The 2023 edition of Fantastic Fest is packed with great genre titles from around the world. Alongside some of the hottest hits from the festival circuit this year, it has some enticing premières lined up, and a handful of cult oldies which you may never have seen before but probably should.

The festival runs from 21 to 28 September.

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Animalia
Animalia
A young, pregnant woman finds emancipation as aliens land in Morocco.
The Invisible Fight
The Invisible Fight
A kung-fu comedy set in an Orthodox Monastery in 1970s Soviet Union.
The Coffee Table
The Coffee Table
Black comedy about a young couple facing a tricky moment in their relationship.
The People's Joker
The People's Joker
An aspiring clown grappling with her gender identity combats a fascistic caped crusader.
You'll Never Find Me
You'll Never Find Me
Patrick, a strange and lonely resident, lives in a mobile home at the back of an isolated caravan park. After a violent thunderstorm erupts, a mysterious young woman appears at his door, seeking shelter from the weather. The longer the night wears on and the more the young woman discovers about Patrick, the more difficult she finds it to leave.
The Deep Dark
The Deep Dark
Miners are forced to take a professor underground with them, to take samples for his measurements. After a landslide prevents them from going back up, they discover a crypt from another time, unknowingly waking up a bloodthirsty creature.
Stopmotion
Stopmotion
About a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother.
Out Of Darkness
Out Of Darkness
In the Old Stone Age, a disparate gang of early humans band together in search of a new land. When they suspect a malevolent, mystical, being is hunting them down, the clan are forced to confront a danger they never envisaged.
River
River
One winter in Kibune, Kyoto, people find themselves stuck in a two minute time loop. As others try to work together to find out what's going on, one woman finds herself increasingly isolated.
Cobweb
Cobweb
An experimental and genre-defying drama shot entirely on sound stages in support of a film-within-a-film narrative.
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Fantastic Fest Features

A new vision
Sofia Alaoui on deconstruction, interconnectedness and Animalia
A film that sticks in your throat
Robert Morgan on puppets, obsession, inevitability and Stopmotion
The believers
Jenn Wexler on exploring her favourite horror tropes in The Sacrifice Game
The diner at the end of time
Francis Galluppi talks about making The Last Stop In Yuma County
A taste of honey
Nicholas Tomnay on the corporate nightmare in What You Wish For
When Hollywood met Manchester
Jake West on the story behind Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow
Bodily pleasures
Joe Lynch on Lovecraft, sex, horror and comedy in Suitable Flesh
All the fun of the fair
The Adams family discusses Where The Devil Roams
Caligula and the Emperor’s New Clothes
'Irresistible mix of art and genitals' receives a new edit in Cannes
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