1:38pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Fantastic Fest Adds Salma Hayek's 'Everly,' 'The Hive'
Fantastic Fest announced its final wave of programming Wednesday, with highlights including the world premiere of David Yarovesky’s The Hive and screenings of Everly starring Salma Hayek and The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
A slew of filmmakers will be in attendance, including Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who will moderate the red carpet world premiere of The Hive. Edgar Wright will serve on the Next Wave film jury while other guests include Joe Lynch, Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ti West, Nacho Vigalondo, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and David Robert Mitchell.
“We promised that our 10th anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet, and I’m proud to say we’ve delivered on that promise,” festival founder Tim League said in a statement. “Not only have we compiled our biggest slate of exceptional genre films, but the chaos we’ve embraced for our events is going to knock people out. Much like I’m going to do to Ti West.”
League will duke it out with West as part of the “Fantastic Debates” event, which pits two people in a verbal debate followed by a boxing match.
Fantastic Fest, which also announced screenings for Horns, It Follows and Open Windows, will host a 10-year birthday Armageddon opening night party featuring costumed creatures, human pinatas, a breakdance competition and a food fight. The closing night party takes its macabre cues from ABCs of Death 2 by running down the alphabet from A to Z, “unleashing a massive meltdown of madcap mayhem.”
Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place Sept. 18-25 in Austin, Texas.