Fantastic Fest 2017: 'Three Billboards,' 'Brawl in Cell Block 99' and New Stephen King Adaptations

Fantastic Fest 2017: 'Three Billboards,' 'Brawl in Cell Block 99' and New Stephen King Adaptations

Aug 08, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The fall movie season kicks off early in September with the Toronto Film Festival, which showcases a large crop of movies that will dominate awards consideration for the rest of the year. But if you favor edgier fare, such as horror movies, thrillers and truly odd, 'adults only' comedies from all corners of the world, you'll find it worthwhile to pay attention to what screens at Fantastic Fest.

Past selections have included the world premieres of notable fare like John Wick, Frankenweenie, Machete Kills, Zombieland and There Will Be Blood. Many of the titles will making their way to theaters and video on demand platforms in the weeks and months ahead.

The first wave of selections has now been released. Out of the 24 movies that have been announced so far, five are world premieres: 1922, based on a story by Stephen King; Anna and the Apocalypse, a horror musical from Scotland; Juvenile, which tells of a young man who steals cars by night while cultivating a new romantic relationship; Hagazussa - A Heathen's Curse, a German movie set in the 15th century and filled with paranoia and superstition; and Maus, from Spain, described as a shocking horror parable about a couple's nightmare journey.

Another Stephen King adaptation will also be playing. Gerald's Game stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood; the 1992 novel is intimate and suspenseful and we expect no less from the movie version. Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija; Origin of Evil) directed.

Watch the red-band (not safe for work) trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri above (pictured at top). It's a dark comedy starring Frances McDormand as a grieving mother who is moved to action when local police fail to solve the murder of her daughter. Martin McDonagh, who directed, will be in attendance at the festival.

Also in attendance will be Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Udo Kier, all in support of their latest movie, Brawl in Cell Block 99. Directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk), the crime thriller revolves around a former boxer turned drug runner who ends up in terrible straits in prison.

Fantastic Fest will be held in Austin, Texas, from September 21-28. New for this year, select titles will be available the following Saturday, September 29 at theaters in San Francisco, Brooklyn and Denver.

We'll have more Fantastic Fest coverage in the weeks ahead. Visit the official site for more information about the other films that will be playing.

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