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.
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.
Christy (Zehetner) returns to her hometown years after a car accident that disfigured her older sister. Haunted by the accident in which she was the driver, she learns that her worst nightmares have either come true ... or are about to.
The contract killer Frank Zimosa has just been hired for a ridiculously lucrative mission by the rich and powerful Jorge Mistrandia. The objective: to kill a couple of people hiding in one ... See full summary »
Giulio De Santi
Mankind must fight to survive as Earth is invaded by hostile UFOs bent on destroying the planet. As the epic battle wages on, astronauts sneak aboard the mothership where they discover a ... See full summary »
A brilliant doctor on a quest for revenge buys a young woman and trains her to be the ultimate assassin, implanting gun parts in her body that she must later assemble and use to kill her target before she bleeds to death.
A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes right before the biggest race of his life, forcing him to confront everything that has been holding him back.
Paul is plagued by horrifying visions of a malevolent entity. He discovers that a supernatural force in his home is negatively affecting his housemates. Slowly, this force influences him ... See full summary »
Lindsay St. Germain
Six high school seniors celebrating with a day's excursion find themselves on a rowboat attacked by a man-eating fish and must decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore.
There are things I liked and things I disliked about this film. The first thing I disliked was the inclusion of home video footage. While there was rarely a hand-held point-of-view, and it never sunk to the level of found footage, why must someone be filming the entire time? (This makes sense for a later plot point, but was still unnecessary.) I not only liked, but loved the inclusion of a "Crazy Ralph" character, warning Johnny not to go out on the water. This archetype never gets old for me.
I also loved the awesome monster fish, even with its inevitable comparison to "Jaws" (or more appropriately with Stephen King's "The Raft" segment from "Creepshow 2"). I suppose some people thought it was cheesy, and to some degree it was. But I will take a cheesy fish over a computer-generated fish any day of the week.
Beyond that, the film is average at best, and not among director Larry Fessenden's finest work. But this is more the story and less the directing at fault. We care for none of these kids, all of whom have some issues, and they only reveal themselves to be every bit as monstrous as the fish they fear. As Fessenden has said, he is on the side of the fish -- and so should be all the viewers.
The disc from Scream Factory is amazing, making up for the lackluster film. Plenty of bonus material, including a "Jaws" special feature that shows the eccentric genius of Fessenden. Even if you thought the film was awful (which is fair), if you are a Fessenden fan, these features are worth owning the disc for.
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