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It’s Time to Start Deciphering This Year’s Fantastic Fest Genre Icons

Fantastic Fest 2012

In 14 days, the Film School Rejects team will pack their bags and move into the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX for a yearly ritual known as Fantastic Fest. Anyone who’s been reading us over the years knows that there’s not another film festival that we cover with such gusto. Is it because we have a deep love for genre films, the best of all that is weird, scary and intense? Perhaps. It may also have something to do with our addiction to the Soylent Green-esque cooking oil they use to fry up those chicken strips. It’s so good, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had some people in it.

Anyway, before this gets weird, lets get to the point. Every year the programmers of Fantastic Fest release new “Content Icons” that are representative of the genres and films that will be seen in this year’s line-ups. Like a sadistic cinematic game of Pictionary,  these icons create a fun guessing game for attendees and nerds alike. And now that we’ve got this year’s eight icons, we can make with the guessing.

The tradition of the content icons dates back to Ant Timpson and the Incredibly Strange Film Festival, founded in the mid-1990s in New Zealand. Timpson, a close friend of the festival, recently served as co-producer on the Drafthouse Films release The ABCs of Death, and was the guy who got porn into the recent Sight & Sound poll. He’s a real renaissance man.

For more, check out The Movie Genre Icons page on the official Fantastic Fest site. This year’s icons can be found below. Would anyone care to guess which movies these relate to? Or perhaps which themes we should expect at this year’s Fest?

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Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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