Prepare to geek out for the 12th annual celebration of all things bizarre. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S. and it gives movie buffs the chance to experience the best in horror, sci-fi and action. This year FF salutes Bollywood with a showcase of innovative Indian cinema. The week-long festival starts on September 22nd. Here’s the films and events that you don’t want to miss.


Opening Night Party


Take a trip to South Asia with Bollywood sensory overload. Experience an array of dancers, musicians, fire-breathers and ancient all-powerful gods. See Alamo South Lamar transformed into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of Indi-insanity.


Maltin at the Movies


Cinematic historian and critic Leonard Maltin interviews the iconic whimsy factory, Tim Burton, AND action star Bruce Campbell. The epic event features a discussion of the two celebrities’ previous careers and exciting future projects. Don’t miss this intimate, one-night experience!


Ash Vs Evil Dead: Season 2 Premiere


The second season of the hit show Ash Vs. Evil Dead roars back into action with a Fantastic Fest premiere. Ash leaves his beloved Jacksonville and returns to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.




Take the driver’s seat in a fast-paced hell-ride that catapults you through the final shocking moments of a man’s life. Dark Corner, the world’s first virtual reality genre studio, will premiere the virtual reality experience. Mule will be available throughout the festival and it’s the follow-up to last year’s 360-hospital-shocker, Catatonic.


Phantasm: Ravager


Don’t miss one of the two screenings of the world premiere of Phantasm: Ravager. The film is the long-awaited fifth entry in Don Coscarelli’s bizarre and horror series.  Follow Reggie on his quest across dark dimensions as he struggles to confront and vanquish the sinister Tall Man.


Dog Eat Dog


Nicolas Cage and Willem Defoe star in an unhinged pulp comedy. The story follows three hardened criminals as they scheme the final crime for the perfect jackpot. Director, Paul Schrader, will make a special appearance to discuss his wild exploration of the criminal underground.




Iko Uwais, star of the The Raid series, continues to impress with this over-the-top love letter to violent martial art movies. Iko plays Ishmael, a young man with amnesia who is washed ashore. It’s not long before bad men show up to stop him before he regains his memory.


The Comedy Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

Hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will charm your pants off with one of the best stand-up shows in LA. The two star in the Comedy Central TV show that features special guests experimenting with new material. You might just see some celebrity guests at this show! 


Satanic Panic Room


Take haunted houses to the next level with a demonically difficult escape room experience. Unlock your handcuffs, find clues and escape a demon chamber before the Dark Lord makes you his next ritual sacrifice!





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