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.
"Guy in Row Five" is a comedy about a dreamer named Thess who moves to Hollywood to become a star. He lands a job as an extra on the hit TV series "Rodeo Nights". After pestering his way in... See full summary »
Kaitlyn, an ER nurse who is tending to a young stabbing victim, is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that is used in an effort to save the woman's life. Almost immediately ... See full summary »
Sean Patrick Flanery,
The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.
Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and ... See full summary »
A soldier who has been fighting a long war is driven mad because he no longer believes in any purpose or righteous truth behind the killing. He comes home to a surreal world looking for his... See full summary »
When Marcus Cole, a Green Beret fighting in Afghanistan is mortally wounded in combat, he is saved by a life saving blood transfusion. But when he recovers in record time, he discovers his ... See full summary »
Maxx and his girlfriend Lisa are a pair of recovering drug addicts whom are recruited by a clan of sex & violence crazed vampires led by the egotistical and charismatic Darius. But to become members, Maxx and Lisa have to give up their humanity and become vampires themselves. As Maxx and Lisa adopt to their new lifestyle of immortality with all the advantages and disadvantages, their addiction to drugs now turns to addiction to human blood and each new 'fix' leads them deeper into debauchery. Will these two rookie vampires find salvation, or be damned to all eternity of their latest thirst for blood? Written by
The cast includes several actors who appeared in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Clare Kramer (who appeared as the god-like Glory)l; Tom Lenk (who played would-be supervillain Andrew); and Serena Scott Thomas (who played Faith's evil mentor, Gwendolyn Post). Although Adam Baldwin didn't appear in that series, he had a recurring role in the spin-off show Angel. See more »
When Maxx accepts his new "life" and leaves on his motorcycle to meet Macey he has no helmet, then "he" has a helmet while on the road, and then when he arrives he has no helmet again. Obviously, their rider for the street shot wore a helmet to be legal. See more »
Now and then I have to vent on those who play at death. It makes me hard to see them cry.
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I had a pretty good time watching this one last night. I believe the director Jeremy Kasten also made All Souls Day, a film which did not impress me too much but this was enjoyable throughout, albeit in a pretty silly way. The story sees a lass with cancer joining a family of vampires led by Jeremy Sisto, and her boyfriend subsequently becoming involved, with much resultant mayhem and bloodshed. The film moves at a great pace and the flashy direction keeps everything tight and fun to watch, doing a nice job of making the low budget less apparent. The film doesn't look great, and the effects are kinda silly, what with great gushing not quite realistic blood, but its the sort of thing that is trashy fun if you get into the spirit of it. The acting is relatively decent, with the nominal heroes Matt Keeslar and Clare Kramer doing pretty good work, whilst Jeremy Sisto has fun with an eccentric and amusing part. He doesn't impress in the same way that he did in say, May or the classic TV show Six Feet Under, but he's still pretty watchable. Of the rest of the cast, I perhaps would have liked more from Eric Palladino's character as he seemed pretty likable, whilst the rest of the vampire crew are suitably freakish, with probably Serena Scott Thomas best as an older vamp. One issue with the acting though, although it may just be inept sound design, what with the accents of some of the vamps it is often kinda hard to make out quite what they are saying. It doesn't matter too much as the film is very visual, but it is still a problem. The script is amusing at times and labored at others and the film has the significant problem of coming across a lot similar to Near Dark. Near Dark of course is pretty well indisputably a brilliant film and happens to be one of my all time favorites and the comparisons that this film invites are never favorable, but it just about gets by on a wave of mindless gusto. There's some nudity and plenty of gore, which is endearingly splashy. This is a film where even a broken nose causes a huge outpouring of the red stuff and the excessive nature is really somewhat pleasing. Altogether I can't say that this is a particularly great film, but it kept me entertained and I guess it does the trick if you enjoy low budget mindless splatter. So, probably worth at least a look if you enjoy this kind of thing and you can catch it on television.
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