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Fantastic Fest 2023 Starts Tomorrow, Here's What We Are Excited For

Here is our list of most anticipated offerings at Fantastic Fest 2023 that starts tomorrow, including Toxic Avenger, Totally Killer and more.

Fantastic Fest 2023 starts tomorrow and is always one of the best film festivals of the year. That is especially true if you are a genre film fan, as they always debut not just some of the fall's most anticipated releases but a vast array of shorts and films from around the world. This year's fest is an all-timer, as they will debut three of the most anticipated genre offerings of the year, but for those in attendance will have a plethora of events and screenings to attend. We have a complete list below of the films and such we are most looking forward to at the fest.

The Toxic Avenger To Debut At Fantastic Fest 2023
The Toxic Avenger remake
CR: Legendary Pictures

Fantastic Fest 2023 Most Anticipated

After months of speculation, we finally will get eyes on Lionsgate's remake of the cult classic Toxic Avenger, starring Peter Dinklage in the title role. The reactions from this one will be necessary to watch as we all wait with bated breath to see if they kept the crazy and gory spirit of the Troma films alive. This one opens the festival.

Totally Killer First Look Is Out, As Blumhouse Reveals Neat Thriller
[L-R] Kiernan Shipka as "Jamie Hughes" and Olivia Holt as "Teen Pam" in the horror-comedy Totally Killer, a Prime Video release. Photo courtesy of Prime Video.
Prime Video Blumhouse slasher Totally Killer is also debuting at the festival as it looks to cement its place in the Blumhouse slasher pantheon. The excellent cast has this high on most horror fans' anticipated lists.

The Creator: Tickets On Sale, New Clip, And A New Special Look
John David Washington as Joshua in 20th Century Studios' THE CREATOR. Photo by Oren Soffer. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Another film looking to make a splash is Gareth Edward's new sci-fi film The Creator. This one is getting a ton of buzz, which could propel it into awards season, especially in what has been a bit weaker of a year.

The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher. Carla Gugino as Verna in episode 102 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2023

The biggest debut on the TV/streaming side will be a screening of Mike Flanagan's new Netflix show, The Fall Of The House of Usher. Flanagan can do no wrong in my eyes, and coming off the masterpiece that was Midnight Mass, expectations are through the roof.

Fantastic Fest 2023 Starts Tomorrow, Here's What We Are Excited For
The Last Video Store Still. Provided by Fantastic Fest

The Last Video Store sounds epic: a video store clerk and a loyal customer's daughter unwittingly unleash a cursed VHS tape that has the power to bring any character from any film into the real world, and of course, all hell breaks loose. A throwback to the cheap direct-to-video films of the 90s, this one is all over my radar.

Fantastic Fest 2023 Starts Tomorrow, Here's What We Are Excited For
VHS 85. Provided by Fantastic Fest

VHS 85 is the latest installment of the popular found footage franchise, with this one featuring segments directed by Mike P. Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Natasha Kermani, Scott Derrickson, and all tied together by David Bruckner. Sign me up.

Fantastic Fest 2023 Starts Tomorrow, Here's What We Are Excited For
We Are Zombies Still. Provided by Fantastic Fest

Summer of 84 directors RKSS (Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and François Simard) bring their new film We Are Zombies, based loosely on the comic book series The Zombies That Ate The World. Summer of 84 was great, and this looks like an over-the-top fun time.

Fantastic Fest 2023 Starts Tomorrow, Here's What We Are Excited For
Fantastic Fest 2023 logo

You can find the full film slate and schedule right here. Fantastic Fest 2023 runs from September 21-28th.

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Jeremy KonradAbout Jeremy Konrad

Jeremy Konrad has written about collectibles and film for almost ten years. He has a deep and vast knowledge of both. He resides in Ohio with his family.
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