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Fantastic Fest 2015 Wrap - All Our Reviews & TwitchFilm Awards

Wow. Fantastic Fest ended last Thursday but we are all still recovering from 8 (8!) days of magical mayhem. There were a ton of good movies and very few stinkers (not counting some of us on day 8). But it's... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks With BASKIN Director Can Evrenol

Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks THE INVITATION With Director Karyn Kusama And Writer Phil Hay

Director Karyn Kusama and her husband and co-writer Phil Hay have constructed a masterful horror suspense film in The Invitation. The curious thing is that the woman behind the camera is so much less interested in genre than the film would... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Preview: 27 Fantastic Films Reviewed

It's here at last! Fantastic Fest jump starts to life this evening and we wrap up our preview series with links to all 27 of the films we've reviewed up to this point. Check them out in the gallery below... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Day Zero: Canfield Talks Documentaries And Animation With Rooster Teeth's Own Brian Behm

Welcome! Yours truly is in Austin, Texas, getting ready to cover the greatest genre film event in North America: Fantastic Fest 2015. I'll be uploading episodes daily featuring reviews and news. But I'll also be doing tons of interviews. This episode,... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Preview: 16 Fantastic Picks From Around The Globe

If you were with us yesterday you saw our preview of the 16 films making their world premieres at this year's fest. Tomorrow we'll talk about the films we've already reviewed here at TwitchFilm. But before then we want to... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Preview: A Look At All 16 World Premieres

It's Fantastic Fest time again and oh are we excited. Before the fest gets rolling on Thursday, we have a series of previews over the next few days to whet that appetite. We begin with a quick look at each... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2015: Massive First Wave Of Weirdness

WOW. The weirdos over at Fantastic Fest have outdone themselves, and if this first wave of titles is any indication, the 11th annual festival is going to be one of the very best they've put on. Kurt-motherfucking-Russell is attending closing night... More »

Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2014 Repertory Screenings: THE ASTROLOGER And DEATH WISH 3 Rock With Old-School Insanity

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest preview article, my heart belongs to the repertory screenings, the forgotten flicks that deserve a fresh look, presented by extremely knowledgeable and passionate curators. That was certainly the case this year. I only... More »
By Peter Martin   

In The Ring With BitTorrent: Todd's Complete Text From The Fantastic Debates

The night before last I took the opportunity to shake hands with Leonard Maltin. I was wearing only a pair of shorts at the time, sweat streaming down my torso and I may or may not have been bleeding. "Thank... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantastic Fest 2014: Twitch's 12 Most Anticipated Films From Our 12 On-Hand Contributors

Hallelujah! It is Fantastic Fest time once again! The fest kicks off tomorrow, and what's more, Austin's ridiculously fun genre festival is back at its spiritual home of the Drafthouse South Lamar. You might say we are a little excited.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fear & Loathing at Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 5. As if Things Could End Any Other Way. (NSFW)

CHAPTER 12: LEAVE THE HAT ON, COWBOYIt's roughly one in the morning and I'm having an impromptu picnic with Rebecca at Barton Springs, a natural spring fed pool in south Austin. Rebecca was able to snatch a bottle of vodka... More »
By Greg Christie   

Fantastic Fest 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks

All is (relatively) quiet now at The Alamo Drafthouse in northwest Austin, Texas, which has resumed its normal operations, with barely a sign that an 8-day celebration of genre films from around the world, hosting filmmakers, industry guests, members of... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fear & Loathing At Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 4: The End Is Mighty F*cking Nigh

CHAPTER 10: KEEP AUSTIN WEIRDBefore there was the internet, there was public access television, an entirely open and free air space where anyone could create their own television program and present to the unassuming masses. And just like the internet,... More »
By Greg Christie   

Fear & Loathing at Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 3. The Important Things We Forget, the Stupid Things We Remember

CHAPTER 7: FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. FAILURE & SELF ENTITLEMENT or LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOLWithin the film world, there are essentially five categories of people. There are the chosen few, those needles in the haystacks fortunate enough to find success, financially... More »
By Greg Christie   

Fear & Loathing At Fantastic Fest 2013, Part I: Back To The Womb. (NSFW!)

CHAPTER 1: ON THE ROAD AGAINIt's Tuesday night and I'm driving a 2011 cherry red Cadillac station wagon. It's rented of course. I could never afford a 2011 Cadillac. Even in 2021, I still won't be able to afford a... More »
By Greg Christie   

Fantastic Fest 2012: Twitch's Super Festival Wrap

As sad as it is to admit, Fantastic Fest has closed up shop for yet another year. Yes, the empty Shiner bottles are in the recycling, the karaoke books are on the shelves, and the regrets over new tattoos from... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2012 Dispatch: House of Psychotic Women

"Crazy people never look their age," says a character in Joseph Losey's Secret Ceremony, which screened at Fantastic Fest as part of the "House of Psychotic Women" retrospective sidebar. The same could be said for the older films playing in... More »
By Peter Martin   
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