September 24th, 2008 by Michele Williams
One of the things that I was really looking forward to yesterday was a stunt that was alluded to at the end of Nacho Vigalondo’s Shorts on Day 3. He announced that he was going to do something “dangerous” in the alley behind the theatre after the second showing of his shorts on Day 5. So after waking up very late and then doing some editing work through the afternoon, I met my partner in crime, Christine and we ran to catch the stunt. But as fate would have it, everything was running behind. We then noticed that we could catch the last part of Santos! which we missed on Day 3 because of the timing of another interview.
Now after seeing the end, I have to say that I enjoyed it alot. I am becoming more and more of a fan of comic book and/or graphic novel movies. Last year, I fell in love with the Death Note movies and immediately ran out and bought the entire manga series. This year, I have really liked Santos! and I also liked Repo! The Genetic Opera which I saw last night, but now I am getting ahead of myself.
Back to the Nacho story, so after the movie we went back over to the theatre with Nacho to see if he had gotten started. Luckily we walked in at just the right time to see the emergence of Partyface!! If you are curious, trust me, I will have the video up for that soon. After that we got some footage of the Awards Ceremony. Tokyo Gore Police won the Grand Prize.
After the ceremony, we went to see Repo! The Genetic Opera. Now I generally don’t like musicals, but there are a few that I have always liked: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Grease 2(yes, yes..feel free to mock me relentlessly.), The Music Man.. But I have not been a fan of the Guys and Dolls or Phantom of the Opera or Jesus Christ Superstar.. Maybe I’m just weird. I’ve definitely heard that theory before. Anyway, Repo! reminded me alot of Rocky Horror, but more comic book, more goth, dirtier, grittier, but just as catchy, fun, and cheesy. I didn’t really expect to like it, but I did. It charmed me. I think that it was the performances of Nathan Head, Paul Sorvino, Sara Brightman, Terrance Zdunich…well, just about everyone, that charmed me. Even Paris Hilton didn’t suck! I see this movie doing really well and reaching cult status quickly with many, many midnight screenings to come. I saw something this summer that actually was an interesting, though unexpected prelude to Repo!, Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. If you haven’t seen that, check it out on itunes. If you want to see Repo!, go to www.repo-opera.com find out where it is showing next!
Well, what can I say about Day 6. Well, my blog will have little to do with the Fest, since I was barely there that day, which stinks. This day was full of technical meltdown fun for me. I also had some outside the fest obligations that I had to honor. I really wanted to see a few movies, cover the Fantastic Debates…. oh well. Sorry folks, I’ve got almost nothing. One thing that I did get to do at the fest was interview Rhoda Jordan, writer/producer/star of Rule of Three. Let me tell you, she is really cool. I will be posting the video of that soon. I want to thank reader B. Brown for the comment. I got your question answered for ya! Stay tuned for the video!
That brings us today.
Fantastic Fest is fully into the second half of the fest. What does this mean to you? The crowds have died down and films are more accessible. They have individual tickets available for non-badge holders to all of the remaining films. There are several films that got alot of buzz still come before the end of the fest, Let The Right One In, The Burrowers, Surveillance.. and of course the Secret Screenings. One has been added for tonight at 6:25pm and there will be one for closing night, tomorrow.
Well, I have to run so that I can see Let The Right One In. Hope to see you around the fest!