: Through the Never' at Fantastic Fest.
'Metallica'
'Man of Tai Chi' and 'Cheap Thrills' red carpet and Q&A at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, Sept. 21, 2013
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'Man of Tai Chi' & 'Cheap Thrills'
'Grand Piano' red carpet at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, Sept. 20, 2013
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'Grand Piano'
Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Robert Rodriguez
'Machete Kills'

The Flesh and the Faith of 'We Are What We Are'

Director Jim Mickle on remakes, religion, and America's dark history

Richard Whittaker, Sat., Oct. 12, 2013

Metallica Creates a New Monster

Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and Nimrod Antal go 'Through the Never'

Richard Whittaker, Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

'Zero Theorem' Doesn't Quite Add Up

More questions than answers in Terry Gilliam's sci-fi head-scratcher

Dan Gentile, Fri., Sept. 27, 2013

There's No 'Escape From Tomorrow'

Director Randy Moore on fair use and Disney princess culture

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 26, 2013

Take a Ride With ‘Blue Ruin’

Revenge proves tricky in Fantastic Fest gem

Marjorie Baumgarten, Tue., Sept. 24, 2013

‘Grand Piano’ Is a Virtuosic Instrument

Craft and performance anxiety rule this Fantastic Fest dazzler

Marjorie Baumgarten, Tue., Sept. 24, 2013

Feeding the 'Afflicted'

Clif Prowse and Derek Lee have a new angle on found footage

Richard Whittaker, Tue., Sept. 24, 2013

And the Fantastic Winners Are

Fantastic Fest awards go to 'Jodorowsky's Dune,' 'Afflicted'

Richard Whittaker, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

Big Ups for ‘Detective Downs’

Norwegian P.I. at Fantastic Fest updates the gumshoe tradition

Marjorie Baumgarten, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

Ecstatic Highs, Then Bluer Than Blue Can Be

Last shots to see Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo,’ still no U.S. distro

Kimberley Jones, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

Parkour and Slapstick Comedy Combine in 'Journey to the West'

Here's hoping Stephen Chow's latest makes its way west

Dan Gentile, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

‘The Congress’ Future Imperfect

FF2013 screens Ari Folman’s dystopic followup to ‘Waltz From Bashir’

Kimberley Jones, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

'R100' Is the New NSFW

Bizarre, charming Japanese gutbuster finds the heart of S&M

Richard Whittaker, Mon., Sept. 23, 2013

Isolation, Death, Romance, Death, Repeat

'Love Eternal' is anything but a minor threat

Marc Savlov, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

Fantastic Arcade Awards Announced

Samurai Gunn slashes & shoots its way to victory

James Renovitch, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

Dive Into the Great 'Unknown'

Errol Morris and Don Rumsfeld take us on a tour of U.S. history

Monica Riese, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

J'accuse! In Korean!

'Confession of Murder' is guilty … of being pretty kickass

Marc Savlov, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

Burn, Witch, Burn

The Pope still loathes Ken Russell's 'The Devils,' and with good reason

Marc Savlov, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

Fantastic Arcade Day 3

Another day, more lessons learned

James Renovitch, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

'Coherence' Makes a Multiverse Out of Nothing

Micro-microbudget mindbender makes every restriction a virtue

Richard Whittaker, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

'Patrick' Is a Solid Little Creepfest

Ozploitation psychic killer classic remade and revamped

Richard Whittaker, Sun., Sept. 22, 2013

Devil Times Five-ish

'A Field in England' might remind you of a field in Bastrop

Marc Savlov, Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

What Did You Shoot on, Keanu Reeves?

'Man of Tai Chi' director answers the immortal question

Richard Whittaker, Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

Fantastic Arcade Day 2

More lessons I learned from a bunch of indie devs in a dark theatre

James Renovitch, Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

The One About Erotic 'Harry Potter' Fan Fiction

Filmmaker Clay Liford on fan fiction from '50 Shades' to 'Star Trek'

Clay Liford, Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

The Guerrilla 'Escape'

'Escape From Tomorrow' crew talks Disney-dodging at Fantastic Fest

Kimberley Jones, Fri., Sept. 20, 2013

Takeaways From Fantastic Arcade: Day 1

Life lessons learned through video games and the people who make them

James Renovitch, Fri., Sept. 20, 2013

Who's Afraid of 'Big Bad Wolves'?

Wolfing down the new Israeli horror from Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 19, 2013

Keanu Reeves Is in Fighting Trim

Actor takes over the director's chair for 'Man of Tai Chi'

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 19, 2013

Dark, Darker, Darkest

'Narco Cultura' and 'Escape From Tomorrow' subvert the mainstream

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 19, 2013

Fantastic Mr. League

Alamo Drafthouse honcho Tim League on debates, distro, and the change in venue

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 19, 2013

Fantastic Arcade Gets the Closing Party It Deserves

Devolver Digital and Wild Rumpus team up to let loose

James Renovitch, Mon., Sept. 16, 2013

Errol Morris' Badassedness To Be Made Official

Legendary documentarian will be fêted at Fantastic Fest 2013

Kimberley Jones, Mon., Sept. 9, 2013

Has Fantastic Fest Gone Too Hog-Wild?

Helicopter Hog Hunt has some fans worried

Marc Savlov, Mon., Sept. 9, 2013

It's On! Tim League Vs Keanu Reeves

Fantastic Fest debate to feature "Man of Tai Chi" star

Richard Whittaker, Fri., Sept. 6, 2013

Fantastic Fest Adds Terry Gilliam And Metallica

Final round of films includes surprise big names

Richard Whittaker, Thu., Sept. 5, 2013

Fantastic Fest Tells Tales of the Long and the Short and the Tall

Short film selection from Austin to Estonia, animation to sushi

Richard Whittaker, Wed., Sept. 4, 2013

Fantastic Arcade Games Announced

Some gaming to accompany the Fantastic Fest moviegoing

James Renovitch, Thu., Aug. 15, 2013

Join the Big Leagues

Alamo Drafthouse CEO seeks an apprentice

Monica Riese, Wed., Aug. 14, 2013

Fantastic Fest Round Two: Israel, Japan, and a 'Field in England'

New Ben Wheatley historical shocker added to 2013 lineup

Richard Whittaker, Tue., Aug. 13, 2013

Fantastic Fest Announces Keanu Reeves as 'Man of Tai Chi'

Plus 'Big Bad Wolves' and 'Nightbreed - The Cabal Cut' and more

Richard Whittaker, Wed., July 24, 2013

Machete to 'Kill' Fantastic Fest

Robert Rodriguez's latest to open genre film fest

Richard Whittaker, Wed., July 10, 2013


Previous Fantastic Fest coverage: 2012, 2011