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Aus­tria’s an­nual fright­fest is more than just gore, cel­e­brat­ing the weird and fan­tas­ti­cal

While more con­ven­tional cin­e­matic afi­ciona­dos spend the en­tire year look­ing for­ward to the Vi­en­nale, a small but rather ra­bid com­mu­nity are mark­ing their cal­en­dars a month ear­lier: For eight years in a row, the Slash Film Fes­ti­val has been a point of pil­grim­age for fans of fan­tas­tic, weird and scary movies. Show­ing over 40 films (most of them for the first – and only – time in Aus­tria), its eclec­tic se­lec­tion covers the weird, funny, scary, strange, gross and gory; movies you won’t find play­ing in your reg­u­lar cin­ema of choice.

This year, Slash will kick off with the Aus­trian pre­miere of An­drés Muschi­etti’s Stranger Things-es­que re­make of the Stephen King hor­ror clas­sic It at Gartenbaukino, which will also host the open­ing party – with plenty of bal­loons to cel­e­brate your newly re­vived fear of clowns. Other high­lights in­clude the hor­ror com­edy Dave Made a Maze, where an un­suc­cess­ful artist gets trapped in­side a card­board maze he built (Mino­taur in­cluded); Colos­sal, a novel take on the Kaiju genre star­ring Anne Hath­away as an un­em­ployed 30-some­thing who sud­denly re­al­izes she con­trols the move­ments of a gi­ant mon­ster ter­ror­iz­ing Seoul, and My Friend Dah­mer, based on a graphic novel il­lus­trat­ing se­rial killer Jef­frey Dah­mer’s high school years. In ad­di­tion, there’s a spe­cial on “Wakali­wood,” an an­ar­chic film scene in Uganda that spe­cial­izes in over­the-top DIY ac­tion se­quences and, as a spe­cial dare, the ex­per­i­men­tal hip-hop artist Fly­ing Lo­tus’s movie de­but, Kuso, a grossout fever dream full of dead­pan hu­mor, an ap­pear­ance by Ge­orge Clin­ton and a sound­track fea­tur­ing new mu­sic by many of Lo­tus’ friends like elec­tronic leg­end Aphex Twin – an­other no­to­ri­ous weirdo in his own right.

The clos­ing event will fea­ture a live per­for­mance by star guest and cult di­rec­tor John Wa­ters (see On Stage, p 55) – the cul­mi­na­tion of a ret­ro­spec­tive of Wa­ters’ ear­lier works like Pink Flamin­gos, Fe­male Trou­ble, Polyester and three movies cho­sen by the “Pope of Trash” him­self.

Ticket pre­sales start Septem­ber 9, and like every year, Slash will fol­low tra­di­tion and or­ga­nize a zom­bie flash mob – to crowd­source braaai­i­i­ins.


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