Although only in its second year, Fantastic Fest is pretty savvy about publicity. The horror/sci-fi/fantasy festival has been releasing lists of scheduled films in batchesthroughoutthe summer. The final schedule has just been posted, and includes the Austin festival's opening-night movie: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. I haven't heard anything yet about cast or crew possibly attending the premiere of this prequel, but the festival doesn't start until Sept. 21 so there's still time.

If you're a fan of the Texas Chainsaw series (and I use the word "series" very loosely here), Fantastic Fest is also showing the original 1974 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with actor Ed Neal in attendance. The latest additions to the schedule also include the horror-comedy Severance, the French animated sci-fi film Renaissance, and in its U.S. premiere, the Korean film monster movie The Host (Gwoemul). There's also a sneak preview that's so sneaky the title isn't being released, which will be hosted by Ain't It Cool News. The festival runs through Sept. 28.

Update: I just received a press release (thanks, Scott!) announcing the special guests attending the opening-night premiere of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning: cast members R. Lee Ermey and Jordana Brewster, director Jonathan Liebesman, and producers Andrew Fuller and Brad Form.
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