Ithaca Fantastik 2016’s Full Lineup Promises Thrills New and Old

By  · Published on October 24th, 2016

Safe Neighborhood, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Wolfen, The Naked Prey, and more are coming to Ithaca, NY!

Those of you who’ve been with us for a little while now know that our love of film festivals, and genre festivals in particular, runs deep and girthy. We’re big fans of Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Montreal’s Fantasia, Toronto’s After Dark, and others, and this year we’ll also be attending the Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival. It’ll be our first time there, but it’s their fifth edition, and we couldn’t be more excited.

This year’s fest is opening and closing with two recent gems from South Korea – Park Chan-wook’s gorgeous and intense The Handmaiden and the zombie hit, Train to Busan. Both are well worth your time, but you’ll kick yourself if you miss the chance to see Park’s film on the big screen.

In addition to the new films below, the fest is hosting seven retrospective screenings. The titles are a terrific mix of genre classics including Aliens, Altered States, An American Werewolf in London, Deliverance, Long Weekend, The Naked Prey, and Wolfen. I’ve only seen one of these on the big screen, so I’m looking forward to catching as many of them at the fest as possible.

Documentary fans will be pleased as the fest brings a handful of new non-fiction titles this year too. 24×36 will appeal to the movie poster collectors among you, while Creature Designers explores the effects wizards responsible for many of your favorite practical creature effects. There’s even a doc called S Is for Stanley that digs into the work of Stanley Kubrick.

For most folks though the fest’s big draw will be its selection of new titles, and this year feature’s a strong mix of films that guarantee something for everyone. Of the titles I’ve already seen elsewhere I can recommend at least one without reservation – Safe Neighborhood is an absolute blast. Funny, suspenseful, and surprisingly smart, it’s the title you need to see before too many people start talking about it.

Keep reading for the complete lists of films playing this year’s fest as well as information on the bumper contest that’s open to submissions until October 30th.

24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters

Kevin Burke, Canada


James Cameron, US – 1981

Alipato: A Very Brief Life of Ember

Khavn, Philippines/Germany


Tobias Nölle, France/Switzerland

Altered States

Ken Russell, US – 1980

American Werewolf in London

John Landis, US – 1981

Another Evil

Carson D Mell, US


Rohit Mittal, India

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

André Orvedal, UK

Belief: The Possession Of Janet Moses

David Stubbs, New Zeland

Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex

Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet, US

Dearest Sister

Mattie Do, Laos


John Boorman, US – 1972

The Handmaiden

Par Chan-wook, South Korea


Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia

Here Alone

Rod Blackhurst, US

I, Olga Hepnarova

Petr Kazda &Thomas Weinreb, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia/France

Kiyamachi Daruma

Hideo Sakaki, Japan


Dan Pringle, UK

Long Weekend

Colin Eggleston, Australia – 1978

The Love Witch

Anna Biller, US

Master Cleanse

Bobby Miller, US


Shakti Soundar Rajan, India

My Father Die

Sean Brosnam, US

The Naked Prey

Cornel Wilde, US – 1965

Nova Seed

Nick DiLiberto, Canada

The Open

Marc Lahore, France


Carles Torrens, USA/Spain

Return of MIZUNO

Hikaru Tsukuda, Japan

S is for Stanley

Alex Infascelli, Italy

Sadako vs. Kayako

Koji Shiraishi, Japan

Safe Neighbourhood

Chris Peckover, Australia/USA

Seoul Station

Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea

She’s Allergic to Cats

Michael Reich, US

Terror 5

Sebastian Rotstein & Federico Rotstein, Argentina

Train to Busan

Yeon Sang-ho, South Korea


Michael Wadleigh, US – 1981

For filmmakers, the Nature’s Revenge bumper contest submission deadline has been extended to Oct. 30.

This year’s bumper contest will draw from the theme of retrospective film “Long Weekend,” which proves nothing is scarier than unpredictable nature. Filmmakers are invited to submit their own original nature revenge short film to IF by Oct. 30.

How to Submit

Use to submit to [email protected] Type NATURE’S REVENGE IF in the message section.

Contest Rules:

1. The film must be no more than 45 seconds,

2. The twist should involve nature taking revenge on humans for their acts against mother nature.

The IF team can’t wait to see what the beautifully twisted minds of seasoned and aspiring filmmakers will come up with. The top three entries will be screened during the festival, and winners will receive an Ithaca Fantastik festival pass.

Ithaca Fantastik will unleash its fifth annual film festival Nov. 9–13 in Ithaca, NY.

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