NY! “CHEERLEADERS,” Dan O’Bannon retrospective and more at Fantastic Film Festival


Halloween may be past us, but there are still showcases for scary cinema in the offing. For New Yorkers, the second annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival offers a lineup of exciting genre films new and old next week.

ITHACAFANTASTICFEST13NEWSTaking place Wednesday-Sunday, November 13-17 at the Cinemapolis (120 E. Green Street) and the Cornell Cinema (104 Willard Straight Hall) in the upstate New York city of Ithaca, the festival opens with Jeong Byeong-gil’s CONFESSION OF MURDER and closes with Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE (pictured above). The event is highlighted by a special salute to writer/director Dan O’Bannon called Rethinking the Monsters, presenting 35mm prints of ALIEN, DEAD & BURIED, HEAVY METAL, LIFEFORCE, INVADERS FROM MARS and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

In addition, a wealth of international horror and thriller features will be presented; the Competition films are Ben Wheatley’s A FIELD IN ENGLAND, E.L. Katz’s CHEAP THRILLS, Antonio Tublen’s L.F.O., Eddie Mullins’ DOOMSDAYS, Darren Paul Fisher’s OXV: THE MANUAL, Vincent Lanoo’s IN THE NAME OF THE SO, Katrin Gebbe’s TORE TANTZ, Hotoshi Matsumoto’s R100 and Sion Sono’s WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Under the Reel Volatility banner, the fest will screen Takanori Tsujimoto’s BUSHIDO MAN, G.J. Echternkamp’s VIRTUALLY HEROES, Josh C. Waller’s RAZE and S. Rajamouli and J. Sathyanarayana’s EEGA; Midnighters flicks will be James Sizemore’s THE DEMON’S ROOK and Noboru Iguchi’s NUIGURUMA Z; Fantastic Documentary will showcase Dave Carroll’s BENDING STEEL and Jeffrey Schwarz’s I AM DIVINE; and there will be a special screening of William Lustig’s MANIAC and a Cine-Concert scored by TZAR of Rene Clair’s ENTR’ACT and PARIS ASLEEP. For more information and to order tickets, see the festival’s official website and Facebook page.

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