Head to infinity and beyond with the Other Worlds Festival this week
Other Worlds, Austin’s independent science fiction and horror film festival, is back.
The 6-year-old fest features a plethora of flicks from those genres, all screened within the friendly confines of the Galaxy Highland theater ( 6700 Middle Fiskville Road).
Here are a few sci-fi highlights for attendees:
The U.S. premiere of “Enhanced,” concerning a number of “enhanced” humans on the proverbial run from the government, takes the opening night slot Dec. 6.
Also check out the North American premiere of “The Final Land,” a German picture about an odd couple in a small spaceship; “I Am Human,” a documentary regarding the co-evolution of humans and technology; and the fest’s closing night film, “The Honeymoon Phase,” about a couple that lies about being married in order to participate in a mysterious project.
On the horror (or “Under Worlds”) side, the British military thriller “The Ascent” looks promising, as does the horror/crime thriller “A Good Woman is Hard to Find” and the anthology film “Scare Package.”
This year’s festival special guest is Nicholas Meyer, director of and uncredited script doctor for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” aka the best “Star Trek” movie by a wide margin.
Meyer will appear at events for badge-holders, but you can also catch him at a couple free events open to the public. He’ll discuss screenwriting at Austin School of Film at Motion Media Arts Center (2200 Tillery St.) at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Meyer also will sign his book, “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols,” a Sherlock Holmes adventure, at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Galaxy lobby.
(Meyer’s 1974 novel, “The Seven-Percent Solution,” is considered one of the very best Sherlock Holmes pastiches; it was also made into a really entertaining 1976 movie for which Meyer wrote the script.)
It wouldn’t be a film festival without a few quality repertory screenings. The whole shebang kicks off Dec. 5 with a spin through the 1984 sci-fi actioner “Dreamscape,” starring Dennis Quaid. Other rep screenings include the Meyer-directed “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and “Time After Time.”