Zombieland, George Romero And Daybreakers Invade Fantastic Fest 2009

Every September, Fantastic Fest, America's greatest genre film festival, is held in Austin Texas at the greatest movie theater in the world: The Alamo Drafhouse. Last month Fantastic Fest announced that Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess' new film Gentlemen Broncos would be opening up this year's fest, and 32 first wave films were also revealed. This morning Tim League unveiled the second half of the Fantastic Fest content, which includes gala premieres of Zomblieland, George Romero's new zombie film Survival of the Dead, and Daybreakers, as well as a list of other film discoveries which you can read more about after the jump.

Daybreakers (dir. Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, 2009, USA)

The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It's all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans.


(dir. Jake West, 2009, UK)

North American Premiere

Kicked out of the house and recently served with divorce papers, Vince (Stephen Graham, SNATCH) is at a low point in his life. In an effort to rally their best mate's spirits, his crew rents a charter bus for a country retreat of heavy drinking and womanizing. The only problem is that the women in their idyllic country hideaway have been infested with the zombie plague, eaten every man in town and are now hungry for seconds.

Down Terrace

World Premiere

(dir. Ben Wheatley, 2009, UK)

Down Terrace is a darkly comedic drama from Britain that follows the daily travails of a dysfunctional family of crooks trying to keep their business from falling apart.


North American Premiere

(dir. Jordan Barker, 2009, US)

A cold-blooded killer has singled out a mild-mannered, recently widowed man and is forcing him, under threat of harm to his young daughter, to participate in his gruesome activities. The indecisive father sinks deeper and more helplessly into the clutches of the ruthless killer – a man most definitely on a mission.

First Squad

World Premiere

(dir. Yoshiharu Ashino, 2009, Japan)

The battle along the Russian-German front of WWII has ground to a halt. Desperate to regain momentum the Nazi forces have turned to their occult division to raise the spirits of

their dead ancestors to fight on their behalf. Russia's only hope lies in the psychic abilities of a

teenage girl.

Hard Revenge, Milly: Bloody Battle

Regional Premiere

(dir. Takanori Tsujimoto, 2009, Japan)

In a near-future post-apocalyptic bombed-out shell of Japan, lawless gangs roam the outskirts of the city, raping and pillaging with impunity. Milly, left for dead by a particularly

vicious gang, literally picks up the (her) pieces, bonds them with some truly inventive bio-weaponry and takes bloody revenge, one lowlife at a time.

Human Centipede

North American Premiere

(dir. Tom Six, 2009, Netherlands/UK)

Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), a leering, sepulchral surgeon from Germany whose specialty is separating Siamese twins, evolves his craft by sewing together living beings together at the "mucous-cutaneous zone" (guess) in order to create Siamese triplets with a single digestive system.


World Premiere

(dir. The Mo Brothers, 2009, Indonesia)

After just embarking on a roadtrip, six friends stop to pick up a girl who has just been robbed and return her to her home at the end of an isolated forest. Their act of kindness ends up being repaid by a night of unspeakable horror and butchery.


World Premiere

(dir. Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, 2009, Chile)

The dynamic duo of Chile, Marko Zaror and Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, are returning to Austin with the World Premiere of their new action thriller MANDRILL. Marko Zaror plays MANDRILL, a young hitman who will not relent until he has exacted bloody revenge on the man who killed his mother many years ago.


North American Premiere

(dir. Gareth Evans, 2009, Indonesia)

Indonesia's first martial arts film in roughly fifteen years and quite possibly the first to ever feature a serious treatment of local martial art silat.


U.S. Premiere

(dir. Tarik Saleh, 2009, Sweden)

What if the global oil shortage were to force civilization underground? What if the subway system were expanded to connect all the major cities of Europe? What if the voices in your head were real and the Powers That Be using transmitters hidden in shampoo to monitor your every word and action? It's only paranoia if it's not true ...

Smash Cut

(dir. Lee Demarbre, 2009, Canada)

U.S. Premiere

When his latest film is panned for its sub-par effects work, veteran grindhouse filmmaker Able Whitman (David Hess, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK) is struck with inspiration: the most realistic gore effects will come from actual

dismemberment and corpses!

Survival of the Dead

U.S. Premiere

(dir. George A. Romero, 2009, US/Canada)

George Romero returns to the Alamo Drafthouse cinema for the U.S. premiere of his latest zombie opus. The action centers on two warring clans of Plum Island; one wants to kill every zombie on the island, the other tries to protect their undead family members until a cure for "zombieism" is found.

Sweet Karma

US Premiere

(dir. Andrew Thomas Hunt, 2009, Canada)

When her sister disappears without a trace – the apparent victim in a Russian prostitution ring in Toronto – a shy, beautiful, mute woman sets off on a bloody, intercontinental

trail of revenge.

Terribly Happy

(dir. Henrik Ruben Genz, 2009, Denmark)

Based on a true story, TERRIBLY HAPPY follows a young Copenhagen cop who is exiled to a provincial Jutland town after suffering a nervous collapse. The town and its "code" soon prove to be much more complex and challenging – not to mention much more deadly – than the big city beat.

Van Diemen's Land

U.S. Premiere

(dir. Jonathan Auf Der Heide, 2009, Australia)

When their guard is killed en route to prison in 19th-century Tasmania, eight prisoners escape through the dense rain forest. Their poorly-conceived escape plans crumble,

food runs out and the gang of prisoners engages in power struggles, psychological games and cannibalism in order to survive. Based on the true-life story of Australian prisoner Alexander Pearce.


Regional Premiere

(dir. Takashi Miike, 2009, Japan)

A reimagining of the long-running Anime TV show, Miike's YATTERMAN is a massive dayglo blast that hits your brain like a bullet train and kickstarts your pleasure centers.


Regional Premiere

(Rob Grant, 2009, Canada)When a strange flulike virus starts killing people and turning them into flesh-eating zombies, an unlikely group of guys band together, grab an SUV and head for the woods to wait out the epidemic. Shot in 16mm on a micro-budget of $25,000, YESTERDAY transcends its resources, filling every scene with great practical effects, car crashes, ballistics and, most importantly, cracklingly sharp dramatic and comedic performances by every single principal cast member.


(dir. Ruben Fleischer, 2009, US)

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a big wuss – but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is an AK-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth.