Fantastic Fest logoI feel very lucky to live in Austin right now. Fantastic Fest, the brand-new science-fiction/horror/animation film festival taking place Oct. 6-9 in Austin, has added more films to its already impressive lineup.

Recent additions to the festival schedule include an early look at Feast, a horror film produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Wes Craven as part of Bravo's Project Greenlight series; an extended and recut version of Sin City, organized into three separate segments; and a sneak peek at footage from A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater's adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel.

But wait, there's more: Takashi Shimizu's mystery film Marebito, Werner Herzog's fantasy film The Wild Blue Yonder, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse... the full programming list is here if you want to drool some more. Personally, I have been wanting to see Strings, the epic marionette movie from Sweden, ever since I read the glowing review on Twitch. I am so pleased to see it in the festival lineup. I hadn't heard of the German film Night of the Living Dorks but it sounds like the kind of horror movie I enjoy best ... the funny kind.

Fantastic Fest opens with a\th premiere of Zathura, the follow-up to Jumanji, with director Jon Favreau (whom I always think of as the geeky programmer guy from Friends), actor Dax Shepard, and producer Peter Billingsley (yes, that Peter Billingsley, who is probably tired of the Red Ryder BB gun jokes) in attendance. I can't wait to see all these films and tell you about them as you turn green with envy.
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