Jay Kay’s Five Favorite Films At Fantastic Fest 2016!!

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To experience a genre film festival is to see the life and dreams of unique as well as deeply creative souls unveil like flower opening on a warm day. Each film and filmmaker are like fingerprints leaving their own mark on the viewer, peer and that segment of time forever. To create a piece of […]

Fantastic Fest Review: RAW

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Not since John Fawcett’s Canadian cult classic GINGER SNAPS  and more recently Jonas Alexander Arnby’s WHEN ANIMALS DREAM  has such truth and vulnerability been shown within each frame of horror storytelling, showing an amalgamation of cannibalism, vampirism and a coming of age-like rite of passage like the French/Belgium film RAW. Submerged with a weary and inexperienced sense of understanding, […]

Fantastic Fest Review: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

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The bond between a father and son is key to the development of a man’s life. A father can be a teacher, friend, mentor, structure, a bastard and a compass. When the son decides to leave and find his own path, it brings pride, drama and a realistic tension that creates compelling storytelling. One of […]

Fantastic Fest Review: THE VOID

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Perhaps one of the most visual and distinctive horror films to be screened at this year’s FANTASTIC FEST is Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s visually disturbing and edgy film THE VOID, which played as part of the “midnight madness” selections at the festival. Moving away from the twisted humor of films like FATHER’S DAY and MANBORG, the writers, […]

Fantastic Fest Review: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD

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We all have dreams of being with someone older than us. The one that is out of reach and sits only in our fantasy like a teacher, co-worker or perhaps a babysitter. In director Chris Peckover’s latest horror film SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, we learn that such desires can be deadly. Opening as a similar story line […]

Fantastic Fest Review: THE INVISIBLE GUEST

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Kicking off the latest incarnation of the Austin, Texas based genre bending film festival FANTASTIC FEST, fans got to witness the intense and powerhouse crime thriller THE INVISIBLE GUEST from Spain. As nervous laughs weaved through the theater, the audience was shown great respect by the project as a whole with smart execution, pinpoint timing […]

Fantastic Fest review: THE DEVIL’S CANDY

Some films leave an impact on you so profoundly, that it takes a while for you to fully wrap your head around them. Remove yourself from the theatrical experience of seeing them enough to articulate what made the films hit you so hard. Sean Byrne’s THE DEVIL’S CANDY was that kind of film and that […]

Fantastic Fest review: GREEN ROOM

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Director Jeremy Saulnier made a lot of genre fans giddy with excitement, when in 2007 he unleashed one of the most lovable horror comedies around: MURDER PARTY. It seemed like the impressive debut would immediately lead to other projects, but we didn’t get a sophomore film from Saulnier until 2014’s BLUE RUIN. Where as MURDER […]