Fantastic Fest, Austin's epic genre film festival, has been going strong since 2005. Co-founded by Tim League (owner of Alamo Drafthouse, the greatest movie theater chain in the country) and Harry Knowles (one of the most influential critics of the last 20 years), it's been the source for oddball foreign films, cutting-edge science fiction, terrifying horror flicks and absolutely crazy experiences – like watching Buried in an actual coffin.
This year, they're expanding beyond Texas' capital. For the first time ever, the fest will have "satellite screenings" at Alamo Drafthouses in New York City, San Francisco and Denver. The shows will take place the weekend of September 29 to October 1, immediately after Fantastic Fest proper concludes on September 28.
Titles playing at all three locations include the prison riot thrillers Brawl in Cell Block 99 (starring a jacked Vince Vaughn) and Jailbreak; the graphic novel adaptation My Friend Dahmer; the samurai comedy Top Knot Detective; and what promises to be an absolutely crazy mystery movie from the saviors at American Genre Film Archive.
Both New York and Denver will also get an early look at Blade of the Immortal, the 100th(!) film from Japanese gore-master Takashi Miike, director of classics like Audition and 13 Assassins. And San Francisco and Denver will both see Hagazussa (a German horror flick subtitled A Heathen's Curse), as well as The Square, the Palme d'Or-winning dramedy from Force Majeure director Ruben Ostlund.
More titles will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival, but tickets can be purchased starting Wednesday, September 7, at 1pm EDT, with a limited number of badges only for the San Francisco outpost available now.