'Halloween' Will Open Fantastic Fest With Jamie Lee Curtis in Attendance

In retrospect, it was inevitable: David Gordon Green‘s Halloween will be the opening night film at this year’s Fantastic Fest. The Austin-based genre film festival has long been a home for horror films of all kinds, and it’s hard to imagine a fest where the highly anticipated sequel will receive a warmer welcome.

Of course, it helps that star Jamie Lee Curtis will be in attendance.

Although Halloween will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it will kick off Fantastic Fest in style. And knowing this fest, there will be other surprises in store as well. Of course, the real treat here is the presence of Curtis, who returns to the iconic role of Laurie Strode for a sequel that chooses to ignore every other follow-up to John Carpenter’s original masterpiece (including the entry where Laurie, uh, dies). We will be in attendance and will let you know what goes down.

The Halloween news leads the second wave of film announcements for this year’s fest, following last month’s news that Overlord and Apostle would premiere there. It should come as no surprise that Fantastic Fest regular Jeremy Saulnier will be back with his new thriller Hold the Dark, but as always, it’s the lesser-known movies that have my attention. Here’s a sample from the press release:

THE BOAT, an insidious tale of man vs sea vessel; GIRLS WITH BALLS, where a female French volleyball team takes on an entire countryside of maniacs; the North American Premiere of Timo Tjahjanto’s bonkers MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU, where Satanic rites intermingle with family in-fighting to brutal and violent effect; the World Premiere of French serial killer shocker SAVAGE, where a summer holiday obsession becomes a dangerous and deadly game; and the U.S. Premiere of Venice Critics week opener TUMBBAD, where three generations of a family face off against demons in an ever-expanding circle of greed.

Festival favorites Border and Climax will also screen.

Fantastic Fest kicks off next month, so look to /Film for reviews and coverage of the biggest, best, and weirdest movies. You can read the entire second wave line-up below.

Fantastic Fest 2018 Second Wave

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