FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL: FANTASTIC

 

Deliriously deft B grade delight, THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY is one of the highlights of the fifth Fantastic Film Festival.

Daring and cutting-edge tale of a knife salesman who bears a passing resemblance to Anthony Perkins, stirring up memories of Hitchcock’s Psycho, THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY has a throwback Hollywood vibe that seems insanely original.

THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY is a petrol pump diner that is presently out of fuel, forcing travellers into the diner to await the tanker to fill up the bowser.

To complicate matters and raise tension, the growing clientele consists of a couple of bank robbers and a punk pair of reckless youth. Ratchet up the tension a little more with the discovery that the diner’s waitress is the sheriff’s wife.

Better than a host of films released on screens recently, THE LAST STOP IN YUMA COUNTY is a ton of fun, crunching cliches, trumping tropes, taking audiences on a wild ride of genre perfection.

Another highlight of the Festival is The Vourdalak, based on Tolstoy’s classic gothic novella, that delves into Gothic horror and Eastern European folklore with a tale of a family entangled with a vampiric patriarch. Eerie and macabre, THE VOURDALAK genuinely creepy vibe is propelled by the use of grotesque puppetry to represent the undead.

With a line-up that spans the gamut from Lynchian surrealism and experimental narratives to horror, sci-fi, black comedies, and arthouse gems, FFFA’s 2024 program is a bold invitation to explore cinema’s outer edges.

Tickets are on sale now at www.fantasticfilmfestival.com.au.

2024 Fantastic Film Festival Australia Sydney:
Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (17 April – 10 May)

Tickets: General Admission $25, Concession $19.50, Member $18.50
Festival Passes:
5 film pass: $85 10 film pass: $155
VIP pass: $255 (1 ticket to every session. incl. special events)

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