In preparation for that glorious week of genre film geek bliss that is Fantastic Fest, we thought we’d offer up this preview of all the horror titles to be featured this year. The subgenres range from ghost stories, to apocalyptic anthologies, to documentaries on various horror subjects. Independent, foreign, and big studio titles are all represented in the 2012 slate. We’ve provided trailers, where available, to give you a little taste of what Fantastic Fest audiences will be seeing. If you’re not one of the lucky ones who’ll be attending this year, use this post as a guide for what you should be watching for on VOD, on Blu-ray, or in theaters over the next several months.
The lineup is, unsurprisingly, fantastic.
The ABCs of Death (2012)
The long-awaited super collaboration between 26 of the most promising names in genre filmmaking, The ABCs of Death will be right at home at Fantastic Fest, at the Alamo Drafthouse from whence it was conceived and spawned. The roster of talent here features the likes of Jason Eisner, Angela Bettis, and Ben Wheatley.
American Mary (2011)
Dir: Jen & Sylvia Soska
A broke medical student is drawn into the horrific world of underground surgery and body modification.
The American Scream (2012)
Dir: Michael Paul Stevenson
The director of 2009’s wondrous and oddly moving Best Worst Movie returns with this documentary about those few dedicated souls who, each Halloween, transform their homes into temples of terror. These diehard scare fanatics work tirelessly throughout the year before opening their doors to, and striving to scare the bejabbers out of, the local community.
Dir: Brandon Cronenberg
The directorial debut of Brandon Cronenberg, son of legendary David Cronenberg, Antiviral is the story of a society so obsessed with celebrity that people routinely pay to have the diseases of their favorite stars injected into their own bodies. Syd March, the purveyor of these famous viruses, faces a nightmare when a virus with which he has just infected himself kills one of his best clients.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Dir: Peter Strickland
Toby Jones stars as a British audio technician hired to work on an Italian giallo film. Things get out of hand as life begins to imitate art.
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)
Dir: Matthias Hoene
Horror comedy centering on a failed robbery that happens to coincide with a zombie outbreak in London.
The Collection (2012)
Dir: Marcus Dunstan
A team of mercenaries gears up to invade the lair of the savage serial killer known as The Collector, aided by his only surviving prey. Sequel to the 2010 horror film from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.
Come Out and Play (2012)
Directed by the masked, enigmatic Makinov, Come Out and Play is a remake of the troubling 1976 Spanish horror film Who Can Kill a Child? A young couple on holiday ventures to a remote island inhabited, seemingly solely, by children. The terror erupts when the reason for absence of parental supervision is discovered.
Doomsday Book (2012)
Dir: Jee-woon Kim & Pil-Sung Yim
An anthology centering on three possible vessels of mankind’s inevitable doom. Co-directed by the helmer of The Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Bittersweet Life, and I Saw the Devil.
Here Comes the Devil (2012)
Dir: Adrian Garcia Bogliano
The family of two children lost in a cave is delighted when they miraculously reappear. It soon becomes evident, however, that something malevolent has returned home with these kids. Bogliano previously brought Cold Sweat and Penumbrato Fantastic Fest.
Le Memoria Del Muerto (2012)
Dir: Valentin Javier Diment
When Alicia’s husband dies, she engages in cult magic to bring him back. The ritual backfires as the spirits of the dead begin haunting her home and her friends.
My Amityville Horror (2012)
Dir: Eric Walter
The Amityville Horror is not only a classic horror film, but also one of the most infamous haunted house stories in American lore. My Amityville Horror examines the case, and life in the Lutz house, from the viewpoint of someone who actually experienced it. The events that unfolded in that notorious Long Island home, be they supernatural or not, dramatically altered Daniel Lutz’s life.
Room 237 (2012)
Dir: Rodney Ascher
Ascher’s documentary explores the many theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining, of course adapted from Steven King’s horror novel.
Dir: Scott Derrickson
Hoping to spark inspiration, and his floundering career, a true crime writer moves into the home where a family was brutally murdered. He stumbles across a box of film strips in the attic and thinks he’s discovered vital new evidence in the case. What he uncovers is something far more, well, you know.
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