Austin, TX—Wednesday, September 7th, 2011— Fantastic Fest is excited to announce its final wave of feature film programming including the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE on opening night courtesy of IFC Midnight and COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE on closing night.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE became a cultural sensation after its premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2009 where it won Best Horror Film and Best Actor. The festival is excited to welcome back director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six with the second installment of the depraved series. The opening night party will be themed to the film, featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world's record for the longest human centipede conga line. The Charles Edward Cheese Band is not only the most important force of entertainment in the universe, but is also Austin's leading all-animal semi-robotic rock group.
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock, produced by Thomas Tull, and presented by Aint It Cool News' Harry Knowles, Stan Lee and Joss Whedon. The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention. Following the premiere, the closing night party will be an epic superhero–themed carnival with costume contests and activities that will bring out the fanboy/girl in everyone.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Mondo Presents Special Screening
Director of special makeup effects Rick Baker and poster artist Olly Moss live in person!
Director: John Landis, USA, 97 minutes
"Keep to the roads." A simple warning, but one that is not heeded by two Americans backpacking across the Yorkshire Moors. Now, they must learn to follow a new warning, "Beware the moon.” World famous artist Olly Moss will unveil his Mondo poster for this very special event.
A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (2011)
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Japan, 109 minutes
From the director of festival faves Fish Story and Golden Slumber, the ultimate time travelling, father-son, samurai pastry chef, food movie ever made.
Director: Dain Said, Malaysia, 100 minutes
BUNOHAN is the tragic story of love lost between three estranged brothers and their ailing father.
CARRE BLANC (2011)
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti live in person!
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, France, 77 minutes
It’s eat or be eaten (literally) in an absurdist future where a woman struggles to reclaim her husband from the bleak corporate machine.
Director Mikkel Nørgaard and producer Louise Vesth live in person!
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard, Denmark, 90 minutes
Casper and Frank are on a canoe trip to glory, a Tour De Pussy with an exclusive brothel waiting at the end. Probably shouldn’t have brought the kid.
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE (2011)
Director: Morgan Spurlock, USA, 88 minutes
The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention.
THE DAY (2011)
Producer Guy Danella and actor Dominic Monaghan live in person!
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA, 90 minutes
A group of weary post-apocalyptic survivors find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The house, however, may not be as safe or abandoned as they first assumed.
THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS (2011)
Director Sean Hogan and producer Jen Handorf live in person!
Director: Sean Hogan, UK, 75 minutes
Two hitmen are ordered to assassinate an old associate. While waiting for their target to come home, one shares a story of love lost which brings out the demons - first figuratively, then literally.
ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (2011)
Director: Jose Padillha, Brazil, 116 minutes
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro, dirty cops and corrupt politicians gain notoriety by capitalizing on the vulnerable weak and poor. Two men with polar opposite ends of the political spectrum dedicate their lives to exposing the corruption.
THE HOLDING (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 93 minutes
After the sudden departure of her husband, Cassie is struggling to keep the family farm alive. After reluctantly accepting the assistance of a drifter, she realizes he may have more sinister plans in mind.
HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION (2011)
Director and writer Charlie Vundla and producer Mfundi Vundla live in person!
Director: Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 109 minutes
Freshly released from prison, Jack needs to pull one last score to finance his move to a legit life in this classically styled noir.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE (2011)
Director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six live in person!
Director: Tom Six, Netherlands, 90 minutes
Tom Six's follow-up to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FULL SEQUENCE ups that ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. It is sure to be one of the most controversial films of our time.
JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011)
Director Alejandro Brugues and producer Gervasio Iglesias Macias live in person!
Director: Alejandro Brugues, Cuba, 100 minutes
50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is zombies; filthy, flesh-eating zombies.
JULIA X (2011)
North American Premiere
Director and producer PJ Pettiette, producer Claudie Viguerie and associate producer Courtney Rawls live in person!
Director: P.J. Pettiette, USA, 92 minutes
Super sexy serial killer Kevin Sorbo (in 3D!) gets a nasty surprise when his latest potential victim puts up an unexpected fight.
KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (2011)
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 101 minutes
Happy 70’s crimefighters: a boy and his motorcycle-transforming, karate-fighting robot…only the kid’s grown up now and is pushing 50.
LAST SCREENING (2011)
Director: Laurent Achard, France, 81 minutes
In this stylish, giallo-inflected thriller a strange young man, the single employee of a doomed French repertory cinema, lives a secret life, making regular trips into the night to victimize women and collect a certain body part. As the bloody story progresses we find out why.
Director: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France, 88 minutes
A group of amateur thieves stumble across something very strange and unexpected in this horrific fairy tale from the directors of INSIDE.
THE LOVED ONES (2009)
Director: Sean Byrne, Australia, 84 minutes
Girl likes boy. Girl asks boy to the prom but boy says no. Girl kidnaps boy and holds him hostage. THE LOVED ONES is PRETTY IN PINK meets MISERY, but worse; much, much worse.
Director and writer Steven John Kostanski, co-writer and actor Jeremy Gillespie and actor Andrea Karr live in person!
Director: Steven John Kostanski, Canada, 60 minutes
Part man, part robot, all killing machine! Only the awesome power of the MANBORG can drive the demon hordes back to hell!
POLVORA NEGRA (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Kapel Furman, Brazil, 89 minutes
A man is hunted down and left for dead. Years later he returns, hired as a hitman by the same criminals who gunned him down. They are in for a surprise.
Director: Aharon Keshales and Novat Papushado, Isreal, 90 minutes
For two cops, a ranger, four teens, and a pair of sibling runaways, it was supposed to be just a walk in the park. They chose the wrong park.
Director: Carl Tibbetts, UK, 90 minutes
Martin and Kate’s much needed getaway would be perfect except for power issues… and the guy covered in blood that unexpectedly stumbles onto their lawn.
SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Michael Steiner, Switzerland, 110 minutes
The residents of a small village in the Swiss Alps start to distrust their local police officer after he decides to shelter a mysterious young woman who arrived directly after the death of a priest.
SLEEPLESS NIGHT (2011)
Director: Frédéric Jardin, France, 98 minutes
Dirty cops use police intelligence to rob drug dealers as a moonlighting venture, but when they are identified by one of their marks, the drug kingpin mobilizes a serious payback.
Director: Katsuhito ISHII, Japan, 115 minutes
Ultra-stylish gangster comedy from the director of FUNKY FOREST and THE TASTE OF TEA pits a failed actor against a lethal assassin.
TAKE SHELTER (2011)
Director: Jeff Nichols, USA, 120 minutes
Curtis LaForche is having apocalyptic nightmares which progressively get worse, blending reality with the dream world. As paranoia starts to take a toll, he decides to build a living quarters underground, risking his job security, marriage, and friends.
TWO EYES STARING (2010)
Director: Elbert Van Strien, Belgium, 112 minutes
9-year-old Lisa loves her father but has always felt disconnected from her mother. When the family moves from Holland to Belgium, Lisa makes a new friend who will dig up long buried secrets
URBAN EXPLORER (2011)
Director: Andy Fetscher, Germany, 100 minutes
Four 20-somethings hire a guide to escort them through a network of tunnels underneath Berlin. Things start to spiral out of control when a member of the group falls, breaking a leg.
THE YELLOW SEA (2011)
Director Hong-jin Na, Korea, 157 minutes
The director and stars of THE CHASER team up for an action packed crime epic featuring the most knife and hatchet combat you are likely to see this year.
YOU SAID WHAT? (2011)
Director Syversen Patrik, producer Kjetil Omberg, producer Terje Stromstad and actor Stig Frode Henriksen live in person!
Director: Patrik Syversen and Nini Bull Robsahm , Norway, 107 minutes
The producers of DEAD SNOW re-imagine Takashi Miike’s AUDITION as a rom-com and make Peter Stormare ride a paper mâché dragon shrieking that he is the King of Darkness.
ZOMBIE ASS (2011)
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 85 minutes
A mad scientist conducts experiments on alien parasites and zombies in turn. Will karate save the day, or...fart power? Ass-obsessed madman Noboru Iguchi creates the most crap-tastic zombie movie ever to emerge from Japan's cinema sewer.
About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. FantasticFest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.
During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.
Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include Austin-based Ambhar Tequila, as well as AMD, Alienware, and FEARnet. FEARnet is the premier cable television channel for fans of horror, thriller and suspense entertainment. Featuring original series and movies, its unrivaled modern horror library unites Sony Pictures Television (SPT:US), Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the two top studios producing and distributing the genre, and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) (NASDAQ: CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. FEARnet is also available online at FEARnet.com and On Demand.
New Presenting Sponsors include Texas’ own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Joining them are Plano-based Well Go USA Entertainment, PlayStation Network, and Fandango. Fandango is the exclusive video sponsor as well as ticketing partner of Fantastic Fest 2011. Daily tickets can be purchased at www.fantasticfest.com or www.fandango.com. A full list of this year’s sponsors can be found at www.fantasticfest.com/sponsors.
About Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website.