Fantastic Fest Announces 'Holy Motors,' 'Looper,' 'ABCs of Death' and More

Fantastic Fest Announces 'Holy Motors,' 'Looper,' 'ABCs of Death' and More

Aug 16, 2012

Fantastic Fest has announced its second wave of feature films, bringing the total of revealed titles to about 40 films (check out the first wave here), but the week-long celebration of the best genre films the world has to offer is actually only halfway there. The plan every year is for some 70-80 features, so we've got two more waves of title announcements to go before the start of the fest on September 20. How the next rounds will top today's unveiled selections, however, is baffling to us.

Oh, we're sure the mad programmers at the Alamo Drafthouse will pull it off, but it'll be tough considering today's wave includes new films from the filmmakers behind The Good, The Bad, The Weird, Best Worst Movie, Cold Sweat, Brick, Outrage, The Funky Forest, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and quite a few international filmmakers whose work we don't even know-- and that kind of new exposure is just one of many reasons why we love this festival.


The ABCs of Death (2012)
U.S. premiere with multiple directors in person
Director - Various, 110 minutes
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Coproduced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed—see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most brilliant filmmakers from around the world free reign to indulge their creative impulses and black humor. From A to Z, it’s got something for every genre fan and is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The American Scream (2012)
World premiere with director Michael Paul Stephenson and stars Manny Souza and Victor Bariteau in person
Director - Michael Paul Stephenson, 81 minutes
In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands in this surprisingly touching documentary from the director of Best Worst Movie.

Cold Blooded (2012)
Regional premiere with director Jason LaPeyre in person
Director - Jason LaPeyre, 86 minutes
Things quickly spiral out of control when a policewoman must protect her recently comatose suspect from a violent crime boss who has cornered them in an isolated hospital wing.

Cold Steel (2011)
Texas premiere
Director - David Wu, 107 minutes
After 17 years spent directing television series in North America, director David Wu (a longtime collaborator of John Woo) returns to his native China to deliver the heart-pounding World War II epic Cold Steel.

Doomsday Book (2012)
Austin premiere
Director - KIM Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, 113 minutes
Innovative Korean genre directors Kim Ji-Woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, I Saw the Devil) and Yim Pil-Sung (Hansel & Gretel) turn their imaginations to apocalyptic sci-fi with this three-part omnibus film which outlines three possible ways in which the world goes kaput.

Graceland (2012)
Texas premiere with director Ron Morales and producers Theo Brooks and Joshua Sobel in person
Director - Ron Morales, 84 minutes
When a driver for a powerful congressman picks up his and his boss’s daughter from school, he's annoyed to find himself being pulled over. But this alleged cop, far from an officer of the law, sets in motion a downward spiral of kidnapping, murder, deceit and deep depravity.

Henge + The Big Gun (2012)
U.S. premiere
Director - Hajime Ohata, 106 minutes
A double shot from Japanese up-and-comer Hajime Ohata. Blending elements of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinya Tsukamoto with just the right amount of kaiju monster battles, Ohata is quickly building a reputation as one of Japan’s brightest new talents.

Here Comes the Devil (2012)
U.S. premiere with director Adrián García Bogliano in person
Director - Adrián García Bogliano, 97 minutes
Fantastic Fest veteran Adrián García Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Penumbra) returns with his latest supernatural horror. When two children who went missing while exploring a cave are found, it quickly becomes apparent something evil has come home with them.

Holy Motors (2012)
North American premiere
Director - Leos Carax, 116 minutes
While following a day in the life of Mr. Oscar as he attends several appointments, things quickly unravel and spiral out of control, abandoning all sense of logic or sanity. Fans of Carax’s ‘Mierde’ segment of Fantastic Fest 2008 hit Tokyo! will be right back at home.

Looper (2012)
Special screening with director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in person
Director – Rian Johnson, 118 minutes
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market.  When the Mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up.  Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. The film, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.

My Amityville Horror (2012)
U.S. premiere
Director - Eric Walter, 88 minutes
You’ve seen the movie, now hear the story of the Amityville haunting from someone who lived it. Regardless of the source, it’s clear there was darkness in that Long Island house.

New Kids Nitro (2012)
U.S. premiere with cast Huub Smit, Wesley van Gaalen, Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil
Director - Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil, 78 minutes
In 2011, New Kids Turbo rocked Fantastic Fest audiences with its potent brand of Dutch gross-out humor. Now, Fantastic Fest is proud to present the highly anticipated—and very offensive—sequel: New Kids Nitro.

No Rest for the Wicked (2012)
Regional premiere
Director - Enrique Urbizu, 104 minutes
A dirty cop who tries to cover up a crime stumbles upon a massive criminal conspiracy. No Rest for the Wicked swept the Spanish Goya awards this year with an electrifying performance by lead actor José Coronado.

Outrage Beyond (2012)
Director - Takeshi Kitano, 112 minutes
As Japanese police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.  What started as internal strife in director Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, has now become a nationwide war in his latest film Outrage Beyond.

Sinister (2012)
Special screening with director Scott Derrickson, producer Jason Blum and writer C. Robert Cargill in person
Director – Scott Derrickson, 110 minutes
Sinister is a frightening new thriller about a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
World premiere with Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins in person
Director – John Hyams, 93 minutes
Surviving Unisols Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott battle anarchy to build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. To accomplish this, they weed out the weak and constantly test their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat.

Vanishing Waves (2012)
U.S. premiere
Director - Kristina Buožyte, 124 minutes
A scientist with a neurological research team volunteers to experiment with a new technology which will allow him to access the thoughts of a coma victim.

The Warped Forest (2011)
U.S. premiere
Director - Shunichiro Miki, 81 minutes
Shunichiro Miki delivers a shot of utter madness. Penis guns! Nipple monsters! A giant girl running a very small shop! This quasi-sequel to The Funky Forest more than lives up to the weird factor of its predecessor.

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