Fantastic Fest, the very best festival of genre films in the U.S., has announced its first wave of films, and as usual, there are a lot of excellent choices.
The headlining premieres include the J.J. Abrams-produced Overlord (which has long been rumored to connect to the Cloverfield universe) and the Gothic horror flick Apostle from Gareth Evans (The Raid).
Overlord will host its world premiere, with director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and much of the cast - including Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some) - in attendance. The film follows a group of WWII paratroopers who find themselves behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France, where they discover a lab filled with supernatural horrors. Overlord hits theaters on November 9.
Apostle will also host its world premiere. Hailing from Gareth Evans (The Raid), the violent period piece focuses on a man on a mission to save his sister from a demented cult. Unsurprisingly, the film is earning comparisons to The Wicker Man (the good one, not this one). Apostle drops onto Netflix on October 12.
Other highlights of the festival (so far) include Burning, a nominee for this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes; the stop-motion musical Laika; and Keep an Eye Out, another quirky comedy from French weirdo Quentin Dupieux (the killer tire movie Rubber).
There will also be restorations of several cult horror films, including Blood Lake (1987), Maniac (1980) and Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997). The South Korean revenge flick Quit Your Life will also be shown in English for the first time.
Of course, this is just the first wave of films to be announced. There's bound to be plenty more weird and wonderful offerings from a festival that once let people watch the Ryan Reynolds movie Buried INSIDE A COFFIN.
Fantastic Fest runs from September 20-27 in Austin.