Here's my typical blah-blah intro: Fantastic Fest rules. I love Austin in late September. Alamo Drafthouse has great employees and even better cheese fries. Movies yay nerd geek woo. OK, now let's move on. Here was Batch 1. Below is a portion of Batch 2. After the jump are the rest of Batch 2 and a LOT of groovy info on Zombieland (!), the Austin return of Mr. George Romero (!!), and a bunch of witty blather from our pal Tim League. Ready? Good.

Daybreakers U.S. Premiere (dir: The Spierig Brothers, 2009) In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Doghouse (dir. Jake West, 2009, UK) North American Premiere Kicked out of the house and recently served with divorce papers, Vince (Stephen Graham, THIS IS ENGLAND) is at a low point in his life. In an effort to rally their best mate's spirits, his crew rents a charter bus for a country retreat of heavy drinking and womanizing. The only problem is that the women in their idyllic country hideaway have been infested with the zombie plague, eaten every man in town and are now hungry for seconds.

Duress North American Premiere (dir. Jordan Barker, 2009, US) A cold-blooded killer has singled out a mild-mannered, recently widowed man and is forcing him, under threat of harm to his young daughter, to participate in his gruesome activities. The indecisive father sinks deeper and more helplessly into the clutches of the ruthless killer - a man most definitely on a mission.

Macabre World Premiere (dir. The Mo Brothers, 2009, Indonesia) After just embarking on a roadtrip, six friends stop to pick up a girl who has just been robbed and return her to her home at the end of an isolated forest. Their act of kindness ends up being repaid by a night of unspeakable horror and butchery.

Smash Cut U.S. Premiere (dir. Lee Demarbre, 2009, Canada) When his latest film is panned for its sub-par effects work, veteran grindhouse filmmaker Able Whitman (David Hess, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK) is struck with inspiration: the most realistic gore effects will come from actual dismemberment and corpses!

Survival of the Dead U.S. Premiere (dir. George A. Romero, 2009, US/Canada) George Romero returns to the Alamo Drafthouse cinema for the U.S. premiere of his latest zombie opus. The action centers on two warring clans of Plum Island; one wants to kill every zombie on the island, the other tries to protect their undead family members until a cure for "zombieism" is found.

Van Diemen's Land U.S. Premiere (dir. Jonathan Auf Der Heide, 2009, Australia) When their guard is killed en route to prison in 19th-century Tasmania, eight prisoners escape through the dense rain forest. Their poorly-conceived escape plans crumble, food runs out and the gang of prisoners engages in power struggles, psychological games and cannibalism in order to survive. Based on the true-life story of Australian prisoner Alexander Pearce.

Yesterday Regional Premiere (Rob Grant, 2009, Canada) When a strange flulike virus starts killing people and turning them into flesh-eating zombies, an unlikely group of guys band together, grab an SUV and head for the woods to wait out the epidemic. Shot in 16mm on a micro-budget of $25,000, YESTERDAY transcends its resources, filling every scene with great practical effects, car crashes, ballistics and, most importantly, cracklingly sharp dramatic and comedic performances by every single principal cast member.

Zombieland (dir. Ruben Fleischer, 2009, US) Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a big wuss - but when you're afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is an AK-totin', zombie-slayin' badass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth.

categories Movies, Horror