Could we interest you in a murder mystery at a hair salon? And a cannibal love story? Behold: Fantastic Fest is back for 2022.
The Alamo Drafthouse-affiliated film festival celebrating all genres — horror, sci-fi, crime, general weirdness — runs Sept. 22-29 at the Austin-based theater site, South Lamar Boulevard.
Here’s what you need to know about the 17th edition, and what we think you need to see.
What films are part of the Fantastic Fest 2022 lineup?
This year, the spotlight is on Park Chan-wook, the mind behind Korean movie classics like “Oldboy” and “The Handmaiden.” He will come to Austin to accept a lifetime achievement award. The festival will also feature the US premiere of his new film, “Decision To Leave”, and his 2000 film “Joint Security Area”.
Fantastic Fest always features big premieres (hello, “Parasite” and “Titanium”) and this year is no different, with programmers scoring notable projects like “Smile”, “The Banshees of Inisherin”, “Bones and All and “Triangle of Sadness.”
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Long-time attendees also know that the festival’s secret screenings are big action and often reveal highly anticipated films. This year’s secret shows take place at 8:30 p.m. on September 25 and 8 p.m. on September 28.
Fantastic Fest will also dedicate this year an entire programming track to these carnivorous cartilaginous creatures, these dorsal divas, these great white frights: sharks.
Need help wading? Here are our choices in the program:
“Smile”: Fantastic Fest’s opening film plunges Sosie Bacon into an “It Follows”/”The Ring”-style horror conundrum, with a malevolent presence stalking her to her death in the form of grinning people. World premiere. (8 p.m. on September 22)
“The Five Devils”: Shot on 35mm, this French fantasy sounds like magical realism that travels through time via the literally carrying power of smell. North American premiere. (8:15 p.m. September 22; 2:00 p.m. September 28)
” Have mercy on me ! Sophie von Haselberg stars as Sissy St. Claire, the star of an old-time variety show, in an aesthetically-accurate comedy-thriller that sounds hallucinatory, elegant, and a little spooky. American premiere. (11:45 a.m. September 23; 2:40 p.m. September 27)
“ShinUltraman”: If you like kaiju or kyodai hero stuff from Japan, or if you just grew up on “Power Rangers” and need a solution, here’s a giant robot for you. A reimagining of the classic TV show with a retro-futuristic sheen, “Shin Ultraman” also stars Hidetoshi Nishijima from “Drive My Car.” How’s that for a filmography? Texas premiere. (2:20 p.m. September 23; 2 p.m. September 26)
“Blood Relatives”: The classic father-daughter road trip movie, except they’re vampires. This moon is less paper and more blood. World premiere. (5:35 p.m. September 23; 2 p.m. September 29)
“Huesera”: The pregnancy horror movie isn’t new, but this Mexican/Peruvian production looks particularly scary. Natalia Solián plays an expectant mother haunted by the sound of breaking bones, and the festival description promises punk rock, disturbing imagery and squirming in the seats. It’s fantastic, baby. Texas premiere. (5:25 p.m. September 23; 11:35 p.m. September 26)
“The menu”: Have you seen the trailer? Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, and Ralph Fiennes (and Judith Light, hell yes) star in a dark comedy about a nerd dinner party turned spooky. American premiere. (8:30 p.m. September 23; 11 a.m. September 27)
“Swallowed”: Jena Malone alert! One of our favorite character actresses appears in this queer body crime/horror thriller about two friends who ingest bags of drugs to cross the border from Maine to Canada, except, uh, those drugs are not as inanimate as most drugs. The festival description promises complex themes around queer sexuality, and the real appeal is to cast Mark Patton as the villain. Patton, the once-lockdown star of the infamously homoerotic “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” was the subject of the documentary “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street. Texas premiere. (8:40 p.m. Sept. 23; 11:45 p.m. Sept. 28)
“Leonor will never die”: A screenwriter in a coma finds herself living through one of her scripts. A Filipino film that promises both action-star moves for its eldest and a metatextual love for big-screen stunts. (1:50 p.m. September 24; 11:30 a.m. September 28)
“Spoonful of sugar”: Sometimes you’re the increasingly violent child who’s allergic to the world around you, and sometimes you’re the guardian of the child who stumbles on LSD. Described by the festival as a “Freudian fever dream in the form of a deranged lifetime film”. World premiere. (2:25 p.m. September 24; 11:30 p.m. September 27)
“Departure decision”: South Korean author Park Chan-wook, guest of honor at this year’s Fantastic Fest, presents the US premiere of his new thriller about a detective, a dead hiker and a widow. If you liked “The Handmaiden” or “Oldboy”, you must. (8 p.m. Sept. 24; 5:15 p.m. Sept. 27)
“Deep Fear”: Ye olde young-people-descend-in-to-tight-dark-spaces thriller, but it’s in the catacombs of Paris, and the narrow, dark space is an abandoned Nazi bunker that might not be abandoned. North American premiere. (11:40 p.m. September 24; 2:40 p.m. September 28)
“Lynch/Oz”: Documentary filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe’s latest deep dive into a director flips some yellow bricks to look at the seedy underbelly below. That’s right: This is about bizarresville author David Lynch’s obsession with “The Wizard of Oz.” Narrators include Karyn Kusama and John Waters, so click those heels into the theater. Texas premiere. (11:20 a.m. September 25; 2:35 p.m. September 26)
“Luxury Jellyfish”: Murder happens in the world of competitive hairdressing. The description of the festival promises UK “black disco”, and it’s already planned for the A24 stable, if you’re a fanatic of that sort of thing. North American premiere. (5:15 p.m. on September 25 and 28)
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“Bones and All”: There are so many angles in this one; we let you choose. Angle n°1: Young cannibals in love during a road trip in America in the 1980s. Angle n° 2: Luca Guadagnino, the greatest purveyor of ravishing romantic images in contemporary cinema, reunites with the stars of “Call Me By Your Name” Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg; “We Are Who We Are” features Chloë Sevigny and Francesca Scorsese; and Jessica Harper of “Suspiria”. Angle #3: Gawking at Guadagnino and Chalamet’s fortuitous proximity to Armie Hammer’s real-life cannibalistic scandal. (5:05 p.m. September 25; 8:20 p.m. September 26)
“V/H/S/99”: The anthology is a staple of the horror genre, and this episode of the “V/H/S” series promises chilling found footage with a Clinton-era bent. American premiere. (8:40 p.m. September 25; 11:45 p.m. September 28)
“Triangle of Sadness”: Wicked satire on wicked rich – it’s not just for English lessons. Ruben Östlund (of “Force Majeure”) won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for this ass number (about 2 and a half hours!) about luxury liner captain Woody Harrelson leading his passengers directly into a brutal “Gilligan’s Island”. ” script. American premiere. (8:05 p.m. on September 29)
Are there parties and other weird stuff?
Fantastic Fest promises that Roboexotica, a festival and conference based in Vienna, Austria, will bring its robot mixologists to opening night (10 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Highball Bar).
The festival also features signature events that fans love, including Fantastic Debates (11:59 p.m. September 24 at South Austin Gym, 5700 Menchaca Road, Suite 365), 100 Best Kills (11:30 p.m. September 26), and Fantastic Feud (11:55 p.m. September 27). september).
Check the Fantastic Fest website for the full lineup.
How to get a badge for Fantastic Fest 2022
Badges, priced at $275 to $1,495, are on sale now at fantasticfest.com, though at least one tier is already sold out. There is also a virtual version of the festival, [email protected], which costs $175. Visit 2022.fantasticfest.com to find out more.