There’s only one place where you’ll find killer teddy bears, man-eating sharks, elderly zombies, cocktail-serving robots, and Park Chan-wook… all under one roof. That’s right, world-famous genre festival Fantastic Fest is back for its seventeenth edition featuring 21 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and 21 U.S premieres.
The festival will once again take over the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX from September 22 – 29 and on the web via a virtual FF@Home experience from September 29 – October 4.
Badges are available now at FantasticFest.com.
The opening night film for Fantastic Fest 2022 is the world premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Smile. Plus, Fantastic Fest will honor Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Snowpiercer, The Handmaiden) and premiere his new movie, Decision to Leave. He will also be at Fantastic Fest 2022 in person to accept a lifetime achievement award from Fantastic Fest in celebration of his mind-bending, artfully-crafted body of work.
The closing night film at Fantastic Fest 2022 will be director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning pitch black comedy from Neon, Triangle of Sadness. Other major studio films include The Menu, The Banshees of Inisherin, Bones and All, Medusa Deuxe and Sick.
Other world premieres include Blood Relatives, Kids vs. Aliens and Satanic Hispanics.
If you’re not coming to Austin, FF@Home is how Fantastic Fest 2022 will be a hybrid festival that offers in-person and virtual screenings. The Burnt Ends lineup will headline the online festival, with programming that seeks to champion eccentric and obscure indie cinema. Two in-person screenings will introduce audiences at South Lamar to the new series The People’s Joker and All Jacked Up and Full of Worms. The rest of this virtual lineup will be announced at a later date, featuring a selection of films from this year’s in person fest and will also include virtual exclusives such as a retrospective of cult DIY filmmakers Matt Farley and Charles Roxburgh’s Motern Media movies.
There’s also a series called Shark Attack curated by American Genre Film Archive that will include the American premiere of Year of the Shark plus Tintorera (using Quentin Tarantino’s 35mm print!), Aatank, Gamera vs. Zigra, Mako: The Jaws of Death and 12 Days of Terror.
In-person parties will also be back with a special performance in The Highball from the experiential sonic band Itchy-O, Roboexotica bringing their famous cocktail-concocting robots to astonish and amuse, live podcasts with Leonard Maltin, Scripts Gone Wild, The Kingcast and Screen Drafts, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of The Found Footage Festival fame perform a live show after their documentary Chop & Steele, as well as Fantastic Fest essentials like 100 Best Kills, the Fantastic Feud and the Fantastic Debates.
AGFA has gone all out for this year’s festival, with the debut of their theater takeover. For two days of the fest, AGFA has free reign and will play mind-melting films from morning to night, featuring premieres of new restorations the first day and a whiplash-inducing celluloid mystery marathon with five features and ten fingers on the trigger the second day. They will also debut Terminal USA and The Stairway to Stardom Mixtape.
Fantastic Fest 2022 will play 85 feature film titles and episodics, as well as a variety of short film selections to be announced at a later date showcasing World, North American, U.S. and regional premieres.
Here’s what’s playing:
12 Days of Terror (2004): During the record-breaking summer heat of 1916, beachgoers on the Jersey shore are threatened by a shark that has developed a taste for human flesh. Director Jack Sholder will be at Fantastic Fest 2022 live!
Aatank (1996): A gangster’s hunt for black pearls sparks a series of vicious shark attacks. No diver, boat, or helicopter is safe in this B-grade Bollywood oddity.
All Jacked Up and Full of Worms (2022): A psychedelic journey of self-discovery leads to romance when a man shares his addiction to psychotropic worms… and Chicago will never be the same.
Amazing Eliza (2022): In the aftermath of a horrific accident, Elisa believes that she’s been given super powers and will stop at nothing to avenge her mother’s death. Director Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon will be in attendence.
The Antares Paradox (2022): An astrophysicist working for the SETI project risks her career and family to verify an extraterrestrial radio signal before her access is cut off. Director Luis Tinoco Pineda will be in attendence.
Attachment (2022): Maja and Leah’s relationship is off to a great start, but they face two perilous threats: the whims of a Jewish demon and Leah’s overbearing mother. Director Gabriel Bier Gislason will be in attendence.
Bad CIty (2022): A jailed cop is released to lead a crack unit against a corrupt businessman in this bone-crunching dust-up starring V-cinema legend Hitoshi Ozawa.
The Banshees of Inisherin (2022): Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them. Director Martin McDonagh will be in attendence.
Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle (2022): The birds are back, and global warming has them roiled! James Nguyen returns with the director’s cut of his thrilling, romantic and worthy sequel. He will also attend Fantastic Fest 2022.
Blood Flower (2022): A psychic teenage boy battles a bloodthirsty, malevolent spirit in this gory Malaysian horror movie.
Blood Relatives (2022): A nomadic recluse living on the fringes of society reconsiders his bloodthirsty legacy when a teenage girl shows up claiming to be his daughter. Director Noah Segan will be in attendence.
Chop and Steele (2022): After pranking unsuspecting morning show hosts, the brains behind the beloved Found Footage Festival earn the ire of a major media conglomerate.Directors Ben Steinbauer and Berndt Mader and Found Footage Festival’s Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher wwill be in attendence; this is the movie I want to see the most from the fest!
Country Gold (2022): Mickey Reece is back at Fantastic Fest with this new movie, which has rising star Troyal Brux spending an evening with his idol George Jones, unaware that the country music legend has a rather cold deadline the following morning.
Decision to Leave (2022): Laced with wicked humor, master filmmaker Park Chan-wook — who will be at Fantastic Fest 2022 — has created a dazzlingly cinematic romantic thriller that surprises and delights to the very last.
Deep Fear (2022): Three friends are caught between a skinhead gang and an otherworldly enemy after discovering a forgotten secret in the depths of the Paris Catacombs.
Demigod: The Legend Begins (2022): Martial arts, magic, and marionettes collide in a dazzling kaleidoscope of blood-spattered puppetry in this one-of-a-kind wuxia spectacular.
Disappear Completely (2022): After sneaking onto a crime scene to snap pictures of a corpse, an ambitious photographer stumbles into a curse that takes away his senses one by one.
The Elderly (2022): An octogenarian starts behaving weirdly in the wake of his wife’s sudden suicide as he prepares for events leading up to a mysterious apocalypse.
Everyone Will Burn (2022): Director David Hebrero will be in attendence to debut his new iflm in which a mysterious young girl interrupts María José’s suicide attempt, offering the power to take revenge on the villagers responsible for her son’s death.
Evil Eye (2022): Director Isaac Ezban and actor Paola Miguel bring this new movie to Fantastic Fest 2022. Left in the care of their eccentric grandmother, Nala discovers that the tough old lady has sinister plans for her chronically ill sister, Luna.
Family Dinner (2022): In director Peter Hengl’s– who will be there in person — new movie, an insecure teenager begs her nutritionist aunt for help shedding weight over the Easter holiday, unaware of how extreme the diet plan will become.
Final Cut (2022): Oscar-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius’ meta-remake of the Japanese cult movie One Cut of the Dead manages a little tour de force. I can’t wait to see if this movie can pull off being as good — or even better — than the beloved original.
The Five Devils (2022): A young girl’s ability to smell and reproduce any scent transports her into her family’s troubled past in this gorgeous, magical realist drama.
Flesheater (1988): Pittsburgh represent! AGFA is bringing first zombie Bill Hinzman’s spiritual sequel to Night of the Living Dead to Fantastic Fest 2022, newly restored in 4K from the original 16mm camera negative by Vinegar Syndrome.
Flowing (2022): A broken family violently confronts their tragic past as the Roman sewers exhale a hallucinatory toxin that revives repressed memories and fears. Director Paolo Strippoli will be in attendence.
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971): A classic case of mutated, talking murdershark vs. nuclear turtlebeast when Japanese cinema’s second-most iconic reptile takes on an oceanic threat!
Garcia! (2022): On the hunt for a scoop that could secure her a job, a journalist intern inadvertently awakens a superhuman agent created by Franco’s regime. Director Eugenio Mira will be in attendence.
Give Me Pity (2022): Sissy St. Clair’s debut television special, a variety show evening of music and laughter, quickly curdles into a psychedelic nightmare.
H4Z4RD (2022): When Noah Hazard volunteers to drive his beloved gold Lexus to help his jailbird cousin pick up a friend from prison, he doesn’t expect to be drawn into a murderous drug war.
Holy Spider (2022): A female journalist descends into an Iranian city’s underbelly to investigate a serial killer stalking sex workers to cleanse the streets of sinners.
Huesera (2022): An expectant young mother confronts her past demons in Michelle Garza Cervera’s — who will be at Fantastic Fest 2022 — creepy mash-up between a folk ghost story and an anxiety attack.
Hunt (2022): Rival KCIA agents hunt for an elusive North Korean spy in this ‘80s espionage thriller, the explosive directorial debut from Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae.
Joint Secuity Area (2000): Presented by AGFA. Arrow Film’s new restoration of Park Chan-wook’s explosive exploration of the madness of war set in the DMZ between North and South Korea.
Kids vs. Aliens (2022): Jason Eisener will come to Fantastic Fest 2022 with his long-awaited follow-up to Canuxploitation classic Hobo With a Shotgun, which pits a group of moviemaking pals against sinister alien invaders.
King On Screen (2022): Director Daphné Baiwir brings a new documentary exploration of the many screen adaptations of the work of Stephen King to Fantastic Fest 2022.
La Pieta (2022): A terminal cancer diagnosis upends a claustrophobic mother-son relationship in Spain’s auteur of weirdness, Eduardo Casanova’s sophomore film. Casanova will be in attendence.
The Legacy of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2022): Fest alumnus Phillip Escott resturns to present a journey into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, exploring the elements that garnered the film its cult status.
Leonor Will Never Die (2022): Director Martika Ramirez Escobar will be in attendence to present this film, which is the story of a falling TV that hits Leonor on the head and sends her in the action movie she’s writing. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t finished the script.
A Life on the Farm (2022): Director Oscar Harding and executive producers Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher will be on hand to show this often macabre deep dive into the inspiring legacy of the long-lost home movies of a filmmaking farmer’s life in rural Somerset, England.
Living With Chucky (2022): Director Kyra Gardner, the daughter of one of Chucky’s puppeteers, brings this doc to Fantastic Fest 2022, which examines the family relationships that contributed to the success of the queer camp classic Child’s Play.
Lynch/Oz (2022): Documentary filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe dissects director David Lynch’s lifelong obsession with The Wizard of Oz.
Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976): A rabidly anti-human Vietnam vet cranks his telepathic shark-bond to 11 in William Grefe’s lethally entertaining shipwreck of Jaws and Carrie.
Manticore (2022): Spanish cult director Carlos Vermut returns to the festival with an unsettling, intimate portrait of a real-life monster tortured by a grim secret.
Medusa Deluxe (2022): Director Thomas Hardiman brings this film to Fantastic Fest 2022 in which tensions and hairspray run high when a stylist is murdered at an elite hairdressing competition where a passion for extravagance borders on obsession.
The Menu (2022): Director Mark Mylod premieres this film at Fantastic Fest 2022! A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
Missing (2021): A distraught daughter searches for her widower father after he disappears while trying to collect the reward for capturing an unknown serial killer.
Mister Organ (2022): Director David Farrier brings this movie to Fantastic Fest, in which he pushed himself to the limit of sanity investigating fraudulent car clamping in Auckland.
The Nightmare (2022): Mona’s domestic bliss with her devoted boyfriend unravels as her night terrors intensify, but attempts at lucid dreaming reveal something sinister.
Nightsiren (2022): Šarlota returns home decades after losing her sister in an accident, only to be faced by the brutal village patriarchy and accusations of witchcraft.
Nothing (2022): Directors Trine Piil and Seamus McNally will be at Fantastic Fest with the international premiere of their film in which a group of teenage classmates face an existential crisis, pushing them into darker and darker territory as they confront the meaninglessness of life.
The Offering (2022): Director Oliver Park brings this film to Fantastic Fest, in which a desperate man defends his unborn child from an ancient demon brought into their family-owned, Hasidic funeral home inside a mysterious corpse.
Oink (2022): A young girl suspects that her estranged butcher grandfather has sinister plans for the adorable piglet he has given her as a birthday gift.
One and Four (2021): A Tibetan forest ranger must deduce who among the three visitors seeking refuge in his cabin from a coming blizzard are poachers and who are cops.
The People’s Joker (2022): The Joker finds new purpose in Gotham City after transitioning and opening an illegal comedy club in Vera Drew’s handcrafted superhero genre parody.
Piggy (2022): Director Carlota Pereda brings this film to Fantastic Fest, which asks, when a bullied girl’s tormentors are kidnapped, she faces the ultimate moral test: Does she help or allow them to suffer as payback?
Project Wolf Hunting (2022): On the choppy seas between Manila and Busan, violent convicts run amok on a hellish cargo ship in this blood-soaked slice of maritime carnage.
Satanic Hispanics (2022): Directors Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, Eduardo Sanchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero and Alejandro Brugues bring this anthology of five crazy and original shorts from five entertaining Hispanic directors to Fantastic Fest.
Shin Ultraman (2022): Ultraman descends from space after Japan suffers a devastating series of kaiju attacks in this homage to the classic, genre-defining TV series.
Sick (2022): As the pandemic steadily brings the world to a halt, Parker and her best friend Miri decide to quarantine at the family lake house alone – or so they think. Based on a story by Kevin Williamson.
Sick of Myself (2022): Fueled by a need for attention, Signe plays a perverse game of one-upmanship with her boyfriend, popping a drug that causes a painful skin condition.
Smile (2022): Director Parker Finn brings this new film to Fantastic Fest. After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
Smoking Causes Coughing (2022): Five anti-smoking avengers are forced to take a mandatory team-building retreat in Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist take on the superhero genre.
Solomon King (1974): Think twice before you mess with Solomon King! Deaf Crocodile’s meticulous restoration of Sal Watts’ ‘70s cult classic will soon be your new favorite.
Something In the Dirt (2022): Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are in person to show their film in which a pair of Los Angeles misfits’ investigation into the city’s occult history sends them down a rabbit hole that threatens their friendship and sanity.
Spoonful of Sugar (2022): Desperate for connection, Millicent enmeshes herself in the lives of a dysfunctional family as her disturbing, LSD-fueled hallucinations grow violent.
The Stairway to Stardom Mixtape (2022): Culled from more than 15 hours of footage, AGFA presents the definitive cut of public access TV’s most otherworldly show. I can’t wait for this!
The Strange Case of Jacky Calliou (2022): Jacky has his grandmother’s gift of healing, but when a woman turns up on his doorstep with an unusual problem, he must decide how far he’ll go for love.
Swallowed (2022): Director Carter Smith and actor Mark Patton bring this movie to Fantastic Fest. Forced to mule drugs on their crossing of the southern US border, two friends realize that the packages they ingested seem to be alive.
Terminal USA (1993): Jon Moritsugu’s genre-melting underground classic, newly restored from the original camera negative by AGFA.
Terrifier 2 (2022): Resurrected by occult forces, Art the Clown returns to wreak bloody havoc on the residents of Miles County, targeting a frazzled mother and her kids.
Tintorera! (1977): They say this is about “A tiger shark disrupts two best friends’ blissful plans to enjoy life in the Caribbean in this Mexican sharksploitation classic from 1977,” but we all know it’s about a British woman being the unicorn to two Mexican shark hunter’s forbidden love.
Triangle of Sadness (2022): In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl and Yaya are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain. What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.
Tropic (2022): Director Edouard Salier will be in attendance with this film about an extraterrestrial substance that cripples an aspiring young astronaut, forcing his twin brother out of his shadow to continue his training alone.
Ultraman 4K (1966): Four episodes from the brand new 4k restoration of the original Ultraman television series.
Unicorn Wars (2022): After a bloody defeat in their apocalyptic war against the Unicorns, the Teddy Bear army launches a desperate attack in the heart of the magic forest.
Unidentified Objects (2022): Director Juan Felipe Zuleta brings this film to Fantastic Fest in which an internet sex worker convinces her reclusive neighbor to road-trip across North America for a rendezvous with visitors from a distant galaxy.
V/H/S/99 (2022): Directors Maggie Levin and Tyler MacIntyre bring the found footage anthology’s latest scare package to Fantastic Fest to rewind the tape back to 1999 with bloody tales set against the end of the millennium.
Venus (2022): Injured in an attempt to steal from her boss, Lucía hides with her sister, unaware that something’s very wrong with the rundown building’s residents. Director Jaume Balagueró will be at Fantastic Fest 2022.
Vesper (2022): Directors Kristina Buožytė and Bruno Samper bring this film to Fantastic Fest. In a post-apocalyptic world, a peasant girl’s encounter with an oligarch’s lost daughter leads to a discovery that could reverse ecological collapse.
Video Diary of a Lost Girl (2012): AGFA presents a new preservation of DIY filmmaker Lindsay Denniberg’s hypercolored, VHS-inspired horror valentine.
The Visitor from the Future (2022): A snarky time traveler from the year 2555 arrives to save the world from ecological disaster by attempting to assassinate a climate activist’s father.
We Might As Well Be Dead (2022): When a dog disappears from a secluded high-rise building, fear spreads among the residents, threatening to turn their utopia into Absurdistan.
A Wounded Fawn (2022): Director Travis Stevens and actors Sarah Lind and Josh Ruben are at Fantastic Fest 2022 with this film. Bruce is erudite, handsome, and charming… but he’s also a psychotic serial killer urged to violence by the gigantic red owl that lives in his head.
Year of the Shark (2022): A maritime police sergeant-major spends her last days before retirement in the relentless pursuit of the shark terrorizing her small beach town.