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Nordling here.


Fantastic Fest 2012 closes with a bang with the World Premiere of RED DAWN on September 27th.  I'm very curious to see how this one turns out - it's got a decent cast, but can it live up to the original John Milius movie?  More importantly, will there be the drinking of deer blood?  Perhaps not at the movie, but there will certainly be some at the after-party, where Fantastic Fest turns the Austin American Legion into the ultimate Commie prison, complete with free prison tattoos and head shaves. 

Will there be prison sex?  Who knows at these things, and I'm not telling.  At the premiere stars Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki will be in attendance, and I'm sure more surprises will be in store.  That's going to be a fun night.  Here's the press release:





FilmDistrict's 'RED DAWN' Stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson & Josh Peck and Hits Theaters This Thanksgiving 


World Premiere On Thursday, September 27!


Austin, TX-Wednesday, September 5, 2012- The Wolverines are infiltrating Fantastic Fest to defend all that is good and American! The world premiere of FilmDistrict's RED DAWN will close Fantastic Fest, on Thursday, September 27, with stars Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki in attendance.  A Korean-invasion-themed party will follow the premiere screening to celebrate the closing night of the festival.  Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.


RED DAWN stars CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Thor, The Avengers, Snow White & The Huntsman), JOSH PECK (Drake & Josh, The Wackness), JOSH HUTCHERSON (The Hunger Games), ADRIANNE PALICKI (Friday Night Lights, upcoming GI Joe: Retaliation), ISABEL LUCAS (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals), CONNOR CRUISE (Seven Pounds) and JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN (Watchmen).


In RED DAWN, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping fromthe sky - shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and withoutwarning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fightback, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselvesinto a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves theWolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back theirfreedom.  FilmDistrict will release RED DAWN in theaters nationwide on November 21, 2012, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Following the World Premiere, Fantastic Fest will transform the Austin American Legion into a maximum-security prison for the ultimate Red Dawn shindig.  Prisoners will experience mandatory enjoyment from delousing stations as well as free prison tattoos and head-shaves.  Executive chef John Bullington will be doling out wild-game bulgogi, kimchi and piping-hot shots of deer blood while the uniformed detainees enjoy the musical stylings of festival favorite Future Folk.


For more information about RED DAWN, please visit, "like" the film on Facebook at follow on twitter , #RedDawn.


About Fantastic Fest

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. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.  The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER.  Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International Film Festival Summit, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," alongside industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride.  Fantastic Fest was also named as one of the "25 coolest film festivals" and the "25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Moviemaker Magazine.


Our Partners

Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include AMD, Well Go USA Entertainment, and Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Returning hotel partners include Embassy Suites Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, and the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin.


New Presenting Sponsors include Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology. 


About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website .

See you there!

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  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Looks ass and stupid and irrelevent

    by FreeBeer

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Lives down to the original - FTFY

    by dalcross

    Really? Nostalgia for the original piece of crap? Stock this straight t DTV.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    The after-party sounds more interesting than the movie...

    by Bill C.

    And holy mother of God that poster looks generically bad as hell.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    and there was great rejoicing . . . meh!

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Red white and blue dawn - more relevant in these times.

    by dalcross

    Pick a country with oil, and show it from the perspective of kids orphaned by a drone wiping out heir families at a tribal wedding, and then resisting the us forces. I'd pay to see that and has a hell of a lot more relevance in the world today.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Notice they don't tell you what country the paratroopers are from...

    by DoctorFairyPrincess

    It's not because it's a spoiler. It's because if they admitted the invincible invading army was NORTH KOREA, they'd be laughed out of the festival.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    From the trailer this looks even cheesier/unrealistic then the original

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And that's saying something considering the cast and time in which it was released.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth should star in the remake of Ghost.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Watched it last night and the movie as a whole holds up even if the effects don't. Chris Hemsworth as Sam. Kat Dennings as Molly. Chris Pine as Carl. Emmanuelle Chriqui as Esmeralda(Odi Mae). Luis Guzman as Willie. Peter Stormare as Homeless Ghost(subway ghost).

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Message from Red Dawn producer Tripp Vinson to AICN circa 2011

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I know there is a lot of interest and questions as to the changes announced regarding Red Dawn. This movie has been rebooted because the filmmakers all love the original movie. The experience of seeing Red Dawn as a young boy in the middle of a Cold War, was life changing for me and a generation. I assure you that everyone involved with the reboot is keenly aware of the responsibility of delivering a movie that can stand eye to eye with the original. The changes made to Red Dawn in the last few weeks were made in consultation with military think tanks and people that specialize in game theory. Really smart people that spend their days constructing doomsday scenarios for our military and government. The type of people that know the limitations of the North Korean military. The type of people that can project a series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening to our Country. I can assure you, we listened well to those people, especially with regards to the capability of the North Korean military. Red Dawn isn’t for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you’re a vegetarian - Red Dawn probably ain’t for you. But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cars that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American’s kicking some Commie ass – then we have something special coming your way. WOLVERINES! Tripp Vinson

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    That Tripp Vinson message is embarrassing

    by Rob

    Just WOW

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Oh Lord, this guarantees AICN will support this movie...

    by TopHat

    "Its not as good as the original, but, it has its moments and Chris Hemsworth is obviously a star..." - every AICN contributor's "review" in a nutshell. The original was the very definition of "paranoia" and is probably used by extremists and Tea Baggers the way WALL STREET is used by neo-Capitalists and wannabe "playas". But, there's got to be a film that conveys the sheer badassery of the American Upper-Middle Class. No group of people throughout the world is more dynamic and inspiring. And, let's not count out the colossal, testosterone-fueled male internet movie geeks; these warriors should have an accurate depiction of how they will never sit by while their family, country, and women are attacked. Their high scores in Call of Duty all but prove this, yet, a film will also show their immense sense of brotherhood and devotion to their comrades. God Bless these KINGS of the American suburbs. This are what movies are for, not shameless propaganda, but visual and visceral adventures that confirm our prejudices and inspire us to fight for one-sided beliefs. You and I have a rendezvous with destiny...

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Well, I see nothing unmanly about Tripp Vinson

    by animatronicmojo

    If you like plots that make a lick of sense, Red Dawn prolly ain't fer youse. If you likes compassion, nuance, subtle innuendos, and subtext, well Red Dawn prolly ain't fer youses eithers. But if you like tired retreads, shameless jingoism, gratuitous (PG-13 level) violence, DTV quality filmmaking, c-list actors dressed from the Ambercrombie & Fitch catalog, and Bay-splosions, then Red Dawn is definitely for youse guyseses! Wolverines!!!

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    lobotomy >>>>>>suspension of belief.

    by iampain

  • That plays before you get to see all those wonderful commericals before the trailers before the movie at the theater. It's funny because you read his message to AICN and you expect he'd look like Dolph Lundgren, but he looks more like a geekier Steven Soderberg.

  • No it doesn't and no it can't.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Clueless Tripp. Americans aren't the bad guys.

    by Bob

    Invading army from North Korea (chuckle) are the bad guys. Their country would be turned into a sheet of fucking glass 20x over no matter what sort of "sneak attack" they managed to pull off in this lame shit movie. No one is going to buy this. Ship it off to DTV where it belongs.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    The poster looks like its for Team America

    by Outlaw

    Looks horribly generic.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Preposterous. Iron Sky has a more believable premise...

    by biscuithead


  • Sept. 5, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    The original...

    by cowsaysmoo

    ...wasn't a "good" movie, and this one will be worse. At least the original will be remembered as an 80's relic.

  • World. Changing.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck I hate patriotism and jingoism.

    by Sean

    This is all just..wrong. Besides, I just don't get the impression that much of todays youth has the concept of patriotism in their heads. Instead, they are more likely to be apathetic slackers too preoccupied with texting and posting naked selfies on Facebook to notice a mass invasion. I don't see this film resonating with much of its supposed audience. Us grown up 80's kids looking for nostalgia...mayb. But that's it.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    God, this stinks

    by PTSDPete

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    So this is really being pitched at people over 60...

    by Andrew Coleman

    You want to "Commie's" get killed... Who even believes Commies are a threat anymore minus idiots in the Tea Party? This movie looks fucking terrible and pushing it as "Pro American" is pathetic. It's trying to rally up people who can't find South America on a map. This is pathetic. Please don't release this in theaters.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Red Dawn Remake looks so Bad. Soulless

    by Creative

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Now I'm not normally one to complain about remakes...

    by Richard Cranium

    If they look stupid, I just ignore them and don't go. But the entire tone and theme of the original were sooooo 80s that I am simply baffled that anybody thought this could ever work. An Alien invasion of the US tomorrow would actually be a more realistic and likely premise than a North Korean invasion.