Austin, TX is currently flooding with filmmakers, horror nerds, and enough breakfast tacos to feed a small country as 2019’s Fantastic Fest begins. As the largest genre film festival in the US, many features and short films will be featured in a week-long celebration of horror, action, and science fiction. Below are five of the many films I most anticipate viewing:
1.) Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
Directors: Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is one of the most polarizing sequels in the iconic franchise due in part to its blatant homoerotic subtext. The film’s lead actor, Mark Patton, received overwhelming backlash after it was revealed that he was in fact a homosexual, causing him to leave Hollywood. Patton has returned to Elm Street to set the record straight and candidly discuss the making of the notorious film, as well as talk about his struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality.
2.) Knives and Skin
Director: Jennifer Reeder
A classic Lynchian story of a crime in a small-town girl gone missing, Knives and Skin subverts conventional high school tropes, delves into the seedy underbelly of suburban tranquility, and aims to solve a dark mystery…all with song and dance!
3.) Knives Out
Director: Rian Johnson
Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) revitalizes the whodunit in this widely hyped star-studded murder mystery. Featuring the likes of Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon and more, Johnson pays homage to Agatha Christie with an elegant story of unlikely suspects, red herrings, and a murder most foul.
4.) Jojo Rabbit
Director: Taika Waititi
Writer-director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) brings a dark satire parodying Adolf Hitler in the vain of Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks. Waititi himself will be portraying Hitler as a young boy’s eccentric and unorthodox imaginary friend in this unique coming-of-age story.
5.) Color Out of Space
Director: Richard Stanley
When you take an over-the-top eccentric actor with a cult following and have him star in an adaptation of a short story by an over-the-top eccentric author with a cult following, it’s bound to stir up some excitement. Nicholas Cage stars in this H.P. Lovecraft story about a man enduring the horrific aftermath of a meteorite crashing into Earth.