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Fantastic Fest Joins with SXSW

February 18, 2009

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Two of the most fun festivals in Austin (not including the lovely Austin Film Festival) are joining forces this year for a little showcase of some great genre films with “SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight.”

This is great news for me as I never get the chance to hit Fantastic Fest but can at least get a taste of it this year. Kicking off the series is Ong Bak 2 along with five other movies that represent the spectrum of genre films at FF.

I am particularly excited about Haunting in Connecticut, The Horseman and Lesbian Vampire Killers, the latter only because the title makes me laugh.

And of course the best part is that they all play at midnight at the Alamo South Lamar – sadly competing with the SXSW lineup of midnight movies over at the Ritz.

The program will feature:

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Ong Bak 2 (Thailand)

Director: Tony Jaa.

Writer: Panna Rittikrai

Martial-arts superstar Tony Jaa is back in an epic prequel to the 2003 action smash Ong Bak.

Cast: Tony Jaa, Sorapong Chatree, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya, Santisuk Promsiri, Primorata Dejudom (International Film Festival Premiere)

Black (France)

Director: Pierre Laffargue.

Writer: Pierre Laffargue, Lucio Mad and Gábor Rassov

A nouveau-blacksploitation adventure awash in black magic, African Mysticism, mutant arms dealers, gargantuan machete-wielding mercenary armies and a truckload of knuckle-sandwiches.

Cast: MC Jean Gab’1, Carole Karemera, François Levantal, Anton Yakovlev (World Premiere)

The Haunting in Connecticut (U.S.)

Director: Peter Cornwell.

Writer: Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe

In the tradition of such real-life horror movies as The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Haunting in Connecticut tells the astounding true story of one family’s supernatural ordeal.

Cast: Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Martin Donovan (International Film Festival Premiere)

The Horseman (Australia)

Director/Writer: Steve Kastrissios

When, Christian Forteski’s (Peter Marshall) drug addicted daughter dies after appearing in an amateur Porn Video, he deals with his grief by burning, kicking, smashing and stabbing his way through those responsible.

Cast: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry, Evert McQueen (North American Premiere)

Lesbian Vampire Killers (UK)

Director: Phil Claydon.

Writer: Paul Hupfield and Stewart Williams

Matthew Horne and James Corden, the comedy duo behind the award-winning BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey, are two hapless losers whose idyllic country holiday is shattered by the arrival of an army of thirsty lesbian vampires.

Cast: Paul McGann, James Corden, Mathew Horne, MyAnna Buring, Silvia Colloca (World Premiere)

Pontypool (Canada)

Director: Bruce McDonald.

Writer: Tony Burgess

A seemingly ordinary day’s work at the radio station for Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) turns sinister when calls begin to flood the station about violent outbreaks in and around Pontypool.

Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts (U.S. Premiere)

The complete lineup and schedule can be found at http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/films/.

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