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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser Trailer: A-Shot-by-Shot Analysis



Warning: This breakdown will contain spoilers for the Star Wars films The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. You have been warned!

Want to watch the trailer before you read the breakdown? Check it out here.

During the Stars Wars Celebration, we finally got a glimpse of Star Wars episode nine as well as the official title of the film: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The title alone is interesting enough to cause fan speculation but the teaser also left me with some burning questions as to how to Skywalker saga is going to end. The Last Jedi ended with only a few rebel soldiers standing, Rey, Finn, and Poe included. Rey’s Jedi powers have now entirely manifested so it is seemingly up to her alone as the last Jedi (seemingly) to use her powers to rally the rebels and defeat the First Order. The Rise of Skywalker is sure to be an epic outing, not only as the last episode in the main saga but also as what could be our last big-screen adventure in a galaxy far away. There will be television shows and other forms of media, such as Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian which will debut on the Disney Plus streaming service, but Disney announced that the movies will be “taking a break” after episode nine. Whilst it is likely the films will be back, who knows how long we could go without another Star Wars film. It seems likely that J.J Abrams will want The Rise of Skywalker to go out on a high note.

So without further ado, let’s start the breakdown!

Last Jedi Standing

The opening shot of the trailer shows Rey with a similar look to her Force Awakens outfit in a desert landscape. It could be that she has returned to Jakku or it could be a new planet entirely. We hear narration from Luke Skywalker, who seemed to die in the last film. The Last Jedi was a very polarising film for Star Wars fans. Director Rian Johnson apparently took the film “in a different direction” that Force Awakens director J.J Abram’s had wanted episode eight to go and Luke’s death was one of the (several) issues that fans had with The Last Jedi. If Abrams had not planned for this, Luke may well be able to return to the series now that Abrams is directing episode nine. Even if it is just in force ghost form, a better send-off for such an iconic character wouldn’t go amiss. Luke’s narration explains that Rey has been given all the tools and knowledge that she will need, “a thousand generations live in you now”, he says. He goes on to tell her that this is her fight. The trailer then says that “Every Generation Has a Legend.” Will ours be Rey? Or are they throwing us off the scent of someone else who will emerge as a legend?

Rey vs TIE Fighter

We see a TIE fighter approaching Rey in the distance as she retrieves Luke’s lightsaber from her belt. She begins to run away and just as it looks like she is going to get hit by the speeding ship, she does some fancy Jedi style acrobatics to avoid it. Rey has clearly improved with her skills and it will be interesting to see how much time has passed and how well versed she now is in the ways of the Force.  We don’t see who is piloting the TIE fighter but we get a glimpse at a pair of hands with black gloves. Could this be Kylo Ren? It’s possible. The two shared a connection in The Last Jedi, almost a love/hate relationship of sorts, so they will no doubt have some interesting interactions.

Kylo Wrecks

Kylo Ren returns briefly in a shot where we see his body slamming someone alongside a Stormtrooper. They are in a wooded area in what seems to be a fight scene. We can see that some of the area is on fire as smoke billows through the trees. There is also a rather menacing red hue which permeates the shot, suggesting a fierce battle is raging. But is Kylo the bad guy here? Is the receiver of said body slam an innocent?  It’s hard to tell. He had moments in both episode seven and eight where he is clearly torn between the light and the dark side but in both films his loyalty to the dark side remains. In regards to the Stormtrooper in the shot, it is difficult to tell if this is a new variant of a trooper as the scene is brief.  Each movie tends to bring in a new style of Stormtrooper though, so this is a possibility.

The Dark Side

We see Kylo Ren’s helmet from The Force Awakens being repaired in the next shot. His fondness for his grandfather Darth Vader must still be strong for him to want to emulate him yet again.

Space Bros

The next shot we get is of Finn and Poe in the desert. I really loved the relationship between the two of them after their near-death experience in The Force Awakens.  Poe handing over his jacket to Finn was a sweet moment which symbolized Finn’s journey from the dark side to the light as he left behind his Stormtrooper beginnings and became a fully fledged rebel in the Resistance. It was also the first act of human kindness that Finn really experienced. Not only did Poe give Finn his jacket, he also gave him his name after being known only as FN-2187 when he was a Stormtrooper. Their friendship led Finn to his true calling and gave him his humanity. Poe is also giving off some serious Nathan Drake vibes here too. That scarf is everything.

Robo Buddies

Our beloved BB-8 returns in the next shot, this time alongside a new friend. During the panel at the Star War Celebration, the droid was introduced as D-o (pronounced as deo). Not much is known about him other than that he is a new companion for BB-8 but I love the retro robot look he has. His most significant feature is his megaphone looking head. D-o’s style is very put together, like he was created by throwing a box of metal scraps together and hoping for the best. I love him and I would die for him. That is all.

Lando and Chewie

The death of Han Solo was one of the most upsetting parts of the new films. His death at the hands of his own son was not only heart-breaking, but it also meant that his Wookie companion Chewbacca was left all alone and that was not okay. He didn’t even get a hug from Leia at the end of The Force Awakens. But the following shot in the trailer brings back a familiar face and a companion for Chewie. Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando Calrissian and he is seen piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside Chewbacca.  If anyone was going to take over from Han, it seems right that it would be Lando. Despite their often frosty relationship, (yes I do remember when Lando sold out Han and Leia to Darth Vader but he was in a no-win situation) Lando and Han were companions and as close to best friends as you could get in the world of space smuggling. Whether Lando knows about Han’s death is yet to be seen, it could be an emotional moment if not. Seeing Chewbacca with a new co-pilot and old friend is a great moment that is sure to be a burst of nostalgia.

Desert Chase

As the trailer proclaims that “The Saga Comes to an End” we see a chase through the desert landscape. One of the aircraft involved in the chase has old favourite C-3PO as well as Finn and Poe on board. They appear to be fleeing as they are being shot at. I was reminded briefly of the assault on Jabba the Hutt’s barge here from Return of the Jedi. Whether the group are being pursued or in the middle of a rescue or whatever they could be doing, it looks like the rebels are still a bit light on the ground in terms of numbers and vehicles. Their vehicle looks a little rickety and it seems like Poe would be in an X-Wing if he could, so it might be that their resources are dwindling. Of course, a subtle rescue or infiltration mission would call for something more discreet, but at this point, I am just blindly speculating so let’s move on!

A Heroes Medal

The next shot shows someone holding a pendant which looks incredibly similar to the design of the medals which were given to Han and Luke by Leia at the end of A New Hope. If so, this is a symbol of what the rebellion once was as well as representing the heroics and bravery of those who are now gone.

Our Princess

My favourite part of this trailer is the choice of music: Princess Leia’s theme. Composed by John Williams for the very first film, the piece has acted as Leia’s theme music ever since. The theme is beautiful and now carries a somber tone due to the passing of Carrie Fisher back in 2016. It makes the next shot of Leia all the more moving. We see Leia embracing Rey, as Rey cries on her shoulder.  We hear some more narration from Luke saying, “We’ll always be with you”. Seeing Leia in this trailer was a bit of an emotional blow after I watched it the first time. Her legacy will live on in the final installment. Rather than your Snow White’s and Cinderella’s, Leia was the kind of princess that I wanted to be growing up. The kind who could fight, lead and inspire. Little girls now are able to see women in the role of the hero, like Rey, because of characters like Leia who showed how strong we could be. Even when forced into a metallic bikini, she still fought back and won. No matter what her role is in The Rise of Skywalker, it is sure to be an emotional one.

Holy Trinity

The next shot is of our three heroes, Rey, Finn, and Poe, together with Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, and my new adopted child D-o. They stand on a grassy hill overlooking the sea, staring off into the distance. Rey, Finn, and Poe were intended to be the new Luke, Han, and Leia but so far they haven’t spent any time together as the three of them except for a few moments at the end of The Last Jedi. Rey and Poe didn’t even really meet until the very end of that film. It will be interesting to see the three of them together and see how they work as a team. In my opinion, it is too little, too late. If these three were truly meant to carry the new trilogy of films in the same vein as Luke, Leia, and Han, then they should have had far more time together. Bringing them together in the final film doesn’t really make up for their lack of interaction as a group for the other two movies. We know that Rey and Finn together and Finn and Poe together make for good teamwork and are convincing in their relationships. Here’s hoping that the three of them together can pull off the same chemistry that we got from the original trio.

Death Star

We see what the group are looking at in the next shot. What looks like part of a gigantic space station in the sea.  Not just any space station though. Due to the sheer scale and the familiar rounded shape, it looks like part of the Death Star II from Return of the Jedi. The planet the group are on looks to be Endor due to its lush greenery.  Seeing as the Death Star II exploded above Endor, it would make sense for part of it to have crashed back onto the Ewok homeland. Luke gives us one last bit of narration. Following on from his “We’ll always be with you”, he goes on to say that “No one’s ever really gone.” I immediately thought this was a hint to Luke’s return. That is, until the last moment of the trailer which gives us a surprising reveal. We hear a deep, menacing and awfully familiar evil laugh. The laugh of Emperor Palpatine, the big bad of the Star Wars universe. It is unclear as to how Palpatine will be returning. His survival for years within the Death Star II ruins after being thrown into a reactor seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened in Star Wars.  Ian McDiarmid’s appearance at the Star Wars Celebration after the trailer was screened confirmed that he is going to be a part of the film. McDiarmid played Palpatine throughout the series so it is intriguing to see him return and what kind of effect he will have on the new characters.

The Rise of Skywalker

This title reveal was another surprise at the end of the trailer. The Skywalkers are a dying bloodline, or so it would seem. Luke is gone. Kylo Ren, or Ben Solo, does idolize his grandfather who is a Skywalker. Perhaps this could be referring to him, but his devotion to the dark side and his despicable actions make him a difficult contender for a hero.  Leia is also a Skywalker, but her character can only do so much due to Carrie Fisher’s passing. Is there a Skywalker that we are unaware of? The Last Jedi claimed that Rey’s parents were nothing more than junkers (this was a plot point that received the most criticism in TLJ) but it is possible that J.J Abrams could change this and make her a Skywalker. However, as much as I wanted Rey to be a Skywalker or a Kenobi, her lack of interesting parentage does make her all the more endearing. She comes from a harsh background but has done amazing things with her gifts. These are the heroes that inspire me the most. Part of me wants her to stay that way. The title suggests that a Skywalker of some kind will come to the fore and I’m excited to see who that might be.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in December 2019. For more on The Rise of Skywalker, stay posted with us.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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  1. JohnH

    September 7, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Minor correction – Endor is a gas giant planet (hard canon from RotJ), while the Ewoks live on one of its moons, so presumably they’re looking at debris on the forest moon from RotJ or one of the other moons.

    Given how much the Disney crew has been mining both of the previous Expanded Universe continuities for story ideas (or perhaps more than two previous continuities – the continuity starting with works that were released following Episode 1 is relatively self-consistent, since Lucasfilm/LucasArts began its Holocron continuity tracking system at that time, while the previous consistency efforts were a bit more haphazard, and the early EU arguably has two or more continuities e.g. Bria Tharen’s team or Jan Ors and Kyle Katarn stealing the Death Star plans, retcons aside), I wouldn’t be surprised to see a version of the Exar Kun/Kyp Durron story from Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy trilogy applied to Palpatine and Kylo Ren (especially since Kylo’s story borrows some plot points from Kyp Durron’s story, including a sound-alike name and his falling out with Luke, though Jacen Solo’s fall to the dark side is probably a stronger influence), or Palpatine’s own cloning/resurrection scheme (which I always found a bit ridiculous even for a comic book format in a technology-is-magic-plus-there’s-actual-magic space-fantasy setting, so I suspect it won’t go that direction, while Force ghosts are well established).

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Epic ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ Concept Art Shows Off Some Scrapped Ideas



Pokémon Detective Pikachu did what seemed impossible even a few years ago: it brought the world of Pokémon to the big screen in a blend of live action and CG animation. Not only that, but it was actually good and arguably broke the curse of the video game movie adaptation. We see various Pokémon and different environments during the course of the film, but some concept art by the talented R.J Palmer- who worked on the film- shows off some of what the audience didn’t get to see.

R.J Palmer’s concept art depicts a ferocious battle between Charizard and Gyarados with Tim and Pikachu caught in the crossfire.

One of the most striking pieces from Palmer is of a battle between Gyarados and Charizard.  Whilst these Pokémon are used in the movie, it isn’t to the extent that we see in the image above. The Pokémon are battling it out in what appears to be the marketplace shown briefly in the film not long after Tim encounters Detective Pikachu. Gyarados stands menacingly tall and is surrounded by a surge of water. Charizard is equally large and breathes flame towards Gyarados whilst Tim and Pikachu stand helplessly in between them. The scene in the film occurs on a much smaller scale. The noticeable difference here is Charizard’s size. In the concept art, he is huge and almost on par with Gyarados whilst in the film he is much smaller and is easily overpowered by Gyarados’s water beam. A battle between two oversized Pokémon would have been fun to watch (not that the actual scene between Pikachu, Gyarados and Charizard wasn’t fun in the film) but I can understand the decision to make Charizard smaller in order to reflect the original character design.

An unused Charizard design shows how much bigger the Pokémon could have been.

Speaking of character design, some of Palmer’s unused concepts for other Pokémon can also be seen. A lot of his designs are interesting as they reflect real life creatures. For instance, a concept for Charizard shows a more reptilian style that almost looks like it could be a creature from the prehistoric era. As mentioned previously, he is also a lot bigger in the concept art which could have made for a more frightening version of Charizard.

Venusaur only appears in the background in the film but his concept art also shows a much larger and more realistic design

There is also some Venusaur concept art that has a similar oversized reptilian style, emphasising a more realistic design. This could have made for a fascinating take on the Pokémon world. Making the creatures more realistic would have brought more believability to them. However, I am personally glad that they went with designs that were true to their original design. Pokémon isn’t about realism, it is absolute fun and fantasy and the cuter and more absurd designs of the creatures emphasises the fictional world. That being said, Palmer’s designs are amazing and I hope that they are put to use in any future Pokémon films.

One of my personal favourites of R.J Palmer’s designs is this concept art for Arcanine, one of my absolute fave Pokémon. Though only appearing briefly in the film, the design is pretty much what we get in the finished film.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital download.

For more of R.J Palmer’s work, check out his links below.







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Fantastic Fest: Top 5 Most Anticipated Films



Austin, TX is currently flooding with filmmakers, horror nerds, and enough breakfast tacos to feed a small country as 2019’s Fantastic Fest begins. As the largest genre film festival in the US, many features and short films will be featured in a week-long celebration of horror, action, and science fiction. Below are five of the many films I most anticipate viewing:

1.) Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
Directors: Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen

Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is one of the most polarizing sequels in the iconic franchise due in part to its blatant homoerotic subtext. The film’s lead actor, Mark Patton, received overwhelming backlash after it was revealed that he was in fact a homosexual, causing him to leave Hollywood. Patton has returned to Elm Street to set the record straight and candidly discuss the making of the notorious film, as well as talk about his struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality.

2.) Knives and Skin
Director: Jennifer Reeder

A classic Lynchian story of a crime in a small-town girl gone missing, Knives and Skin subverts conventional high school tropes, delves into the seedy underbelly of suburban tranquility, and aims to solve a dark mystery…all with song and dance!

Knives Out

3.) Knives Out
Director: Rian Johnson

Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) revitalizes the whodunit in this widely hyped star-studded murder mystery. Featuring the likes of Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon and more, Johnson pays homage to Agatha Christie with an elegant story of unlikely suspects, red herrings, and a murder most foul.

Jojo Rabbit

4.) Jojo Rabbit
Director: Taika Waititi

Writer-director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) brings a dark satire parodying Adolf Hitler in the vain of Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks. Waititi himself will be portraying Hitler as a young boy’s eccentric and unorthodox imaginary friend in this unique coming-of-age story.

Color Out of Space

5.) Color Out of Space
Director: Richard Stanley

When you take an over-the-top eccentric actor with a cult following and have him star in an adaptation of a short story by an over-the-top eccentric author with a cult following, it’s bound to stir up some excitement. Nicholas Cage stars in this H.P. Lovecraft story about a man enduring the horrific aftermath of a meteorite crashing into Earth. 

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Introducing ‘Ring Fit Adventure,’ Nintendo’s Exercise Action Adventure for Switch

Nintendo’s “new experience” for Switch is ‘Ring Fit Adventure’, an unusual, ring-filled, and exercise-focused take on the action adventure genre



Ring Fit Adventure

Last week, Nintendo teased a mysterious “new experience” for Switch. In our first report on it, we jokingly asked, “Why can’t this be an open world, motion-controlled yoga rhythm action game?”

It turns out that we weren’t too far from the truth.

Nintendo has now fully revealed this new experience to be Ring Fit Adventure, an exercise-focused title that “turns a typical adventure game on its head as players squat, press and flex their way through challenges designed for a wide range of body types and levels of fitness experience.” To make this unique exercise gameplay possible, players attach their Joy-con to the new Ring-con accessory, “a flexible electronic device that provides resistance, and uses the Joy-Con to respond to the player’s movements.”

Ring Fit Adventure is more than just another motion-controlled exercise game. Instead, it’s a full-fledged adventure, complete with a story, a world to explore, and RPG elements. Nick Chavez, Nintendo’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that “Ring Fit Adventure combines gaming and physical activity in a way that incentivizes people to keep coming back for more, to further both the story and their own fitness goals.”

Beyond the adventure mode, there’s also plenty of other modes focused primarily on simple exercise. There’s sets of exercises tailored specifically to individual body parts, along with some general practice routines as well. There’s even a “Silent” mode, which emphasizes quieter movements to ensure that apartment-dwellers don’t drive all their downstairs neighbors insane.

Overall, it’s certainly an extremely unique project. Check it out in all of its active, exercise-filled glory in the full reveal trailer below.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Announces the Third and Final Wave of Programming




Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest 2019 is just around the corner and a week before the doors open, the festival has revealed its third and final wave of programming.

Wave three brings a ton of exciting new titles including I Lost My Body, the award-winning film from director Jérémy Clapin, Jessica Hausner’s English-language debut Little Joe and Sea Fever which is being compared to such films as Alien to The Thing to last year’s Annihilation. In addition, they’ve added the World Premiere of Random Acts of Violence, We Summon the Darkness and the North American Premiere of Keep me Company.

The festival will also be honoring the career of Japanese maestro Takashi Miike with a lifetime achievement award and a special screening of The Happiness of the Katakuris. Check out the press release and full lineup below. You can find wave one here and wave two here.

Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

AUSTIN, TX — September 11, 2019 — Netflix brings the US Premiere of the much-lauded I LOST MY BODY to Fantastic Fest after an award winning debut at Cannes Critics Week. From director Jérémy Clapin, this singular tale of a severed hand trying to reunite with its owner is told in a striking hand-drawn animation style and won the Cristal award at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

“This has been a phenomenal year in terms of filmmaking, and we are proud to be hosting so many of the year’s best filmmakers in Austin,” says Evrim Ersoy, Fantastic Fest Creative Director. “Whether first-timers or alumni, we hope to share their work with our unique audience and to help elevate their voices within the festival world and with audiences at large.”

The festival will be honoring the career of Japanese maestro Takashi Miike with a lifetime achievement award and a special screening of THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. With over 100 films under his belt, Takashi Miike’s work has been regularly featured as part of the festival.

This year, Fantastic Fest alumni are bringing exceptional new projects to the festival. ALLÉLUIA filmmaker Fabrice du Welz returns to Austin with the North American Premiere of ADORATION, telling a story of young love gone wrong. Drafthouse Films alum Katrin Gebbe follows up her striking debut feature NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN with PELICAN BLOOD, where a mother realizes something may be very wrong with her adopted daughter. Finally, shorts filmmaker Ryan Spindell makes the jump to features with the World Premiere of his fast-paced anthology, THE MORTUARY COLLECTION.

One of the thrills of Fantastic Fest is the opportunity to see the beginning of a filmmaker’s career, and this year’s fest will feature a trio of stunning directorial debuts. In SAINT MAUD, a live-in nurse is determined to save the soul of her dying patient at any given cost. In HOMEWRECKER, polite friendship forces a young woman into a battle to the death with the growing insanity of her newly-made friend. Finally, in AMIGO, lifelong friends find their relationship turning toxic following a tragic and crippling accident.

The sea is the inspiration for a trio of films that inspire very different emotions. In SWEETHEART, a shipwrecked young woman discovers she might not be as alone as she thought. In SEA FEVER, the crew of a small shipping boat discovers their craft infected by an unknown organism. Lastly, in RIDE YOUR WAVE, a surf-obsessed young woman discovers that death might not be the final stop in her burgeoning romance with a handsome firefighter.

Fantastic Fest is known for its dedication to the horror genre, and this year’s lineup is especially strong with an array of fantastic premieres. In the World Premiere of RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, a comic book artist finds himself the inspiration for the grisly work of a serial killer. In the World Premiere of WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS, an after-party becomes deadly grounds for survival for a group of heavy metal fans. And in the North American Premiere of KEEP ME COMPANY, a romantic weekend getaway turns sinister with unusual occurrences at a rented house.

Cinephiles with a taste for the unusual will be delighted with a trio of titles that bend styles and genres to create something wholly unique. In LITTLE JOE, a scientific discovery threatens the entire future of mankind. WYRM concerns an alternative future where a shy, dinosaur-obsessed high-schooler struggles with a unique and unusual school requirement. And finally in NIGHT DRIVE a driver finds his boring evening becoming anything but when he picks up a young woman through a ride-share app in a glorious comedy of errors.

Alongside the usual vibrant and exciting shorts programming, Fantastic Fest 2019 brings a special focus to up-and-coming genre filmmakers from Mexico in a shorts block supported by Austin’s Consulate of Mexico titled MÉXICO FANTÁSTICO. The program opens with the disquieting thriller 9:40 starring Kristyan Ferrer (SIN NOMBRE), and proceeds with a selection of fantastic shorts that run the gamut in both genre and style, including the eerie folk-horror of THE WANDERING WITCH and disturbing sci-fi drama of THE ORIGINAL by Fantastic Fest alums Sofia Carrillo and Michelle Garza Cervera respectively.

Finally, live podcast recordings are back on The Highball stage at Fantastic Fest this year, with the return of Leonard Maltin’s Maltin on Movies, Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies, and April Wolfe’s Switchblade Sisters. This year brings new additions that include Horror Queers, The Horror and 5BY5 At The Movies.


France, Belgium, 2019North American Premiere, 98 minDirector – Fabrice du Welz

Paul lives with his mother on the grounds of a mental institution and has little contact with the outside world. When Gloria’s admitted, he’s immediately fascinated by her and events take an unexpected turn.

Spain, 2019
World Premiere, 83 min
Director – Óscar Martín

After a serious car accident (for which he’s responsible), David decides to care for his best friend Javi at a remote house. It doesn’t take long until the animosity insidiously builds between them.

The Deeper You Dig
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 95 min
Directors – Toby Poser & John Adams (Co-director: Zelda Adams)

The creation of a family production team in upstate New York, this unsettling supernatural tale explores the aftermath of a roadside accident, bringing together a mother, her daughter, and a stranger in increasingly surreal circumstances.

Canada, 2019
International Premiere, 86 min
Director – Zach Gayne

Societal expectations create a pressure cooker in HOMEWRECKER, a darkly hilarious satire that plays like the best bonkers thriller Lifetime wishes they made.

I Lost My Body
France, 2019
US Premiere, 82 min
Director – Jérémy Clapin

A severed hand escapes from a laboratory and sets off on a series of adventures across Paris, determined to find its owner.

India, 2019
US Premiere, 91 min|
Director – Lijo Jose Pellissery

The line between man and beast dissolves when a buffalo escapes slaughter in a sleepy South Indian village, leaving a trail of chaos and explosive machismo in its wake. It’s a landlocked JAWS, a bestial 2001, and a contemporary MAD MAX: FURY ROAD all rolled into one.

Keep Me Company
Portugal, 2019
North American Premiere, 82 min
Director – Gonçalo Almeida

Two lovers meet in a secluded country home to try to heal their relationship without distraction, but the property’s pool has other mysterious intentions.

Little Joe
Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, 2019
Sneak Preview, 105 min
Director – Jessica Hausner

A genetically modified scarlet flower has mood-enhancing antidepressant effects on its owners, which become increasingly alarming as its influence spreads in this body snatchers for the drugged-out millennium.

The Mortuary Collection
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 108 min
Director – Ryan Spindell

A young girl enters a secret room in a mortuary and learns the backstory of the mortician’s favorite deaths in this twisted anthology by Fantastic Fest alum Ryan Spindell.

Night Drive
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 82 min
Directors – Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh

When Russell picks up an enigmatic young woman through a ride-share app, his boring evening perks up. But all bets are off after they hit a guy with the car in this charming comedy of errors.

The Other Lamb
Ireland, Belgium, USA, 2019
US Premiere, 97 min
Director – Malgorzata Szumowska

Selah lives with her mothers and sisters in a mysterious cult led by Shepherd. When she begins to question his teachings, it threatens to destroy the very nature of their existence.

Pelican Blood
Germany, Bulgaria, 2019
US Premiere, 121 min
Director – Katrin Gebbe

German acting treasure Nina Hoss headlines Katrin Gebbe’s (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN) sophomore feature about a single mother who adopts — and won’t give up on — a troubled little girl with a horrific past.

Random Acts of Violence
Canada, 2019
World Premiere, 80 min
Director – Jay Baruchel

A comic book writer visits the town where a serial killer previously wreaked havoc, only to encounter a new series of murders that strangely mirror the deaths he created in his comics.

Ride Your Wave
Japan, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Director – Masaaki Yuasa

Surf-loving college student Hinako crosses paths with Minato, a handsome firefighter, but a tragedy will change all they know to be true.

Saint Maude
United Kingdom, 2019
US Premiere, 83 min
Director – Rose Glass

While caring for an attractive woman dying of cancer, devoutly religious nurse Maud develops an all-encompassing case of holy possession mixed with real-life obsession.

Sea Fever
Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, 2019
US Premiere, 91 min
Director – Neasa Hardiman

The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply.

USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 82 min
Director – J.D. Dillard

After a storm at sea leaves her stranded on a deserted island, Jenn gathers all her strength to find ways to survive. But when night falls, Jenn discovers that the island isn’t as deserted as she might have thought… or hoped.

We Summon the Darkness
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Marc Meyers

When Val, Beverly, and Alexis meet a group of fun-loving dudes in the parking lot of a heavy metal concert, they all decide to have an after-party, but it isn’t long before the group finds themselves fighting for their lives.

USA, 2019
World Premiere, 106 min
Director – Christopher Winterbauer

In a strangely futuristic yet analog alternate universe, a lonely, dinosaur-obsessed youth struggles to complete a unique school requirement or risk being held back and enduring a lifetime of embarrassment.

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Prepare to Be Even More Creeped Out by Hideo Kojima’s ‘P.T.’



A recently uncovered secret from Hideo Kojima’s P.T. (standing for playable teaser) revealed that the player is constantly being closely followed by the ghost known as Lisa, who is looming in the background of the game. Creepy right?

P.T. –– a collaboration between video game legend Hideo Kojima and film wizard Guillermo del Toro — was released back in 2014 and was intended to act as an interactive teaser for the game Silent Hills. Silent Hills was going to be the next installment in the Silent Hill horror game series, but unfortunately this never came to pass. A falling out between Kojima and publisher Konami led to the cancellation of Silent Hills. Fans of P.T. and the Silent Hill series were left disheartened by this decision due to the strong performance of P.T. and how promising it looked in terms of visuals, scares and story. The cancellation also led to P.T. being removed from the PlayStation Store, with any opportunity to download the game being lost. Only those who had already downloaded the teaser were able to play it and this led to even more intrigue on the hidden secrets concealed within the game. Indie developer Lance McDonald decided to delve further into the game and by using a camera hack, revealed the creepy ghost stalker.

The game itself focuses on a man attempting to escape from a freakish house with seemingly never-ending corridors. The player does have an encounter with Lisa in the game towards the end but they are also plagued by eerie noises and spooky shadows that approach from behind. McDonald’s discovery shows that Lisa is the culprit of all the hardships throughout, attaching herself to the player’s back as soon as they pick up the flashlight in the bathroom.

Check out Lance’s Twitter for more details on his creepy find as well as video clips if you really want to ramp up the nightmare fuel.

I wasn’t planning on sleeping tonight anyway.

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