After The Hunt Controversy, How Will HBO Market Watchmen?

Published on 14 Aug 1919
movie news After The Hunt Controversy, How Will HBO Market Watchmen?

“The Hunt“ is hardly the first controversial film to get canceled, and it won't be the last. Violent, politicized entertainment isn't a groundbreaking concept, but given the ever-more blurred lines between politics and entertainment and under the influence of daily social media grievance cycles, carefully marketing controversial projects is becoming increasingly important for film and television distributors.

Case in point: two upcoming television projects, HBO’s “Watchmen” and Fox’s “Almost Family”, both deal with hot-button issues and could be in a similar line of fire as “The Hunt.” To date, the two shows are taking vastly different approaches to quelling concerns.

“Watchmen,“ the acclaimed graphic novel, is getting a television adaption on HBO in October. The series will take place in contemporary America, several decades after the comic book's plot, and will focus on the aftereffects of a white supremacist group terrorizing police officers.

Since “Watchmen“ premieres in October, HBO's heavy marketing for the series is still a few weeks away. That said, an HBO spokesperson said they were confident with their marketing plans for the series and do not plan on changing their strategy in response to recent real-world events.

“HBO has a long history of championing thought-provoking storytelling like ‘Watchmen,’ a blend of fantastical science fiction and political/social commentary which is based on the original iconic graphic novel,” the spokesperson told IndieWire in a statement. “We have approached the marketing of ‘Watchmen’ with great care from the outset. The first two trailers for the series have already been released and our future materials will continue in the same vein. There are no current plans to er the marketing strategy in any significant way.“

Regardless, even if the series' marketing to date de-emphasizes its more controversial themes, its handling of white supremacist terrorism and policing will inevitably be brought up by reporters and critics when series creator Damon Lindelof and others begin doing more press for the show.

Though Lindelof's representatives did not return requests for comment, he is prepared he received several questions about the series' dramatization of white supremacist terrorism during the “Watchmen“ panel at TCA in late July. He noted that the original “Watchmen“ comic also directly addressed then-contemporary political issues and said his upcoming HBO series would similarly deal with topics that are relevant to American audiences in 2019.

“The &lsquoWatchmen' comic was about what was happening in American culture at the time,“ Lindeholf said at TCA. “What, in 2019, is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Russians and the United States? And it just felt like it was undeniably race and policing in America. And so that idea started to graft itself into the &lsquoWatchmen' universe and needed to be presented in a responsible way.“

So far, nothing revealed about “Watchmen“ has been as nakedly pandering as the references to “deplorables” and “elites” in “The Hunt.“ While the mere mention of white supremacist villains in “Watchmen“ spawned the predictable kinds of pushback and vitriol in the cesspool that is every online comment section, the upcoming series has yet to provoke any anger worth taking seriously.

On the polar opposite end of the spectrum you have Fox's “Almost Family,“ a lighthearted drama about half siblings who learn they are related because a fertility doctor used his own sperm to conceive at least 100 children throughout his career. The series has been mired in controversy since its announcement, and the show's creators – who include Annie Weisman and Jason Katims – have failed to alleviate concerns about its premise of nonconsensual insemination.

Defending how your television show won't focus on the “medical rape“&mdasha term used by reporters during the show's TCA panel&mdashthat inspires the series' entire plot in the era of #MeToo is, by most measures, not exactly a great way to generate positive buzz. IndieWire has reached out to Fox.

Studios axing projects in the face of considerable controversy seems inevitable in the face of corporate profits and moronic Tweetstorms, but the significant financial costs of doing so could be mitigated by carefully marketing these projects at the outset. In short: be more like HBO and own it, and be less like Fox, who seems surprised by the backlash.

Source: Indiewire

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Published 1 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news After The Hunt Controversy, How Will HBO Market Watchmen?

Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night screening of writer-director Rian Johnson's hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and MRC mystery Knives Out. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, Knives Out stars Daniel Craig as debonair Detective Benoit Blanc, sent to investigate the death of a renowned crime novelist played by Christopher Plummer. Knives Out will be Fantastic Fest 2019's closing night film with Johnson in attendance for a special presentation at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 26th.

"Rian Johnson is a consistently thrilling and brilliant director whose work has enthralled Fantastic Fest audiences for the past 15 years," said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. "The chance to close out the festival with his unique and ingenious murder mystery was too good an offer to pass up!"

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite will also play this year's Fantastic Fest with director Bong Joon-ho SNOWPIERCER, OKJA in attendance. Reaping near-universal acclaim around the world, Parasite is a darkly comic tale of two very different families who find their lives inexplicably intertwined.

This year, Fantastic Fest celebrates the rich and varied history of Mexican genre film with a trio of rarely seen repertory titles, programmed in association with Mexico City's Mórbido Film Fest. In The Black Pit of Dr. M Misterios De Ultratumba, two doctors make an unholy bet to discover just what's in the afterlife in The Ship of Monsters La Nave De Los Monstruos, two extraterrestrials traverse the universe collecting sample species to repopulate their planet resulting in the wildest spaceship ever with a wide array of characters from singing cowboys to Martian princes and other otherworldly beings starring none other than the brilliant Lorena Velázquez and finally, Trampa Infernal a.k.a. Hell's Trap sees a group of young people go after a bear, only to find themselves terrorized by a crazed Vietnam vet in a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove, combining the best of slasher traditions with an incredible visual style and '80s fashions galore! A dedicated shorts program exploring up and coming young Mexican filmmakers will be presented as part of the program, as well, which will be announced at a later date.

Mórbido Film Fest's head of programming Abraham Castillo Flores will give a lecture titled "The Mórbido Crypt's Guide to Mexican Fantasy and Horror Cinema," a co-presentation with The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, founded by film writer/programmer/producer Kier-La Janisse. The sidebar is also supported by Cine Las Americas, the Mexican Film Institute IMCINE, the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Fundación Televisa, Alameda Films, and Grupo Galindo.

"As Mórbido continues its primal mission to promote Mexican fantasy and horror cinema throughout the world, we are proud to collaborate with Fantastic Fest to highlight three unique films that represent peculiar moments in our complex national film history," says Flores.

Fantastic Fest shows its full rainbow colors with a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema, including the US Premiere of Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, a documentary focusing on the journey Mark Patton's life took from actor to activist after starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, as well as a rep screening of that seminal title with the cast in attendance. There will be a very special presentation of Norman J. Warren's Prey 1977, which focuses on the disintegration of a relationship amidst a very real alien threat. The sidebar wraps up with a screening of Lyle with director Stewart Thorndike in attendance, where the grief of a mother turns to abject paranoia when she suspects her neighbors of being part of a satanic cult.

"The two most unwavering pieces of my identity - my queerness and my love of horror - come together in some fascinating and unexpected ways over the course of film history," says Fantastic Fest programmer Brian Kelley. "I can't think of a better group of people to explore and celebrate some of the crazy, frequently daring and often challenging films that make up the universe of queer horror with than my Fantastic Fest family."

Fantastic Fest's LGBTQ+ sidebar is proudly sponsored by Shudder and co-presented by community partners aGLIFF and OUTsider, the Horror Queers podcast, and drag horror titans Peaches Christ and Louisianna Purchase, who along with Die Felicia will slay at an epic BYOW Bring Your Own Wig party in The Highball.

Related: Red Dawn Announced as Fantastic Fest 2012's Closing Night Film

The witching hour arriveth at Fantastic Fest and with it brings titles that promise the audience all those forbidden sights that the daytime can't handle. In the World Premiere of Joe Begos' VFW, a group of veterans find themselves in a deadly showdown against a gang of punk mutants dead-set on killing them. Also from Begos is Bliss, where a creative mental block threatens to tip an artist into uncontrollable bloodbath in a very special 35mm screening. Seth Ickerman expands the unique vision of a neon sci-fi universe first presented within his astounding short Turbo Killer and teams up once again with synth master Carpenter Brut in the North American premiere of Blood Machines. And Richard Stanley recruits the help of Nicolas Cage to explore just what mysteries Color Out of Space holds in an adaptation of the seminal Lovecraft story in the US premiere of the highly-anticipated title.

Science fiction and visions of the future are represented at the festival with a trio of titles that run the gamut of all fears. Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return to the festival for the US Premiere of their newest fever-dream Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as a pair of paramedics in the throes of a losing battle against a brand new designer drug. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots are a couple who find themselves moving into their dream house, only to discover a trap in Lorcan Finnegan's Cannes hit Vivarium. And in a small town in 1950s New Mexico, a mysterious radio signal sends a pair of teenagers on an exciting journey to discover its source in the masterful debut The Vast of Night from director Andrew Patterson.

Cinema itself is explored at Fantastic Fest with a duo of documentaries that focus on wildly varied subjects. Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet's Phil Tippet - Mad Dreams and Monsters takes an extensive look at the great genius behind the visual effects of films such as Robocop, Star Wars and Jurassic Park while Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks explores the history of kung fu cinema from 1960s Hong Kong through '70s 42nd Street and beyond with the help of experts, historians, kung fu stars and more! Prior to the festival, Alamo Drafthouse will be running a series to prep for the screening titled Fists of Iron, Wheels of Steel where Texas DJs will be live-scoring some of the most beloved Kung Fu classics, including Master of the Flying Guillotine with DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, Police Story with DJ Catwalk, and more!

The world at large is explored through a genre lens with films that take aim at topical subjects. In the US Premiere of Karl Markovics' Nobadi, the unlikely friendship between an old German man and a migrant worker will show them the true horror of their existence, while the US Premiere of The Platform sees society use a very new and unique punishment for criminals and those in need. In Abou Leila, two men hunt for a vicious terrorist leader while trying to hide from the bloodstains in their soul, and in the US Premiere of Orçun Behram's The Antenna, a sinister government broadcast in Turkey corrupts the very nature of everything it touches.

Worldwide, weird and wonderful genre films return with a selection of titles that refuse to be categorized. In Martin Krejčí's The True Adventure of Wolfboy, an unusual young man goes on a journey of discovery with a roster of eccentric characters in a film that mixes the best of fairy-tales and Czech magical realism. In Vhyes, the discovery of a video camcorder leads a 12-year-old boy to create a unique time capsule. In Patrick, a young man goes to extreme lengths to find his lost hammer in his father's nudist colony. Finally, in Butt Boy, a man discovers he has a fetish of the most extraordinary kind during a routine prostate examination.

More FF alumni return to the festival with new and exciting titles. Mickey Reece uses the cold backdrop of a New England winter to explore a homecoming of a very weird kind in the astounding Climate of the Hunter. In Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's The Lodge, the relationship between two children and their stepmother gets strained to its murderous limit when the trio are trapped in a cabin. And Mattie Do explores the power of mistakes, choices, and consequences in the stunning and unique Laotian science-fiction exploration The Long Walk.

Fantastic Fest 2019 Second Wave Film Lineup:

ABOU LEILAAlgeria, France, Qatar, 2019North American Premiere, 139 minDirector - Amin Sidi-BoumédièneIn the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

THE ANTENNATurkey, 2019US Premiere, 115 minDirector - Orçun BehramSomewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

THE BLACK PIT OF DR. MMexico, 1959Repertory Screening, 82 minDirector - Fernando MéndezTwo doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

BLISSUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 80 minDirector - Joe BegosWhile trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

BLOOD MACHINESFrance, USA, 2019North American Premiere, 50 minDirector - Seth IckermanThe wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, "Turbo Killer," shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

BUTT BOYUSA, 2019World Premiere, 100 minDirector - Tyler CornackIn attendance - Director Tyler CornackWriter/director/comedian Tyler Cornack's Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTERUSA, 2019World Premiere, 90 minDirector - Mickey ReeceThe "Soderbergh of the Sticks," Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

COLOR OUT OF SPACEUSA, 2019US Premiere, 111 minDirector - Richard StanleyUnimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley's entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story.

IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKSAustralia, 2019North American Premiere, 107 minDirector - Serge OuFrom the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

KNIVES OUTUSA, 2019Special Presentation, 130 minDirector - Rian JohnsonIn attendance - Director Rian JohnsonFrom acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic "whodunnit" mystery genre.

THE LODGEUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 108 minDirectors - Veronika Franz & Severin FialaFive years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

THE LONG WALKLaos, Spain, Singapore, 2019US Premiere, 115 minDirector - Mattie DoIn attendance - Director Mattie DoAn old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother's painful death.

LYLE2014, USARepertory Screening, 65 minDirector - Stewart ThorndikeIn attendance - Director Stewart ThorndikeAfter the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGEUSA, 1985Repertory Screening, 87 minDirector - Jack SholderIn attendance - Actors Mark Patton and Kim MyersJesse Mark Patton is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

NOBADIAustria, 2019US Premiere, 90 minDirector - Karl MarkovicsIn a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics' remarkable and poignant third feature.

PARASITESouth Korea, 2019Texas Premiere, 131 minDirector - Bong Joon-hoIn attendance - Director Bong Joon-hoBong Joon-ho's seventh feature - about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment - is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

PATRICKBelgium, 2019North American Premiere, 97 minDirector - Tim MielantsPatrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick's search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn't even know existed.

PHIL TIPPETT - MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERSFrance, 2019International Premiere, 80 minDirectors - Gilles Penso & Alexandre PoncetAfter their documentary Creature Designers - The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

THE PLATFORMSpain, 2019US Premiere, 90 minDirector - Galder Gaztelu-UrrutiaIn attendance - Director Galder Gaztelu-UrrutiaSomewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner's luck hold? One man is about to find out.

PREY1977, United KingdomRepertory Screening, 78 minDirector - Norman J. WarrenJessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they're chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREETUSA, 2019US Premiere, 100 minDirectors - Roman Chimienti & Tyler JensenIn attendance - Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler JensenMore than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton star of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

THE SHIP OF MONSTERSMexico, 1960Repertory Screening, 81 minDirector - Rogelio A. GonzálezTwo Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

SYNCHRONICUSA, 2019US Premiere, 96 minDirectors - Justin Benson & Aaron MoorheadIn attendance - Directors Justin Benson and Aaron MoorheadTwo paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

TRAMPA INFERNALMexico, 1989Repertory Screening, 77 minDirector - Pedro Galindo IIIIn Mexico's most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOYUSA, 2019North American Premiere, 88 minDirector - Martin KrejčíSuffering from hypertrichosis - which covers him with animal-like fur - Paul knows he's not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

THE VAST OF NIGHTUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 90 minDirector - Andrew PattersonA rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFWUSA, 2019World Premiere, 92 minDirector - Joe BegosIn attendance - Director Joe BegosIn the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they've set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos' star-studded latest.

VHYESUSA, 2019World Premiere, 71 minDirector - Jack Henry RobbinsIn attendance - Director Jack Henry RobbinsThis bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape.

VIVARIUMIreland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019US Premiere, 98 minDirector - Lorcan FinneganWhen young couple Gemma Imogen Poots and Tom Jesse Eisenberg drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

Source: Movieweb

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Published 12 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news After The Hunt Controversy, How Will HBO Market Watchmen?

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite anthology series of all time? Why?

Marisa Roffman @marisaroffman, Give Me My Remote

I have to go with the original “Twilight Zone,” because it is astonishing what the show was able to do. One of the beautiful things about television is following characters on an extended journey, but most of the best episodes of “Twilight” were wrapped up in under 30 minutes. That’s a plot/character/world introduction, story, and a twist/resolution in about half the length of a 2019 premium drama episode.

It also remains the only show I’m content to watch out of order a normal no-no for me, and the only series I try to not seek out via streaming services. I tend to get sucked into the holiday Syfy marathons, and it’s always a delight when a new to me episode pops up.

Also, even if you’ve never seen an episode of any version of “Twilight Zone,” if you consume pop culture, there’s virtually no way you’ve missed something inspired by it.

April Neale @aprilmac, Monsters & Critics

Currently “The Terror: Infamy” on AMC is living up to the excellence from last summer’s premiere season with Ciaran Hinds and Jared Harris, the captains of two doomed British ships locked in Arctic ice floes. This season’s focus on the Japanese-American internment camps and having George Takei he walked that fire as a five-year-old as a consultant and actor portraying an elder with a big fish tale was brilliant and timing spot-on for obvious reasons. Incorporating Japanese horror elements layered onto the real-life crimes against humanity just gives us viewers the massive chills when we need it these relentless dog days of August.

My past pick is purely sentimental, as spending every Friday night with my two sons watching HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt” all together is a treasured memory. This anthology series ran from 1989 to 1996 with the cackling Crypt-Keeper John Kassir voiced him and from the opening music to the end credits was brilliant, stuffed with a great array of actors and A-lister creatives behind the scenes. Popcorn, blankets to hide under during the scarier bits…I still miss it.

Derek Mio in “The Terror: Infamy”

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Alan Sepinwall @sepinwall, Rolling Stone

How are we defining “anthology,” exactly? A show that tells a new story with new characters each season? In that case, it’s probably “Fargo,” even though I had issues with the third season. A show that tells a new story with new characters every episode? That’s almost certainly the original “Twilight Zone.” I’m going to stretch the definition, though, and go with “Quantum Leap.” Yes, that show had ongoing characters in time traveler Sam and his holographic advisor Al, and an ongoing story arc of sorts in Sam’s desire to return home. Mainly, though, it was a steh anthology, with a new set of characters each week &mdash one of them just happened to always be played by Scott Bakula as Sam, inhabiting the body of a black chauffeur or a beauty queen or a NASA chimp &mdash and a new genre. It could do hard-boiled detective fiction, domestic comedy, musical theater, and more. And because it always had Bakula and Dean Stockwell there, it got to pull the audience along from week to week, no matter their interest in this particular setting, genre, or group of new people. The best of all possible TV worlds.

Emily VanDerWerff @tvoti, Vox

The answer, of course, is “The Twilight Zone,” but that feels too easy, which is why I’m going to talk a little about “Playhouse 90.” It’s a show I haven’t seen that much of &mdash a lot of it has never been commercially available, due to the poor image quality of too much early TV stuff &mdash but the handful of installments I’ve seen from its four seasons which ran from 1956 to 1960 are wonderfully eclectic, ranging from stories for kids to searing social dramas to gloriously funny comedies. The idea of the show as expressed in its title was that every episode was 90 minutes long, a daunting prospect even in those days of more theatrically inclined TV productions. But boy would I love to see some enterprising broadcast network revive this show, at least in spirit. A new, stage-like story every week, all across 90-minute timeslots? It would be wonderful.

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”

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Alec Bojalad @alecbojalad, Den of Geek

I'm tempted to go with Netflix's dubiously named “The Haunting of&hellip“ series even though it sits at only one installment so far. But for as much as I loved “Hill House,” I still need to see how “Bly Manor” and other future installments pan out. “Black Mirror” seems like a good candidate as well though I don't know how I feel about its “anthology“ status – it's more of a series of sci-fi films if anything.

That leaves Noah Hawley's “Fargo” as my ultimate answer. “Fargo's” three seasons have varied a bit in quality but in some sense that just makes an even better example of an anthology done right. Within the anthology format, some seasons will be better like Season 2 and some will be worse Season 3. What's important, however, is that each installment be united both narratively and thematically. Though the time periods and criminal schemes in every season of “Fargo” may change, each installment exists within a consistent world and is ultimately about how “normal people“ deal with forces beyond their control and understanding. Those forces might come in the form of a seemingly unstoppable hitman, a UFO, or even just humanity's maddening inability to communicate.

Hawley's ability to take the Coen Brothers' original format, find the soul of what made it unique, and adapt it to television has helped make the medium a more anthology-friendly place.

Clint Worthington @clintworthing, Consequence of Sound, The Spool

Call me basic, but I just don’t think anything will ever live up to the dynamism, craft, and social bite of Rod Serling’s original “Twilight Zone.” Independent of their objective quality which I’ll get to in a minute, they’re one of the shows that shaped not just my childhood, but my lifelong love of speculative fiction. Plus, the intermittent New Year’s marathons of old “Twilight Zone” episodes give me ample opportunity to tap back into that sense of childhood wonder.

There’s something intangible about their budget-friendly nature as modest teleplays, their ideas explored not by state-of-the-art visual effects but the power of scriptwriting and suggestion. It hearkens back to the imagination-heavy Golden Age of science fiction, a time when we finally understood the power of science but still needed to explore its implications. Serling’s stories were didactic in the best way, modern fables told through the language of the atomic era, and notably progressive for their time. Imitators like “Black Mirror” and I’ll say it Peele’s CBS reboot of “Twilight Zone” itself will never be able to match the timeless potency of images like Burgess Meredith breaking his glasses, or the pig-faces from “Eye of the Beholder.”

“Quantum Leap”

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Damian Holbrook @damianholbrook, TV Guide Magazine

OK, I had to look this one up to make sure my pre-teen mind wasn’t messing with me, and it turns out that it wasn’t! In 1979, there was a show called “Cliffhangers!” that was anthology-ish, except it wasn’t a different story every season, it was three different serials and every episode featured 20-minute installments of each storyline that ended with, yes a cliffhanger, before a commercial break. When the show came back from commercials, the next serial’s chapter would air and you’d have to wait until the next week to see how each one resumed.

I remember being fascinated by a show that was three distinctly different shows instead of currently being annoyed by one particular series that becomes like four different shows over eight episodes and also being confused. The stories were such opposites! “Stop Susan Williams” starred Susan Anton as a female Indiana Jones, “The Secret Empire” was a Western with aliens and “The Curse of Dracula” was more of a romance than horror. Still, it was so different from anything I had seen in my 10 years of life at that point and a young Michael Nouri as a San Francisco vampire was all that little gay kid needed to be hooked. I don’t remember how it all tied up and according to Wikipedia, it never actually finished airing all of the parts. But it left its mark and is probably why I keep giving “American Horror Story” another chance. Even after that garbage “Hotel” season.

Joyce Eng @joyceeng61, GoldDerby

Can I say Harper’s Island even though it was, cruelly, unjustly canceled after one season? I know I kinda, sorta just name-checked in an answer last month, but it deserved better, OK? But I’ll go to my first true anthology love that lasted more than one season and is also in the horror/mystery vein: “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” That scared me sh–less when I was a kid, and I absolutely loved it. It went there with some truly disturbing stuff that you hardly ever see in children’s shows then or now. Hell, I still think about “The Tale of the Dollmaker” or “The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle” and shudder.

“Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

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Eric Deggans @deggans, NPR

I feel this answer has to be divvied up into two eras, because the anthology series of yesteryear are a lot different than the anthologies today's TV talents are rolling out. So, in the category of historic anthology series, I'd have to go with Rod Serling's “The Twilight Zone.“ Created by Serling, a radio and TV writer eager to develop programs addressing deeper social issues, “The Twilight Zone“ aired for five seasons starting in 1959, featuring stand-alone stories every episode, often with a science fiction or fantastical theme and often with a telling twist at the end. Some classic “Twilight Zone” episodes included Billy Mumy “Lost in Space” as a super powered six year old who isolated a small town and ruled it with an iron fist Cloris Leachman played his mother William Shatner as a man recovering from a nervous breakdown who sees a gremlin on the wing of a passenger plane and Burgess Meredith as a henpecked, bookish bank teller who thinks he's in paradise when a nuclear war kills everyone but him, leaving him free to read all the books he wants the twist ending: his glasses fall off his face and shatter, leaving him unable to read. The series was so groundbreaking, it inspired three revival series, a movie, a radio series and even the Tower of Terror ride at W Disney theme parks. Most importantly, “Twilight Zone“ aired at a time when network TV was still largely escapist, avoiding direct mention of controversial events in the real world. Serling used the science fiction and fantastical settings of his episodes to talk about social issues like racism, war and poverty in ways the network executives and sponsors could accept.

Modern-day anthology series often avoid the heavy lifting of creating a new story every episode. Instead, they craft a new story every season, stretching the narrative over eight, ten or thirteen episodes. In this class, I'd name FX's “American Crime Story,“ mostly for the power of its first entry, “People v. O.J. Simpson.“ It was the first of two Simpson-oriented TV projects that year &ndash including ESPN's “O.J.: Made in America“ &ndash and the only scripted recreation of the murder trial which managed to tell viewers loads of new things about the most media-drenched prosecution in history, while also speaking to our current concerns about criminal justice, race and policing.

Daniel Fienberg @TheFienPrint, The Hollywood Reporter

Is there some trick answer that I’m missing here? Otherwise, it’s going to be an entire poll of people saying “The Twilight Zone,” plus Ben saying, “I’ve cheated and looked at everybody’s answers, so let me do something else. Is ‘Leftovers’ an anthology series?” I mean, I love “Fargo,” all three seasons. Yes. Even the third. But it’s only worthy of being a bonus answer here, because the real answer HAS to be “The Twilight Zone.” Classic flavor. Rod Serling. You know the one.

Diane Gordon @thesurfreport, Freelance

I know I’m cheating a bit but I’m going with “The Wire” for my favorite anthology series. Yes, I know it has characters that carry over from season to season thanks to Hanh for the reminder that both current series “AHS” and “Fargo” do this too but I’m choosing it anyway because when you look at the totality of the five seasons, it’s an anthology about the past and present of Bimore.

“The Wire” had a major impact on my storytelling brain as it incorporated Bimore civic history with larger themes about the problems American institutions cause and attempt to alleviate. Whether it was illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, or the print news media, David Simon and the series writers told stories on a granular level and the detail added to the charged emotional impact of each season. Because the same unit of officers and politicians recurred over the show’s five seasons, there was a sense of the need for change while also showing that progress is slow and often seems impossible.

Even though season four aired in 2006, I still haven’t forgotten how emotional the season about the Bimore school system made me feel. The outlook for some of the children was so bleak, and even when the writers offered a glimmer of hope, it was usually dashed by a part of the city bureaucracy.

It was often hard to reconcile my feelings about the show as it was such extraordinary, expansive storytelling and it was done so well, but watching it usually left me sad and wondering if any solutions were even possible. To this day, I marvel at “The Wire” for its outstanding casting, writing, vision and civic-minded soul.

Ben Travers @BenTTravers, IndieWire

All right, I really think “The Leftovers” could qualify as an anthology event of some kind, given the dramatic scenery and tonal shift seen between Seasons 1 and 2, as well as a series finale that functions beautifully as a standalone feature film, but I’ll relent to traditional thinking and choose something else. Inspired by my ever-inclusive colleague Dan “Mr. President” Fienberg, let me shout-out “Room 104,” “The Missing,” “Fargo,” and “The Twilight Zone,” before ultimately going with “True Detective” &mdash that all right with everyone? No? Well, even with the disastrous second season’s overreaching machoism, Nic Pizzolatto is two-for-three with his star-studded HBO anthology. My love for Season 1 is as endless as a flat circle, and Season 3’s ambitious structure and return to character-centric storytelling made for excellent TV. Plus, there’s Matt and Mahershala. Always Matt and Mahershala. All right, all right, all right.

Q: What is the best show currently on TV?*

A: “Succession” four votes

Other contenders: “Lodge 49” two votes, “The Boys,” “David Makes Man,” “GLOW,” “Hypnotize Me,” “Pose,” “The Terror: Infamy” one vote each

*In the case of streaming services that release full seasons at once, only include shows that have premiered in the last month.

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Two months after announcing its first wave, the Alamo Drafthouse-created Fantastic Fest is continuing to flesh out its genre-filled lineup. Their latest slate of films is dominated by old and new horror from around the world, but two high-profile inclusions will catch movie lovers’ eyes. Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” followup, the murder mystery “Knives Out,” is set to close the festival with the director in attendance. Palme d’Or winner “Parasite,” in the midst of a domestic Oscar campaign after storming the international box office, will also play Fantastic Fest.

From there, the programming places special emphasis on two categories: Mexican genre film and LGBTQ+ stories. For the former, there will be screenings of three-rarely seen Mexican horror classics, as well as lectures and a shorts program for young Mexican filmmakers.

The festival will also include screenings of some landmark LGBTQ+ horror films, including the new documentary “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.” Fantastic Fest programmer Brian Kelley said: “The two most unwavering pieces of my identity &mdash my queerness and my love of horror &mdash come together in some fascinating and unexpected ways over the course of film history. I can’t think of a better group of people to explore and celebrate some of the crazy, frequently daring and often challenging films that make up the universe of queer horror with than my Fantastic Fest family.“

These films join a lineup that already includes Taikka Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” and Takashi Miike’s “First Love.” All in all, it’s shaping up to be can’t-miss viewing for any lover of horror, science fiction, or fantasy. The complete second wave of the lineup can be found below, with synopses provided by the festival.

“Aboue Leila” Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019 North American Premiere, 139 min Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

“The Antenna” Turkey, 2019 US Premiere, 115 min Director – Orçun Behram Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

“The Black Pit of Dr. M” Mexico, 1959 Repertory Screening, 82 min Director – Fernando Méndez Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

“Bliss” USA, 2019 Texas Premiere, 80 min Director – Joe Begos While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

“Blood Machine” France, USA, 2019 North American Premiere, 50 min Director – Seth Ickerman The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, “Turbo Killer,“ shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

“Butt Boy” USA, 2019 World Premiere, 100 min Director – Tyler Cornack Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack's “Butt Boy” introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

“Climate of the Hunter” USA, 2019 World Premiere, 90 min Director – Mickey Reece The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,“ Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

“Color Out of Space” USA, 2019 US Premiere, 111 min Director – Richard Stanley Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

“Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks” Australia, 2019 North American Premiere, 107 min Director – Serge Ou From the Shaw Brothers to “The Matrix,” this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

“Knives Out” USA, 2019 Special Presentation, 130 min Director – Rian Johnson In attendance – Director Rian Johnson From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes “Knives Out,” a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit“ mystery genre.

“The Lodge”

“The Lodge” USA, 2019 Texas Premiere, 108 min Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala Five years after “Goodnight Mommy” stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

“The Long Walk” Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019 US Premiere, 115 min Director – Mattie Do In attendance – Director Mattie Do An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother's painful death..

“Lyle” 2014, USA Repertory Screening, 65 min Director – Stewart Thorndike In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” USA, 1985 Repertory Screening, 87 min Director – Jack Sholder In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers Jesse Mark Patton is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

“Nobadi” Austria, 2019 US Premiere, 90 min Director – Karl Markovics In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics' remarkable and poignant third feature.

“Parasite” South Korea, 2019 Texas Premiere, 131 min Director – Bong Joon-ho Bong Joon-ho's seventh feature &mdash about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment &mdash is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

“Patrick” Belgium, 2019 North American Premiere, 97 min Director – Tim Mielants Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick's search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn't even know existed.

“Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams and Monsters” France, 2019 International Premiere, 80 min Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet After their documentary “Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex,” French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

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“The Platform” Spain, 2019 US Premiere, 90 min Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia Somewhere in the future exists “The Platform,” a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner's luck hold? One man is about to find out.

“Prey” 1977, United Kingdom Repertory Screening, 78 min Director – Norman J. Warren Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they're chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

“Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street” USA, 2019 US Premiere, 100 min Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton star of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”, sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

“The Ship of Monsters” Mexico, 1960 Repertory Screening, 81 min Director – Rogelio A. González Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

“Synchronic” USA, 2019 US Premiere, 96 min Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

“Trampa Infernal” Mexico, 1989 Repertory Screening, 77 min Director – Pedro Galindo III In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

“The True Adventures of Wolfboy” USA, 2019 North American Premiere, 88 min Director – Martin Krejčí Suffering from hypertrichosis &mdash which covers him with animal-like fur &mdash Paul knows he's not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

“The Vast of Night” USA, 2019 Texas Premiere, 90 min Director – Andrew Patterson A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

“VFW” USA, 2019 World Premiere, 92 min Director – Joe Begos In attendance – Director Joe Begos In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they've set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos' star-studded latest.

“VHYes” USA, 2019 World Premiere, 71 min Director – Jack Henry Robbins In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape.

“Vivarium” Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019 US Premiere, 98 min Director – Lorcan Finnegan When young couple Gemma Imogen Poots and Tom Jesse Eisenberg drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

Source: Indiewire

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The second wave of programming for this year’s Fantastic Fest is rolling in and it is bringing a flood of impressive titles including the fest’s closing night film, Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out featuring the all-star cast of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martel. Johnson is slated to be in attendance at the fest which kicks off in Austin September 19 and continues through September 26.

In addition, the highly anticipated Parasite will screen at Fantastic Fest with director Bong Joon-ho in attendance. The film, which won the Cannes Palme d’Or is a darkly comic tale of two very different families who find their lives inexplicably intertwined.

On top of that, Fantastic Fest will celebrate Mexican genre film with a trio of rarely seen repertory titles, programmed in association with Mexico City's Mórbido Film Fest. The titles include The Black Pit of Dr. M Misterios de Ultratumba, The Ship of Monsters La Nave de los Monstruos and Trampa Infernal Hell’s Trap. There will also be a shorts program featuring up and coming young Mexican filmmaker as well as a lecture from Mórbido Film Fest's head of programming Abraham Castillo titled “The Mórbido Crypt’s Guide to Mexican Fantasy and Horror Cinema”.

LGBTQ+ representation will also be on the forefront at this year’s fest with the U.S. premiere of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as a special presentation of Norman J. Warren's 1977 pic Prey and a screening of Lyle with director Stewart Thorndike in attendance.

Read the full list of the genre-packed second wave of programming below.

ABOU LEILAAlgeria, France, Qatar, 2019North American Premiere, 139 minDirector – Amin Sidi-BoumédièneIn the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

THE ANTENNATurkey, 2019US Premiere, 115 minDirector – Orçun BehramSomewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

THE BLACK PIT OF DR. MMexico, 1959Repertory Screening, 82 minDirector – Fernando MéndezTwo doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

BLISSUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 80 minDirector – Joe BegosWhile trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

BLOOD MACHINESFrance, USA, 2019North American Premiere, 50 minDirector – Seth IckermanThe wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, “Turbo Killer,“ shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

BUTT BOYUSA, 2019World Premiere, 100 minDirector – Tyler CornackWriter/director/comedian Tyler Cornack's BUTT BOY introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTERUSA, 2019World Premiere, 90 minDirector – Mickey ReeceThe “Soderbergh of the Sticks,“ Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

COLOR OUT OF SPACEUSA, 2019US Premiere, 111 minDirector – Richard StanleyUnimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKSAustralia, 2019North American Premiere, 107 minDirector – Serge OuFrom the Shaw Brothers to THE MATRIX, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

KNIVES OUTUSA, 2019Special Presentation, 130 minDirector – Rian JohnsonIn attendance – Director Rian JohnsonFrom acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes KNIVES OUT, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit“ mystery genre.

THE LODGEUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 108 minDirectors – Veronika Franz & Severin FialaFive years after GOODNIGHT MOMMY stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

THE LONG WALKLaos, Spain, Singapore, 2019US Premiere, 115 minDirector – Mattie DoIn attendance – Director Mattie DoAn old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother's painful death..

LYLE2014, USARepertory Screening, 65 minDirector – Stewart ThorndikeIn attendance – Director Stewart ThorndikeAfter the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGEUSA, 1985Repertory Screening, 87 minDirector – Jack SholderIn attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim MyersJesse Mark Patton is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

NOBADIAustria, 2019US Premiere, 90 minDirector – Karl MarkovicsIn a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics' remarkable and poignant third feature.

PARASITESouth Korea, 2019Texas Premiere, 131 minDirector – Bong Joon-hoBong Joon-ho's seventh feature &mdash about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment &mdash is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

PATRICKBelgium, 2019North American Premiere, 97 minDirector – Tim MielantsPatrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick's search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn't even know existed.

PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERSFrance, 2019International Premiere, 80 minDirectors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre PoncetAfter their documentary CREATURE DESIGNERS – THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

THE PLATFORMSpain, 2019US Premiere, 90 minDirector – Galder Gaztelu-UrrutiaIn attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-UrrutiaSomewhere in the future exists THE PLATFORM, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner's luck hold? One man is about to find out.

PREY1977, United KingdomRepertory Screening, 78 minDirector – Norman J. WarrenJessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they're chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREETUSA, 2019US Premiere, 100 minDirectors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler JensenIn attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler JensenMore than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton star of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

THE SHIP OF MONSTERSMexico, 1960Repertory Screening, 81 minDirector – Rogelio A. GonzálezTwo Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

SYNCHRONICUSA, 2019US Premiere, 96 minDirectors – Justin Benson & Aaron MoorheadIn attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron MoorheadTwo paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

TRAMPA INFERNALMexico, 1989Repertory Screening, 77 minDirector – Pedro Galindo IIIIn Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOYUSA, 2019North American Premiere, 88 minDirector – Martin KrejčíSuffering from hypertrichosis &mdash which covers him with animal-like fur &mdash Paul knows he's not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

THE VAST OF NIGHTUSA, 2019Texas Premiere, 90 minDirector – Andrew PattersonA rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFWUSA, 2019World Premiere, 92 minDirector – Joe BegosIn attendance – Director Joe BegosIn the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they've set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos' star-studded latest.

VHYESUSA, 2019World Premiere, 71 minDirector – Jack Henry RobbinsIn attendance – Director Jack Henry RobbinsThis bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape.

VIVARIUMIreland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019US Premiere, 98 minDirector – Lorcan FinneganWhen young couple Gemma Imogen Poots and Tom Jesse Eisenberg drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Published 17 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
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A blonde Kristen Stewart and company fight for their lives in the new trailer for Fox's Underwater. The film follows a crew of researchers who have to find a way to survive after their underwater laboratory is devastated by an earthquake. Unfortunately, something much more vicious has woken up below the earth's surface, and they are trapped with it.

Underwater stars Kristen Stewart American Ultra, Jessica Henwick Iron Fist, T.J. Miller Deadpool, and Vincent Cassel Jason Bourne with William Eubank in the director's chair. Eubank's previous directorial works include science fiction dramas The Signal and Love.

The action thriller follows Norah Price Stewart, a member of an underwater research crew. When their subterranean lab is destroyed by an earthquake, they're left with few options. They're losing oxygen, their machinery doesn't work, and they're 5,000 miles from land. In the trailer, they decide to walk across the bottom of the ocean to the next station in what T.J. Miller declares is the "worst idea ever." They soon discover they are not alone. Whatever monster the earthquake released is following them and picking them off.

The film needs to deliver on the content and the thrills because it's fighting an uphill marketing battle. Some of the film's stars have struggled in the media. T.J. Miller's name has been in the news a lot lately. He was arrested for making a fake bomb threat and is facing allegations of sexual assault. Both incidents have cost him roles. The creator of the popular HBO show, Silicon Valley and Miller have stated the decision behind his sudden departure from the series was mutual, but rumors have been swirling about his behavior on set. Miller voiced a character in the first two How to Train Your Dragon films, but his role in the third installment was recast.

Underwater also offers a chance for its female leads. After the poor response to Iron Fist, Henwick has the chance to burst onto the big screen in a big way. Stewart is most known for the leading role in the Twilight franchise, but like her former co-star, she's been trying to distance herself from the polarizing Young Adult adaptation by featuring in edgy, lower budget films. She'll next appear in the Elizabeth Banks helmed Charlie's Angels reboot.

Things are looking good for Underwater because Disney is showing confidence in the project. Despite their recent announcement that many of Fox's projects are getting axed, Underwater remains. Many films weren't so lucky. The studio behind Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and more finalized their acquisition of 20th Century Fox with some major landscape changes, including a sweep of many of the projects in development. Both Mouse Guard and On the Come Up have been thrown out. Even completed films weren't safe. New Mutants has once again been delayed, and its future remains in question.

Meanwhile, Disney has announced that it will be moving forward with the Planet of the Apes and Avatar franchises as it refocuses its new Fox properties. We'll have to wait and see if Underwater can pull itself up when it hits theaters on January 10, 2020. You can check out the trailer at 20 Century Fox.

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