Sep/2020

Fantastic Fest 2019 – My Bloody Podcast #68!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 18th, 2019

Here is the super spectacular 68th episode of the most fun horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! It’s been a month since we’ve had a new episode air, but we’re back in action. Here on this new episode, hosts  Bryan Kluger from Boomstick Comics and High Def Digest and Preston Barta of Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror-themed music. And… WE ARE ON SPOTIFY NOW. We have a very special guest as well – Marc Ciafardini from Go See Talk joined us for the fun too. We love that guy! Our Feature Presentation this week is all about the 2019 Fantastic Fest held in Austin, TX.

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‘JoJo Rabbit’ – Film Review! (Fantastic Fest)

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 2nd, 2019

I expected this movie about a young boy named Jojo growing up during the fall of Nazi Germany to be Taika Waititi’s take on a classic Mel Brooks set up. It turns out Taika has not seen ‘The Producers‘ or any of the other Hilter satires that commonly spring to mind when you hear about the initial concept of this film. While often hilarious, ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ takes a different, more earnest direction.

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What do you get when the co-writer and director of ‘Mac and Me‘ have access to an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex for two weeks? Something that looks a lot like ‘Robocop‘, but with high school students played by Denise Richards, Paul Walker, and a T-Rex. Of course, I’m talking about the infamous film ‘Tammy and the T-Rex‘.

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Richard Stanley was the subject of a 2014 documentary that chronicled the troubled production of 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, a passion project from which he was fired. I could not be more thrilled that after twenty-three years Stanley returns to the director’s chair to bring us one of the most fun and effective H. P. Lovecraft adaptations on-screen with Color Out of Space. Oh, and it is starring Nic Cage giving an increasingly outlandish performance that goes places with some alpaca. Are you sold yet?

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As a famous doctor once said, “We’ve gotta go back to the future.” Of course, this famous line is about time travel, which is what ‘In the Shadow of the Moon‘ hides under its life preserver in this cop noir-thriller for Netflix. Director Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), combines a few genres that create a great backstory with sci-fi elements but has a few hiccups in its execution and reasoning.

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In the Tall Grass – Film Review! (Fantastic Fest)

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2019

Stephen King has a penchant for terrifying us with the most innocent things. Whether it be a cornfield, a family dog, a classic red car, or even a fancy hotel at a ski-resort – King delivers the scares more than most. The same can be said for his short novella he co-wrote with his son Joe Hill called ‘In the Tall Grass‘, which takes place in a beautiful and lush field of tall green blades of grass. Director Vincenzo Natali (‘Cube‘, ‘Splice‘) adapts this horrific story for the big screen as he clutches to the overall maniacal themes of this bloody novella, but never takes it to a peak level of savagery as the written words do. In fact, it’s best you separate the source material from the adapatation so you can enjoy each piece of material individually along with their great unique qualities.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 – Second Wave Announcements!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 21st, 2019

Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 19 and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 15th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Mexican movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Mexico, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

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Here is the super spectacular, special 61st episode of the most fun horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new episode, hosts  Bryan Kluger from Boomstick Comics and High Def Digest and Preston Barta of Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror-themed music. Our Feature Presentation this week is all about FANTASTIC FEST!

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Fantastic Fest 2019 – First Wave Announcements!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 2nd, 2019
Reaching the milestone of fifteen years, Fantastic Fest continues to champion groundbreaking international genre films, bringing a diverse array of global filmmakers to Austin in a highly-controlled explosion of curated cinematic mayhem.

Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 19 and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 15th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Mexican movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Mexico, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Bloodline’!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 1st, 2018

Taking its cues from the 1970s and 1980s Italian horror films of Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava, the new movie ‘Bloodline‘ delivers in story, style, music, and a killer performance from Sean William Scott. Stifler’s mom would be proud. The average moviegoer will draw parallels to the Showtime series ‘Dexter‘, which will be easy, but ‘Bloodline‘ is so much more than that. The visual style of the film almost feels like we are in a world of ‘Suspiria‘ with a ton of blues and reds throughout that accent each room when something vicious is about to happen. Along with a vintage sounding synth score which is all the rage now by Trevor Gureckis, all of these beautiful yet horrific elements give birth to a wonderful horror film, both metaphorically and realistically.

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I had the pleasure to sit down with the ‘AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN‘ filmmakers at Fantastic Fest 2018 this year, including Jim Hosking and David Wike. You’d remember them mostly from their previous movie ‘THE GREASY STRANGLER‘. Their new film ‘AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN‘ is a sweet, odd, and magical movie about love, romance, past relationships, and music. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson, and more. See the full review HERE.

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Here is the super spectacular 22nd episode of our horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle and I talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music. 

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I had the pleasure to sit down with the ‘You Might Be The Killer‘ filmmakers at Fantastic Fest 2018 this year, including Thomas P. Vitale, Griff Furst, and Brett Simmons. Their film ‘YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER‘ is a fun-as-hell movie about a group of camp counselors being brutally murdered one-by-one by a masked killer. The head counselor calls his friend back in the city for help since she is a horror movie aficionado and could help him survive. See the full review HERE.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Apostle’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2018

Easily my favorite movie of Fantastic Fest so far, Apostle is the type of movie that will stay with you hours after watching it. Gareth Evans wrote and directed this disturbing tale of Thomas (Dan Stevens) who infiltrates a religious cult on a remote island in order to rescue his kidnapped sister. Any further descent into the plot would ruin surprises that were a joy to discover during the movie. Evans’ ability to depict brutality and rage is second to none. What’s that? You haven’t seen The Raid or its sequel? Go watch those then come back to this review.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Hold the Dark’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2018

Jeremy Saulnier has now made three movies about the darkness at the fringes of civilization. In Blue Ruin it was a revenge tale where a man rejected societal expectations to get his pound of flesh. In Green Room, we follow the journey of a punk rock band trapped by neo-Nazis in a woods far from help. In Hold the Dark, he explores the darkness of remote Alaska to make one of the bleakest movies in recent memory.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Murder Me, Monster’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2018

Murder Me, Monster is a horror film out of Argentina that turned out to be absolutely bonkers. In the remote regions of Argentina, a woman’s body is found with no head. Cruz, an officer assigned to the crime, begins to investigate what is going on. While Cruz is looking into the death, he is also having an affair with a married woman. The woman’s husband is named David and he has gone missing again and Cruz sets off to find him. Cruz finds David in an abandoned village in the mountains.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Suspiria’ 2018!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2018

Fantastic Fest’s Secret Screening this year was the remake of Suspiria starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Everyone in the theater loved it and the buzz in the Drafthouse afterward was fever pitch. Every review I have seen so far has praised it up and down. Unfortunately, this is not going to be one of those reviews. I recently rewatched the original Suspiria because to say this movie is very hyped in the horror community would be an understatement so I was prepared to see it next month. As the festival got closer and Suspiria wasn’t announced as an opening or closing film it slowly became the odds-on favorite for the secret screening. As I sat down to watch, I was truly excited.

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Halloween’ 2018!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 21st, 2018

The original Halloween is barred none the best of the slasher genre. It is a simple story, a young boy kills his sister and is put in a mental institution, 16 years later he breaks out and goes on a rampage murdering people on Halloween. Michael Myers is terrifying in a way that Jason or Freddy isn’t. He feels more “realistic” in his behaviors in the first movie. Michael is just an unstoppable force of death who Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) runs in to. All of the sequels to Halloween try too hard to explain things or add significance. Sure, there are some fun entries that with the right amount of inebriation are quick fun. But ultimately they all abandon what was so great about the first, its simplicity. Halloween, 2018, erases all of the sequels in just 3-4 lines of dialogue and goes right back to the roots of what made the original such a groundbreaking horror film.

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Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 20th and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 14th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Korean movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Korea, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

The second wave of movies (1st wave can be seen here) –  has been announced, including the US Premiere of the upcoming sequel ‘HALLOWEEN‘ from director David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode. In addition to that, Jeremy Saulnier‘s new film ‘HOLD THE DARK‘, will have its US Premiere at the festival. Also, Gaspar Noe’s newest movie ‘CLIMAX‘, will be shown too. This is shaping up to be an amazing festival. Below is the complete list of the second wave.

 

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Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 20th and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 14th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Korean movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Korea, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

 

 

The first wave of movies has been announced, including the World Premiere of the WWII horror movie called ‘OVERLORD‘ from J.J. Abrams. In addition to that film, Fantastic Fest will host Gareth Evans‘ horror movie ‘APOSTLE‘. Gareth gave us the amazing films ‘THE RAID‘ AND ‘THE RAID 2‘, so you can expect some insane fight scenes and horrific imagery. Alos, a film called ‘THE NIGHT COMES FOR US‘, which stars the badass from those ‘RAID‘ movies will be shown, meaning Iko Uwais will stun us once again with his amazing physical skills. If you were a fan of ‘THE GREASY STRANGLER‘, the director of that movie Jim Hosking has a new film called ‘AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN‘, which is being described as a David Lynch meets John Waters type of movie. You had me at Greasy Strangler.

 

 

Lastly, there are some vintage films coming through from AGFA (American Genre Film Archive), one of which has peaked my interest from the title alone – ‘MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE‘. I have high hopes for this one. Below is the list of films with cast and crew info, along with a brief synopsis. Enjoy and hope to see you all there.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Here’s a SPECIAL EDITION episode of the MULTI-MEDIA MEN where we discuss the wonderful film festival in Austin, TX called Fantastic Fest. Who’s we? Well, that is Preston Barta from FreshFictionTV and James Cole Clay from FreshFictionTV and we had a ball, discussing all the movies and events we took part in at Fantastic Fest this year. From zombie Christmas musicals to suicide by fireworks all the way to haunted tortured houses, Gilbert Gottfried, The Monster Squad, and even a hilarious Canadian TV show – – we cover it all. Oh yeah, and there’s BATPUSSY!

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Wade D., here….

Here we are, back for part 2 of my 3 part series on Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX!  Don’t be surprised if there isn’t some additional bonus material thrown in after the 3rd part because: 1. There are just too many things to talk about, and; 2 You deserve it!  In this review, we are going to dive into my favorite part of Fantastic Fest, the attendees and the community that support the festival.

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Wade D., here….

Hey y’all, greetings from Austin, Texas! Home of the University of Texas, a really cool food and bar scene, keeping it “weird”, and most importantly: FANTASTIC FEST!!! Fantastic Fest is a film festival that I have heard about for years, but never had the chance to attend. Over the next few posts, not only am I going to give you my take on some really cool movies, but I am going to try and give you the inside scoop on all the details about Fantastic Fest and whether or not you should make the trip.

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Hey guys, Jana here, 

From director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs, Reprise), and writers Trier and Eskil Vogt, comes the supernatural thriller THELMA. The cast includes Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Petersen is set to make its debut at Toronto International Film Festival. The Orchard will open the film in theaters on November 10, and it has just been announced that THELMA is Norway’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Following its TIFF premiere, the film will be shown at Fantastic Fest and New York Film Festival.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is THE place to be for the avid film-lover. We’ve got  the final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest which also includes world premieres of WHEELMAN and WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS, screenings of THOROUGHBRED, JUPITER’S MOON and PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN, and the 10-year anniversary of the infamous Fantastic Debates… plus much more!

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Hi everyone, Bryan here…

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas, but rather movie-lover Christmas, because the best film festival of all time – FANTASTIC FEST is up on us. We have the first wave of programming to get you all excited and up in arms about attending this year. If you love films more than life itself, then FANTASTIC FEST is the festival for you. It has everything you could possible want, including horror, sci-fi, action, foreign, documentary, and even adult movies. I’m looking at you X-Rated Supermarket. This year is looks incredible with some excellent films on the block right now. Below is the official press release.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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We have an amazing 15th episode of the newest podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘Media-Ocrity‘, where the show is just – okay. Here on the show, we focus strictly on horror/sci-fi, comic books, and video games – basically all the fun stuff that tickles your fancy. In our fifteenth episode, titled ‘I Went To Fantastic Fest and took on Bruce Campbell and Andre Gower‘, we discuss all of the amazing films at Fantastic Fest, Cult Films, Bruce Campbell, re-mastered video games coming out in October, and more. This episode is guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you. I am joined pop-culture wizard Jonathan Atterbury and comic book artist Jeremy Megert.

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