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.
Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST centers on a fresh-faced young couple, Samantha and Jeff, who have only recently moved into town.... See full summary »
Neil Patrick Harris,
Based on a true story, HOUSE ON THE HILL is a true crime melodrama with strong horror elements, chronicling the outrageous 1980s murder spree of serial killer Leonard Lake, who would target... See full summary »
Naidra Dawn Thomson,
Stephen A.F. Day
While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »
After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and ... See full summary »
Based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree ... See full summary »
How would you react if three years after the death of your father, you receive a letter signed by him inviting you to visit an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere in China? Curious in ... See full summary »
Written and directed by former soldier, Tom Petch, 'The Patrol' provides the antidote to the war action film. A psychological drama, the film explores the relationships between a group of British soldiers as they grow disillusioned with the Afghan war.
New Orleans has the No. 1 per capita murder rating in the nation. A decade earlier the city was dubbed the "Murder Capital of the Country." Drugs and violence controlled the streets, taking... See full summary »
In his jet black Shelby Super Snake, vampire slayer Shawn Black (Michael Matthias) takes to the road in search of a group of bloodsuckers led by his brother Cain (Vinnie Jones). On the way, he meets a couple of shallow clubber babes (who we are presumably supposed to care about because they have great tits), before teaming up with unlikely preacher Father Roy (Michael Madsen) to storm the vampires' headquartersthe very same nightclub at which the aforementioned big breasted hotties are now partying.
Just because someone has spent decades behind the scenes blowing stuff up, crashing cars, and staging fights, it does not automatically mean that they have what it takes to direct a whole film (even if that film is to be filled with action). Case in point: Charlie Picerni, whose vampiric romp The Bleeding is suitably explosive at times (the Road Warrior-inspired chase scene at the finalé is reasonably impressive), but lacking in virtually every other department.
Picerni's ham fisted direction results in a chaotic, plot less, and joyless mish-mash of half-baked ideas and hackneyed action movie clichés that irritate far more than they entertainbut Picerni shouldn't take all the blame: Lance Lane's awful 'script' must have taken all of a lazy Sunday afternoon down the pub to throw together; Vin Diesel wannabe Matthias displays all the charisma of a sponge; Michael Madsen simply goes through the motions; DMX is DMX ('nuff said); Vinnie Jones delivers his cornball dialogue in a manner that, if there was any justice, would kill his acting career dead on the spot; and whoever did the editing clearly hadn't been taking their Ritalin.
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