The IFC is hosting a new “genre film” festival called What The Fest!? which runs from March 29th through April 1st. The screening lineup contains eleven showings, including one documentary and a special three-episode screening of AMC’s upcoming series The Terror.

Filmmakers from Valley of ShadowsThe EndlessBoiled Angels: The Trial Of Mike DianaLowlifeThe TerrorThe Ranger, and Ghost Stories will appear in-person for a post-screening Q&A.

The festival kicks off on Thursday March 29th at the IFC Center, located at 148 West 4th Street in the West Village in New York City. Admission for the opening night festivities run $25 and individual screenings are $15 each ($10 for IFC Center members). Tickets can be bought either in-person or online at WhatTheFestNYC.com.

1. Revenge

  • Showtime: Thursday, March 29th @ 7:00PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: In Coralie Fargeat’s TIFF and Sundance hit, three wealthy, married men learn the hard way that you should never bring your mistress along on a guys’ getaway, especially when there’s hunting involved.
  • Written & Directed by: Coralie Fargeat
  • Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, & Guillaume Bouchède
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Country: France
  • Language: English; French (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 2017

2. Valley Of Shadows

  • Showtime: Friday, March 30th @ 7:00PM (US Premiere)
  • Synopsis: In this mesmerizing Scandinavian Gothic fable shot on 35mm, a small boy sets out into the deep, dark woods in search of a mysterious creature. 
  • Directed By: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
  • Written By: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen & Clement Tuffreau
  • Cast: Adam Ekeli, Kathrine Fagerland, Jørgen Langhelle, Jone Hope Larsen, & Lennard Salamon
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Country: Norway
  • Language: Norwegian (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 2017

3. The Endless

  • Showtime: Friday, March 30th @ 9:30PM
  • Synopsis: Two brothers (played by co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, of Spring and Resolution) return to the cult they fled years ago, only to discover that the group’s beliefs may make much more sense than they once thought.
  • Directed By: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
  • Written By: Justin Benson
  • Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Tate Ellington, Callie Hernandez, & Lew Temple
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2017

4. Blue My Mind

  • Showtime: Saturday, March 31st @ 1:15PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: As if adapting to a new town and a new life weren’t enough, 15-year-old Mia faces an overwhelming transformation when her body starts to change radically.
  • Written & Directed By: Lisa Brühlmann
  • Cast: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, & Regula Grauwiller
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Language: Swiss German (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 2017

5. Boiled Angels: The Trial Of Mike Diana

  • Showtime : Saturday, March 31st @ 4:00PM (World Premiere)
  • Synopsis: Jailed for comics?! The true story of Mike Diana, the only American artist ever convicted of obscenity, directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker).
  • Directed By: Frank Henenlotter
  • Featuring: Mike Diana, George A. Romero, Neil Gaiman, Peter Bagge, Jay Lynch, Stephen Bissette, Peter Kuper, & more
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2018

6. Ghost Stories

  • Showtime: Saturday, March 31st @ 7:00PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: Professional ghost debunker Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across three long-lost cases of unexplainable “hauntings”.
  • Written & Directed by: Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Andy Nyman, Alex Lawther, & Paul Whitehouse
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: UK
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2018

7. Satan’s Slaves

  • Showtime: Saturday, March 31st @ 9:45PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: A hit at Rotterdam, acclaimed director Joko Anwar’s (Modus Anomali, A Copy Of My Mind) remake of a beloved 1982 Indonesian horror classic (reputedly itself inspired by Phantasm) is a delightfully terrifying haunted house movie – and the country’s biggest box office smash of 2017.
  • Written & Directed by: Joko Anwar
  • Cast: Bront Palarae, Tara Basro, Endy Arfian, & Dimas Aditya
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Language: Indonesian (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 2017

8. Curse Of Snakes Valley AKA “the Soviet Indiana Jones”

  • Showtime: Sunday, April 1st @ 12:30PM (World Premiere Restoration)
  • Synopsis: This unseen 1980s Eastern Bloc-buster presents the Soviet answer to Indiana Jones in a tale that combines snakes and jungle traps and the “classic weirdness” of Polish sci-fi! Never released in the US, Curse Of Snakes Valley screens in a beautiful new digital restoration by the Estonian Film Institute.
  • Directed by: Marek Piestrak
  • Written by: Wojciech Nizynski, Marek Piestrak, & Vladimir Valutskiy
  • Starring: Krzysztof Kolberger, Roman Wilhelmi, & Ewa Salacka
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Country: Estonia, Poland
  • Language: Russian (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 1988

9. Lowlife

  • Showtime: Sunday, April 1st @ 3:00PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.
  • Directed by: Ryan Prows
  • Written by: Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Ryan Prows, & Maxwell Michael Towson
  • Cast: Jon Oswald, Nicki Micheaux, Mark Burnham, & Ricardo Adam Zarate
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Country: US
  • Language: English, Spanish (w/English subtitles)
  • Year: 2017

10. The Terror

  • Showtime: Sunday, April 1st @ 5:30PM (Episode Sneak Preview)
  • Synopsis: Join star Jared Harris for a sneak preview of AMC’s new series based on Dan Simmons’s 2007 bestseller, the true-life tale of a group of sailors confronting certain death at the frozen ends of the earth.
  • Cast: Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, & Tobias Menzies
  • Runtime: 144 minutes (Episodes 1-3 of Season 1)
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2018

11. The Ranger

  • Showtime: Sunday, April 1st @ 9:00PM (NY Premiere)
  • Synopsis: Teen punks on the run from the cops hide out in a remote cabin, only to find out that the forest has its own law.
  • Directed by: Jenn Wexler
  • Written by: Giaco Furino & Jenn Wexler
  • Cast: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, & Larry Fessenden
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2018

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