Hey cinephiles, here are the top 5 films to see at the 2014 Fantastic Fest:
Last year The ABCs of Death shocked, excited and disgusted us 26 times over. This year that's happening again with another installment in the extreme horror anthology. 26 filmmakers from around the world were assigned a letter and have directed a short film involving an unfortunate way to die. A mix of mediums, genres, styles and cultures provide brave audiences with the ultimate buffet of cinematic death. ABCs of Death is available online startingOctober 2nd and gets limited theatrical release on Halloween.
Nymphomaniac was released in the States earlier this year in two separate, censored volumes. Now, for the first time, American audiences have the opportunity to behold Lars von Trier's 5½ cut in all its hole-y glory. This film follows "a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac [who] recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating." Trier is among the more controversial filmmakers working today, but those who have suffered through his films can attest of the artistry on display. It's no wonder so many renowned actors line up around the block to take part in his projects. Nymphomaniac: Extended Director's Cut should be hitting VOD on October 2nd with a limited theatrical rollout to follow.
Often times the most intimate portraits of a director sprout from having the filmmaker's own family pick up a camera. Vivian Kubrick's Making The Shining and Eleanor Coppola's Hearts of Darkness are essential supplements to the masterpieces they examine. This time Liv Corfixen, wife of Nicolas Winding Refn, grants us unparalleled access to the making of Only God Forgives, one of the most misunderstood films in recent memory. What's more, frequent Refn collaborator Cliff Martinez provided an all new original score for this brisk documentary. No word on a release outside of the festival circuit.
2. Tokyo Tribe
After making waves at Toronto International Film Festival, the latest film by cult favorite Sion Sono will be having its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. Based on the manga by Santa Inoue, Tokyo Tribe explores the metropolis during a turf war when "the city [is] carved into pieces with each territory controlled by a variety of hip hop street gangs." The trailer looks like a mature anime brought to life fused together with the Saint's Row video games. If you're the type of person who goes to Fantastic Fest, this is undoubtedly up your alley. No word on a U.S. release outside of the festival circuit.
1. V/H/S: Viral
What started in 2012 as an experimental found footage anthology is now in its third installment of what we can only hope is an annual undertaking. The films employ a framing device that excuses characters and the audience to watch one short film after another; they've run the gamut of what this subgenre is capable of and this time around the series has recruited the likes of Gregg Bishop and Nacho Vigalando (whose Open Windows finally gets its U.S. premiere at the fest). V/H/S: Viral hits the web on October 23rd and starts its theatrical run on November 21st.
Those are just a select five from the incredible line-up at this year's Fantastic Fest! Which films are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below!