Fantastic Fest Gets Toxic With The Toxic Avenger

Fall of the House of Usher, The Creator added

The Toxic Avenger directed by Austin's own Macon Blair, will be this year's opening night film at Fantastic Fest.

Who said that you had to get rid of all the toxic people in your life? Not when they're the Toxic Avenger, the sludgy superhero of the cult horror-comedy series, whose next feature gets its world premiere as the opening night film for Fantastic Fest 2023.

As a celebration of the strangest, most inventive, and bizarre cinema the globe has to offer, Fantastic Fest (Sept. 21-28) didn't have to go too far this year to find this incredible reboot of the Troma Studios cult classic, as this reinvention has been directed by Austin's own Macon Blair. This reinvention features Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as the mop-wielding hero, alongside costars Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Elijah Wood, and Kevin Bacon.

And you can't have an opener without a closer, and that honor goes to Totally Killer. The eighties-set comedy horror from Prime Video and Blumhouse, directed by Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan, is a radical riff on Back to the Future with Kiernan Shipka as a teenager who time travels back to 1987 to put an end to a serial killer's rampage before they kill her mother.

The Creator (Image Courtesy of 20th Century)

Wood, Blair, and Shipka are all FF veterans (2013's Grand Piano, 2018's Hold the Dark, and 2015's February, better known from its release title of The Blackcoat's Daughter respectively). However, they're far from the only returning alums. Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) got his big break at the FF-programmed SX Fantastic sidebar with Monsters, but now comes to the main festival with his sci fi epic The Creator.

Similarly, Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, 2017) is back with his latest series based around creepy houses: first was The Haunting of Hill House, then The Haunting of Bly Manor, and now he heads into the realm of Edgar Allan Poe with his star-studded adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher.

Joining him is Hugo Sakamoto (Yellow Dragon's Village, '21) with killer comedy Baby Assassins 2; Álex de la Iglesia (Witching & Bitching, 2013) is back with his latest road trip comedy Four's Company; Joe Lynch (Everly, 2014) with his tribute to Stuart Gordon and H.P. Lovecraft, Suitable Flesh; two FF '21 survivors, Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell) and and Scott Derrickson (The Black Phone) team up as part of the roster for the latest in the V/H/S/ anthology series, V/H/S/85; and the Adams family (Hellbender, '21) get supernatural again with Where the Devil Roams.

Caligula: The Ultimate Cut

Fantastic Fest also has an almost unique reputation for archive screenings, and the highest profile dip into cinematic history this year may come with the North American premiere of Caligula: The Ultimate Cut. Few movies have been so rebuilt, reconstructed, and bastardized as Tinto Brass' historical epic, but now film historian Thomas Negovan has re-edited it as close as possible to the original script by Gore Vidal.

If that seems a little cerebral for you, then don't worry: there are also revivals and restorations of bug horrors including The Nest, Bugged!, and infamous Hong Kong skincrawler Centipede Horror.

Scala!!!

And suitably for a festival that loves films, there's a whole slew of films about films, film watching, and film appreciation. Jane Giles and Ali Catterall explore the history of one of London's most legendary art cinemas in Scala!!!, while a lost hero of British exploitation cinema gets his day on the big screen in Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life of Cliff Twemlow. As for fans of physical media, a mecca of VHS culture is memorialized and celebrated for its onging impact with Kim's Video.

Fantastic Fest 2023 runs Sept. 21-28 at the Alamo South Lamar. Tickets, badges, and info at fantasticfest.com. Now here's the rest of the feature lineup:

30 COINS (Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2)
D: Álex de la Iglesia
Produced in Spain for HBO Europe, 2023, World Premiere, 110 min

Welcome to hell.

100 YARDS
D: Xu Haofeng & Xu Junfeng
China, 2023, US Premiere, 108 min

Shen An wages war on the streets of Tianjin after losing control of his martial arts academy in a humiliating duel with his father’s apprentice.

ACID
D: Just Philippot
France, 2023, North American Premiere, 99 min

In a world messed up by climate change, a girl and her divorced parents must cross a devastated France under strange clouds pouring acid rain.

All Golden
THE ALL GOLDEN
D: Nate Wilson
Canada, 2023, World Premiere, 64 min

In veteran Fantastic Fest filmmaker Nate Wilson’s kaleidoscopic and labyrinthine deconstructionist satire, a laid-up polyamorous bicycle courier discovers that her older, scholarly boyfriend has been keeping a sinister secret in his closet.

THE ALTMAN METHOD
D: Nadav Aronowicz
Israel, 2022, North American Premiere, 101 min

A struggling actress questions her husband’s account of a brutal act of heroism that has won him national recognition and saved his failing business.

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
D: Thomas Cailley
France, 2023, North American Premiere, 130 min

Emile’s dad moves him to southern France, where his mom is held in a facility for patients afflicted with an illness that mutates them into animals.

ANIMALIA
D: Sofia Alaoui
France, Morocco, Qatar, 2023, Texas Premiere, 91 min

Separated from her husband during a state of emergency, pregnant Itto is stranded in a village, where she starts to experience mysterious phenomena.

Baby Assassins 2
BABY ASSASSINS 2
D: Hugo Sakamoto
Japan, 2023, US Premiere, 101 min

The Baby Assassins have been suspended from the Assassin Guild and it’s hard to find a new job when you’ve got a fanboy assassin duo out to kill you.

BARK
D: Marc Schölermann
Germany, 2023, World Premiere, 90 min

A businessman tied to a tree deep in the woods struggles to convince an outdoorsman to cut him free after the hunter sets up camp to watch him die.

BLONDE DEATH (Presented by Bleeding Skull)
D: James Dillinger aka James Robert Baker
USA, 1984, World Premiere of Restoration, 98 min

Bleeding Skull presents a tale of death, drugs, and Disneyland in James Robert Baker’s essential chapter of queer cinema history.

BLOOD DINER
D: Jackie Kong
USA, 1987, 90 min

A brain in a jar orders his cannibal nephews to dismember call girls in their diner’s kitchen to patch together a perfect body for an ancient goddess.

The Book of Solutions

THE BOOK OF SOLUTIONS
D: Michel Gondry
France, 2023, North American Premiere, 102 min

Michel Gondry returns with a tongue-in-cheek satire about an idiosyncratic filmmaker who will do anything to execute his vision.

BUGGED! (Presented by AGFA and Troma)
D: Ronald K. Armstrong
USA, 1996, 82 min

Following a freak lab accident, a woman hires the Dead and Buried Exterminators to rid her house of some overgrown crickets but they all soon realize the bugs are radioactive beasties with a lust for blood!

CALIGULA: THE ULTIMATE CUT
USA, Italy, 1980, North American Premiere, 173 min

Art historian Thomas Negovan offers a new cut of one of the most decadent movies ever made, using outtakes to reconcile the film to its original script.

Captain Faggotron Saves the Universe
CAPTAIN FAGGOTRON SAVES THE UNIVERSE
D: Harvey Rabbit
Germany, 2023, Texas Premiere, 75 min

This absurd camp fantasy holds a big old mirror to persecution of homosexuality and queerness throughout history and confronts it in a sometimes musical / always garish comedy.

CENTIPEDE HORROR (Presented by AGFA and Error 4444)
D: Keith Li
Hong Kong, 1982, 94 min

After his sister dies under mysterious circumstances while on vacation, Wai Lun decides to take matters into his own hands. Soon enough, he discovers a family curse, battling wizards, and centipedes.

COBWEB
D: Kim Jee-woon
South Korea, 2023, US Premiere, 135 min

Director Kim Jee-woon’s ravishing and raucous tale of a director trying to finish his magnum opus in the censorship-prone 1970s Korean film industry.

THE COFFEE TABLE
D: Caye Casas
Spain, 2022, North American Premiere, 90 min

Sometimes a gaudy coffee table is just a coffee table, and sometimes it’s the catalyst for a nightmarish descent into ruination.

Conann
CONANN
D: Bertrand Mandico
France, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2023,US Premiere, 105 min

Fantastic Fest favorite Bertrand Mandico is back with his uniquely beautiful and bizarre time-traveling spin on the myth of Conan the Barbarian.

CONCRETE UTOPIA
D: Um Tae-hwa
South Korea, 2023, Texas Premiere, 130 min

A magnetic Lee Byung-hun and Park Seo-joon lead this dark, high-stakes disaster parable of Korea’s fevered obsession with real estate and class forms.

THE CREATOR
D: Gareth Edwards
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 133 min

From director/co-writer Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, Godzilla) comes an epic sci-fi action thriller set amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence.

CRUMB CATCHER
D: Chris Skotchdopole
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 103 min

An anxiety-inducing chamber piece that will make you fondly remember the worst high-pressure sales pitch you’ve ever delivered (or endured).

Cult of AGFA Trailer Party
THE CULT OF AGFA TRAILER SHOW (Presented by AGFA)
D: Joseph A. Ziemba & Bret Berg
USA, 2023, World Premiere of 35mm Restoration, 77 min

The world premiere 35mm screening of AGFA's wildest mixtape yet.

THE DEEP DARK
D: Mathieu Turi
France, 2023, International Premiere, 100 min

A group of coal miners unintentionally free a bloodthirsty creature after accompanying a professor down to a hidden crypt discovered deep in the mine.

DIVINITY
D: Eddie Alcazar
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 88 min

A mad scientist's serum grants perfect bodies and immortality, but at a cost: rampant infertility leads to an undying society based only on pleasure.

Door
DOOR
D: Banmei Takahashi
Japan, 1988, North American Premiere, 94 min

A lonely housewife is held hostage in her own apartment by an increasingly deranged door-to-door salesman in this forgotten home invasion masterpiece.

EILEEN
D: William Oldroyd
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 97 min

Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret — throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.

ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE
D: David Gregory
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 94 min

In the wake of Bruce Lee’s sudden death, film studios rushed to capitalize on the irreplaceable icon, and a new subgenre was born — Bruceploitation.

The Fall of the House of Usher
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Episodes 1 & 2)
D: Mike Flanagan
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 120 min

Roderick Usher, CEO of a corrupt pharmaceutical company, must face his past when brutal and mysterious incidents start affecting his family.

FALLING STARS
D: Richard Karpala & Gabriel Bienczycki
USA, 2023, North American Premiere, 80 min

Three brothers set out on the first night of Harvest to check out the desiccated remains of the witch that their friend has buried in the desert.

THE FANTASTIC GOLEM AFFAIRS
D: Burnin’ Percebes
Spain, 2023, US Premiere, 97 min

After his best friend falls to his death and shatters into pottery shards, Juan uncovers a secret world of living golems in this offbeat comedy.

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL VOL. 10
D: Joe Pickett & Nick Prueher
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 85 min

Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Late Show) take you on a guided tour through their latest and greatest VHS finds.

Four's a Crowd
FOUR’S A CROWD
D: Álex de la Iglesia
Spain, 2022, Texas Premiere, 100 min

Two unexpected passengers complicate an Uber driver’s plan to declare his feelings for one of his regular customers during a 300 km drive to Madrid.

A GUIDE TO BECOMING AN ELM TREE
D: Skye & Adam Mann
Ireland, 2023, North American Premiere, 75 min

Padraig (James O Healy) is pulled into a dark world of Irish Mythology and magic as he struggles to deal with his past actions.

I’LL CRUSH Y’ALL
D: Kike Narcea
Spain, 2023, World Premiere, 92 min
A retired boxing champion and his dog must defend his family’s country farm from wave after wave of gangsters in this bloody, bare-knuckle brawler.

IN MY MOTHER'S SKIN
D: Kenneth Dagatan
Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, 2023, Texas Premiere, 97 min
A Filipino girl living under Japanese occupation learns the tragic consequences of making deals when a fairy’s gifts extract pounds of flesh.

Invisible Fight

THE INVISIBLE FIGHT
D: Rainer Sarnet
Estonia, Latvia, Greece, Finland, 2023, North American Premiere, 115 min

After martial artists take out his Soviet post on the China border, a mechanic seeks kung fu mastery at a monastery in this wuxia-inspired comedy.

JACKDAW
D: Jamie Childs
UK, 2023, World Premiere, 97 min

Former motocross champion Jack Dawson embarks on a dark odyssey through his decaying Rust Belt town after being double-crossed by the local kingpin.

THE JAR (CHARON)
D: Bruce Tuscano
USA, 1984, World Premiere of Restoration, 85 min

After hitting an old man with his car, Paul is left with a jar holding a demonic creature that opens a portal to strange worlds and psychotic visions.

KENNEDY
D: Anurag Kashyap
India, 2023, US Premiere, 144 min

Kennedy works as a contract killer for a corrupt police commissioner with the hope of exacting vengeance on the man who murdered his son.

KILL DOLLY KILL
D: Heidi Moore
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 79 min

Dolly Deadly is out to win Serial Killer of the Year, and she’ll violate all sense of good taste to snatch the crown and look fabulous while doing it.

Killing Romance
KILLING ROMANCE
D: Lee Won-suk
South Korea, 2023, Texas Premiere, 107 min

A toxic masculinity-bashing karaoke musical phantasmagoria from the magical mind of Lee Won-suk, Killing Romance will stick in your head for months.

KIM'S VIDEO
D: David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
USA, UK, France, 2023, Texas Premiere, 86 min

An aspiring filmmaker with fond memories of browsing the shelves of a defunct NY video store attempts to rescue its singular collection of VHS tapes.

THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY
D: Francis Galluppi
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 90 min

A traveling salesman and a waitress face down two murderous bank robbers while waiting for gas at the last pump before a hundred miles of desert.

The Last Video Store
THE LAST VIDEO STORE
D: Cody Kennedy & Tim Rutherford
Canada, 2023, World Premiere, 83 min

Blaster Video’s only employee teams up with his best customer’s daughter to fight off an onslaught of B-movie baddies made real by a VHS necronomicon.

LETTERS TO THE POSTMAN
D: Felix Dembinski
UK, England, 2022, US Premiere, 61 min

A naive postman finds himself corresponding with a mysterious woman in Felix Dembinski’s auspicious and bewitching folk fable.

MANCUNIAN MAN: THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF CLIFF TWEMLOW
D: Jake West
UK, 2023, North American Premiere, 124 min

A hilarious, action-packed documentary chronicling the fascinating life of indie filmmaker Cliff Twemlow and the industry he built in Manchester, UK.

Manhole
#MANHOLE
D: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Japan, 2023, Texas Premiere, 99 min

The premise is a simple one: After a night of hard drinking on the night before his wedding, a man falls into an open manhole. How will he escape?

MESSIAH OF EVIL (Presented by AGFA and Radiance Films)
D: Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck
USA, 1974, World Premiere of 35mm Restoration, 90 min

AGFA and Radiance Films present a brand new, restored 35mm print of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz’ artful nightmare.

MUSHROOMS
D: Paweł Borowski
Poland, 2023, World Premiere, 75 min

An old lady stumbles upon a lost couple while picking mushrooms. They beg for help getting out of the forest, but she senses that something is off.

THE NEST (Presented by AGFA and Shout! Factory)
D: Terence H. Winkless
USA, 1988, 89 min

Roaches have never tasted flesh… Until now.

NOWHERE
D: Gregg Araki
USA, 1997, Texas Premiere of 4K Restoration, 83 min

A bunch of LA teens realize they’re witnessing the apocalypse as they seek out a wild party in this 4K restoration of Gregg Araki’s cult classic.

One Percenter
ONE-PERCENTER
D: Yûdai Yamaguchi
Japan, 2023, North American Premiere, 85 min

An aging stuntman caught in a brutal feud between yakuza gangs finally shoots the pure action thriller he’s been obsessing over his entire career.

THE ORIGIN
D: Andrew Cumming
UK, 2023, North American Premiere, 87 min

A group fights for survival against an unknown adversary in this stone age thriller.

THE OTHER LAURENS
D: Claude Schmitz
Belgium, France, 2023, North American Premiere, 117 min

When his niece shows up at his door looking for help, shaggy-dog P.I. Gabriel Laurens is unwittingly drawn into his twin’s shady criminal underworld.

The People's Joker
THE PEOPLE’S JOKER
D: Vera Drew
USA, 2022, Texas Premiere, 92 min

The Joker finds new purpose in Gotham City after transitioning and opening an illegal comedy club in Vera Drew’s handcrafted superhero genre parody.

PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES
D: Lindsey Anderson Beer
USA, Canada, 2023, World Premiere, 87 min

In 1969, a young Jud Crandall and his childhood friends band together to confront an ancient evil that has gripped their hometown. Pet Semetary: Bloodlines is a terrifying prequel based on chapters from Stephen King’s novel “Pet Sematary.”

PROJECT SILENCE
D: Tae-gon Kim
South Korea, 2023, North American Premiere, 101 min

A car pileup on a foggy bridge pits survivors against a pack of vicious dogs in this satirical horror pitched between The Host and Train to Butan..

PROPERTY
D: Daniel Bandeire
Brazil, 2022, North American Premiere, 101 min

A gang of disenfranchised farmhands traps a traumatized woman in her armored car in Daniel Bandeira’s Brazilian take on the home invasion.

Rage
RAGE
D: Jorge Michel Grau
Mexico, 2023, North American Premiere, 93 min

The only child in a rundown gated community mourns his mother’s death as suspicious events lead him to suspect that his father may be a werewolf.

RESTORE POINT
D: Robert Hloz, Czech Republic, 2023
North American Premiere, 108 min

A detective investigates a double homicide in a near-future world where technology allows those who die violently to be rebooted from a data backup.

RIDDLE OF FIRE
D: Weston Razooli
USA, 2023, US Premiere, 113 min

Three children go on an epic quest to uncover the password for their TV, finding themselves in their own video game-like adventure in the real world.

RIVER
D: Junta Yamaguchi
Japan, 2023, US Premiere, 86 min

Kikaku Theater Group, the team behind our 2021 Audience Award winner Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, returns with more two-minute time loop hijinks.

The Sacrifice Game
THE SACRIFICE GAME
D: Jenn Wexler
USA/CANADA, 2023, US Premiere, 100 min

Disillusioned demon worshipers end a string of grisly murders by interrupting a boarding school’s quiet Christmas in this ‘70s-era Satanic Panic romp.

SALEM
D: Jean-Bernard Marlin
France, 2023, International Premiere, 115 min

A former gang member begins to believe that his daughter will be their slum’s new messiah after a rival curses the neighborhood with his dying breath.

SCALA!!!
D: Jane Giles & Ali Catterall
UK, 2023, North American Premiere, 96 min

The story behind London’s legendary Scala Cinema, which screened the most outrageous movies before it was sued and shuttered for showing A Clockwork Orange.

SLEEP
D: Jason Yu
South Korea, 2023, US Premiere, 95 min

Somnambulism takes on a frightful new meaning in this clever, claustrophobic Korean chiller from former Bong Joon-ho assistant director Jason Yu.

SO UNREAL
D: Amanda Kramer
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 95 min

Amanda Kramer’s documentary collage looks back at the subgenre of films concerned with cyberspace, hackers, and the first days of the internet.

Spooktacular!
SPOOKTACULAR!
D: Quinn Monahan
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 105 min

A new documentary tells the warts-and-all story behind America’s first horror theme park, Spooky World.

SRI ASIH: THE WARRIOR
D: Upi Avianto
Indonesia, 2022, North American Premiere, 133 min

An aspiring boxer discovers she’s a reincarnation of the goddess Asih in this Indonesian superhero movie focused on punching terrible men in the face.

STOPMOTION
D: Robert Morgan
UK, 2023, World Premiere, 93 min

A stop-motion animator puts up with her overbearing, sick mother in Robert Morgan’s haunting debut.

Strange Darling
STRANGE DARLING
D: JT Mollner
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 96 min

One day in the life of a serial killer.

THE STRANGLER
D: Paul Vecchiali
France, 1970, US Premiere of 2K Restoration, 95 min

A killer and a detective cross paths as they hunt for an answer to their respective feelings of loneliness in the world premiere of the restoration of this 1970 Giallo.

SUBURBAN TALE
D: Stephen Alexander
India, 2023, World Premiere, 89 min

A young woman reluctantly returns home for her estranged sister’s wedding only to discover that her family is hiding a possessed boy in their home.

Suitable Flesh
SUITABLE FLESH
D: Joe Lynch
USA, 2023, Texas Premiere, 100 min

A casual, intimate encounter with a patient leads a psychologist into the cosmic, kinky world of Lovecraftian horror headlined by Barbara Crampton and Heather Graham.

THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE BARN
D: Magnus Martens
Norway, 2023, World Premiere, 96 min

After inheriting an old cabin in Norway, an American family moves there with the intention of turning the adjoining barn into a bed and breakfast. They end up disturbing a barn elf who will go to deadly lengths to drive the family away.

TIGER STRIPES
D: Amanda Nell Eu
Malaysia, Taiwan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Indonesia, 2023, US Premiere, 95 min

A dreamy horror fairy tale about a teenage girl who notices strange, transformative changes in her body soon after getting her first period.

Totally Killer
TOTALLY KILLER
D: Nahnatchka Khan
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 106 min

When the infamous "Sweet Sixteen Killer" returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim, 17-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) accidentally travels back in time to 1987, determined to stop the killer before he can start.

THE TOXIC AVENGER
D: Macon Blair
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 102 min

A horrible toxic accident transforms downtrodden janitor Winston Gooze into a new evolution of hero:The Toxic Avenger!

TRIGGERED
D: Richard V. Somes
Philippines, 2023, North American Premiere, 113 min

Procuring a job as a night watchman as a re-entry back into civilian life, ex-soldier Miguel finds himself caught in a gun battle between a drug cartel and a corrupt police unit.

UFO SWEDEN
D: Victor Danell
Sweden, 2022, North American Premiere, 115 min

A rebellious teenager seeks out the help of a disgraced meteorologist’s ufology society to locate her father years after he vanished into thin air.

THE UNCLE
D: David Kapac & Andrija Mardešić
Croatia, Serbia, 2022, US Premiere, 104 min

A family prepares for their uncle’s Christmas visit, but the festivities are dampened by the fact that he’ll return in a few days to celebrate again.

V/H/S/85
V/H/S/85
D: David Bruckner, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Natasha Kermani, Mike Nelson, & Scott Derrickson
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 110 min

The iconic found footage series returns with an array of explosive, bloody scares set in a decade obsessed with serial killers and the Satanic Panic.

VERMIN
D: Sébastien Vaniček
France, 2023, North American Premiere, 100 min

A critter collector’s purchase of a venomous spider turns his entire apartment building into a death trap after it escapes from its shoebox enclosure.

VISITORS (COMPLETE EDITION)
D: Kenichi Ugana
Japan, 2023, World Premiere, 61 min

A rock ‘n’ roll band drop in unannounced on a friend and find themselves plummeting into a wackadoo reverie of monsters and mayhem.

Wait
THE WAIT
D: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Spain, 2023, North American Premiere, 99 min

The gamekeeper of a wealthy man’s rural hunting grounds accepts a bribe from the local hunting guide, which spirals downward into dire consequences.

WAKE UP
D: RKSS
France, 2023, World Premiere, 90 min

Gen Z activists are violently picked off by a deranged night watchman after sneaking into an environmentally destructive big-box furniture store.

WE ARE ZOMBIES
D: RKSS
France, Canada, 2023, International Premiere, 80 min

Canadian filmmaker collective RKSS returns with a hilarious, violent take on a post-apocalyptic world where zombies are misunderstood, unalive citizens.

WHAT YOU WISH FOR
D: Nicholas Tomnay
USA, 2023, US Premiere, 101 min

A down-and-out sous-chef gets more than he bargained for when he steps into the life of an old culinary school pal, a private chef for the über-rich.

WHEN EVIL LURKS
D: Demián Rugna
Argentina, Uruguay, 2023, US Premiere, 99 min

Two brothers uncover a deadly secret festering in their village and are soon in a race to contain a demon threatening to extinguish their community.

Where the Devil Roams
WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS
D: John Adams, Zelda Adams, & Toby Poser
USA, 2023, US Premiere, 92 min

After a fatal trespassing incident, Eve steals a terrifying artifact from a fellow carnival performer in the hope of bringing her parents back.

YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME
D: Josiah Allen & Indianna Bell
Australia, 2023, Texas Premiere, 96 min
A strange woman desperate for shelter from a harrowing storm picks the wrong trailer to seek refuge... or did she choose exactly right?

YOU'RE NOT ME
D: Marisa Crespo & Moisés Romera
Spain, 2023, World Premiere, 98 min

Aitana shows up at her estranged parents’ home for a surprise Christmas visit and discovers they’ve replaced her with a strange live-in caretaker.

YOUR LUCKY DAY
D: Dan Brown
USA, 2023, World Premiere, 89 min

After a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go—and how much blood they’re willing to spill—for a cut of the $156 million.

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