John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September

Published on 13 Aug 1919
movie news John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September

Prepare for the dawn. On September 24, 2019, Scream Factory proudly presents the definitive release of John Carpenter's Vampires on Blu-ray. The fang-baring film directed by the legendary John Carpenter is presented in this stacked collector's edition release, featuring brand-new interviews with John Carpenter, Sandy King Carpenter, Greg Nicotero, Gary B. Kibbe, James Woods, Thomas Ian Griffith and Tim Guinee.

"Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow James Woods, the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek Thomas Ian Griffith decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya Daniel Baldwin, set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage - a beautiful but unlucky prostitute Sheryl Lee. She is the sole psychic link to Valek and they use her to track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all the vampires the omnipotent power to walk the world in daylight.

John Carpenter's Vampires blu-ray special features:• NEW Time to Kill Some Vampires - an interview with composer/director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King Carpenter and cinematographer Garry B. Kibbe• NEW Jack the Slayer - an interview with actor James Woods• NEW The First Vampire - an interview with actor Thomas Ian Griffith• NEW Raising the Stakes - an interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero• NEW Padre - an interview with actor Tim Guinee• Audio Commentary by composer/director John Carpenter• Isolated Score• Vintage Making of featurette• Theatrical Trailer• TV Spots• Still Gallery

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Published 1 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September

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 16 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
movie news John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September

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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Published 16 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
movie news John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September
strong>EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has picked up an original feature pitch titled The Monster, from Patrick Ness, who co-wrote the studio’s forthcoming sci-fi film, Chaos Walking, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. Temple Hill is attached to produce the pic, which is being described as a sparky contemporary horror film with a new take on the Frankenstein mythology.

Ness will serve as an executive producer. Temple Hill producers are Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and John Fischer, while Jim Miller and Aaron Edmonds are the execs who will oversee production on behalf of the studio.

Ness, the screenwriter behind the Focus Features film, A Monster Calls, with Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, wrote the script for the upcoming Peter Dinklage-starring Rumpelstiltskin pic, which is set up at Sony.

He’s also authored eleven books for adults and teenagers, including Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls, is published in over forty languages, and has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal twice in a row. His next novel, Burn, is out in Spring next year.

Ness is repped by Michelle Kass Associates and Behr Abramson Levy.

Source: deadline.com

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Published 17 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
movie news John Carpenter's Vampires Gets Definitive Blu-ray Release, All-New Special Features in September

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.

Source: deadline.com

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The all-star cast performed the Emmy-nominated episode "Are You Afraid of the Drunk?"

A packed Montalban theater in Hollywood on Thursday night received a riveting history lesson &mdash of sorts.

Derek Waters and an all-star cast, includingColin Hanks, Evan Rachel Wood, Jack McBrayer and Seth Rogen, performed a live reading of the Emmy-nominated Drunk History episode "Are You Afraid of the Drunk?"

It was a first of its kind event for the Comedy Central program that just finished its sixth season, which earned three Emmy nominations: Outstanding variety sketch series, outstanding directing Waters for a variety series and outstanding picture editing for variety programming John Cason.

The idea &mdash which came to show co-creator Waters just last week &mdash had the cast of the episode reunite save forWill Ferrell whose part as the Monster was played by Martin Starr to once again lip sync the story of howMary Shelley's Wood legendary novel,"Frankenstein" was developed, as told by the inebriated comic,Rich Fulcher.

Waters told The Hollywood Reporter after the show that"Are You Afraid of the Drunk?," which first aired Jan. 16, was his favorite episode of the series thus far and made the most sense for a live reading.

"People always talk about Drunk History live, and I really didn't know how to do that," Waters said. "You can't really get someone drunk, record and then have people lip sync live, but you can reenact and show how well actors can lip sync, like seeing Evan Rachel Wood do it spot on every time."

Saying how proud he was the Emmy-noms "Of all the seasons, I think this is the one where we have our best chance", Waters credited the lion's share of the episode standing out to his cast, which all started with Westworld star Wood, who was the only actor Waters wanted to play Shelley.

"The monologues are so long and it is an art form to be able to perform like that &mdash and then do it again," he said. Wood got the largest laughs of the night, but Hanks and Rogen were right behind her.

Show co-creatorJeremy Konner told THRthat the cast and crew knewimmediately during production that "Are You Afraid of the Drunk" was special.

"This is the only one we've shot over three days and we blew this one out like we never have before," Konner said. "We wanted to do a special one around a campfire, a parody of Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark,and we loved the story, but we did not know it was going to be a full episode. But as soon asRich Fulcher started talking, we looked at each other and knew we had something special."

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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