Fantastic Fest 2013 announces final wave of films, shorts, screening schedule, ticketing info

The countdown to the ninth edition of Fantastic Fest is ticking down, with Opening Night rapidly approaching. I'll be there and you can count on my usual blanket coverage, of course. I've described Fantastic Fest as more of a convention -- a Comic-Con, if you will -- as opposed to a conventional "film festival." There's always a wide range of interactive activities and discussions in addition to the screenings. But those movies will surely be the main attraction, especially for this journalist, who's made no secret of his love for genre films.

This year's event runs from September 19-26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in rockin' Austin, Texas. This is also the town where the prestigious SXSW Film Festival is held every March, and readers of this blog know that my annual coverage of SXSW gushes with accolades for the Alamo Drafthouse theaters -- arguably among the best in America. This year's location is in Northwest Austin because the traditional Fantastic Fest venue, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, is undergoing renovations. The new Lakeline theaters just opened and there's no better way to christen them than with Fantastic Fest 2013.

The first wave of 19 films was unveiled in late July, followed by the announcement of the second wave in mid-August, adding 19 more features to the previously announced lineup. The list of short films has been announced as well.

The third and final wave of titles has now been revealed, adding 25 more features, including Terry Gilliam’s unique dystopian vision of the future The Zero Theorem as the closing night film on September 26th. Also posted below is the official poster.

You can connect with Fantastic Fest via their official site, Facebook, and Twitter. The complete screening schedule is now online at along with the new ticketing system for badgeholders.

Here are the 25 films that round out the list of features for 2013 (descriptions provided by the festival):


Special Screening
Director - Jonathan Levine, 98 min
All the boys love Mandy Lane and all the girls want to be her. There’s at least one person, though, that wants Mandy and her friends dead.

CHANTHALY (Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Mattie Do, 98 min
A sickly young woman experiences visions of her dead mother. Is the apparition simply a side effect of her daily medication, or her mother actually reaching out to her from beyond the grave?

U.S. Premiere
Director - Jeong Byeong-Gil, 119 min
After the statute of limitations expires on a series of high profile murders, a man writes a book claiming to be the killer, setting off a firestorm of media attention as the families of the dead and the cop in charge of the case hunt for justice.

DETECTIVE DOWNS (Norway, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Bård Breien, 90 min
What makes Robert a unique P.I. isn’t that he has Down Syndrome; it’s that he uses empathy to solve his cases. And empathy will come in handy as he investigates a complicated, conspiracy-laden disappearance.

THE DIRTIES (Canada, 2013)
Regional Premiere
Director - Matt Johnson, 83 min
A pair of cinema-obsessed high school geeks are caught up in an escalating cycle of violence when the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur.

Regional Premiere
Director - Randall Moore, 90 min
A family vacation at the happiest place on Earth devolves into a hellish nightmare.

THE FAKE (South Korea, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Sang-ho Yeon, 101 min
Yeun Sang-ho’s follow-up to THE KING OF PIGS tells the story of a brutal scumbag who tries to expose a religious fraud.

FATAL (South Korea, 2013)
Texas Premiere
Director - Lee Don-ku, 103 min
A Korean teen’s desire to overcome a horrible crime committed as a youth turns into violence in Lee Dong-ku’s passionate and moving debut.

GATCHAMAN (Japan, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Touya Sato, 113 min
The classic anime series – known variously as BATTLE OF THE PLANETS and G-FORCE – explodes on the big screen with its first live action adaptation.

GREATFUL DEAD (Japan, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Eiji Uchida, 97 min
A young female peeping tom develops a fatal attraction to a virile old man.

Texas Premiere
Director - Frank Pavich, 88 min
This is the story of the greatest film never made: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s DUNE.

North American Premiere
Directors - Stephen Chow & Chi-kin Kwok 110 min
One of the undisputed Chinese masters of comedy, Stephen Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER; KUNG FU HUSTLE) returns with an action-packed love story about competing demon hunters vying for the same conquests.

LOVE ETERNAL (Ireland, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Brendan Muldowney, 94 min
When a young shut-in is forced back out into the real world following the death of his mother, he discovers he can find peace and love only amongst the dead.

Regional Premiere
Director - Nimród Antal, 92 min
Director Nimrod Antal creates a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event, combing a bold narrative and spectacular live-performance footage of one of the most influential rock bands in history.

MISS ZOMBIE (Japan, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Hiroaki Tanaka, 85 min
Cult director Sabu returns with his first original story in a decade! When a family has a zombie unexpectedly delivered to their house, they decide to keep her as a domestic servant.

MOEBIUS (South Korea, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Kim Ki-duk, 89 min
A transgressive taboo-shattering psychodrama from Korean auteur Kim Ki-Duk.

North American Premiere
Director - Amit Kumar, 88 min
When a rookie cop corners a suspected murderer, he must make a choice with far-reaching effects in this violent Indian thriller.

World Premiere
Director - Isaac Florentine, 95 min
Scott Adkins returns as Casey Bowman, a Ninjitsu master out to avenge the death of his wife in director Isaac Florentine's follow-up to his 2009 film NINJA.

RAGNAROK (Norway, 2013)
World Premiere
Director - Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, 100 min
The ancient and modern worlds collide in this rousing Norwegian action adventure.

RIGOR MORTIS (Hong Kong, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Juno Mak, 105 min
A former movie star gets a battle he didn’t bargain for when he moves into a haunted public housing tenement inhabited by various degrees of the undead.

U.S. Premiere
Directors - Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet
A man finds violence and sex at every turn as he searches his apartment building for his missing wife in this stylish mystery from the directors of AMER.

Texas Premiere
Director - Jim Mickle, 105 min
Director Jim Mickle paints a gripping portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive.

U.S. Premiere
Director - Simon Hawkins & Zeke Hawkins, 91 min
Three fun-seeking teenagers end up on the VERY wrong side of a bloodthirsty crew of rural crimelords.

WOLF (The Netherlands, 2013)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Jim Taihuttu, 120 min
Freshly released on parole and hailing from an immigrant family, Majid’s only real assets are his fists. He’s inexorably drawn into the worlds of competitive fighting and organized crime in this gritty crime thriller.

THE ZERO THEOREM (United Kingdom, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Terry Gilliam, 107 min
An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof – once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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