This is the best week of the year.

Seriously. If you’ve never been to Fantastic Fest before, start saving now to book your flight to Austin, Texas in 2015. Even if you have no idea what Fantastic Fest is as you’re reading this article, just start monitoring your bank account and scanning Southwest Airlines’ website for cheap flights. Because no other film fest in the world is like this one — a non-stop cortège of badass genre movies, video games, boxing matches, trivia challenges, drunken debauchery and the biggest food fight Texas has ever seen. Where at most other fests you have to parse through a sea of party-hopping star fuckers to find the real film fans, at Fantastic Fest you’re rubbing elbows with the most hardcore sect of cinephiles from the world over every single day. Simply put: if you love movies, this is Nirvana.

In 2014, Fantastic Fest is celebrating its tenth year of existence. To ring in such a grand occasion, the programmers and Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League are sparing no expense. Want to see League verbally spar with Ti West about whether or not found footage is a legitimate sub-genre (before they both don gloves and wail on each other in the ring)? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. Wondering if the new Kevin Smith horror picture is worth its weight in snoogins? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. How about a detailed Q&A with longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, moderated by former Drafthouse programmer extraordinaire Zack Carlson and suave Vulcan Video head Bryan Connolly? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered.

Welcome to Fantastic Fest X. To get you started, here are the eleven films we here at Nerd Bastards are most excited for. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be a rough and tumble seven days, but just remember what the fox once said:

“Chaos Reigns” (more…)


Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie ‘Horns’ looks like a mix of comedy and horror. Not the kind of gory horror that we got from Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead,’ and definitely not the kind of slapstick comedy we found in his ‘Evil Dead 2’. But there’s a seriously disturbing tone to this supernatural story and the concept is pretty silly: the townsfolk think this guy killed his girlfriend and they look on him as something of a monster. So he gradually becomes one,  slowly sprouting horns on his head and seemingly becoming either a devil or a demon. Mandalay and Red Granite Pictures have adapted this story from Joe Hill’s novel. And now we have an international trailer for this piece. Check it out on the other side – it’s a bevy of dark fun and unsettling images. (more…)


Fans of Daniel Radcliffe will be happy to know that we’ve got some more tidbits from his latest flick, Horns. Oh, it’s also for fans of Joe Hill’s original book, but Radcliffe’s name carries more weight, so we mention him first. All kidding aside, the latest trailer is making the movie look very, very watchable, particularly if you’re into tragic modern fantasy. Scroll on to take a look at the latest poster for Horns as well as the new trailer. (more…)

First Clip of Radcliffe in ‘Horns’

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Daniel Radcliffe is moving on and beyond his Harry Potter legacy, seeking to shed the horrible Hollywood curse that is typecasting.  This time he’s taking on a dark mythological tale in the form of Alexandre Aja’s Horns.  Check out the first clip from the film below:


While I believe Daniel Radcliffe has the acting chops to take him far, let’s be honest, we’ll always think of him as Harry Potter. Though it looks like his new role in Horns will do much to change our impression of the boy wizard.

Horns is the story of Ignatius “Ig” Perrish, a young man who wakes up one day to the shock of horns growing from his head. It does sounds like he did his best to earn them as Ig is also accused of the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend. Well, what a swell chap. Along with his horns he’s also gifted the power to force, “people to tell the truth or compel them to give into their ugliest inner urges.” I can only assume – and hope – these powers come with price beyond his new headgear.

Radcliffe shared a few comments about his new role, saying, “It’s a very, very different type of part than anything I’ve done before.” Really? I would never have thought.

To play somebody who, in the midst of a time in his life of great turmoil anyway, undergoes this horrific transformation into a devil character — it was very, very exciting.

Entertainment Weekly has our first look of Radcliffe’s horny new look, check out the full image below.