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 man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of... See full summary »
A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a... See full summary »
Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few ... See full summary »
A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »
Vera Carlisle Anderson,
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »
Brooklyn's smuggling companions are slaughtered, sometimes violently, one by one as they wantonly defy the security systems of the Kyron-5. Babe falls into a vat of green liquid and becomes... See full summary »
James Brewster Thompson
Hikari is a boy who is bullied and teased by the other boys at school because he has the odd distinction of having an electricity pole growing out of his back. However, one of his ... See full summary »
Leo, an egocentric, sexist businessman, who thinks he's God's gift to women, gets a taste of his own medicine when he tries picking up the wrong woman: a murderous psycho who shoots him. ... See full summary »
Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was ... See full summary »
Sort of a Japanese "Eraserhead", but makes less sense.
Definitely one of the most funked up movies I've seen, I rented this one at a Japanese video store, so there were no subtitles or dubbing. I don't think it would have helped anyway, there's really little dialogue, and I think this is primarily intended to enhance altered mindsets more than anything, if there is a plot here, it's minimal at best.
Anyway, I love this film, it's just so bizarre and out there, I've watched it 3 times, I still have no concept whatsoever of the point. A couple of people break into a building, there's some sort of creature there, then your thrust into some mind bending alternate universe, or maybe it's the creatures mind, or maybe it just injects the humans with some drug that makes them have some intense death trip, I don't know. This goes on for a while, very cheaply done, but using lots of dated, cheap, but effective camera and editing tricks to really mess with your mind. There's some blood and gore here too. Then, out of nowhere, we have some bizarre music video, shot outside, that slowly slides back into the dingy, grim world of slime and blood and hallucinoegins we were in before. After a while, the movie seems to end, but wait! It's not over yet, after the fadeout, strange noises and barely perceptible images fade back in, and we have a few more minutes of unintelligible weirdness. This is all accomponied by some very strange sounds and music, I'd love to have the "score" for this, it goes a long way in making the movie even more messed up.
Anyway, if you love really, really bizarre "artistic" films, seek this one out, though there's no U.S. release I know of.
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