INFESTATION: FANTASTIC FEST 2021: THE FINAL ROUND
With out last, and seriously belated (sorry) look at this year’s Fantastic Fest films, Chris, Drew, Rae, and Neil look at the Palmes D’or winner at this year’s Cannes film festival about a female serial killer who gets impregnated by a car, “Titane”. Then it’s on to the adorable teen girl assassins film from Japan “Baby Assassins”. We examine how Denmark tells a story of a man who is determine to beat the world record for consecutive hours playing the old arcade game “Gyruss” in “Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest”. We confront the ‘remake’ or ‘loving parody’ question with the new version of “The Slumber Party Massacre”. Next is the tense dinner party that turns bloody with Tom Cullen and Iwan Rheon going head to head in “Barbarians”. Then we talk about the darkest, bleakest, Xmas night ever in the British comedy-drama-oh-god-why-are-you-doing-this-to-me film “Silent Night”. Festival fave director Mickey Reece takes a turn with his nun possession horror-drama-comedy-? “Agnes”. Much love is given to the most elaborate, gory, and yet totally lovable shock rock band “Gwar” in the documentary “This is Gwar”. Finally, we pick some of our personal faves that didn’t get talked about yet like “Some Like it Rare”, “Zalava”, “Hostage: Missing Celebrity” and more. (apologies for the somewhat light editing this time).
Check out our reviews for “Last Night in Soho”, “The Innocents”, and “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes” right here.
Check out our reviews for “The Black Phone”, “Freaks Out”, and “V/H/S 94” right here.
Check out our reviews for “Let The Wrong One In”, “Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It”, and “There’s Someone Inside Your House” right here.
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)
Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.
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