As If We Needed More Reasons to Be Excited for Fantastic Fest 2016

By  · Published on September 8th, 2016

The final wave of titles playing Fantastic Fest is here.

Two weeks. Fourteen days. How ever many hours that works out to be. We’re getting close to Fantastic Fest 2016, and our excitement continues to grow. See? Look! It’s growing even as I type this. The third and final wave of titles have been announced for the fest, and as was the case with the first two the list of films playing this year has us wishing it was already September 22nd.

New films from Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good the Bad the Weird), J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), André Øvredal (Trollhunter), Naco Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and the Mo Brothers (Killers, Macabre) will be playing alongside others that promise to surprise us.

There’ll be some non-film fun too including two musically-related experiences. The RZA is overseeing a live re-scoring of The Shaw Brothers classic, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, and Fabio Frizzi will doing a live re-score of Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond off-site.

I won’t pretend to understand screening or seeing television episodes at film festivals, but those of you who enjoy such things may be delighted to hear that the first episode of HBO’s upcoming Westworld series will also be playing as well as the first two eps of Ash vs Evil Dead’s second season.

But if you’re like me, a film fest is all about the films. Keep reading to see the third and final batch of titles set to play Fantastic Fest!


South Korea, 2016 – US Premiere, 140 min – Director: Kim Jee-woon

Korea, during the Japanese occupation. Police Chief Lee Jung-Chool is hunting members of the resistance under strict orders from the Japanese overlords. However, a chance encounter with Jung Chae-San will have him questioning his loyalties…


Canada, 2016 – World Premiere, 82 min – Director: Lowell Dean

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.


United States, 2016 – Special Screening, 60 min

“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.


US Premiere, 136 min – South Korea, 2016 – Director: Sung-soo KIM

Corrupt police detective Han protects Mayor Park’s interests while he saves up to pay for his wife’s terminal cancer treatment. When intimidation of a witness goes wrong, they’re all thrown into a violent storm.


United Kingdom, 2016 – U.S. Premiere, 99 min – Director: André Øvredal

When a mysterious body turns up at a crime scene, the local sheriff turns to the coroner and his son to find the cause of death.


Uganda, 2016 – World Premiere, 65 min – Director: Nabwana IGG

A mild-mannered doctor is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes (!). This is only one of the many delirious action-packed stories that converge in this exuberant DIY extravaganza from the home of “da best of da best movies”: WAKALIWOOD, UGANDA!!!


United States, 2016 – World Premiere, 90 min – Director: Todor Chapkanov

Escaped from prison and longing for a legitimate life, Yuri Boyka must choose between a shot at the glory he has trained for and the demands of his conscience after tragedy strikes in the ring.


Denmark, 2016 – Regional Premiere, 74 min – Director: Andreas Johnsen

Two researchers search the globe for the best flavors the insect world has to offer in an attempt to make this inevitable future food source more palatable to wimpy Westerners.


Hong Kong, 2016 – North American Premiere, 120 min – Director: Benny Chan

During China’s Warlord era, in the village of Pucheng, a sheriff and his ragtag band of men must make sure the cruel general Cal’s son Shaolin faces justice in this brilliant blend of wuxia and westerns!


Japan, 2016 – North American Premiere, 100 min – Director: Yudai Yamaguchi

Yudai Yamaguchi’s Chinyuki is one of those rare films where its own subtitle tells you everything you need to know about the movie: A journey to the West with farts.


Canada, 2016 – US Premiere,110 min – Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Fantastic Fest favorite Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) wrings an extraordinarily potent allegory for personal responsibility and emotional toxicity in this witty and absorbing drama about an alcoholic (Anne Hathaway) who discovers an improbable connection between herself and a giant monster ravaging South Korea.


United States, 2016 – North American Premiere , 93 min – Director: Mike Mendez

An ancient demon is unleashed in a Mississippi town and the only people who can stop it are FBI agent Evelyn Pierce and grizzled, cynical demon hunter Jebediah Woodley.


United States, 2016 – World Premiere, 108 min – Director: Simon Rumley

April and Eric own a clothing store together and are happily in love. April will have to rely on her fashion obsession for survival when everything unexpectedly crumbles after Eric makes a single destructive mistake.


Indonesia, 2016 – US Premiere, 117 min – Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto

The bone-crunching, soul-crushing, face-breaking story of an amnesiac young man named Ishmael, the doctor named Rika who cares for him and the bad men who all need to die in a maelstrom of sweet violence.

HENTAI KAMEN 2: The Abnormal Crisis

Japan, 2016 – Texas Premiere, 118 min – Director: Yuichi Fukuda

At the request of his girlfriend Aiko, Kyosuke Shikijo agrees to retire Hentai Kamen. But when a new threat starts stealing panties, who will the people of Tokyo call on?


Spain, 2017 – US Premiere, 106 min – Director: Oriol Paulo

A wealthy businessman wakes up in a locked hotel room with the body of his dead lover next to him in Orio Paulo’ latest.


United States/United Kingdom, 2016 – Texas Premiere, 77 min – Director: Tomas Leach

Two young mermaids get caught up in the world of a Warsaw nightclub as they navigate human life and love in this Polish musical.


United States, 2016 – Texas Premiere, 108 min – Director: J. A. Bayona

Twelve year old Conor, dealing with his mother’s illness, unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally – a 40-foot-high Monster.


United States, 2016 – U.S. Premiere, 74 min – Director: Dash Shaw

Jason Schwartzman voices a young, hopeful writer who jumps into action during a disaster in this dazzling and hilarious animated adventure from famed graphic novelist Dash Shaw.


United States, 2016 – Austin Premiere, 84 min – Director: Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary shows us the world of the rat, from the garbage of NYC to the dining plates of Vietnam to a Karni Mata Temple of worship in India.


Japan, 2016 – North American Premiere, 115 min – Director: Yûji Shimomura

Tak Sakaguchi is a seemingly untouchable super soldier who must return to the life he left behind when a former colleague threatens his fragile world.


Hong Kong, 1978 – Special Screening, 115 min – Director: Chia-Liang Liu

What happens when one of the most influential hip hop artists descends on one of the most influential martial arts movies? There’s only one way to find out.


Australia, 2017 – World Premiere, 95 min – Director: Shane Abbess

A far-future military contractor – and moderately shitty father – must race to save his daughter when his employer’s negligence puts her in the path of a rampaging alien race.


South Korea, 2016 – International Premiere, 108 min – Director: Lee Kyoung-mi

When a politician’s teenage daughter goes missing, a desperate mother takes it upon herself to uncover the truth in this startling Korean thriller.


United States, 2016 – Special Screening, 60 min – Director: Jonathan Nolan

A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Fantastic Fest 2016 runs September 22nd-29th.

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.