FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about 1) the revenge of a murdered wife, 2) a tailor who makes a ... See full summary »
A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »
Anthology film from Amicus adapted from four short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes strung together about an antique dealer who owns a shop called Temptations Ltd. and the fate that befalls his... See full summary »
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »
When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming - and his niece more demonstrably so - ... See full summary »
The Theatre of Death in Paris specialises in horror presentations. A police surgeon finds himself becoming involved in the place through his attraction to one of the performers. When ... See full summary »
A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece. They are shocked to find that, wherever he has been, certain unsolved murders ... See full summary »
The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so ... See full summary »
A travelling circus in 19th century France adopts and showcases a feral "wolf boy", who grows into adulthood only to kill the one-man band. He runs off to Paris, where he develops a jealous... See full summary »
1977's "Battleflag" aka "The Standard" was the first of four Peter Cushing titles after "Star Wars" that sank without a trace at that time. Unlike "Son of Hitler," "Touch of the Sun," and "Black Jack," this co-production between West Germany, Austria, and Spain appears to be an earnest, serious project, which nevertheless never found a distributor outside Europe, neither in Britain nor the US. Set in Belgrade in Oct 1918, during the final days of the First World War, Officer Menis (Simon Ward) does his duty in defending the battle flag of the defeated Austro-Hungarian empire, while his fellow troops, a motley gang recruited from several different countries not loyal to the royal family, simply try to survive by any means possible. The battles are elaborate but far too lengthy, while the romance between Menis and Louise Lang (Veronica Forque), daughter of a wealthy Viennese industrialist, only cripple the pace even further. Considering he was working with three different languages, Ward performs admirably, alongside Jon Finch's Major Charbinsky, and Peter Cushing's cameo as the mysterious Baron von Hackenburg, a 'strange character' and reserve major, with some influence in Vienna. Entering at the 39 minute mark, the bearded Cushing's scenes were shot in Spain, his smoking Baron surrounded by his dogs, carefully observing the battles without ever taking part (like Barack Obama, 'leading from behind'). His big scene finds him speaking to the standard bearer, revealing him to be a lowly gypsy posing as an aristocrat (a solid five minutes). This was the last time he could be seen astride a horse...just as we first viewed him on screen in 1939's "The Man in the Iron Mask." Peter Cushing was reunited with Simon Ward, his assistant in "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed," and Jon Finch, who had paid his dues in Hammers like "The Vampire Lovers" and "The Horror of Frankenstein," before stardom in Roman Polanski's "Macbeth" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy." Among the other cast members are Lil Dagover (nearly 90), the star of 1919's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," and Austrian-born beauty Maria Perschy, mostly known for her work with Spanish horror star Paul Naschy, and other titles like "No Survivors Please," "Kiss Kiss...Kill Kill," "A Witch Without a Broom," "Five Golden Dragons," "The Castle of Fu Manchu," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Ghost Galleon."
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