October 4th, 2016 by Russ
Due to circumstances beyond my control, we had to skip Tuesday’s screenings. I’m sure they were cool, but I enjoyed the break. I only listened to albums that night. It was very awesome, but Wednesday rolled around and we jumped back into the fantastic movies.
The first film we experienced was an Australian twisted home invasion slasher movie set at Christmastime called “Safe Neighborhood.” I like this movie. It was very well acted and there were a lot of twists. It’s one of those movies that you think is going to be about something, then it jumps sideways and winds up being about something else entirely. After the movie, the director talked to us. He told us that it was fun to make it snowy at Christmastime in Australia.
Next movie was “My Entire High School Is Sinking Into The Sea.” Frankly, I wish the film did just that. I wasn’t really into it. It was an animated feature with a lot of stars like Susan Serandon and Jason Shwartzman. This film has really won over many film festival audiences, but I just did not get it. So, that’s just me, I guess.
After this film, we went out to the lobby and my film comrade tried the virtual reality by Dark Corners called Catatonic. This really was the best experience of the day. The lobby was really interested in watching my friend go through the experience. She really freaked out a lot and we all could not help but laugh and, of course, she did not know this because she was wearing the virtual reality mask and headphones. I thought about going over and holding her hand to help her through the scary stuff she was seeing, but the guy in charge told me that I’d probably give her a heart attack if I grabbed her hand so we just laughed at her. She told me that it was the coolest thing she did at the festival. I still think that she could have gotten an award for the screaming and shrieking that she did. It was very convincing.
The final day came and the first film wasn’t really a film. It was a preview of the new HBO show called “Westworld.” We really dug this. There was a lot of stuff going on but from what I can tell it was all great and I look forward to rewatching this show and becoming an addict of this series. It’s good to have a new show to watch on Sunday.
The final film was called “Colossal” and I specifically avoided reading or watching any material about this movie. All I knew was that it was directed by Nacho Vigalando and starred Anne Hathaway. This movie went into areas that I completely did not expect. It was an awesome way to end this festival and I recommend seeing this movie without doing any research on it first.
All in all, this was probably my favorite Fantastic Fest. I have gone every year. I am glad this festival started and really gave a home to these types of films and created a launching pad for new movie creators and I look forward to going again next year.