Fantastic Fest 2009

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If there is one thing movie-going audiences have been saturated with of late it is vampire films. Luckily, some of them have turned out to be pretty damn good…

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Since Ninja Assassin comes out on Wednesday to slice your turkey for you, I thought you might want to re-read my interview with its director. Sadly for you, it’s on video.

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If Fantastic Fest is going to be credited for starting this year’s great cinema meme (Chaos Reigns), then it must also take credit for launching A Town Called Panic into the spotlight. This wild little film did win the Audience Awards, after all.

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RonaldChevalier

We managed to sit down with Dr. Chevalier to talk Gentlemen Broncos, being a pompous asshole, and the future of science fiction novellas.

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JemaineClement

We managed to sit down with Jemaine Clement to talk Gentlemen Broncos, playing a pompous asshole, and the future of Rock Band: Flight of the Conchords Edition.

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You read that title right. We’ve covered so many films from Fantastic Fest that even now, a month after the fest has closed its doors, we’re still pumping out reviews.

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Twins! Psychic powers! Sam Neill! Alien neighbors! Gingers! How will they put them all together into one film?

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Darren and Steve are best friends despite different upbringings and personalities. They both attend a mysterious Freak Show populated by fantastical beings, and Darren joins the ranks of the undead by becoming a vampire, but Steve will have his own, darker journey to go through.

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With as lightening-fast as Marko Zaror is, we were incredibly lucky to catch him on camera for an exclusive Fantastic Fest interview. We assume the master martial artist and Mandrill director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza were lured in by the promise of free booze and shag carpet on the walls.

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Magic, ravens, forbidden love, an evil flour mill, and a retarded Baldwin brother! (There aren’t actually any Baldwins in this film).

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The lowest on the totem pole, Diego, is laughed at on the job working with his confident, stunt man older brother Cisse. He’s shy, struggles with a need for love he can’t fulfill, and is generally walked upon by everyone until an accident sees him waking up in the hospital as Tony T – a brand new personality that comes complete with cockiness and catch-phrases.

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A strange cargo container washes ashore near an idyllic cul-de-sac in Liverpool, and with it comes a strange killer and the full force of the black ops who take over the neighborhood. With a monster lurking in the shadows and the automatic-weapons-wielding force lurking in plain sight outside, there’s no safe haven for the residents, but Beth is desperate to find her daughter and take her to safety.

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After that damned Global Warming has messed up the environment, it’s also created a massive boon in truffles in Montreal where a new business has taken over. Unfortunately, supplies are finite, and a new company has moved in under the guise of a pelt-selling shop that, of course, is more intent on sending out furry mind-control drones to take over the wealth of the truffle-hunting biz. On the outskirts of the war is freelance truffle-miner Charles who has to struggle to make a living and not get choked by a muppet.

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Tai gets out of jail thanks to bail money from his twin brother who is sadly in a coma from all the money-raising/underground mob activity he’s engaged in. So, Tai goes underground and joins a Fireball team as well to avenge his brother’s coma.

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Murder, detectives, politics, gadgetry, circus workers, and at least one spectacular foot chase in a period piece!

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Abuse, beat downs, unexpected friendships, emotional upheaval, more beat downs, simulated sexual thrusts against a child, drama, and even more beat downs!

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ZombielandInt

In which two men, one having never seen a zombie film and the other a casual fan of the genre, create the best zombie flick since Shaun of the Dead. And in which, I get the scoop of the century on who will be playing Venom.

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Speed, agility, violence: Parkour, it’s not just something that gets parodied on The Office, it’s the way of the French. Come check in as Neil goes back to District B13 for another ass-kicking round of awesome.

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In the weird column, I would like to enter Kenny Begins. It is quite simply the weirdest, most insane and possibly most deviously enjoyable films that I’ve seen here at Fantastic Fest. It’s Swedish. And that’s just the beginning.

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If House of the Devil was put in a stack of horror flicks from 1979-1984, no one on the planet would ever realize it was made thirty years after the fact.

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