Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. This unique film festival is taking place September 19th-26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.
Synopsis: American director Zack Parker delivers an unexpected, nasty little thriller about a woman whose life spins out of control following an attack on her unborn child.
Thoughts: Like a twisted & disturbed onion, each layer pealed back was more in need of hardcore grief counseling than the latter. Within the first four minutes my jaw dropped from sheer shock-and it didn’t stop there because the film makes detours whenever it feels like it. The lines delivered feel genuine coming from characters dealing with loss. Proxy doesn’t feel like a movie. No, it plays out more like you’ve read the news article on a brutal series of events in the newspaper, and using the paper’s photography let your imagination run rampant.
Proxy - ★★★1/2
Synopsis: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, a dinner party takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Thoughts: Compared to It’s A Disaster (which had atomic weaponry and dark comedy), Coherence had a more eerie vibe with friendly sarcasm. Oh, and that comet business. Not wanting to give away the mystery let me just say that this cross dimensional mind-bender will give you a serious head trip as you try to make sense of who is who…and do they belong?
Coherence - ★★★
Film: Greatful Dead
Synopsis: A young female peeping tom develops a fatal attraction to a virile old man.
Thoughts: Only the Japanese could add flair of quirky humor to the concept of dying alone. Voyeuristic Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) gets joy from watching society’s elders slowly passing away, and won’t let prayer-pushing Park Su-Yong get between her and her newest target: Mr. Shiom. Her obsession is a dangerous game that stems from unfulfilled attempts of contentment (and a touch of neglectful parenting).
Greatful Dead - ★★★
Film: Septic Man
Synopsis: An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his town’s sewage treatment plant.
Thoughts: This just might win the Fantastic Film Grossest Film of the Year-if such an award exists. It is a grotesque movie, but it has to stay true to its title no? The blue collar working man plunges into the mystery of the town’s water supply being contaminated-sent there by a shadowy consultant to unclog the problem. Once plumber Jack (Jason David Brown) gets trapped, there is a lot of him sitting around and yelling. The story leaks on because of his pregnant wife Shelley (Molly Dunsworth), and his desire to get freed and return to her. Septic Man is a highly produced B-movie monster/creature feature that gave effort, but would not be Halloween night viewing material (which is what every horror movie should strive for).
Septic Man - ★★