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.
In the not too distant future, boxing has been banned and replaced by robot fighters in the ring. Sam "Steel" Kelly is a former boxer but now owns one of these pugilistic machines. Unfortunately his robot, which he's named Battling Maxo, is getting old and many of its parts are no longer available. Kelly is broke and is doing everything he can to ensure Battling Maxo can enter the ring as the promoter has made it clear there's no payment if there's no bout. When Maxo breaks down however, Kelly decides to takes its place. Written by
Portrait of a losing side, proof positive that you can't outpunch machinery. Proof also of something else: that no matter what the future brings, man's capacity to rise to the occasion will remain unaltered. His potential for tenacity and optimism continues, as always, to outfight, outpoint, and outlive any and all changes by his society, for which three cheers and a unanimous decision rendered from the Twilight Zone.
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This is my favorite of all the twilight zone episodes. The story of two men struggling to make a living in a time in the not-to-distant future, and not doing very well. The sport of boxing has been ruled too brutal for humans to engage in, and so it is now done only by robots. Lee Marvin and his pal field a robot, who after many bouts is falling apart and can't go any longer. But the two men have bills to pay, and have to field an entry in tonight's match. The opponent is the latest, newest, strongest model fighting machine robot - a truly frightening prospect. And guess who has to go up against it. This turns into a memorable tale of guts, determination, or just call it heart.
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