The fresh, the stale, and the outrageously bloody all faced off at Fantastic Fest 2018

Like the rest of the world, Austin’s Fantastic Fest is at a turning point. No longer able to lean on the wacky stunts and wild partying that accompanied the Alamo Drafthouse’s rise to prominence in the mid ’00s, this year the festival, which last year faced a very public reckoning for its culture of white male…

Nicole Kidman gets her Serpico moment in the gritty LA cop drama Destroyer

Although the idea of Nicole Kidman showing up for a bucket of Shiner Bock and some karaoke at Fantastic Fest is, frankly, rather absurd, the festival has been good to Karyn Kusama. In 2015, Fantastic Fest was one of a handful of festival dates for Kusama’s film The Invitation, and the Alamo’s (now dormant) Drafthouse…

Kneel before Luca Guadagnino's masterful Suspiria remake 

Greetings from Fantastic Fest! I’m serving on the Next Wave jury—a first-time filmmaker award—at this year’s festival, which precludes talking about a lot of the films I have seen in the first few days since this year’s edition of the festival kicked off with the American premiere of Halloween on Thursday night. (You…

Halloween, Hold The Dark, and Gaspar Noé round out Fantastic Fest's second wave

With Fantastic Fest less than a month away, Austin’s revamped genre film festival—you can check out its new code of conduct and board of directors at the links—has revealed its second wave of films, following an initial announcement that included new flicks from Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and J.J. Abrams.

Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and J.J. Abrams lead Fantastic Fest's first wave of programming 

Almost one year after a festival dominated by controversy, the Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship event, Fantastic Fest, has returned with a new code of conduct, a new board of directors, and a new slate of genre cinema from around the world. This morning, the festival announced its first wave of programming, and in keeping…

Navigating risk: Why I wasn’t ready to give up on Fantastic Fest

There’s a bit of internet folk wisdom, frequently (and incorrectly) attributed to Margaret Atwood, which reads, “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” Unverifiable or not, that’s a terrifying reality to live with. But it must be lived with, and it must be processed in one…

Female directors bring kinky Wonder Women and bloody Revenge to Fantastic Fest 

Amid all the controversy surrounding this year’s Fantastic Fest, there’s one group that should not get lost in the shuffle: The female filmmakers whose works screened at the festival. If the film industry in general is male-dominated, the genre film world is even more so, making visibility and support for the women…

Woman comes forward with allegations that Harry Knowles once assaulted her at an Alamo Drafthouse event

Just a week after the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest came under fire for the quiet re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor Devin Faraci—who was accused last year of groping and sexually assaulting a woman several years ago, leading to his now having been twice forced to resign from the Drafthouse…

Business as usual for Fantastic Fest means pillow fights and killer clay

Devin Faraci is not here. Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League isn’t here either. League’s usual introductory duties for opening night of Fantastic Fest were passed off to equally qualified but lesser-seen female staff members this year, after the revelation that League continued to employ Faraci in secret after sexual…

Frances McDormand's new film pulls out of Fantastic Fest over Devin Faraci scandal

Although the Alamo Drafthouse—co-organizers of next week’s Fantastic Fest in Austin—announced on Wednesday that it was once again parting ways with recently re-hired film critic Devin Faraci, the fallout from the decision to bring him back into the corporate fold is still being felt. Today, Variety reports that Fox…

Devin Faraci re-resigns from Fantastic Fest after resurgent anger over assault allegations

Earlier today, we reported on outrage breaking out among the ranks of the Alamo Drafthouse and its affiliated efforts—including next week’s Fantastic Fest in Austin—over news that editor Devin Faraci had quietly returned to the company’s ranks, and was writing materials for its Fantastic Fest program guide. The…

UPDATE: Fantastic Fest programmer quits after festival rehires ousted critic Devin Faraci

The director of international programming for Fantastic Fest has announced that he’s quitting the festival, over news that former Birth.Movies.Death. editor Devin Faraci has been rehired to work for the event. Faraci resigned from BMD—which, like Fantastic Fest, is owned and operated by Austin’s Drafthouse theater…

Fantastic Fest's new "satellite festivals" will bring cool movies around the country

The downside of most cool film festivals is that they’re not happening anywhere near wherever you happen to live (unless you happen to be a Cannes or Park City native, which sounds like it would be annoying), so the people behind Austin’s Fantastic Fest have decided to take some of their cool movie fun around the…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and 2 Stephen King adaptations lead Fantastic Fest’s first wave

The first wave of programming has been announced for the 13th year of Austin-based genre film festival Fantastic Fest, which rides forth this year with an Arabic theme to follow up on last year’s ode to Indian film and 2015’s Turkish cinema celebration. Highlighting cinema from Egypt to Afghanistan, repertory…