Fantastic Fest 2015 Announces Second Wave of Programming

Fantastic Fest 2015 Announces Second Wave of Programming

Yesterday, Fantastic Fest–the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world–announced it’s second wave of programming and holy crap is it bonkers. I want to see all the films. ALL OF THEM.


The official poster for the 2015 Fantastic Fest.

The official poster for the 2015 Fantastic Fest.


My top seven personal highlights are below, but the full list can be viewed here.


United States, 2015

US Premiere, 94 min

Director – Jeremy Saulnier

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.



Denmark, 2015

International Premiere, 90 min

Director – Mikkel Nørgaard

Five years have passed since the first KLOWN, and with their friendship at risk of fracturing forever, Frank must follow Casper to America… with typically disastrous results.



United States, 2015

World Premiere, 93 min

Director – Matt Hullum

When Earth is threatened by an advanced alien race, our only hope lies in four morons, the self-proclaimed “Lazer Team.”



Ireland, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, 2015

US Premiere, 119 min

Director – Yorgos Lanthimos

Somewhere in the near future, single people face a choice: Join a program to find a mate in forty-five days or be transformed into an animal.



United States, 2015

Special Screening, 120 min

Director – Ridley Scott

Get ready to be blown away by Fox’s latest action-packed 3D adventure, THE MARTIAN starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig with a special screening of the upcoming film directed by Ridley Scott. THE MARTIAN is the story of what happens during a manned mission to Mars, when Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian”home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission.




Canada/United States, 2015

Texas Premiere, 90 min

Director – Robert Eggers

Sixty years before the Salem witch trials, a Puritan moves his family away from civilization to a homestead which shares its borders with inescapable evil.



Japan, 2015

Texas Premiere, 115 min

Director – Takashi Miike

After a yakuza vampire boss is struck down, his most loyal disciple takes it upon himself to avenge his mentor’s death and eliminate the assassins and their giant plush frog leader in Miike’s classic yakuza tale turned inside out.


The Martian is obviously the most mainstream movie at the festival, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m always eager to see what Ridley Scott creates. And I’ve been jonesing for The Witch ever since the trailer released a few weeks ago. The other five are simply highlights from a much large stellar list. I’m a little bummed I won’t be at Fantastic Fest when Lazer Team has its premier on September 24. The cast and crew, including director Matt Hullum and stars Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, and Gavin Free, will in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. I’ll be sure to catch a screening later in the week. I arrive September 26. Can’t believe it’s less than a month away!