Fantastic Fest, the highly celebrated genre film festival based in Austin, is gearing up for an exhilarating lineup this year. Opening the much-anticipated weeklong event, which spans from September 21 to 28, is a fresh take on the cult classic, The Toxic Avenger.
A chilling horror-comedy from 1984, the reimagined version promises to charm the audience with its intriguing plotline. Directed by Macon Blair, acclaimed for his performance in Oppenheimer, the film delves into the life of Winston Gooze, a once overlooked janitor.
Following an accident involving toxic waste, Winston undergoes a dramatic transformation, emerging as a unique superhero armed with a mop. In a thrilling casting choice, Peter Dinklage has been roped in to play the character "Toxie".
He is complemented by an impressive ensemble, including Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Elijah Wood, and the versatile Kevin Bacon. The buzz surrounding its world premiere at Fantastic Fest is palpable.
Angus Cloud's Final Thrilling Performance
Yet, it isn't just the superheroes captivating attendees.
Your Lucky Day, a gripping thriller by filmmaker Dan Brown, is set to premiere and is particularly significant due to one of its stars. The film features one of the last performances by the talented Angus Cloud, who tragically passed away in July, aged 25.
The story revolves around a lottery ticket, the promise of riches, and a consequent life-threatening situation. Fantastic Fest's Director of Programming, Annick Mahnert, expressed the festival's heartfelt sorrow over Cloud's untimely demise and emphasized the actor's riveting role in the film.
To wrap up the event, Nahnatchka Khan's slasher-comedy Totally Killer will be showcased. In an intriguing twist, Kiernan Shipka plays a time-traveling teenager on a mission to apprehend the notorious Sweet Sixteen Killer. Other cinematic treats for festival-goers include the Stephen King-inspired prequel, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Heather Graham's body-swap horror endeavor, Suitable Flesh, Gareth Edwards' grand sci-fi vision, The Creator, and the sequel, V/H/S/85.
In a touch of noir, Eileen stands out, boasting Thomasin McKenzie in its cast. Furthermore, fans can eagerly anticipate the world premiere of Mike Flanagan's Netflix show, The Fall of the House of Usher. Indeed, Fantastic Fest 2023 seems poised to offer an unparalleled cinematic experience for all in attendance.