Stone (2010) US Premiere, USA, director: John Curran Director John Curran and Edward Norton live in attendance.
A seasoned corrections official and a volatile inmate find their lives dangerously intertwined in STONE, a thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran and written by Angus MacLachlan. STONE features powerful performances by Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton, and a startlingly raw, breakout performance from Milla Jovovich as the sexy, casually amoral woman they both desire. As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected consequences for them both. STONE skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy completes the superb ensemble as Madylyn, Jack’s devout, long-suffering spouse. Set against the quiet desperation of economically ravaged suburban Detroit and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010) World Premiere, USA, director: Ben Ketai Director Ben Ketai, Kiele Sanchez & Steve Niles (co-writer, author) in attendance (schedules permitting).
It’s been almost a year since the Alaskan town of Barrow’s population was decimated by vampires during its annual month-long sunset. Riddled with grief over the death of her husband, bound by nightmares and void of all emotions beyond hate and sorrow, Stella (Sanchez) has spent the past months traveling the world, trying to convince others that vampires exist. Met with skepticism and laughter, Stella is ready to throw in the towel when a group of lost souls (Coiro, Baird and Perrineau) offers an incredible opportunity: the chance to exact revenge upon Lilith (Kirshner), the vampire queen responsible for the assault on Stella’s sleepy Alaskan town. With nothing remaining to live for, and nothing left to fear, Stella joins their mission and ventures into the uncharted underbelly of Los Angeles where she pushes herself to the most extreme limits to stop the evil from striking again.
Carancho (2010) Regional Premiere, Argentina, director: Pablo Trapero
Ambulance drivers and ambulance chasers, dirty police and corrupt doctors, fraudulent insurance brokers and some truly desperate people are the players in a wildly original and occasionally brutal thriller set on the streets of Buenos Aires.
Drones (2010) Regional Premiere, USA, directors: Amber Bensen and Adam Busch Directors Amber Bensen and Adam Busch as well as stars Angela Bettis and Kevin Ford will be in attendance.
When Brian discovers an improbable secret about his best friend and OmniLink coworker, everything in his world changes and his safe life of workplace detachment is no longer an option. Close encounters of the office kind, like sales or intergalactic war, is an uncertain business.
Fire of Conscience (2010) US Premiere, Hong Kong, director: Dante Lam
A slick cops-and-robbers film that coats melodrama with a thick layer of blood and gunpowder. Dante Lam has emerged as one of the most exciting Hong Kong action directors with films like THE BEAST STALKER (2008) and SNIPER (2009). His latest work delivers the goods with chases, fisticuffs, massive fire fights; exploding bodies and more.
Hatchet 2 (2010) North American Premiere, USA, director: Adam Green Director Adam Green, Kane Hodder and Danielle Harris live in person!
Witness the resurrection of bayou-dwelling psycho-killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), who terrorized a party of witless New Orleans tourists in Adam Green’s 2006 cult hit HATCHET. After emerging as the sole survivor of Crowley’s comically over-the-top murder spree, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) learns the secrets of the madman’s origins and returns to the Louisiana swamps to avenge her family’s death. Also featuring genre fan fave Tony Todd as Reverend Zombie and FRIGHT NIGHT director Tom Holland as Bob.
The Housemaid (1960) South Korea, director: Kim Ki-young
Celebrated as one of the greatest Korean films of all time, THE HOUSEMAID tells the story of a composer who invites chaos into his home when he begins an affair with the family’s mysterious new maid, a disturbed woman with a penchant for catching rats with her bare hands. The print featured at this year’s Fantastic Fest has been restored by the Korean Film Archive with the support of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of films from non-Western countries.
The Housemaid (2010) Regional Premiere, Korea, director: Im Sang-soo
A reimagining of the Korean classic of the same name, the 2010 version of THE HOUSEMAID turns the tables on the story. This time around a perfectly normal servant enters the home of a truly dysfunctional wealthy family who beat her down with an array of psychological, sexual and sometimes physical trauma. With strong performances, lush design and an exceptional story, this update serves as a worthy companion to the original classic and makes for a truly unique double bill.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010) Austin Premiere, USA, director: Steven R. Monroe
A remake of the controversial 1978 cult classic of the same title, Steven Monroe’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a shock-fest that revisits the story of a young writer’s horrifying sexual assault at the hands of a backwoods gas-station attendant and his knuckle-dragging cronies while on sabbatical in the countryside. After being brutally attacked and left for dead, she returns for vengeance. Trapping her male attackers one-by-one, she inflicts acts of physical torment upon them with a ferocity that surpasses her own ordeal. When the carnage clears, victim has become victor.
Kidnapped (2010) North American Premiere, Spain, director: Miguel Ángel Vivas Jaime (Fernando Cayo) and Marta (Ana Wagener) are a middle-aged couple with a teenage daughter named Isa (Manuela Vellés). The family is in the process of moving into a big new house. Marta wants to gather the family for dinner at home to celebrate. Isa has her own plans; she wants to go out with her boyfriend. Jaime is stuck in the middle of it all. Everyone's evening is ruined when a gang of masked hoodlums pay a visit to the home.
Legend of the Fist (2010) US Premiere, Hong Kong, director: Andrew Lau
Life in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1920s was no picnic. Military warlords and criminal henchmen ruled the streets. The city’s one ray of hope was the young martial artist Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), whose legendary showdown against a dojo full of Japanese warriors ended with his apparent death, though his body is never found. Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the city’s most notorious mafia boss. Could this be the return of Chen Zhen?
Ong Bak 3 (2010) North American Premiere, Thailand, director: Tony Jaa
The legend of ONG BAK 3 begins after Tien (Tony Jaa) has lost his fighting skills and his beloved step-father from the raid led by Jom Rachan (Saranyu Wonggrajang). Tien is brought back to life with the help from the Kana Khone villagers. Deep into the meditation taught by Phra Bua (Nirutti Sirijanya), Tien finally is able to achieve 'Nathayut'. His talents are put to the test again when his rivals including the Golden-Armored King's Guard (Supakorn 'Tok' Kijusuwan), the mysterious killers in black, and Bhuti Sangkha (Dan Chupong) return for the final massive showdown.
Redline (2010) North American Premiere, Japan, director: Takeshi Koike
Rev your engines, adrenaline junkies! REDLINE is a new feature from famed Madhouse Studios that reunites animator Takeshi Koike (NINJA SCROLL, ANIMATRIX) with his long-time collaborator Katushito Ishii, the genius behind FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT. This meeting of warped minds results in a mind-melting psychedelic assault that is easily the wildest animated Japanese film to surface in years.
Stake Land (2010) US Premiere, USA, director: Jim Mickle Director Jim Mickle, Connor Paolo, Nick Damici and Danielle Harris live in person!
Following a political-economic meltdown of unexplained origins, the world has been overrun by humanoid creatures who feed off human blood. A disparate group of survivors band together to weave their way through the communities of both vampires and equally dangerous religious cultists in search of an alleged sanctuary in the north. The cast includes Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris and Michael Cerveris.
Undocumented (2010) World Premiere, USA, director: Chris Peckover Director Chris Peckover and cast members live in person! A small group of documentary filmmakers chronicle the trials and inequities faced by Mexican illegal immigrants. When they join a group of families illegally crossing the border to record the experience firsthand, their truck is pulled over and detained. What happens next plunges their group into unimaginable horror.
We Are What We Are (Somos Lo Que Hay) (2010) US Premiere, Mexico, director: Jorge Michel Grau
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.
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Aug. 28, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST
Man I wish I had one.. I have a regular film badge, gonna be hard for me to get to most of these screenings without being sold out.. I really want to see I Spit On Your Grave and Legend Of The Fist!!!
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
I'm not going this year due to financial woes, but I don't have a VIP badge anyway. If you live in Austin I'd go even without a VIP badge, but if you're coming from across the country (or from out of the country) be aware that it's unlikley you'll get into ANY of the hot screenings (including the AICN secret screenings or the big premieres) unless you know somebody. The year I went without a VIP badge was just entirely too stressful. You can watch all the other stuff, no problem, but if you want into any of the screenings that everybody is talking about--forget it. You're not getting in. You don't have to waste your day standing in line for a chance at getting in anymore; you'll just know you aren't getting in. If you want a VIP badge for next year, they usually start selling them the first or second day of the fest and they'll sell out in a day or two.
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST
As Kato?? WTF??
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST
A bunch of direct to DVD crap.
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
well look at that, it gets to play theatrically afterall. :P
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
There's no mention of the Black Mask character in that synopsis, so I don't really know what to make of that trailer. Boy, does Tony Jaa love elephants or what?
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST
And by that I mean seizure-inducing crap. The genre hasn't evolved since Ghost in the Shell, unless you count the rampant and distracting use of CGI in stuff like Appleseed and the GITS 2.0 (which looks awful). Hatchet 2 will probably suck as much as the first one, while the I Spit... remake is entirely unnecessary. Dark Days actually looks decent from the trailer, but, seeing as how much of the best stuff from the trailer is culled from the first film, it's a bit misleading. Doesn't look like a very fantastic fest so far.
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST
FF should double screen the big movies so that regular film badges can get in if the 1st slot is sold out... Not too worried about secret screenings, they are usually the big Hollywood blockbusters that will be coming out in a couple of months anyways...
Aug. 28, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST
...he'd look very convincing as an Asian chick. Amirite?
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST
The premise behind the second graphic novel was better: after rebuilding, one year later the town prepares for the vampires to return. I think moving the setting to LA just makes it a Blade knockoff. Just a hunch, but I won't pass judgement until I see it.
Aug. 28, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST
Elephants are considered very sacred, spiritual animals in Thai culture - as Jaa is from Thailand he reflects that in his films.
Aug. 28, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
Most of the world looks at the US and sees this closeted society with no knowledge/interest of the outside world. Commenting on Jaa and his love for elephants really proves this. He's Thai - do the research yourself.
Aug. 28, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST
Whoever cut that trailer together should be flayed.
Aug. 28, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST
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Aug. 29, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST
you always have to ask for a six or a seven, or beg them, because they'll always go easy on ya.
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
I'm lookin' at you: MyPejorativeLandwhale
Aug. 29, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST
Aug. 29, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST
Sure, he knows diddly squat about Thailand and, sure, he commented on something without thinking about it first, but you don't need to lecture him like that - or put down his entire country!
Aug. 29, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST
It is not scary or funny and tries to be both. Its also very very boring. Played it at my house for a horror movie night and abot 20 minutes in everyone looked at each other and agreed to turn it off. It wants so bad to be a cross between Troma and Peter Jackson but it has zero atmosphere or soul and it just dead up on the screen.
Aug. 29, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
I meant no offense to Tony Jaa (who is AWESOME) or Thailand. I've seen Thai films before that did not include elephants, even though I'm aware of their religous and spiritual significance to the country, but Christian Bale is correct, I've never been to Thailand and don't know "diddly squat" about it. I just thought it was unusual that Jaa put elephants and fights on elephants at the core of all his films, but those scenes are great so more power to him. This reminds me of a story when I was recommending Paul Naschy's films to somebody (I'm a big fan of his) and the guy said, "Maybe every once in awhile he could make something without damn werewolves in it". Why would he want to do that?
Aug. 29, 2010, 2 p.m. CST
I haven't met anyone who liked it much less thought it "resurrected and changed the slasher." Please. Adam Green just comes off as a D-List Eli Roth. Half the damn trailer is spent praising the ONE unmemorable turd this guy made, not a good sign...
Aug. 30, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST
Hey, tool, Ghost in the shell isn't an OAV. When you don't know what you're talking about, just shut the fuck up. P.S.: I've seen Redline (yep!), and it's quite simply awesome.
Aug. 30, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST
It's OVA, not OAV, and I never said GITS was one. I simply said that, judging by the trailer, Redline looked no better than the myriad OVA anime releases I've seen. So, until YOU learn how to read, YOU shut the fuck up.