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10 movies we’re looking forward to at Fantastic Fest

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com
“Halloween” is a sequel to the iconic horror series and includes star Jamie Lee Curtis. Contributed by Blumhouse

Fantastic Fest opens Sept. 20.

1. “Halloween.” David Gordon Green makes a direct sequel to the John Carpenter classic. Buzz is way better than that description might suggest.

2. “Destroyer.” Karyn “Girlfight” Kusama directs Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan in this tale of an LAPD detective bent on revenge.

3. “Lords of Chaos.” A feature film take on the famously controversial Norwegian black metal band Mayhem with Rory Culkin, of all people, as Øystein “Eurynomos” Aarseth. Could be great, could be hilariously bad.

4. “Ladyworld.” Amanda Kramer directs her first feature, a surreal story of teen girls at a birthday party, an earthquake, and what happens when you mix the two.

5. “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” With 19 years in development, Terry Gilliam’s beyond-long-simmering version of Don Quixote stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and Stellan Skarsgård

6. “Dachra.” The first horror film ever to come from Tunisia, this follows three university students investigating a 25-year-old assault on a suspected witch, which leads them to a very weird cult. And, hey, cannibalism!

7. “The Wind.” In documentary filmmaker Emma Tammi’s narrative debut, a young woman on the 1880s American prairie wonders if she is going mad or if there is something … else.

8. “Deadwax.” Remember the backmasking-on-metal-records hysteria of the 1980s? Well, this is about a vinyl LP that might be telling listeners to kill.

9. “Hold the Dark.” Jeremy “Green Room” Saulnier directed from his Austinite friend and frequent collaborator Macon Blair’s screeplay (based on the book by William Giraldi). A retired naturalist heads to wildest Alaska to help a woman whose child was killed by wolves. And then the woman’s husband comes back from Iraq and is not pleased.

10 “Knife + Dark.” Yann Gonzalez’s purposefully trashy ode to the Italian thriller-horror called “giallo” is set in the realm of 1970s gay porn. With music by Gonzalez’s brother Anthony a.k.a. M83.

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