Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film.
The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location.
Highlights include the world premiere of Kurt Russell-starrer “Bone Tomahawk”; a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema; and a programming series from “Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will be supporting his new book “Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing.”
There are a few films that are crossing over with other major film fest lineups, like one-take flick “Victoria” which took home awards from Berlinale International.
The initial film lineup for Fantastic Fest 2015 is below it's new poster, created by designer Chris Bilheimer.
United States, directed by S. Craig Zahler, World Premiere
Kurt Russell stars in this character driven and at times horrific Western about a group of men (including Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins) who set out to rescue a local woman and a young deputy who”ve been kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes.
First Wave Lineup
United States, directed by Mickey Keating, World Premiere
A young woman slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home in the new film from writer/director Mickey Keating.