The Final Wave of Fantastic Fest Films Has Been Revealed

Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & US Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes films like The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Horns, Everly, It Follows and more. A full breakdown is below.

Yours truly will be on the ground covering the fest, so stay tuned for Shock’s coverage.

Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

Beyond Fest Full Line-Up Revealed, Shock to Present The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. I’m very proud to say that ShockTillYouDrop has a small part in this year’s event. Not only are we collaborating on programming the short film selections, but Shock is co-presenting The Canal and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (both free screenings!).
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.

FrightFest Review: Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s…

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is a tale of madness. Not madness attributed to one particular person (although you could point a few fingers to an individual or two, in this case). It’s about the madness of film production, how things can spiral out of control and easily discard a director’s singular vision in the process. Here, David Gregory – of Severin Films – hasn’t necessarily crafted an uplifting piece of work like, say, this year’s Jodorowsky’s Dune, another “doomed project” doc but one that embraces the spirit of creativity and drive in the face of failure. Rather, Gregory tells a deeply fascinating and frustrating story from the Hollywood trenches that you occasionally can’t help but laugh and shake your head.

Exclusive Poster Debut: Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard…

When I learned David Gregory (Theatre Bizarre, Godfathers of Mondo) had embarked on a documentary that explored Richard Stanley’s time developing the ’90s version of The Island of Dr. Moreau, it instantly skyrocketed to the top of my must-see list. Growing up, I remember reading within the pages of Fangoria about the turmoil Stanley went through. And, as a wannabe filmmaker at the time, I looked at Stanley as this champion – someone fighting the good fight against the studio system to see his film come to fruition. I’m glad to see his story is now being told.

This afternoon, Shock is bringing you the exclusive first look at the poster for Gregory’s Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. That wonderful art you see below is by genre legend Graham Humphreys.

Documentary About Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is Complete!

The Facebook page for Severin Films posted the below photo today. Accompanying the gruesome and bizarre image it reads: “Severin Films original documentary LOST SOUL coming soon.” Filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) commented beneath the photo shortly after it was posted. He said:

Welcome to the ‘house of pain’. You’re looking at the miracle of birth, the moment of creation itself – courtesy of Dr Moreau’s ground breaking work on unraveling the secrets of the human genome…