With Fantastic Fest celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, I thought it would be worth featuring some of the best films that have played over the years and point you in the direction of where you can find them.
Over on Amazon Prime, I recommend the South Korean thriller "Bedevilled," S. Craig Zahler's ultraviolent Vince Vaughn prison drama "Brawl In Cell Block 99," Gaspar Noe's drugged-out "Climax," Park Chan-Wook's meticulous crime drama "The Handmaiden," Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, the fascinating documentary "Narco Cultura," a bizarre Finnish thriller called "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" about trying to abduct Santa Claus, Sophie Lorain's French-Canadian comedy "Slut in a Good Way," the remake of "Suspiria" from Luca Guadagnino (last year's much-anticipated secret screening) and Lynne Ramsay's brilliant "We Need to Talk About Kevin," where Tilda Swinton plays a mother on edge and terrified of her violent teenage son.
As the Magnolia, Magnet and IFC Midnight libraries are now over at Hulu these days, several Fantastic Fest classics can be found there, including the gritty cop drama "Destroyer," Ruben Ostlund's "Force Majeure" and "The Square," Peter Strickland's S&M romance "The Duke of Burgundy," a gonzo Korean revenge flick called "I Saw the Devil," the moody Swedish vampire tale of "Let the Right One In," and some Lars von Trier with the end-of-the-world party known as "Melancholia."
Netflix has many festival veterans, including Jeremy Saulnier's excellent "Blue Ruin" and "Hold the Dark," the Rami Malek-led "Buster's Mal Heart," a stunning Spanish mystery called "The Invisible Guest," animated Japanese feature "Mary and the Witch's Flower" (a rare family-friendly pick), von Trier's explicit two-part drama "Nymphomaniac" starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Christian Slater, Robert Eggers's turn-of-the-century "The Witch," and a great Irish comedy called "The Young Offenders." As far as the 2019 edition of the festival goes, Netflix also has several films on the lineup. "In the Shadow of the Moon" will debut on the service Sept. 27, "In the Tall Grass" hits on Oct. 4, "Fractured" begins streaming on Oct. 11 and "I Lost My Body" debuts on Nov. 29.
All in all, if you are already a fan of Fantastic Fest (or have always wanted to attend), you should probably be subscribing to Shudder. For $5.99, their streaming library is absolutely stacked and exclusively is a home for uncut horror, supernatural and suspense movies. Some of the best picks streaming there now include the queer giallo "Knife + Heart," a fan favorite Japanese zombie film called "One Cut of the Dead" (on Sept. 27), and the outstanding Mexican feature "Tigers Are Not Afraid," which premiered at the fest in 2017.