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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Oct 22, 2019. 7 comments

The Director of Horror Film Sweetheart on Breaking the Rules of Genre

The Director of Horror Film Sweetheart on Breaking the Rules of Genre

Standing drunk on a beach, looking out at the ocean, filmmaker JD Dillard suddenly had the idea for his next movie .

“I went to a wedding in Virginia Beach and there had been some drinking,” Dilliard told io9 at Fantastic Fest last month. “I was down at the beach for a little bit, just looking out to the water had the very peculiar, and partially drunken, thought that the scariest possible...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Oct 16, 2019. 11 comments

How Jojo Rabbit Is Like Rugrats, Yes That Rugrats

How Jojo Rabbit Is Like Rugrats, Yes That Rugrats

On a long, long, long list of films or TV shows that writer-director Taika Waititi could have listed as influences on his new film, Jojo Rabbit , one you never, ever would have thought of is Rugrats. Yes, the Nickelodeon show Rugrats . And yet, that’s exactly what he said in a recent interview about the film.

Jojo Rabbit, which opens Friday, is about a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Oct 01, 2019. 7 comments

A Severed Hand Searches for Its Body in an Award-Winning Netflix Animated Film

A Severed Hand Searches for Its Body in an Award-Winning Netflix Animated Film
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The new animated film I Lost My Body tells two parallel stories. One is of a disembodied hand that somehow reanimates, escapes a lab, and ventures out into the world to try to find its owner. The other is of a pizza delivery boy named Naoufel whose life, frankly, sucks. We assume the hand is...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 28, 2019. 4 comments

Time Travel, Monsters, Aliens, Butts: Our 10 Favorite Films of Fantastic Fest 2019

Time Travel, Monsters, Aliens, Butts: Our 10 Favorite Films of Fantastic Fest 2019

The 2019 edition of Fantastic Fest , which wrapped up yesterday, once again lived up to its name. Over the course of several days I saw movie after movie and, after 19 total, there was only one I considered “bad.” That’s pretty fantastic.

Everything about Fantastic Fest this year lived up to that standard though. You rarely heard about movies people didn’t like. Everything was at least OK....

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 27, 2019. 1 comments

The True Adventures of Wolfboy Is a Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Delight

The True Adventures of Wolfboy Is a Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Delight
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Don’t let the title fool you. There are no wolves in The True Adventures of Wolfboy. There are adventures, though—lots of them, as a young man with a unique affliction finds out that the world may be terrible, but good people can make it OK.

Jaeden Martell (It, The Book of...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 26, 2019. 8 comments

Vivarium Makes Buying a House a Bigger Nightmare Than It Already Is

Vivarium Makes Buying a House a Bigger Nightmare Than It Already Is
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Buying a house sucks, but it has never, ever been as bad as it is in Vivarium. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots star as a couple looking for a new home. A mysterious real estate agent then takes them to a very, very uniform neighborhood and strands them there, with no way to...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 26, 2019. 8 comments

Calling Sea Fever 'Alien on the Ocean' Is Partially Accurate, but Slightly Unfair

Calling Sea Fever 'Alien on the Ocean' Is Partially Accurate, but Slightly Unfair
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While the simplest way to describe the new film Sea Fever is “Alien on the ocean,” let’s get something out of the way. It is not Alien on the ocean. Okay, yes, Sea Fever is about a group of people on a ship who begin to be picked off by a mysterious creature. Also, like...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 25, 2019. 14 comments

Justin Long's Time-Travel Psychedelic Trip The Wave Almost Feels Like a Ride Well Taken

Justin Long's Time-Travel Psychedelic Trip The Wave Almost Feels Like a Ride Well Taken
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If the guys in The Hangover learned to travel through time and ended up in Waking Life, it would be a little like The Wave.

Directed by Gille Klabin and written by Carl W. Lucas, The Wave stars Justin Long as Frank, an upper-middle-class lawyer dead set on breaking out of his...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 24, 2019. 15 comments

The Lighthouse Is a Manic, Weird Film and We Loved It

The Lighthouse Is a Manic, Weird Film and We Loved It
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If watching Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe fuck with each other for two hours in black and white sounds like your idea of a good time, The Lighthouse may be for you. There’s much more to the film, obviously, but the purest joy it provides is watching two stellar actors engaging in...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 24, 2019. 13 comments

Memory: The Origins of Alien Dives Deeper Into a Classic Than You Could Possibly Imagine

Memory: The Origins of Alien Dives Deeper Into a Classic Than You Could Possibly Imagine
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A movie like Alien doesn’t just come out of nowhere. There’s the screenplay, the director’s vision, and a massive combination of artistic endeavors from people who do the costumes, the lighting, and everything in between. And that’s the basic knowledge of filmmaking where...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 24, 2019. 7 comments

You Don't See Many Sci-Fi Murder Mysteries as Good as In the Shadow of the Moon

You Don't See Many Sci-Fi Murder Mysteries as Good as In the Shadow of the Moon
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Every nine years, a mysterious killer resurfaces for one day only. The victims die from a disease no one has ever seen and their deaths appear to be unrelated. And yet, one man is obsessed enough to keep investigating the case, every nine years.

That’s the set-up to the new Netflix original...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 23, 2019. 9 comments

You Have Never, Ever Seen a Movie Like Butt Boy

You Have Never, Ever Seen a Movie Like Butt Boy
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When you hear a movie is called Butt Boy, we all think the same thing. Either it’s a porno or it’s a gross-out comedy. And yet the new film, Butt Boy, is not that. Does it involve butts? Very much so. However, it does so in a way that’s so audacious and silly, and yet is handled so seriously...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 22, 2019. 19 comments

In the Tall Grass Is a Peculiar and Gross Addition to Stephen King's Horror Pantheon

In the Tall Grass Is a Peculiar and Gross Addition to Stephen King's Horror Pantheon
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When Stephen King makes cars, animals, housekeepers, diseases, or clowns scary, it somehow all makes sense. Those things can actually be scary. But grass? Grass isn’t scary , right? Wrong.

In the Tall Grass, written and directed Vincenzo Natali, is based on a 2012 novella by King and his son,...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 21, 2019. 1 comments

The Vast of Night Is an Expertly Crafted Sci-Fi Period Piece

The Vast of Night Is an Expertly Crafted Sci-Fi Period Piece
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The whole world can change in the time it takes to play a high school basketball game. That’s exactly what happens in The Vast of Night, the feature debut of director Andrew Patterson, which blends elements of The Twilight Zone and Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds in a taut, captivating alien...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 21, 2019. 3 comments

Castaway and Predator Get a Beautiful, Poignant Mix in the New Film Sweetheart

Castaway and Predator Get a Beautiful, Poignant Mix in the New Film Sweetheart

Titling a movie about a woman stranded on an island that may or may not be infested with monsters Sweetheart doesn’t seem right. The title gives no clear indication of what’s about to unfold. And so you watch, wondering, why is this the title of this movie? Then the reason hits you.

Sweetheart has a lot of those moments, where you think the movie is one thing and it drastically changes to be...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 21, 2019. 9 comments

Jojo Rabbit Is Taika Waititi's Most Emotional Film to Date

Jojo Rabbit Is Taika Waititi's Most Emotional Film to Date
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After films like What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and even Thor: Ragnarok, we have a pretty good idea of what a Taika Waititi movie is going to be. It’s going to be weird. It’s going to be funny. And it’s going to wear its heart on its sleeve. With his latest film , Jojo...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 17, 2019. 16 comments

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and Most Unique Films We Can't Wait to See at Fantastic Fest 2019

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and Most Unique Films We Can't Wait to See at Fantastic Fest 2019

It’s that time of year when some of the most insane, original, and glorious genre films in the world descend upon Austin, Texas for Fantastic Fest, one of the world’s foremost genre film festivals. Over the past 15 years, some incredible films have played Fantastic Fest (see some previous coverage at these links ) and 2019 looks no different.

Below, we picked out 20 movies—the majority of...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 28, 2019. 11 comments

The First Trailer for The Origins of Alien Is Almost as Haunting as Its Inspiration

The First Trailer for The Origins of Alien Is Almost as Haunting as Its Inspiration
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One of the most interesting film documentarians around is turning his watchful eye to an all-encompassing exploration of how one of sci-horror’s most iconic movies got made. And if that thought doesn’t send a chill down your spine, well...allow the trailer for it to do so.

Alexandre O. Philippe...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jan 18, 2019. 11 comments

Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was One of My Most Memorable Moviegoing Experiences

Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was One of My Most Memorable Moviegoing Experiences

Imagine sitting down for a movie. You don’t know what that movie is but when it’s over you realize you’ve been watching a secret sequel to one of your favorite movies of all time. That’s what happened to me when I first saw M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.

With Glass coming out this week , it seemed like a good time to tell my...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 29, 2018. 1 comments

All of io9's Fantastic Fest 2018 Coverage in One Handy Place

All of io9's Fantastic Fest 2018 Coverage in One Handy Place

io9's Germain Lussier spent the last week in Austin, Texas, feasting his eyeballs on Fantastic Fest’s rich, grisly bounty of genre movies. He didn’t love everything he saw, but he found quite a few winners. Read on for all of his reviews—and then add the best titles to your own “must-watch” list.

First, here’s what he was planning to check out, going into the fest:

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and...

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