Opening the fest, now in its 7th year, is the world premier of The Human Centipede 2: The Full Sequence, a film that has already caused controversy when it was banned in the UK. It is the sequel to The Human Centipede: First Sequence, a fan favorite at the 2009 festival and a movie that went on to gross out audiences worldwide.
Closing night will feature a screening of Morgan Spurlock's latest, a documentary about the kind of unapologetic geeks that fill the Alamo South Lamar during Fantastic Fest called Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. The closing night party will be super-hero themed and, judging by previous year's parties, the closing night costume contest and activities promise to be infused with more alcohol than one would dare to imagine.
Other highlights of the announcement include a special retrospective screening of An American Werewolf in London presented by Mondo and featuring guest appearances by pioneering special effects legend Rick Baker and collector-favorite poster artist Olly Moss.
The film lineup contains many highly anticipated films like the French film Livid, the second film from the directors of Inside, about a trio of thieves that get more than they bargained for when they break into a house containing something evil. Another French film, Carré Blanc, is an understated sci-fi gem, one that will puzzle and intrigue audiences. Director Yoshihiro Nakamura has delighted Fantastic Fest audiences twice in years past with Fish Story and Golden Slumber and his latest film, A Boy and His Samurai, contains all the charm and wit of his previous efforts and should be a well received. Returning to the festival circuit after finally finding US distribution is the Australian horror shocker The Loved Ones—it's not to be missed!
Continuing its unrelenting commitment to harvesting genre content from every corner of the earth, the Fest this year brings audiences Rabies, a horror film from Israel that holds its ground amongst any recent horror fare. From Brazil comes Polvora Negra, a low-budget revenge film that packs heaps of wit and bite. Clown, a low-brow comedy based on a popular Scandinavian television show, comes to the fest from Denmark.
The full press release is available to read on the Fantastic Fest site. The first and second wave announcements along with a press release regarding the yearly Fantastic Debates—which, this year, will see Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder (and new father) Tim League pitted against Irish bare-knuckle fighter James Quinn McDonagh—are also available.