FANTASTIC FEST 2022: All Jacked Up and Full of Worms (2022)

Roscoe (Phillip Andre Botello) is in a weird place in life. He’s a janitor for a scuzzy love motel ad his girlfriend has brought another man home for strange rituals. But he does have a stash of powerful hallucinogenic worms, visions from a floating worm that is speaking directly to him and perhaps a new friendship with Benny (Trevor Dawkins), a moped enthusiast who is trying to manifest a homunculus baby from a sex doll.

Basically, a Hallmark movie for the kids.

Director and writer Alex Phillips said that this movie is “a meditation on psychosis. The only accurate way to convey insanity is to disregard the literal truth. All Jacked Up and Full of Worms is a dream that is impossible to break from autobiography. It’s about expressionistic maggots born in real wounds – maggots growing into big worms, too fantastical and deranged to be real, despite feeling heavy, wet and alive.”

I found it right up my alley — a gore-filled take on loneliness, connection and love that will make fans of movies like Society stand up and cheer through their tears and normal folk retch in their popcorn. That’s a standing ovation in my world.

“Worms are life, worms are love.” If you’re the kind of person that looks at a worm and wonders not just if you can cut it in half and create two lives but also eat one of them and trip balls, well, this movie was either made for — or by — you.

If you’re attending Fantastic Fest in person, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms will play at the following times:

Tue, Sep 27th, 2:30 PM @ Theater 9

You can also get a virtual badge here.

This film will debut on Screambox on November 8.

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