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Fantastic Fest Review: Carlos Conceição’s ‘Name Above Title’

Despite the absence of dialogue Carlos Conceição’s atmospheric thriller Name Above Title is bursting at the seams with style, from it’s brutally graphic murder sequences to the beautifully framed and lit shots showcasing the film’s unique setting of Lisbon, Portugal. Opening with the viewer following a heavily intoxicated young woman who’s stumbling around a high rise bar before she jumps […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Casey Tebo’s ‘Black Friday’

Working retail during the yearly “Black Friday” sales that in modern times start on Thanksgiving night is something almost anyone would agree is a nightmare. In Casey Tebo’s darkly comedic holiday horror film Black Friday it’s taken to the extreme, as this year’s festive bargain hunting is interrupted by a meteor shower that ends up unleashing a parasitic alien life […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Johannes Grenzfurthner’s ‘Masking Threshold’

Sometimes a film comes along that ignores all the traditional methods of cinematic storytelling, opting for a more experimental take on delivering the narrative that really empowers it’s thematics. That’s most definitely the case with Johannes Grenzfurthner’s eerie psychological horror feature Masking Threshold which follows a singular protagonist, a nameless IT technician who’s taken time off work to conduct a […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Randolph Zaini’s ‘Preman’

From the time the opening scene ends it’s clear that Randolph Zaini’s debut feature Preman is a heavily inspired martial arts action film taking queues from such predecessors as Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes for Us and Gareth Evans’ The Raid, but dialing down the constant barrage of hyper-violent combat in favor of a more emotionally effective story. The narrative […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Renata Pinheiro’s ‘King Car’

A slew of well framed establishing shots linger on screen as the opening credits of Renata Pinheiro’s science fiction drama King Car flash across them, giving the viewer a vivid glimpse of the humble yet vast Brazilian city where the story takes place. Introduced to the main character via his birth in the backseat of a taxi owned by his […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escot’s ‘The Found Footage Phenomenon’

Unmatched in their authenticity when executed well, found footage films have become a staple in the horror genre over the last few decades. Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escot’s new feature length documentary The Found Footage Phenomenon aims to catalog the life of this fascinating subgenre through an exploration of how it achieved it’s many successes and tracing the origins dating […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Charles Dorfman’s ‘Barbarians’

Movies centered around dinner parties are always interesting to behold because they can go in so many different directions, and Charles Dorfman’s debut feature Barbarians is certainly no exception. Here the filmmakers opted to go in multiple ways instead of just one, which works surprisingly great at keeping the viewer on their toes. The film is split into chapters, the […]