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Report From Fantastic Fest Day Two!
September 24, 2016 | Meredith Borders

Report From Fantastic Fest Day Two!

AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, THE BAD BATCH, AMERICAN HONEY, Fantastic Market, The Debates and so much more! 

photos by Jack Plunkett, Rick Kern, Waytao Shing, Arnold Wells and David Hill

Read the Report From Day One HERE

We're at Day Three - are you guys hanging in there? Taking care of yourself? Fantastic Fest is a marathon, not a sprint, so don't forget we're in this sucker for the long haul!

Day Two was jam-packed with screenings and events, and it was also the first day of Fantastic Market, including a talk with Evil Dead and Don't Breathe screenwriter Rodo Sayagues, the Shorts to Features panel and the Works in Progress panel: 

Tim and Karrie League also hosted the annual filmmaker luncheon at their home, capped off by the traditional champagne sabrage. 

We had brilliant, packed-house screenings of 24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERSNIRVANNA THE BAND SHOW, SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, PERVERT BOY, MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING THE SEA, AMERICAN HONEY, THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, A DARK SONG, THE BAD BATCH, AGE OF SHADOWS and the SHORTS WITH LEGS lineup.

The Highball was home to two terrific events yesterday, open to the public and a total blast: Doug Benson's DOUG LOVES MOVIES Podcast and The Meltdown comedy show with Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. 

And we had our twelfth annual Fantastic Debates, hosted by the great Owen Egerton and with a guest appearance than by none other than Dolph Lundgren (pic above)! Read on for the match-ups, with the winners in bold. You can watch the Facebook Live feed of the event HERE.

Round ONE!

GREG MacLENNAN vs MICHAEL WILCHESTER

RESOLVED: Rocky 4 is the single greatest boxing film of all time

Longtime Fantastic Fest employees (and actual trained fighters) MacLennan and Wilchester settle the smoldering feud between all pugilist cinema maniacs. Was Ivan Drago the ultimate soldier of the ring?!

Round TWO!

JOSH LOBO vs JARROD MURRAY

RESOLVED: Zack Snyder is the most wrongly maligned cinematic visionary of the 21st century

It's filmmaker vs. manager, as indie director Lobo battles Epicenter LA founder Murray to sincerely defend the honor of today's most lauded/disregarded blockbuster-maker!

Round THREE!

BREE ESSRIG vs WHITNEY MOORE

RESOLVED: Superhero movies are destroying the film industry

SourceFed Nerd hosts and pals Moore (who also starred in legendary big-screen stinkbomb Birdemic) and Essrig tear their camaraderie to shreds over the actual burning topic of superheroverload!

FINAL ROUND!

JOSH ETHIER vs JEREMY GARDNER - A TIE! 

RESOLVED: Tremors is the best monster movie since... Tremors

Two towering titans of independent horror go chin-to-chin over the earth-moving subject of Graboid superiority!

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