The 10 Films We’re Most Excited To See At Fantastic Fest 2022

It’s the most fantastic time of the year, because Fantastic Fest is right around the corner! After some unusual years of virtual premieres, location changes, and smaller lineups, Fantastic Fest seems to be coming back full throttle this year. This means the best week of movies for moviegoers, fans of the genre, and weirdos in general is making its triumphant return, with new titles promising laughs, scares, depravity, and bizarre visuals coming to Austin next month between all. parties and events.

For those who can’t make the physical trip to Texas, Fantastic Fest will once again have a virtual component of [email protected] from September 29 to October 4, with a selection of the physical lineup and even some virtual exclusives to be announced soon.

This year’s lineup has just been revealed, and even before we start speculating on what the secret screening will be, there are already plenty of movies we’re super excited about.

Fantastic Fest 2022 takes place from September 22 to 29, 2022.

ultraman shin

American audiences finally have a chance to feast their eyes on “Neon Genesis Evangelion” creator Hideaki Anno and his “Shin Godzilla” co-director Shinji Higuchi, the new take on iconic Japanese superhero Ultraman. After successfully rebooting “Godzilla” with a hysterical new movie that shows how people in suits react to giant monsters wreaking havoc, the duo are taking the same approach with the iconic TV character, blending different eras and interpretations to create something new.

Fans of the hugely influential “Evangelion” should pay special attention to “Ultraman”. One of Anno’s earliest obsessions, not only did he play Ultraman in a fan movie he made while he was still a student, but he was even able to capture the superhero’s movement in the new movie, which is part of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“Ultraman descends from space after Japan suffered a devastating series of kaiju attacks in this homage to the classic, genre-defining TV series.”

bones and all

Luca Guadagnino returns to Fantastic Fest with his highly anticipated new film “Bones and All”, a cannibalistic road trip film. The coming-of-age story reunites Guadagnino with internet sweetheart Timothée Chalamet, and even if the trailer doesn’t necessarily sell a bloody or gory ride, the synopsis and cast have us highly intrigued. Everyone from Michael Stuhlbarg and André Holland to Jessica Harper and Mark Rylance star in the film.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“A story of first love between Maren, a young woman who learns to survive on the fringes of society, and Lee, an intense, disenfranchised wanderer; an odyssey on the liberating path of two young people who find themselves, in searching for identity and chasing beauty. in a dangerous world that can’t stand who they are.”

Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle

Widely regarded as one of the best bad movies ever made, it’s baffling that “Birdemic” became a trilogy, but here we are. After not one, but two bird attacks in the US, it seems a different bird species now wants a piece of the pie, with sea eagles now on the offensive. These movies, while funny, also provide poignant commentary on global warming. The description even pokes fun at the trend of director’s cuts, so you know this is going to get deliciously meta.

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Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“The birds are back, and global warming has them jittery! James Nguyen returns with the director’s cut of his exciting, romantic and worthy sequel.”

Smile

This one has already won the jump scare of the year award, at least in one trailer. Sure, the plot might seem all too familiar to fans of movies like “The Ring” or “It Follows,” but that’s scary, man. That jump scare alone is enough to shoot this straight onto our most anticipated movies list. The film is an adaptation of writer-director Parker Finn’s 2020 short film “Laura Hasn’t Slept,” which won the SXSW Film Festival Jury Special Midnight Short Award.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“After witnessing a strange and traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) begins to experience terrifying events she cannot explain. As overwhelming terror begins to take over her life, Rose must confront her haunting past in order to survive and escape her horrible new reality.

Gamera vs. Zigra

Everyone knows Godzilla, and most people may have heard of Mothra, but there’s another kaiju icon that’s huge in Japan but didn’t reach the same level of popularity in the US: Gamera.

The giant turtle monster started out as a direct competitor/copycat to Godzilla, but quickly became a popular franchise in its own right, battling a multitude of elaborate monsters. Fantastic Fest is holding a repertory screening of the franchise’s seventh entry, “Gamera vs. Jiger,” which never made it to US theaters but was covered by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” at one point. Whether you’ve never seen a “Gamera” movie or want to revisit your tokusatsu fun, what better time to experience this movie than at a festival?

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“A classic case of mutated talking killer shark vs. nuclear beast turtle as the second most iconic reptile in Japanese cinema faces an oceanic threat!”

unicorn wars

The best part about attending film festivals is knowing very little about a movie, like a title and a two-sentence description. “Unicorn Wars” is such a movie, one that has a catchy title and a premise so crazy that you simply have to watch it. It is an animated war movie that follows the apocalyptic war between teddy bears and unicorns. Director Alberto Vázquez has already made a name for himself with “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children,” an animated horror film that hides a rather dark and violent story behind a storybook appearance. If “Unicorn Wars” is anything like that, we’re in luck.

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Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“After a bloody defeat in their apocalyptic war against the Unicorns, Teddy Bear’s army launches a desperate attack deep into the heart of the magical forest.”

kids vs aliens

Jason Eisener is back to making genre fiction, after his hit documentary series “Dark Side of the Ring.” The filmmaker is ready to follow up his cult-favorite “Hobo with a Shotgun” with a title that feels pretty kid-friendly, but knowing Eisener, that’s just a red herring. In fact, the synopsis shows a meta-movie about filmmaker friends battling aliens, which reminds me of “This Is the End,” and anything that reminds me of that magnificent comedy is already a triumph in my book.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“Jason Eisener’s long-awaited sequel to the Canuxploitation classic HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN pits a group of filmmaker friends against sinister alien invaders.”

Satanic Hispanics

A horror anthology film featuring many Fantastic Fest alumni, “Satanic Hispanics” aims to celebrate the way Hispanic culture and horror have become so intertwined. As usual with anthology films, we know pretty little of what lies ahead, but the names involve our greatest interest, including Gigi Saul Guerrerro, Alejandro Brugues, Mike Mendez, Demian Rugna, and Eduardo Sanchez.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“Five wacky, original shorts from five entertaining Hispanic directors, together in an anthology that will make you laugh and jump scared.”

Snarl

One of only two animated films (so far) in the lineup, “Oink” seems like an unexpected mix of “Okja” and “Babe: Pig in the City” through the eyes of Roald Dahl. A stop-motion film about a girl who has a pet pig and the problems they have together. There’s plenty of room for kid-friendly fun and darker, nightmare-inducing imagery.

“A young girl suspects that her estranged butcher grandfather has sinister plans for the adorable little pig he has given her as a birthday present.”

sadness triangle

A film that already made waves when it premiered at Cannes this year, Ruben Östlund is back to make audiences deeply uncomfortable while providing laugh-out-loud moments of absurd frivolity and poignant commentary. The movie has a fantastic cast and one of the rudest and funniest sequences in a movie this year.

Synopsis for Fantastic Fest:

“In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, the social hierarchy is inverted, revealing the tasteless relationship between power and beauty. Famous model couple Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean ), are invited to a luxury cruise for the super-rich, led by a deranged sea captain (Woody Harrelson). What first seemed Instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and struggling for survival.”

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