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.
Two siblings played by William Baldin and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe travel to their families old, ancestrial estate upon the death of their father. They soon find out the hard way about their families ancient secret of witchcraft and the occult.
Marc S. Grenier
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe,
A lawyer's family is murdered by drug smugglers, and he is beaten and left for dead, but survives although in a coma. When he awakes he only has a partial memory of what happened. In order ... See full summary »
Richard W. Munchkin
Don 'The Dragon' Wilson,
When a body is found floating in an upstate New York river, hard-drinking cop Joe Weldon is left with few clues. After uncovering the man's identity - an enigmatic simpleton named Hap - ... See full summary »
A quiet suburban town is overrun by vampires! The once idyllic portrait of a typical American family now hosts spectacles of carnage behind every picket fence as the neighbors prowl the streets feasting on the dead and dying.
A killer obsessed with fathering a child, but has troubles with relationships with women, becomes a father via artificial insemination. He then tracks the woman down and terrorizes her and ... See full summary »
Mark L. Lester
A young teacher, Emily Bennett, sets out to clear her name after digitally fabricated pornographic photos of her are sent to her students. She soon discovers that this incident is linked to... See full summary »
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe,
In Los Angeles, Detective Hank Holten is obsessed by his ex-wife, the writer of vampire novels Susan Hastings, stalking her and having drinking problems. His chief and friend, Captain John Billings, makes him promise to forget her and stop drinking, and assigns Hank to find Layla Simmons, who is missing and without notice to her family. Hank goes to a rave party, finds Layla, they go to an orgy party in an old building, and while having sex with her, Hank finds that the place is a vampire nest. He is bitten by the vampire-leader, but nobody believes on him. He looks for Susan to help him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Out For Blood (The Sci-Fi Channel edit) turned out to be enjoyable, but not as original as I had hoped. The writing was one of the two weakest points in this film, and the writing wasn't bad.
The Good: The acting was more than I expected, most actors at least earned their paycheck, if not more. Kevin Dillon did a fine job and didn't over do it on the emotional side or during the vampire-ish scenes he had. Lance Henriksen actually put a bit more "emotional investment" than his role required, and it was nice to see him in a film that while "B Grade" was at least enjoyable, and also to him be cast with some dignity (Mangler 2, WTF?!!). The cinematography was fairly conservative but at the same time visually covered the visuals to adequately tell the story.
The Bad: The "Essential Fiction" of the movie (Vampires stalk the Night...) seemed a bit bland, especially if you the viewer even remotely indoctrinated into Vampire Myth. Most especially if you have any knowledge of the "World Of Darkness" line of products from White Wolf Game Studios. Also the primary female antagonist's brother was annoying beyond the script, which got on my nerves. The few gory scenes that are in this movie could have been shot with a bit more "Umph". The "messy" scenes I saw were shot sort of late 80's TV style. Mind you I saw the "Edited for Sci-Fi" version the DVD version may be more hardcore, but since the violence and damage it inflicted were not even remotely the focus of the film, I doubt I missed much.
The Ugly: The make up for the main antagonist was very on/off, it looked decent enough in the quality department but the execution was not all that gripping, in fact none of the full on "Vamp-Face" make up really did it for me. Also the "Big Bad's" voice is processed with quite a bit of "phlange", unfortunately said phlange is not a good thing. Think how the Cenobites sounded in the first Hellraiser film and deepen it, that is best description I give for the voice tweak they used.
With the gripes pointed out above I would still recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys 80's-90's horror, especially if they enjoy the Vampire sub-genus of horror. It's no "Bram Stokers" but it's much, much better than say "Jugular Wine".
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