[Fantastic Fest] Review Round-Up: VIVARIUM, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, IN THE TALL GRASS, THE LODGE

By: Paul Farrell

The Lodge 2

At Fantastic Fest, there were days where movies flowed fluidly in front of my eyes and the only distraction was trying to find the little plastic pen in the dark to sign my receipt for the chicken strips. It was a time full of complimenting strangers on their cool t-shirts and striking up conversations about enamel pins on festival lanyards. Those days…oh, how they were fantastic. By this particular day, a Monday, more than half of the festival was now behind us, but I was still going strong. Here’s what I saw.

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[Fantastic Fest] Review Round-Up: Horror Queers Live Podcast + SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SYNCHRONIC, COME TO DADDY

By: Paul Farrell

Scream Queen

As my body has become fully assimilated into the world of movies and soft pretzels with queso, so too have my days become increasingly more difficult to define. I no longer am able to distinguish between night and day — all is a series of slowly dimming lights as I attempt to eat tortilla chips softly during the quiet parts of whatever movie is playing before me. Still, the rewards I reap are far greater than the generally overrated grasp of time and space that most people have access to. Take Sunday, for example. Here’s what went down.

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[Fantastic Fest] Review Round-Up: THE LONG WALK, KNIVES AND SKIN, VFW, BLISS

By: Paul Farrell

VFW 2

I was told upon my arrival at Fantastic Fest that, at a certain point, the days would begin to blend together. That reality itself would become an unreliable entity, time passing in great chunks as nothing but movies, beer, and brief encounters with those I had previously only known via their Twitter handle float by in scarcely digestible vignettes. Yes, I was warned, I just thought it would take longer than a few days to kick in.

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