By Dave Campbell | September 8, 2009
In a little more than two weeks Fantastic Fest will be upon us. I’ve personally been looking forward to this since the moment SXSW 2009 came to a close, and the anticipation has only intensified. The lineup of genre films this year brings some very exciting dilemmas to the table since some of the films I want to see are playing on the same night and only screening once. Instead of sitting at home moping along to my favorite Morrissey songs, decisions must be made and priorities set. Here is the link to the films that will be featured in Fantastic Fest 2009.
For those of you that are unfamiliar of the badassery of Fantastic Fest, below is the official about statement:
Fantastic Fest was founded in 2005 by Tim League (founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema) and Harry Knowles (founder of Ain’t It Cool News).
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past we have presented the world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, CITY OF EMBER and EAGLE EYE, while our guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. We also feature world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest is held each year, primarily at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.
Fantastic Fest is programmed in part by Tim League, Harry Knowles, Todd Brown, Rodney Perkins, Blake Ethridge, Zack Carlson, Lars Nilsen, Henri Mazza and Eric Vespe. Special thanks to Colin Geddes and Marc Walkow for their programming guidance and support as well as festival co-founders Tim McCanlies and Paul Alvarado-Dykstra.
A few of my initial pics for the festival are listed below as I try to put my b-side calendar together and get organized.
Trick ‘r Treat
V.I.P. & FILM BADGES are already sold out, but 2ND-HALF FESTIVAL BADGES, DAYTIME-ONLY BADGES, and INDIVIDUAL SHOW TICKETS are still available here.
If you cant make it out this year stay tuned to Smells Like Screen Spirit for highlights, updates, and reviews.