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At Fantastic Fest this year in Austin, one meme crept out of the woodwork (and the mind of unofficial Alamo Drafthouse mascot Nacho Vigalondo) and has been taking Hollywood by storm. It is the tagline of the third act of Lars von Trier’s film Antichrist, “Chaos Reigns!” However, while Antichrist provided this year’s edition of “I drink your milkshake,” a fact upon which Fantastic Fest can hang its hat, perhaps one of the most memorable films from this year’s selection was the Belgian stop-motion animated pile of insanity A Town Called Panic, from directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar.

In his Fantastic Fest review, Dr. Cole Abaius called A Town Called Panic “pure spectacle that has the power to transport you to the younger, joyful mindset of the sandbox.” It is a healthy mix of insanity, children’s toys and humor that is wildly inappropriate. In a sense, just the kind of movie that anyone who reads FSR would absolutely love. It was one of our best-reviewed films of Fantastic Fest, as well as the festival’s Audience Award winner. And as any Fantastic Fest attendee can tell you, this is a very serious thing — as its a very serious, movie-loving audience.

Have a look at the trailer below, courtesy of Apple and Zeitgeist Films. A Town Called Panic gets a limited release starting December 16, 2009.


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