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Ti West to fight Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League at Fantastic Fest

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Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.

The list of newly announced festival guests, meanwhile, features Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, who will be serving on the Next Wave film jury, and filmmaker Joe Lynch, who will be bringing along his new film, the action movie Everly, which finds Salma Hayek facing off against waves of assassins. Drive auteur Nicolas Winding Refn will be in attendance along with his wife Liv Corfixen, whose documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, is to receive world premiere at the event, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will also be on hand to moderate the red-carpet world premiere of filmmaker David Yarovesky’s The Hive.

But the announcement which is most exciting: the news that Innkeepers director Ti West will debate and fight Fantastic Fest founder and Alamo Drafthouse head honcho Tim League on the subject of found-footage horror.

As West’s most recent film, The Sacrament, actually was a found-footage, movie this should make for a heavyweight contest (if not literally, given West’s slender frame). In truth, these debate-bouts tend to be good-natured affairs, although they can turn serious as film writer Devin Faraci discovered when he stepped into the ring with director Joe Swanberg two years ago. (For more information on that, check out Faraci’s blog post, “How I Got My Ass Kicked At Fantastic Fest.”)

“We promised that our tenth anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet and I’m proud to say we’ve delivered on that promise,” said League 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.”

Previously announced Fantastic Fest films include Kevin Smith’s utterly bizarre Tusk, the horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Nightcrawler, much-tipped terror tale The Babadook, and the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.

You can read much more about this year’s Fantastic Fest at the event’s official website—and you can see the new trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown below.