Austin's Fantastic Fest has snagged itself a pretty swanky closing film: Darren Aronofsky's long-awaited and seriously cool-looking The Fountain, an apparent sci-fi mind-bender that stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

And, since Fantastic Fest trades in the kinds of movies that I absolutely salivate for (horror, sci-fi, weirdness), here's a sneak peek at a few of the 60-some titles they'll be offering: Sturla Gunnarsson's Beowulf & Grendel, Robbie Fraser's GamerZ, Anders Banke's Frostbiten, Shinya Tsukamoto's Haze, Albert Pyun's Infection, Billy O'Brien's (rather cool) Isolation, Simon Rumley's The Living and the Dead, and Terry Gilliam's Tideland, which grated on my very last nerve but certainly warrants a look from any self-respecting Gilliam fan. Plus there's two dozen additional titles (including shorts!) that I know nothing about (yet) and several more that haven't been announced yet.

In addition, the festival promises a Greatest Hits Presentation from Greg Nicotero, a 3-D screening of Charles Band's wonderfully bad Parasite (starring Demi Moore!), and a big-screen revisit with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre! I swear if I'm not dead exhausted post-Toronto, I just might have to fly down to Austin and see all my horror-lovin' pals in September.
categories Cinematical