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Final Wave of FANTASTIC FEST 2012 is Unleashed

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WOW! I literally just jumped up for joy hearing this final wave. I think that this might be my favorite selection of films since I have been attending. Films like American Mary, Antiviral, Berberian Sound Studio, the remake of Who Can Kill A Child? – Come Out and Play and the World Premiere of the sequel to The Collector! These films plus a few others just caps off what I’m sure will be my favorite Fantastic Fest yet!

Also, for those keeping score, Michael picked 7 movies that are definitely showing while I picked 6. However, this could change once the secret screenings show. Again, Fantastic Fest starts next Thursday and we plan to have reviews, interviews and possibly video & audio blogs. Anyway, here’s the announcement:

From the Press Release:

Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection.  Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).  LD Entertainment will release The Collection in theaters November 30, 2012.

For more information about THE COLLECTION, please visit, “like” the film on Facebook at or follow on twitter @collectionfilm, #TheCollection.

See below for the final wave of films at this year’s festival. 

US Premiere

Directors – Jen and Sylvia Soska, 95 mins

Disillusioned with her chosen profession and perpetually broke, medical student Mary Mason finds herself drawn into a shady world of underground surgery and body modification.

US Premiere
Director – Brandon Cronenberg, 110 mins

Syd March makes people sick, infecting them with viruses harvested to order from celebrities, but gets more than he bargained for when his most famous source dies from a virus Syd has just infected himself with.

US Premiere
Director – Peter Strickland, 92 mins

Strange things occur after a British audio technician is summoned to Italy to work on a gory giallo film.

BESTIES (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Rebecca Perry Cutter, 91 mins

BESTIES tells the story of two high school girls-an awkward freshman and a sexy senior-who become immersed in a manipulative and deadly friendship.

BLACK OUT (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Arne Toonen, 73 mins

A splitting headache, a dead gangster, twenty kilos of missing coke and 24 hours to sort it all out before getting married. Jos is about to have a very bad day.

World Premiere
Director – Ernesto Diaz Espinosa, 75 mins

Timid, video game-loving DJ Santiago seemingly digs his own grave when he agrees to bring a violent criminal kingpin the head of Machine Gun Woman.

World Premiere with director/writer Marcus Dunstan, writer Patrick Melton and cast Josh Stewart and Emma Fitzpatrick in person

Directors – Marcus Dunstan, 83 mins

When Elena’s friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer.

US Premiere 
Director – Makinov, 95 mins 

While on vacation, Beth and Francis visit a remote island that turns out to be almost solely inhabited by children. Unfortunately for them, these kids are far from well behaved.

DANGER 5 (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Dario Russo, 150 mins

It’s World War II and there’s nothing Hitler won’t do to take over the world! Dinosaur men! Love potions! Giant robots! And all that stands in his way are the intrepid forces of the DANGER 5!

North American Premiere
Director – Oleg Pogodin, 109 mins
A Russian mobster returns to his ancestral home for a family reunion after years of living in the criminal underworld. Unbeknownst to him, his ruthless enemies follow close behind.

World Premiere

Director – Fredrik Horn Akselsen, 80 mins

Norwegian documentarian Fredrik Horn Akselsen examines the work of Father Jose Antonio Fortea – an actual, Vatican-approved exorcist – in this balanced look at a largely hidden world within the Catholic church.

Regional Premiere

Directors – Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, 75 mins

A mind-blowing documentary about three men who are deeply obsessed with penises-human or otherwise.

World Premiere 

Director – Ryan Polito, 90 mins

Inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s Greatest Movie Ever Sold, two comedians, Doug Benson and Graham Elwood, decide to finance a movie about going on tour by going on tour.

HAIL (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director – Amiel Courtin-Wilson, 104 mins

Real life ex-con Daniel P. Jones stars in this haunting and unflinchingly realistic film crafted from over 500 pages of his own memories and experiences.

World Premiere 
Directors – Patrik Syversen, Kenneth Olaf Hjellum, Ole Giæver, Sebastian Dalén, Vegar Hoel and Roar Uthaug, 203 mins    

Seven of Norway’s finest directors team up for writer / producer Tommy Wirkola’s fusion of HOT FUZZ and TWIN PEAKS. A seven part TV series from the director of DEAD SNOW.

Regional Premiere

Directors – J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker, 85 mins

Real life bluegrass band Future Folk use a banjo and a guitar to save mankind in this sci-fi comedy origin story.

North American Premiere
Director – Frant Gwo, 91 mins 

When Li Xianje’s beautiful girlfriend dies in a tragic accident, he attempts to harness his temporal dilation disorder in order to travel back in time and save her.

Repertory screening    
Directors – Y.K. Kim and Woo-sang Park, 120 mins    

The legendary long-lost ’80s thunder-rager! Martial arts rock band Dragon Sound throw down in the ultimate conflict against an army of cocaine-powered motorcycle ninjas. The BEST unseen movie in HISTORY! 

PUSHER (2012)
US Premiere    
Director – Luis Prieto, 89 mins

A small time drug dealer gets in way over his head when a big deal goes bad in Luis Prieto’s British remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s debut feature film.

TAI CHI 0 (2012)
US Premiere 
Director – Stephen Fung, 100 mins 

Martial arts meets steampunk in Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung’s slick, stylish pop-art take on the life of Yang-lu Chan (played by new martial-arts sensation Yuan Xiaochao), founder of the Yang school of tai chi.

TAPED (2012)
Regional Premiere

Director – Diederik van Rooijen, 80 mins

A trip meant to save their marriage turns into a nightmare when Johan and Saar accidentally videotape a police shooting in the streets of Argentina.

World Premiere 
Director – Yudai Yamaguchi, 79 mins 

Tak Sakaguchi stars in Yudai Yamaguchi’s feature-length reboot of an original indie short film made in 1995. Follow the ridiculous adventures of sometime private detective and fighting master Tebana “Snot Rockets” Sankichi, and his loyal sidekick “Twice” Shiro. An episodic, nonsense comedy that flies like a rocket and lands like a wet loogie.

International Premiere 
Director – Afonso Poyart, 108 mins 

Edgar returns to Brazil after two years in Miami, focused on enacting a complicated revenge plot and hoping to find absolution for his sins in the process.

North American Premiere 
Director – Branko Schmidt, 84 mins 

A corrupt gynecologist provides illegal abortions to prostitutes working for the Croatian mafia.


Regional Premiere

Director – Pang Ho-Cheung, 90 mins

What do pubic hair, pop rocks, cow vaginas and sex with mules have in common? They are all part of moviemaking in Hong Kong.      


Repertory screening

Director – Ted Kotcheff, 114mins

A Palme D’Or nominee based on the 1961 book of the same name by Kenneth Cook and directed by FIRST BLOOD’s Ted Kotcheff, WAKE IN FRIGHT is an uncompromisingly brutal look at what happens when men are left alone together in the outback with guns and a lot of beer. This is going to be a mind-blower on the big screen. Get ready.


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Andy Triefenbach is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of In addition to his role on the site, he also programs St. Louis' monthly horror & exploitation theatrical midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse. Coming from a household of a sci-fi father and a horror/supernatural loving mother, Andy's path to loving genre film was clear. He misses VHS and his personal Saturday night 6 tape movie marathons from his youth.