For the first time since 2012, I made it to Fantastic Fest. Shane McKenzie convinced me to return, and I’m glad he did. I forgot how fun and exhausting the festival can be. Yeah, watching movies is exhausting. You forget what the sun looks like. It’s a very weird vibe.
So, what movies should you look for on the horizon? For me, the film of the week was 3Ft Ball and Souls. It’s a trippy and emotionally affecting comedy about four people trying to commit suicide via fireworks. I don’t want to give you too much beyond that admittedly ridiculous description, but I will say I was in tears at the end.
Other highlights included The Endless, the new film from Resolution and Spring directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, the upcoming Stephen King adaptation 1922, and pretty much every short film involved in the annual Short Fuse program. Five years ago, that block was the one thing I needed to see every year, and I’m glad to report the quality has remained incredibly high.
Time will tell what becomes of Fantastic Fest. Hopefully, I can go back next year.