Preview of the Horror & Fantasy Film Festival

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Here you'll find some of the feature films that will participate this year at the Official Selection of the 27th Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, that will take place between October 29 and November 4.

31 (2016). Rob Zombie. USA

Five people are kidnapped and locked into a place called Murderworld on 30th October. The following night, Halloween, they have to take part in a life or death game called 31. They have to try and survive for 12 hours against a group of violent murderers disguised as clowns. Sixth feature length film from one of the mainstays of modern horror, Rob Zombie, director of films such as House of 100 Corpses (2003), Halloween (2007) or The Lords of Salem (2012).

El ataúd de cristal (2016). Haritz Zubillaga. Basque Country

Dressed for the occasion in an elegant evening gown, Amanda gets into a luxurious stretch limousine waiting outside her house to take her to the gala where she will collect an award for her acting career. Suddenly the windows turn black, Amanda's mobile phone stops working and the doors are locked shut. A voice asks her not to try and break the glass. Instead she should start getting used to the idea that she's in the car to stay. First feature from Haritz Zubillaga, author of the multi-award winning shorts Las horas muertas (2007) and She's Lost Control (2010).

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016). André Øvredal. United Kingdom-USA

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch play father and son forensics sent the body of a mystery woman who has just been found in a basement. As they carry out the autopsy looking for answers, the only thing they find are more questions and enigmas that are not easy to explain away, whilst strange things start to happen. Terrifying piece of horror starring three characters (one of whom is dead) directed by the Norwegian André Øvredal, who made the eye-opening Troll Hunter (2010) a few years ago.

The Eyes of My Mother (2016). Nicolas Pesce. USA

On an isolated farm, a woman, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, shows her daughter Francesca how to understand the mysteries of anatomy and not to fear death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor brings Francesca's happy family life to a terrible end, traumatising her forever but at the same time awakening a particular curiosity in her. Years later, Francesca's solitude and her scars mean that her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a particularly dark shape. One of the most suggestive films of the year. Horror in black and white playing out to the tune of fado music.

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016). Colm McCarthy. United Kingdom

A disease spread by a fungus has turned the majority of the planet's inhabitants into zombies who have lost all humanity. A group of children with some immunity are held in a military facility because, despite their desire to eat human flesh, they are still able to feel emotions. A biologist is attempting to use them to develop a vaccine. When the base is attacked by thousands of zombies, they must go on a voyage in search of salvation... for the entire species. Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close star in the adaptation of the novel by M. R. Carey brought to us by Scottish director Colm McCarthy.

The Neon Demon (2016). Nicolas Winding Refn. France-Denmark-USA

When young, aspiring model Jesse gets to Los Angeles, a group of beauty-obsessed women go to great lengths to steal her youth and vitality. The highly anticipated new movie by Danish film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn –Drive (2011), Only God Forgives (2013)–, a psychological horror story set in the world of fashion presented at the recent Cannes Film Festival and starring Elle Fanning –Maleficent (2014)–, Jena Malone –Inherent Vice (2014)–, Keanu Reeves –The Matrix saga (1999-2003)–, Christina Hendricks –"Mad Men" (2007-2015)– and Desmond Harrington –"Dexter" (2008-2013)–.

Pet (2016). Carles Torrens. USA-Spain

Seth is a solitary young man who works in an animal shelter. The dogs he cares for are his only friends. One day on the bus, he meets Holly, the prettiest girl at his high school, who barely recognises him. But Seth is obsessed with her and begins to stalk her. One night he decides to kidnap her and lock her in a cage in the basement at his work. Thriller where nobody is exactly what they seem, directed by the Catalan Carles Torrens, living and working in the USA for many years, directing his first feature film, Emergo in 2011 and his award-winning (also at this Festival) short film entitled Sequence in 2014.

Sadako vs Kayako (2016). Koji Shiraishi. Japan

Two women. A face-off between the two main symbols of J-Horror, the phenomenon that not only shook horror and fantasy film in Japan but also throughout the world in the late 90s. Sakado, the apparition from The Ring (1997), with her trend-setting black locks, and Kayako, the ghost from The Grudge (2003), together in this film. It all starts with two teenagers who buy a VHS to DVD converter and find a tape in the machine that came directly from the 1990s. At the same time, another teenage girl moves to live near a house that is said to cause anyone entering it to disappear. A Japanese horror-fest.

Terraformars (2016). Takashi Miike. Japan

In the 21st century, a special space ship is sent to Mars loaded with moss and roaches to generate an appropriate atmosphere for life. 500 years later, an expedition of prisoners, whose sentences will be annulled when they return, are sent to the red planet to finish off the roaches and colonise the planet. However, the insects have evolved, increased in size, turned into killing machines and... they hate humans. Adaptation of the manga with the same name by one of Japan's new millennium fantasy greats, Takashi Miike, director of Audition (1999), Visitor Q (2001), Zebraman (2004) or Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) among many others.

Train to Busan (2016). Yeon Sang-ho. South Korea

Seok-woo lives in Seoul. He is divorced and overwhelmed by his job that prevents him from spending all the time he wishes with his daughter Su-an. As a birthday present, he decides to take her to see her mother in Busan so they head off there on the KTX train. However, during the journey, a mysterious virus starts to infect the train passengers, as is happening all over the country, turning them into aggressive zombies. The only clean city is Busan. They are 453 km away. A frenetic voyage in search of salvation brought to us by Yeon Sang-ho, specialist in animation cinema with movies such as The Fake (2013) or Seoul Station (2016) (forming a sort of diptych of zombie movies with this one), directing his first real image movie.

The Wailing (Goksung, 2016). Na Hong-jin. South Korea-USA

A foreigner appears in a small, peaceful Korean village. Nobody knows when or why he came. All sorts of rumours start to emerge about him whilst crimes are taking place. The local inhabitants are killing each other for inexplicable reasons. Evil seems to have descended on the village. An apathetic local policeman investigates the case in the constant rain. Suddenly, his own daughter disappears. Powerful, solid thriller directed by Na Hong-jin, who also gave us The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010).

We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne, 2016). Emiliano Rocha Minter. Mexico

In a post-apocalyptic city, Mariano, is obsessed by the idea of turning his home into a cave. One day two brothers, Lucio and Fauna, turn up looking for food and shelter. Mariano takes them in asking for their help to finish his cave in exchange. Whilst they work and live together, a murky relationship forms between them that bring out their darkest and most destructive instincts, their most hidden desires, and longings and fears that lurked unknown, even to themselves. One of the surprises of the year, a disturbing, unhealthy and suggestive film that has rocked festivals all over the world.

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