Austin, Texas is not just home to the Alamo Drafthouse, arguably the country's greatest line of cinemas, but both are also host to Fantastic Fest, the best genre film festival in the world. If it's weird, crazy, bizarre, horrifying, science-fictiony, or just plain WTF, then Fantastic Fest will feature it. They also bring in the filmmakers and treat them to things like trips to fire shotguns, out of the way BBQ joints, swimming hole excursions, and more while festival attendees feast on things like a "Royal With Cheese" Burger and Real Ale Fireman's #4 from a nearby Texas brewery, both available on the extensive Drafthouse menu.
“Fantastic Fest is the high-point of my year. Every year old friends return and strangers become friends. Fantastic Fest is my extended dysfunctional family; each of us completely obsessed by the wildest and weirdest films on earth,” says festival creative director and co-founder Tim League.
And this is extremely true. You will most likely never attend another film festival that offers up this kind of fare, and celebrates it to the extreme. Fantastic Fest begins this September 22nd, and runs through the 29th. Head on after the break to see the first round of film announcements, which include titles like Invasion of Alien Bikini, and 2K restored versions of Lucio Fulci's classics like House By The Cemetery and Zombie. Try to be there.
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