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Best Bets At Fantastic Fest

Updated: Friday, September 21 2012, 02:54 PM CDT

The 8th annual Fantastic Fest that brings Horror and Sci-fi films to Austin has risen in popularity.  The 8-day fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., and with directors and film stars in attendance this is your chance to attend Q&As.

Some of the events include Opening Night Party: Monsters’ Ball where The Highball will be transformed into Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, the Homemade Haunted House Hellbash (basically an indoor cemetery), the Fantastic Arcade Tournament, the Nerd Rap Throw Down, and the Closing Night Party: Wolverines! where the Austin American Legion will be transformed into a maximum-security prison.

If this is all overwhelming, here are some of the Best Bets for the festival: 

Frankenweenie (d. Tim Burton)
After a boy loses his dog, Sparky, he brings it back to life only except there are consequences.
Thursday at 6pm
Director Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan and Producer Allison Abbate will be in attendance

Sinister (d. Scott Derrickson)
Ellison (Ethan Hawke) comes across some footage that helps him realize why a family had been murdered at his home.
Friday at 8:30pm
Director Scott Derrickson, Producer Jason Blum, Second Unit Director Matthew Tibbenham, and writer Chris Cargill will be in attendance

My Amityville Horror (d. Eric Walter)
A documentary that tells the most famous haunting of what really happened to the Lutz family in that really creepy house in Amityville, New York.
Saturday at 6pm, Monday at 2:45pm
Director Eric Walter will be in attendance for Saturday’s showing

Crave (d. Charles de Lauzirika)
Haunted by visions, a crime scene photographer ends up acting out his fantasies in the streets of Detroit.
Saturday at 9:15pm
Director Charles de Lauzirika and Josh Lawson will be in attendance

Looper (d. Rian Johnson)
It’s 2042 and Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works for “loopers” who are killers that work for the mob.  They send people back from the year 2072 blindfolded to be killed, but something goes askew when Joe recognizes his older self.
Sunday at 6:15pm
Director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan will be in attendance

Red Dawn (d. Dan Bradley)
A remake of the 1984 classic, but this time, the teenagers try to save their town from North Korean soldiers.
Closing Night, Sept. 27th at 6pm
Director Dan Bradley, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and producers Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn will be in attendance

To read more about the films and watch trailers, go to:

By Ken Wilson.Best Bets At Fantastic Fest

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