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Fantastic Fest Announces First Wave of 2019 Lineup, Including ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Takashi Miike’s ‘First Love’

Now in its fifteenth year, the Alamo Drafthouse-created Fantastic Fest is showing no signs of relinquishing its title as America’s premiere genre film festival. The first wave of its 2019 lineup includes premieres from around the world, restorations of classic horror flicks, and an eclectic assortment of documentaries.

Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” will open the festival, marking the film’s American premiere with an appearance from the filmmaker. Legendary director Takashi Miike will also be in attendance, promoting his Cannes favorite “First Love.” Other highlights include Stephen King adaptation “In the Tall Grass” and the Elijah Wood-led “Come to Daddy.”

“Our fifteenth year is a one-of-a-kind of celebration of the cinema we champion: brilliant and out-there,” said the festival’s Creative Director Evrim Ersoy in an official statement. “It’s a 15-year-long love letter to the wide spectrum of daring, crazy films, filmmakers, and audience members whom
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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ To Open Fantastic Fest, First Wave Of Programming Unveiled

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ To Open Fantastic Fest, First Wave Of Programming Unveiled
Fantastic Fest, the touchstone of envelope-pushing genre films, has released its first wave of programming and revealed that Taikai Waititi’s anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit will be opening the 15th edition of the Austin-based film festival which kicks off September 19 and continues through September 26.

Jojo Rabbit, which will make its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest, tells the story of a lonely young boy growing up in World War II Germany. He finds his world-view turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

In addition, Jim Mickle will return to the fest to present the World Premiere of In the Shadow of the Moon, a mind-bending sci-fi film starring Boyd Holbrook as a Philadelphia police officer who begins tracking a serial killer
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Ddi heads to Toronto with world rights to 'The Cleansing Hour' (exclusive)

Genre project currently in post-production.

Toronto-based Ddi has picked up worldwide sales rights to supernatural horror The Cleansing Hour and will launch sales at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) next week.

CEO Jason Moring (pictured) and his team will introduce buyers to the feature about millennial entrepreneurs who get tormented by a demon during a live webcast.

When the evil spirit possesses the fiancée of one of the men, it forces them to expose dark secrets. Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis star

The Cleansing Hour is currently in post-production and marks the feature directorial debut of Damien LeVeck,
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Horror Highlights: Unique Vintage’s Ghoul Gang Photo Shoot, Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2017, Coma Ward, Mortal Kombat at Nycc, Final Girls Berlin Film Fest, Bunnyman Vengeance

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" The spooky, Halloween goodness has only just begun! The clothing store Unique Vintage recently teamed up with Nerdist for a Ghoul Gang photo that's featured in today's Horror Highlights. Also: Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2017, Coma Ward board game details, Mortal Kombat hits New York Comic Con 2017, Final Girls Berlin Film Fest's call for submissions, and release details and a trailer for Bunnyman Vengeance.

Unique Vintage's Ghoul Gang Photo Shoot: "Bring on the gothic glamour! Leading up to Halloween, Unique Vintage is celebrating the spookiest season with Nerdist for a special photo shoot promoting their Ghoul Gang t-shirt and Creepy Collection of retro clothing. Whether you're the daughter of Dracula or a Mistress of the Dark, this collection has something for you!

Inspired by the best-selling t-shirt, the Ghoul Gang includes: Bizarre States podcast host Jessica Chobot as Morticia Addams; Nerdist Editor-in-Chief
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The Overlook Film Festival Announces Juried and Audience Award Winners

Daily Dead was proud to sponsor and attend the first-ever Overlook Film Festival (we already can't wait for next year), and with this year's installment of the memorable horror celebration coming to an end after the weekend, the official recipients for the event's audience and juried awards have been announced.

Press Release: (Portland, Or) – As its inaugural run comes to a close, the Overlook Film Festival has the great pleasure of announcing its first year juried and audience awards. Culled from a stellar lineup of 39 films (22 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), the festival's features and short film juries deliberated over the course of the event, publicly revealing the winning selections at the special closing night secret screening of A24's It Comes At Night.

The features jury consisted of Eric Kohn (Indiewire), Alicia Malone (Fandango), and Sam Zimmerman (Shudder). The jurors chose to honor director Ben Young's Hounds Of Love
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Horror Highlights: The Cleansing Hour, Hunting Grounds, The Watcher

The Cleansing Hour is here... exorcise your demons with the anticipated short film that has debuted on Bloody Disgusting's World of Death. Also rounding out today's Highlights: details on the May debut of Hunting Grounds and The Watcher on Blu-ray / DVD.

Watch The Cleansing Hour: The Cleansing Hour debuted on Episode 70 of Bloody Disgusting's World of Death, and you can watch it below.

Synopsis: "Drew and Max run a webcast that streams Live exorcisms that are actually elaborately staged hoaxes. But when they discover today’s actress is demon-possessed, Drew and Max are forced to reckon with their online charade--live in front of a global audience."

Directed by Damien LeVeck and written by Aaron Horwitz, The Cleansing Hour stars Sam Jaeger, Heather Morris, Neil Grayston, Jonny Radtke, Joonho Huh, Wanhi Lee, Danielle Langlois, John Griffin, Walker Mintz, Juliette Larsen, Catherine Marin, Vivian Fabiola, Teala Dunn, and Lauren Compton.

To learn more,
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Round-Up: Shriekfest 2015 Lineup, The Cleansing Hour Kickstarter, Ballet Of Blood World Premiere

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The first wave of films to be shown at this year's Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival all look like they are going to be a bloody good time! Also: The Cleansing Hour's Kickstarter campaign and Ballet of Blood premiere details.

Shriekfest 2015: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival is thrilled to announce its first surge of films for the Fifteenth annual festival! Shriekfest brings you the Best in independent horror and sci-fi! "We are so excited for our 15th year and this slate of films!" says festival director Denise Gossett. Shriekfest is Oct 1-4. www.shriekfest.com

Granny Of The Dead: Directed by Tudley James. In a small town unknowing and free from betrayal, an evil is looming to rewrite their tale. From deep within hell a curse rises up, to strike down the old and never give up. The elderly dead
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