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.
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
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Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past...and taping what turns out to be their final episode. Written by
In Dr. Arthur Friedkin's room, there is a book on a table; the book is just one page of runes that is repeated. The runes in the book are an old script used by the Norse (Vikings). The runes can be translated directly into the English language, and the words clearly read out a parody of "I've learned" written by an unknown author. The parody reads as follows: "Steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades, and there had better be a lot of money to take its place. I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones who do. I've learned that we don't have to ditch friends because their dysfunction. They are more f**ked up than you think." See more »
As the history of the asylum is revealed, it is stated that a former doctor performed grisly experiments on the asylum patients in the 1930s. In a flashback sequence referring to this time, a patient is shown in front of a television, watching static. However, the television was not introduced to the public until the 1939 World's Fair, and was not common in US households until the early 1950s. An asylum in the 1930s could not, and would not, have had a television. See more »
[while in a bathroom, the door slams shut]
What the fuck was that? Guys, cut the shit! I'm not fucking playing!
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At the end of the credits, a message reads: "No Rats Were Eaten During The Making of this Film". See more »
Invest Your Very Being In This Haunted Asylum Shocker!
Grave Encounters, brought to us by the young Vicious Brothers, is not the pinnacle of Haunted House Horror. Neither is it pushing any new boundaries in that particular sub-genre, but does it need to? Here's a film made expressly for those that are prepared to invest completely in the viewing experience, to do as my lady partner and I did, turn off all the main lights, light a couple of candles for ambiance, switch the phone off and turn the volume up on the TV. Scene set, helps, too, that my lady is like a cat on a hot tin roof with a film like this, puts me on edge, love it, in fact we both love this sub-genre, it's our favourite. Gore and torture bores me, I want things that go bump in the night and things that suddenly jump out and make me jump. Grave Encounters does this exceptionally well; but I invested fully, I'm not over analysing it or sitting there comparing it to films released previously, and I'm certainly not one of those who deliberately sits there determined not to be scared. And yes! There are many out there who do that, a test of toughness maybe?
Grave Encounters has problems, without a doubt. As with many other films of the type, dumb decisions are made by characters, one particular character is actually too over the top during the preliminary set-up, and a couple of scenes involving hands and a rat are badly placed within. However, it's a pant soiler because it's great at the scare tactics, is deftly paced by the Vicious boys and unfurled in the atmospherically perfect setting of a Mental Asylum. As characters wander off into darkened corridors or peer off into the gloom, if you are invested fully you will feel the dread, your body slowly sinking in your set, your nails ripe for chewing. Or are you someone sitting there with arms folded fully expecting a jolt? Or maybe humming a tune in your head so as to make sure the mood isn't right? If you are expecting something new in this field of horror, you are always going to be disappointed.
Session 9, a brilliant and intelligent movie from 2001, went the other way, set in an Asylum it chose psychological scares and atmospherics instead of boo jumps, yet looking at reviews and message boards for that one you see many moaning about boredom. Recently Insidious and The Woman In Black, the former tried to bring a new astral aspect to the formula and got slated for it, the latter kept it traditional and got accused of bringing nothing new to the table! Maybe, just maybe, these films are better left to Haunted House fans who are willing to invest their being into the experience? Only then can Grave Encounters be a rewarding time. The rest of the horror faithfuls can keep searching in vain for something new in the formula for the next twenty years or so.
Thank you Vicious boys, the missus and I had a right old scary time with your movie. Now about my laundry bill..... 8/10
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