Fantastic Fest

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Winners announced for the TROPIC THUNDER Sneak Screening featuring "The Shit"

In just 24 hours, over 600 people requested over 1200 seats for TROPIC THUNDER! Is it because of the film itself, the first film since the now-classic ZOOLANDER to be helmed by comedy mogul Ben Stiller, or is it because of "The Shit", a death-defying tunnel of paintball destruction we're installing in front of the Alamo South Lamar?! We's Downey Jr.

So here it goes... We selected, by means of highly sophisticated randomizing technology, an equal amount of seats from two catagories: Fantastic Fest badge-holders and the general public. Winners get a seat, invaluable real estate, in the theater to watch the free advance screening of the most hilarious, blazing, raging film in the history of comedy

In alphabetical order, here is the list of the folks who just got really lucky...

Adkins, Michael +1
Bassett, Brandy +1
Betts, Eric +1
Bidari, Gopal +1
Budd, Eric +1
Burns, Kevin
Calderon, Tino +1
Cao, Tamara +1
Carter, Michael +1
Couch, Andy +1
Cox, Edward +1
Cromer, Shannon +1
Davitt, Kendra +1
De La Rosa, Emit +1
De La Torre, Diana +1
De Los Santos, Celeste +1
Delapp, Tron +1
DeLeón-Serratos, Jesús +1
DePasqual, Victor +1
Dierksen, John David +1
Donner, Austin +1
Douglas, Dustin +1
Duttweiler, Darcie +1
Eustace, D'Anne Hiskey +1
Frost, Geoffrey +1
Fuller, Chris +1
Garcia, Esmeralda +1
Garcia, Jason +1
Gaston, Gary +1
Giesberg, David +1
Gouz, Aaron
Green, Dusty +1
Gus, George +1
Hazelwood, Ashley +1
Hinkle, Gretchen +1
Hsu, Eugene +1
Jackson, Dave +1
Jackson, Elliot +1
Jennings, Christina +1
Jennings, Steve +1
Jones, Nikki +1
Kennedy, Heather +1
Kim, Eugenie +1
King, Daniel +1
Lau, Eric +1
McLaughlin, Halarie +1
Miller, Troy +1
Monserrat, Andre +1
Nguyen, Khanh T +1
Nystul, Brian +1
O'Donnell, William +1
Ohlson, Rell +1
Ortega, Tanya +1
Parr, David +1
Perdue, Lauren
Puente, Fabian +1
Reese, Dshanya +1
Rosas, Rita +1
Rousseau, Eric Alan +1
Saucedo, Alyssa +1
Smith, Donald Christopher +1
Straight, Eddie +1
Tange, Darren +1
Thomas, Erin +1
Tomlinson, Tara +1
Volpe, Evan +1
Ward, Franklin Jr. +1
Webb, Erik +1
Wesely, Andrew
Wiley, Elizabeth +1
Williams, Dylan Shane +1
Williams, Steve +1
Wilson, Greg +1
Wilson, Ken +1
Woodcock, Gary +1
Yarbrough, Emily +1
Zafros, Stephen +1

If you're on the list, show up EARLY. The movie starts at 10PM and we've got a date with THE SHIT beforehand and a big line of stand-by folks betting you're AWOL. If you're not at the Alamo South Lamar by 9:30p (at the latest), not only did you miss some psychologically traumatizing paintball action, you might have lost your seat to someone with the stones.

I am afraid and excited.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Free Tickets to Tropic Thunder this Friday!

This Friday, August 1st, 2008, Red Hour Films, Dreamworks Pictures and The Alamo Drafthouse will proudly present an advance screening of the most hilarious, blazing, raging film in the history of comedy: TROPIC THUNDER. And even better: it's free to get in.

BUT there is a catch. To get you into the right mindset for this movie, select attendees may have to make it through "THE SHIT," which is nothing short of a paintball tunnel of shrieking death. Want to get the first shot in Austin to see what is shaping up to be the funniest movie of the summer?

Show us you have the stones to face "THE SHIT." To enter to win tickets to the screening, all you have to do is email us at! half of the tickets are reserved for Fantastic Fest Badge Holders, half for the general public. If you are 2008 Badge Fantastic Fest badge holder, write "FANTASTIC THUNDER" in the subject line of the email. If you are not a 2008 Fantastic Fest badge holder, write "REGULAR THUNDER" in the subject line. In the body of your email, enter your name and whether you desire one or two tickets.

Winners will be drawn at random and announced at 10:00 PM on Wednesday, July 30, then posted to Ain't It Cool News and the Alamo Blog, Fantastic Fest blog and the Alamo Facebook Page.

About Fantastic Fest:
With over 100 films from more than 30 countries, Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States. The unique event features the best of new crime, horror, action, science fiction, fantasy and all-around badass cinema from across the globe. Fantastic Fest also offers unique free screenings for badge-holders throughout the year including this TROPIC THUNDER event. For more information or to buy a badge, check out .

Friday, July 25, 2008

VARIETY names Fantastic Fest "Geek Telluride!"

Today's Variety article is only the latest example of the industry at large coming around to Fantastic Fest. Expect to see a lot more deals being made this year, more first-timers and most importantly more great films and the pervading spirit of fun and film appreciation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro - the Muppet Video

For those who made it (and for those who didn't), here's a little video treat from the Guillermo Del Toro visit to the Alamo last week. Guillermo used to live in Austin a few years ago and while here threw some great parties. One of his signature moves is to prepare a drink called a Muppet for an unsuspecting visitor. The ingredients are as follows: a LOT of tequilla, fresh squeezed limes, Mexican grapefruit soda. You hand the drink to the sucker and then slam in some kosher salt on the top of the drink, making it fizz. The recipient has to drink the whole thing and hold the last swallow in his/her mouth. Watch the video to find out the last all-important step.

In addition to this video, you can check out a bunch of photos on the Alamo Flickr site. Also in attendance at the sneak preview were co-writer Mike Mignola and star Doug Jones.

Guillermo, we love you dearly. Everyone please go out and support Hellboy 2 (now playing at the Alamo Drafthouse).

Monday, July 21, 2008

Winners announced for the SPACED marathon with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes Live!

Many American filmgoers are fans of Edgar Wright's luminous zombie send-up SHAUN OF THE DEAD and his action-flick parody HOT FUZZ, but not nearly enough Americans are familiar with the hilarious BBC show that paved the way for his (as well as his leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's) giant leap onto the big screen. Originally pitched as "a cross between The Simpsons, The X-Files and Northern Exposure," SPACED follows the colorful and surreal misadventures of Tim (Pegg) and Daisy (Hynes) who constantly discover new unproductive ways to kill time while trying to figure out what they want out of life.

If you are reading this blog, then you are probably one of the approximately 900 people who sent in for a chance to win tickets to this incredible show- the SPACED Marathon with director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes live in person!

There were actually two chances here to win tickets. Harry Knowles and the Ain't It Cool News crew had a contest last week, and to recap, here are the winners of the AICN ticket giveaway...

Matthew Lumb-Mielke + 1
John Cason
Garry Littler
Father Shane Tharp
Mark Jackson
Erin Mattingly
John Camara
Cody Cobb
Rebecca Jones
Tina Brooks
Amanda Gillispie + 1
Laura Ryan-Day + 1
Anthony Fondacaro + 1
Alisha Hoffmann
Kyle Bogart
Cliff Bogart
Richard Heim
Kimberly Locke
Calli Bertschy
Stephanie Monica
Joanna Suckling
Aaron McAbee
Kristen Daniels
Brian Satterwhite
Allison Burch
Jeff Mosteller + 1
Michael Armijo + 1
Kate Richey
Fitz Meshbane
Rebecca Elliott
Tina Robinson + 1
Joel Vallie
Michelle Vallie
Brook Kindburg
Dylan Ladmbardie
Mary Tidwell
Lennart Bleisch
Chris Ladusky
Shannon Howard
Chelsea Sendejo
Stephanie Hite + 1
Tom Fuchs + 1
Diana De La Torre
Daisy De La Torre
Caty Schexnaider
Melissa Dalley
Alyssa Delgado
Jessica Gray
Heather Cain
Sean Huntsman
Danielle LeBlanc + 1
Jessica Hughes
Susan Broyles
Karen Broyles
Kim Osmer
Tamar Madrigal + 1
Nancy E Upton
Chris Castleberry
Mark Eggert
Jessica Cargill + 1
Darren Tange + 1
Johnny Wise
Amy Wages + 1
Chris Green + 1
Celeste De Los Santos

Then The Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest had some tickets to giveaway as well. Here are the winners of our lottery...

Acuna, Cristina +2
Bailey, Robin

Burch, Robert

Culp, Austin +1

Demint, Robert

Do, Hai +1

Donegan, Jill +1

Dykstra, Paul +1

Ellisor, Kristen +1

Guerrero, David +1

Ha, Bobb X

Heller, Anne +1

Janis, Melanie +1

Kromer, Kayla

Mackey, Kristopher +1

Moher, Trinity

Monserrat, Andre

Moore, Leslye +1

Mullen, Luke +1

Ohlson, Rell +1

Owens, Marcus

Pendergast, Holly +2

Popkoff, Chris +1

Saucedo, Alyssa +1

Smith, Matt +1

Stevens, Caitlin

Tomlinson, Mick +1

Ward, Frank +1

Watkins, Ryan

We want to thank everyone who sent in a request for seats- it's so great to know how many other SPACED fans there are out there! If you have never seen the show, we HIGHLY recommend you check it out when the COMPLETE SERIES (!) comes out on DVD July 22nd!

If you are not on either of these lists, your dreams aren't dashed just yet. We expect there to be a number- a very small number, probably 10 or so- of seats available to stand-by folks. But don't even think about camping out! We want to see the show too, but we know that camping out angers the 6th Street Gods.

Congrats to the winners and enjoy!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

First wave of 2008 Fantastic Fest content announced

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008

Subject: First Wave of Fantastic Fest content announced

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest, September 18-25, 2008

Tim League
(512) 912-0529

We are proud to announce the first wave of our feature film programming for the 2008 edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. For the past 9 months, we have been scouring the globe for the strangest, the most heart-pounding and the most challenging new genre films. With over 100 films representing over 30 countries, Fantastic Fest is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. We are proud to announce our first slate of 22 confirmed feature films. Also included is information about our signature Fantastic Fest special events and parties.

Feature films:
Art of the Devil 3 (2008, Thailand, director: Ronin Team)
A prequel to one of the most graphic and visually creative horror movies in recent times, ART OF THE DEVIL 3 is a tale of unrequited love set amid the exotic world of rural Thai black magic.

Cargo 200
(2007, Russia, director: Aleksei Balabanov)
Acclaimed Russian director Balabanov's tale interweaves stories of cowardice, corruption and horror set against the backdrop of the birth of perestroika in the Soviet Union.

Dark Floors (2008, Finland, director: Pete Riski)
Finnish heavy metal legends Lordi (dressed in their actual stage costumes!!!) star as demons from another dimension who torment a band of strangers trapped in a hospital.

Doctor Infierno (2008, Spain, director: Paco Limon)
A demented gynecologist discovers a cure for all the world’s illnesses and uses it as leverage to become sole dictator of the earth. Jam-packed with monsters, kung fu, battling robots and deviant sexual practices, DR. INFIERNO doesn’t let budget get in the way of executing a mountain of crazy ideas. Director Paco Limon live in person!

Donkey Punch (2008, United Kingdom, director: Oliver Blackburn)
Seven sexy young Brits are hanging out on a "borrowed" yacht for a day of drugs, debauchery, and ultimately donkey punching. It's the last activity that causes everything to unravel. After the screening, follow us to Ladybird Lake for the potentially inappropriate Donkey Punch Boat Party.

Eagle Eye (2008, USA, director: D.J. Caruso)
Two strangers (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her evil plans, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed. During the week of the festival, take part in the EAGLE EYE cell phone scavenger hunt. Director D.J. Caruso (DISTURBIA) live in person!

Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2007, Brazil, director: Marcos Jorge)
Love, sex, jealousy, food and murder in the streets and prisons of Brazil. Fantastic Fest is also offering, for an additional charge, an opportunity to enjoy the ESTOMAGO Feast, a four-course meal with wine pairings prepared by Alamo executive chef John Bullington. The feast is inspired by the actual dishes from the film and will be delivered to your seat as they appear on screen.

Ex Drummer (2007, Belgium, director: Koen Mortier)
Three low-life handicapped losers recruit an arrogant and abusive author to play drums in their punk band. Layered with brutality, surrealism and bloody violence, EX DRUMMER is like no music film you’ve ever seen.

Fighter (2008, Denmark, director: Natasha Arthy)
A Danish (?!!) kung fu coming-of-age drama choreographed by and featuring a supporting role by action master Xian Gao (CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, FONG SAI YUK)

Gachi Boy: Wrestling with a Memory (2008, Japan, director: Norihiro Koizumi)
After a car accident renders Igarashi without a short-term memory, he abandons his dreams to become a lawyer in favor of becoming a masked wrestler. Director Norihiro Koizumi live in person!

How to Get Rid of the Others (2007, Denmark, director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund)
When it is discovered that the least productive 5% of Danish society consumes 60% of government spending, the conservative politicians decide to quietly eradicate the problem.

I Think We’re Alone Now (2007, USA, director: Sean Donnelly)
This fascinating and severely disturbing documentary takes you deep into the worlds and obsessions of Kelly McCormick and Jeffery Deane Turner, who have been separately stalking 80s pop icon Tiffany for nearly 20 years. Director Sean Donnelly live in person!

Jack Brooks Monster Slayer (2007, Canada, director: Jon Knautz)
Horror legend Robert Englund costars in this epic battle of angry plumber vs. the demonic creatures of the night. Packed with fantastic practical effects and spot-on humor, JACK BROOKS should prove to be an audience fave. Director Jon Knautz live in person!

Let the Right One In (2008, Sweden, director: Tomas Alfredson)
An awkward, introverted boy (Oskar) befriends a new neighbor girl (Eli) who helps him to confront the bullies at school. Eli, however, has a dark secret, and there are bodies piling up at the local morgue.

Muay Thai Chaiya
(2007, Thailand, director: Kongkiat Khomsiri)
An action-packed Muay Thai fighting drama by Kongkiat Khomsiri (ART OF THE DEVIL 2), Cinematography by Wisit Sasanatieng (TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER).

The Short Films of Nacho Vigalondo (various, Spain, director: Nacho Vigalondo)
Festival darling and last year’s grand prize winner Nacho Vigalondo didn’t just come out of nowhere with his first feature TIMECRIMES. In 2003 he directed academy award-nominated short 7:35 IN THE MORNING and has a large and impressive body of short films. Fantastic Fest is premiering the collected short works of Nacho Vigalondo, many subtitled in English for the first time for this program.

South of Heaven (2007, USA, director: J.L. Vara)
Two brothers on the wrong side of everyone must face an endless array of torture, terrors and indignities in this darkly comic and visually striking noir. Director J.L. Vara live in person!

Spine Tingler - the William Castle Story (2007, USA, director: Jeffrey Schwarz)
William Castle, one of the mighty giants of fantastic film and media manipulation is lauded and explained by the ones who knew him and loved him best.

The Substitute (2007, Denmark, director: Ole Bornedal)
The middle-high school students in a small Danish village have figured out that their abusive new substitute teacher is actually a space alien on a vanguard mission to investigate taking over the earth. They just can’t seem to convince their parents or the administrators.

Terra (2008, Canada, director: Aristomenis Tsirbas)
An Armada of humans arrives on a habitable planet with intentions of colonization, but the seemingly peaceful indigenous creatures turn out to have some unexpected moxie. Beautifully animated with voice talent by David Cross, Brian Cox, Dennis Quaid, Rachael Wood and Luke Wilson.

The Tingler (1959, USA, director: William Castle)
William Castle’s masterpiece, an electrifying celebration of tactile horror that culminates in a shocking climax which audience members may never recover from. For this special presentation, the theater at the Alamo will be wired to recreate Castle’s greatest gimmick: “Percepto!”

Tokyo Gore Police (2008, Japan, director: Yoshihiro Nishimura)
The privatized Tokyo police force led by Audition‘s Eihi Shiina is authorized to execute judgment on the spot. They are threatened, however, by a breed of “engineers,” genetically modified super-villains who grow mutant weapons from their injuries and amputations.

In addition to the features above, we are proud to announce more details about our Fantastic Fest parties and special events:

Parties and Special Events

Opening Night Party: Air Sex World Finals
Following the opening night film (title TBD) join us for the official Fantastic Fest opening night party – the Air Sex World Finals. Badge holders and the general population are invited to the culminating event of a year’s worth of preliminary competitions. It’s a lot like Air Guitar, but a bit spicier.

Closing Night Party: “Get Lit,”
Following the closing night film, we’ll be heading outside of town for what we feel will be the Austin party of the year: “Get Lit,” a subterranean dance party a mile beneath the earth at nearby Longhorn Caverns.

Fantastic Feud and All-Night Karaoke Party
Scott Weinberg, managing editor of Cinematical, brings his 2nd annual trivia challenge that pits festival guests and select badge holders against one another to do battle in the arena of genre film trivia. Following this clash of intellectual titans, we’ll settle in for another tradition – the post trivia all-night Karaoke Party.

Fantastic Debates
We are proud to honor the age-old tradition of over-opinionated verbal nerd combat by introducing FANTASTIC FEST DEBATES at FF 2008! For the first time in genre festival history, the audience will be truly heard...through blazing displays of surefooted, acid-tongued mindpower!

100 Best Kills
Fantastic Fest celebrates the great legacy of stomach-churning, blood-spurting movie magic with this interactive showdown party where YOU THE AUDIENCE are invited to join the FF programmers in providing the all-time greatest on-screen headbursts, rib-rips and gutblasts!

Signature Alamo Special Events
In addition to the traditional fare of Fantastic Fest, this year we’re also offering badge holders a sampling of the Alamo signature shows: sing-alongs, quote-alongs, Master Pancake Theater, Weird Wednesday and Terror Thursday. Badge holders get free admission to these special shows at the new flagship Alamo location, the Ritz. See the live comic stylings of the Master Pancake troupe as they skewer the original FRIDAY THE 13TH, enjoy the communal experience of the EVIL DEAD 2 Quote-Along and check out the movies behind NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD with screenings of Aussie Exploitation classics at Weird Wednesday and Terror Thursday.

Details for all of these shows, parties and more can be found on our website:

Important dates have been announced for the 4thAnnual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

Thursday, August 7, 2008: Second wave of festival content announced
Thursday, September 4, 2008: Final content and schedule announced
Thursday, September 18, 2008: Festival begins
Saturday, September 20, 2008: 2009 Festival Badges go on sale

For more information about Fantastic Fest, please visit our official website:

Fantastic Fest is an eight-day festival of the best new sci-fi, horror, fantasy and genre films, as well as choice classic and obscure cult titles from all over the world. The festival director is Tim League (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema). Programmers include Harry Knowles (Ain't It Cool News), Blake Ethridge (Cinema is Dope), Todd Brown (, Zack Carlson (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema) and Lars Nilsen (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema). Fantastic Fest is a supporting member of the prestigious Melies European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation and a founding member of the North American Fantastic Festival Alliance. Fantastic Fest is sponsored in part by Ain’t It Cool News, Twitchfilm, Gamecock, DVD Empire, Best Buy, VIZ, Embassy Suites and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar.

Fantastic Fest and Ain't It Cool News Present SPACED with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes

Join us at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz for a SPACED Marathon. We'll show every Episode of the epochal British TV series with creator/director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes live in person. You will also be able to purchase the SPACED DVD box set at the Ritz and have it signed by all.

Email if you'd like to attend. In your email please include your full name, the number of guests you will bring (up to 2), the guests names, the city where you live and whether or not you are a Fantastic Fest badgeholder. Fantastic Fest badgeholders will have the best odds of attending this event. Go buy that badge here now. Then RSVP. It's another of the many year round screening opportunities that Fantastic Fest badgeholders have.

Winners will be selected lottery style, without preference for the order in which the email is received. In order to be considered your email must arrive before 11:59 pm Sunday July 20. A list of the winners will appear on Monday July 21 at 2pm on the Fantastic Fest website and winners will be notified by email.

We anticipate that a small number of standby guests may make it in on the day of the show. We will do our best to fit in as many people as possible but based on the gigantic demand the number of likely standby attendees will be fewer than ten.

If you can't travel here or don't get selected, pick up the set anyway here. You'll be glad you did.

Don't Sit There

Adam Mason's The Devil's Chair will hit DVD on September 30, courtesy of Sony Home Video. I actually saw it in Toronto a few weeks before FF07, and Toronto FF's Colin Geddes is pretty damn excellent at picking horror flicks. (Um, as are the Fantastic Fest programmers, obviously.)

You'll no doubt remember the writing-directing team of Mason and Boyes from Chair as well as Broken (FF06), plus the team has a new one called Blood River on the way. Unabashed horror freaks these guys are, and I definitely like their style.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro - the Muppet Video

For those who made it (and for those who didn't), here's a little video treat from the Guillermo Del Toro visit to the Alamo last week. Guillermo used to live in Austin a few years ago and while here threw some great parties. One of his signature moves is to prepare a drink called a Muppet for an unsuspecting visitor. The ingredients are as follows: a LOT of tequilla, fresh squeezed limes, Mexican grapefruit soda. You hand the drink to the sucker and then slam in some kosher salt on the top of the drink, making it fizz. The recipient has to drink the whole thing and hold the last swallow in his/her mouth. Watch the video to find out the last all-important step.

In addition to this video, you can check out a bunch of photos on the Alamo Flickr site. Also in attendance at the sneak preview were co-writer Mike Mignola and star Doug Jones.

Guillermo, we love you dearly. Everyone please go out and support Hellboy 2 (now playing at the Alamo Drafthouse).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FF DVD Update!

1. The sincerely wild Hell's Ground hit the shelves a few weeks back, by way of TLA's Danger After Dark department. Fun stuff.

2. 2006 FF title The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell arrives on DVD this week, although how this amusingly weird little indie flick got slathered with the NATIONAL LAMPOON label I'll never know. Worth a look if you missed it at the festival.

3. One week later we (finally!) get the very fine Last Winter, starring Hellboy himself.

4. I have it on VERY good authority that we can expect some news on Adam Mason's The Devil's Chair within the next week or two.

5. EXTE! July 29 release date.

6. Lastly, we just got word that Julian Richards' Summer Scars will arrive on September 30, courtesy of (again) TLA's Danger After Dark fellas.

This message brought to you by Fantastic Fest, the festival that cares about your crazy flick even AFTER it's served its purpose.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Volunteer for Fantastic Fest 2008!

Want to join the Fantastic Fest team, see lots of movies, meet cool people from around the world?

Want a big, cool resume bullet?

Want to eat free Alamo food?

Want to haul stage pods around? OK, I'll stop with that one.

What we're driving at is: FANTASTIC FEST 2008 needs volunteers. We've admitted we can't do it all ourselves. The next step is asking for help - and that's exactly what we're doing.

If you are smart, dependable, hard-working and personable - we need you. Just contact Ryan here and we'll fill you in on all the details.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


The Alamo Drafthouse/Ain't It Cool News advance screening of THE INCREDIBLE HULK was a tendon-busting success, and we have the photos to prove it courtesy of the great Mary Sledd, master Austin photographer!

Alamo-goers were invited to bounce in our parking lot, eat radiation-colored snacks, don giant green fists and box a lifesize Hulk in our lobby and more! The screening was presented by director Louis Leterrier, producer Gale Anne Hurd and co-star Tim Roth, who also sat in for a Q&A after the screening. It was an unstoppable behemoth of comic book-fueled cinematic emerald-colored intensity!

Here's the link to the PHOTOS!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fantastic Fest and AICN present Guillermo del Toro live with Hellboy II, July 8

As many of you are already aware, the most awesomest thing that ever was, is or will be is happening next week in Austin. Director Guillermo del Toro is personally bringing his film HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar next Tuesday, July 8, for a free advance screening and Q&A after the film!

Our theater has already been inundated with calls and emails frantically requesting seats and information. Not that we didn't expect this madness when we booked the event, but it must be properly set up here at the onset that seating is unfortunately limited and not everyone will get in. Due to the incredibly high demand for these tickets, the only people who are even eligible to get in are the Fantastic Fest Badge Holders.

If you have not purchased a Fantastic Fest badge, please check out our website for more information about the event. Badges start at $40 for the 2008 Fest and I dare say, it's the most fun week of the entire year at the Alamo. Fantastic Fest features screenings of over 65 of the best new action, horror, science fiction and fantasy films of the year and is the largest event of its kind in the United States. We have reserved a section of seats for existing Fantastic Fest badge holders (this offer has already been sent), but have reserved a section of seats for new badge purchasers as well. There will be more events for Fantastic Fest badge holders only leading up to the festival, so if you are on the fence, now is a good time to commit.

If you are interested in getting in to this event, you must send an email to with I'LL BE DAMNED in the subject line (NO MORE NO LESS, SCREW THAT UP AND YOU WON'T BE CONSIDERED) and include the exact name of the person who purchased the badge. When the list has been made, we will post the names on the Alamo Blog at Each badge is good for one [1] ticket, but that DOES NOT mean that if you have a badge you automatically have a ticket.

Good luck and we hope to see you both on July 8, but also on September 18 for Fantastic Fest 2008.