The always prestigious Fantastic Fest returns next week for its seventeenth edition with 21 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 21 American premieres.
The press release teases killer teddy bears, man-eating sharks, aged zombies, cocktail-serving robots and Park Chan-wook…all under one roof.
But this year’s festival is even more special for us.
Bloody Disgusting is beyond thrilled to share not one, but SIX feature films we are directly involved in, all screened at Fantastic Fest, which runs from From September 22 to 29. Our coverage, presented by The Callisto Protocolalso begins during this period.
Here’s what’s in preview:
Before opening in theaters nationwide on October 6, Art the Clown will terrorize the Fantastic Fest crowd on opening night on September 22.
Terrifying 2 is a sprawling follow-up that horror fans just aren’t ready for. Art the Clown is more brutal than ever with Terrifying 2 deliver some of the most jaw-dropping kills we’ve ever seen. In reality, Terrifying 2 ups the ante in just about every way and will literally blow your mind this Halloween season.
From the writer/director Damien Leon (Toussaint), the highly anticipated sequel to the cult slasher film, welcomes back David Howard Thorton as the demonic killer, Art the Clown. Terrifying 2 also presents Lauren LaVera like Sienna, who will instantly become a fan favorite. The return is also Samantha Scaffidi who will reprise her role as Victoria Heyes. Horror icon Felisse Rose (overnight camp) also makes an appearance.
Terrifying 2 brought Art the Clown back to his old tricks. After his gruesome death in the first film, a sinister presence brought Art back to life to quell the terror on the people of Miles County. On Halloween night, he returns to the unpretentious town and sets his sights on a new prey: a teenage girl and her little brother, played by LaVera and Elliott Fullamrespectively.
More details here.
Shudder is set to play the fifth installment of our V/H/S franchise, with the product Bloody Disgusting V/H/S/99 is set to have its US premiere at Fantastic Fest following its big world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In V/H/S/99follow-up to last year’s huge success V/H/S/94 – #HailRaatma – A thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of terrifying revelations.
V/H/S/99 recalls the last analog punk rock days of VHS while taking a giant step into the hellish new millennium.
Directors include: Maggie Levin (“In the dark: my Valentine”), Johannes Roberts (Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City), flying lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls), and Joseph and Vanessa Winter (Deadstream)
You can read about all the filmmakers here.
Children vs Aliens
At Bloody Disgusting, we are massive fans of Jason Eisener, the Canadian filmmaker who recently kicked ass with the stunning Darkside of the Ring series. However, horror fans will know Eisener as the director behind the ridiculously awesome, grindhouse-inspired holiday short “Treevenge.” Hobo with a shotgun. He would then go on to go behind the camera on the emotional V/H/S/2 short, “Slumber Party Alien Abduction”.
Bloody Disgusting had the chance to work with Eisener again, teaming up with the Hobo with a shotgun sci-fi horror crew Children vs Alienswho follows Gary and his older sister Samantha as an all-time gossip of a teenage party that turns into terror when aliens attack, forcing the two warring siblings to band together to survive the night.
It features Dominique Mariche (“Are you scared of the dark?”), Calem Macdonald (“Moonshine”, “The Umbrella Academy”), Emma Vickers (“Diggstown”), and newcomers Phoebe Rex, Asher Grayson, Ben Tectorand Isaiah Fortune.
Produced by Bloody Disgusting with Cinepocalypse, Yer Dead Productions and Studio71, Children vs Aliens will be released in 2023 by RLJE Films and Shudder.
Dark Star Pictures recently acquired North American distribution rights to the crime thriller Faded away as part of his ongoing collaboration with Bloody Disgusting.
After being screened at several prestigious festivals, including the Busan International Film Festival, Fantasia and the upcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, Faded away will open in theaters on November 4, 2022before making its way to VOD platforms on November 18 and Blu-ray on December 6.
In the movie…
“Depressed and in debt following the death of his wife, Santoshi (Jiro Sato) tells his young daughter that he has found a way out. Pointing to an award note, he swears to find the infamous serial killer ‘No Name’ (Hiroya Shimizu) and cash in, claiming to have seen the man in the flesh a few days earlier. Kaeda (Aoi Itō) can’t take his distant father seriously. But when he disappears without a trace, she begins to fear the worst and must start looking for him.
Faded away is written and directed by Shinzo Katayama. Filmmaker crossed with Bong Joon Ho during filming TOKYO! (2008) and was his assistant director on Mother (2009). In 2019, his first feature film, Cape Siblings has been selected by numerous national and international film festivals. He is now one of Japan’s most promising emerging directors, and his second feature film, Faded away will be his first commercial film.
All bloated and full of worms
Worms… that’ll fuck you up!
After having its world premiere at Fantasia, Alex Phillipsthe psychedelic fore-gutter freakout All bloated and full of worms heads to Fantastic Fest.
It was announced ahead of the premiere that Cinedigm has acquired the indie, which will join the Bloody Disgusting-powered horror streaming service. SCREAMBOX this fall, followed by an exclusive window on Fandor, Cinedigm’s independent discovery platform.
In the film described as “a flamboyant and darkly outrageous new vision that blends the thrills of retro grindhouse with the restless depths of underground cinema”…
“Working in a seedy motel, maintenance man Roscoe (Philippe André Botello) is still looking for its last solution. When he stumbles upon a powerfully hallucinogenic worm, his shop-drug days are over. With their new love interest (Dawkins), the pair embark on a delirious odyssey of sex, violence and becoming one with the dirt.
The transgressive splat comedy also stars Trevor Dawkins (“Easy”) and Betsey Brown (The scary sixty-first), with Mike Lopez, Noah Lepawsky and Eva Fellows. The film was produced by Georgia Bernstein and Ben Gojer.
Follow everything All bloated and full of worms on the official website.
Cinedigm has also acquired the North American rights to the Belgian survival horror film deep fearwhich will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest before being broadcast on the Bloody Disgusting SCREAMBOX on October 18.
Realized by Gregory Begin (losers revolution) and set in the 1980s, three students embark on the adventure of their lives when they decide to celebrate their recent graduation in Paris. Wanting to do something more exciting than visiting the local sights, they decide to descend into the capital’s enigmatic catacombs.
Safe in the basement, they find the escape they were looking for, unaware that they are not alone in the darkness…
When they discover a bunker created during the Nazi occupation, they have no way of knowing the danger lurking there. Something, somebodyhunt them! Trapped underground, the group must get out before it’s too late…
The Catacombs are spooky, but inject a heavy dose of claustrophobia, an undead Nazi and his dog, and you have a nightmare deep in the streets of Paris.
Dark, damp and bloody, French horror is making a comeback and deep fear deliver the goods.
Lori Donnelly writes for Fantastic Fest: “Atmospheric horror full of old-school jump scares and claustrophobic cinematography, deep fear puts a unique spin on underground horror movies like Lowering and As above, so below. deep fear Cleverly combines the conventions established by previous films with classic slasher elements in an entertaining ride that’s both nostalgic and contemporary.
Get all the Fantastic Fest info here.
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