Fantastic Fest 2018 Recap

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

It’s raining at Fantastic Fest this year. The forecast says it’ll drizzle all week. And when the skies aren’t opening up, the air is thick with humidity. It’s typical of Austin, Texas – this city will never not make its visitors and denizens alike miserable when it comes to weather. It comes with the territory. You get used to it or you melt.

And yet, we gather in the increasingly warm lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. And yet we congregate under the outdoor tents, attempting to stay dry and cool. And yet, we never consider going home or calling it a day. Because we’re here to see movies at one of the world’s craziest film festivals, a place where major Hollywood premieres and foreign oddities are treated with equal reverence.

Welcome to Fantastic Fest. On day one: David Gordon Green’s incredibly entertaining Halloween, the wild German arthouse horror import Luz, and the astonishing and deranged thriller The Perfection.

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Halloween Trailer New

A cool new Halloween trailer repurposes John Carpenter‘s classic and David Gordon Green‘s sequel/reboot as a true crime documentary. This looks like the type of thing you fall asleep watching on the Investigation Discovery channel, and I’m here for it. It also serves as a nice refresher on the story that started the franchise. Watch the Halloween trailer below.

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Halloween 2018 Theme

We’re exactly one month away from the debut of the new Halloween. While we’ve seen plenty of footage from the trailers, fans have also been hungry to hear the new score from composer John Carpenter and collaborators Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Today they can get a taste of what’s to come.

The new Halloween 2018 theme can be heard in the first track from the official soundtrack that just debuted online today. Plus, a new TV spot features John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis bringing you back to Haddonfield, Illinois after 40 years. Check them both out below. Read More »

halloween ending

When it came time to make the new Halloween, director David Gordon Green had plans to go back and recreate the end of the original film. Not only that, he also planned to make some changes. Thankfully, original Halloween director John Carpenter talked him out of it. Learn how David Gordon Green would’ve changed the Halloween ending below.

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baby driver mike myers joke

Edgar Wright is a singularly talented filmmaker with a knack for balancing dynamic action scenes with comedy. And Baby Driver was the culmination of that — a heist film that played like a musical, with a fair few great jokes thrown in. But it turns out that one of the best gags of the film came about almost by accident.

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Original Halloween in Theaters

Fall is almost officially upon us, which means Halloween is just around the corner. That means horror fans are gearing up for a timely rewatch of one of the most revered horror classics of all time.

Halloween is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and in addition to a slate-wiping sequel arriving in theaters next month, the original 1978 slasher directed by John Carpenter is returning to select theaters starting on September 27. On top of that, today you have a chance to get your hands on a fresh new screen print of the original poster created by artist Bob Gleason, and he’s even signed them. Read More »

halloween review

David Gordon Green‘s Halloween is a love-letter to horror fans – a brutal, scary and sometimes funny sequel that gives the long-running franchise the respect and adoration it deserves.

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halloween trailer

Update: Another new trailer with a ton of new footage has arrived and you can now watch it below.

The Halloween hype is already through the roof, and you probably don’t need to be sold on it anymore. But just in case you do, here’s an exciting new trailer ahead of the film’s upcoming TIFF premiere. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as final girl Laurie Strode, who is about to come face-to-face with Michael Myers one final time. Watch the Halloween trailer below.

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Halloween 2018 Michael Myers Mask

The trademark white mask of slasher Michael Myers from the horror classic Halloween has been a staple of the spooky holiday. There’s always at least one person slowly, skulking around the neighborhood with a kitchen knife in hand, sending chills down the spine of those who know the true evil that lurks behind the mask. This year, that person might have an even more horrifying Michael Myers mask, and you can too.

With the 2018 sequel to Halloween hitting theaters next month, bringing us back to Haddonfield, Illinois 40 years after the horrific Halloween murders terrified the town, a new Michael Myers mask is hitting shelves featuring the worn down, aged version of the mask that we’ll see in theaters. Check out the Halloween 2018 Michael Myers mask below. Read More »

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Fandango recently surveyed movigoers in an effort to figure out what the most anticipated fall 2018 movies are this season, and it’s quite the bummer that Halloween and Creed II didn’t crack the top five. Instead, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out on top, proving Harry Potter fever is a lot like herpes; once you have it, you can’t get rid of it. Read More »