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.
Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to ... See full summary »
Benito González works construction in Melilla and dreams big - of building the tallest building in Benidorm, a great phallic symbol of power, González Towers. Over several years, we see ... See full summary »
Maria de Medeiros,
Her name is Mina, but she is called Bambola (doll). Upon the death of her mother, she and her homosexual brother, Flavio, open a pizzeria. A man named Ugo loans Bambola the money, but is ... See full summary »
A man discovers that his girlfriend is a "stigmata" (someone whose hands and feet mysteriously bleed in the same places where Jesus Christ was crucified) and tries to keep her out of the ... See full summary »
Lola, a factory worker, finally decides to run away from Mario, the drunk and aggressive man she loves. That same night she has a love affair with Roberto, a French rich man. Eventually ... See full summary »
A film-within-a-film thriller about two teen girls among a small group of people whom are terrorized in a movie theater by a killer while watching a horror film about a murderous optometrist who stalks his victims in a movie theater in the film. Written by
When the film ends, we suddenly see the credits scrolling up on a completely different movie screen, together with another completely different cinema audience of onlookers observing it before getting up and leaving one by one until the final onlookers stand up and walks to the left with the screen going black as he/she does so (implying that the real storyline was also yet another film within film). See more »
I passed over this movie numerous times at my favorite movie store, and it wasn't until I came across the storyline that I knew I wanted to see it. So, I rented it as soon as I could, and I must say, I loved it!
The plot is quite simple. A theatre of people spend an afternoon watching a horror movie called "The Mommy," starring Zelda Rubinstein and Michael Lerner. It's about a mother who telepathically directs her son to kill people and steal their eyes for her. (And does it help he's an opthamalogist!) Meanwhile, in the theatre, Patty and Linda, two teenage girls, are both watching, Patty the squeamish one, Linda, the submersed one. Back and forth, the movie goes to the audience to "The Mommy," to the point that you feel like you are in that movie theatre.
And then you find out there is a killer there in the theatre, with the same mother obsession as the killer in the movie they're all watching.
I won't give away much more, other than that the movie is great. The killer almost imitates the scenes in "The Mommy," especially when Lerner's character goes to a theatre and traps the patrons in and starts to kill them, one by one. Actually, things are almost exact in some scenes. Soon, things become tense and suspenseful, especially in the scenes where Linda is hiding in the bathroom while the killer drags a few bodies in to hide them, then stops and hangs around in there. The best scenes in the movie! It may take a bit to not get confused by everything, but the way the film goes back and forth in the storylines is quite crafty, so I doubt you'll be too confused.
Overall, a fantastic film for any horror fan. The ending, of course, is a little odd, but I suppose accepting it for what it is is the best you can do. I think the film would have been fine without it, though. In any event, find this movie and watch it! It's very scary!
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