Fantastic Fest Check-In 2: Shocking, Funny, And Moving Horror

Fantastic Fest Check-In 2: Shocking, Funny, And Moving Horror

Tony Salvaggio of the Castle of Horror Podcast is on the ground in Austin, reporting on Fantastic Fest and chatting with Jason about Tony''s second batch of new films. We''ll be checking back with him for more updates.

Vesper is a thriller from Belgium and France directed by Tony who likens Moebius-style classics from Metal Hurlant. Annick Mahnert of Fantastic Fest:

oligarchs live in closed-off areas called Citadels and have locked seeds with a genetic code so that they can only produce a single harvest. Vesper, a 13-year-old girl with an innate understanding of plant genetics, is working to unlock the seeds'' genetic code when she finds an unconscious woman in the swampy woods.

Directors Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Semper (Vanishing Waves) stick to science fiction storytelling, tackling a subject that isn''t all that far from present reality. Although our crops are already designed for insect resistance or herbicide tolerance, genetically modified single-harvest seeds promise enormous profits for agricultural companies. It appears that we might be a few legal conflicts away from Buozyte and Semper''s uncertain future.

Vesper: The Hobbit Show is available for download.

Year of the Shark is a tongue-in-cheek ode to Jaws that transforms the shark tale into something of a Covid lockdown allegory. According to Annick Mahnert

The latest film from Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma is a fantastic comedy based on Marina Fois''s ability to portray Maja Bordenave, a guilt-ridden policeman, who has to finish what she started to preserve her own dignity. It''s a satire about beach town politics, dynamics, and environmental issues.

Check out the trailer for a video.

Living with Chucky is a fun animated film about the Child''s Play series. It''s a loving documentary. According to Austin King of the Fest:

Living with Chucky, a homage to a horror film, and a movie monster icon, directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, the daughter of one of Chucky''s long-time visual effects supervisors. With amazing interviews from Don Mancini, Chucky''s voice actor Brad Dourif, and the once-murderous actress Jennifer Tilly, the filmmaker gives us a sneak peek into the world of special effects and blood spatters. John Waters, the daughter of John Waters, will also

Satanic Hispanics is a horror anthology in English, Spanish, and Nahual, that brings a Latinx flavor to the anthology format. According to Annick Mahnert

Demian Rugna''s eerie "Tambien Lo Vi" is about a man who sees something in his house. Ed Sanchez revisits the myth of the vampire in his hilarious "El Vampiro," while Gigi Saul Guerrero sends you down the spine with his fantastic cinematic finale. Don''t forget to look for familiar faces in that one (hint hint).

Check out the trailer for Satanic Hispanics.

Everyone will Burn is a haunting Spanish horror in which a tragic mother (Macarena Gomez) encounters a strange and powerful young lady, resulting in a bizarre tale of brutal revenge.

Check out the trailer for Everyone will Burn:

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