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 accountand 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:
First, his hockey picture was just that — one picture. Then it became a miniseries (and I think switched back to being a standalone movie?). Subsequently, news broke of a Clerks IIIscript (that could possibly end up on Broadway — wait no, that was utter bullshit). In-between, he somehow came to serve the diligent anti-diletante fans of his who could afford a cable subscription (snoochies and boochies be expensive y’all). Currently, he’s finishing up production on Tusk, his follow-up to the 2011 horrific hack job, Red State. It’s almost as hard as keeping up with Tarantino rumors when he was churning out a new potential project seemingly every other week (though not nearly as interesting, as QT is actually talented). Now comes the announcement of Anti-Claus, yet another horror project that will re-team the Jersey Devil with the cast of his yet-to-be-seen Tusk (Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks). The only good news I can glean from this announcement? It will delay the production of future turd-burger Clerks III for at least a little while longer.
Much of the hype surrounding Red State has been based very simply (and understandably) on the “Hey, Kevin Smith made a horror movie” condition. This is he of the 37 dick jokes, after all, and ever since the flick was announced many fans have viewed it as a kind of curiosity, almost a cinematic stunt. At the very least, Red State proves Kevin Smith was sincere in his effort to take his filmmaking in a completely different direction. But it goes further. This is Kevin Smith at the height of his filmmaking energy, earnestly crafting something visceral and gripping. It’s not just good for a Kevin Smith horror picture. It’s good for any horror picture.
After a few weeks of teasing us with some awesome movie posters, Kevin Smith (you should know what he’s known for) has finally released a teaser trailer for his upcoming horror film, Red State.
The film stars Michael Parks, John Goodman, Mellisa Root, and a bunch of other fine actors. Here is a brief plot synopsis:
“Red State begins by following three horny high school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying “holy” force with a fatal agenda.”
Being someone who has watched countless of horror films for almost two decades now (parents thought it was okay for a four year old to watch horror movie as long as I cover my eyes on some of the gory stuff and pointless nudity), I’m excited for it as it hits the creepy note really well. I’m so used to Kevin’s usual run-of-the-mill dick and fart films, mixed in with some false sense of emotion and personal growth that this type of movie from him is very curious.
Check the trailer out now and to see if you’ll be equally excited for this flick as I am. If you want to learn more about the film (and making movies), then check out the Red State of the Union podcast.
Do you think this will be the movie that will actually define Smith’s writing and directing talent? What do you think will do for his career? Please, share you thoughts in the comment section below.