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Meet a Fantastic Fest First-Timer: C. Rachel Katz

C Rachel Katz - At Fantastic Fest
by Jason Whyte

I'm a Canadian horror blogger and podcaster. I've lived in a number of cities in different countries so while my vowels are thoroughly Canuck, every now and again I'll say something that sounds British or American. I'm an academic by design--I've spent most of my life in school and now that I'm out, I don't really know what to do with myself, so I read journal articles about horror moves. For fun. I also teach skiing. Rachel Katz who attended Fantastic Fest for the first time this year.

Do you attend any other film festivals around the year? If so what are your favorite things about those festivals?

In the past I've attended TIFF, Toronto After Dark, and the Tallahassee Film Festival. Although small, Tallahassee was fun because I got to hang out with a guy who knows Tom Noonan. TIFF is always an adventure and there I saw my scariest film as well as one of my least favourtes. One year, I found gala tickets in a bathroom, and another time I walked straight into Liam Neeson. Seriously, I wasn't paying attention and crashed right into him. Last year was my first time at Toronto After Dark. I only saw two films, but the festival is memorable.

What made you decide to attend Fantastic Fest this year?

I was pressured into going by Mile High Cinema writer Brad McHargue.

What are some of your favorite types of films?

I like suspenseful horror movies; the atmosphere, the creeping dread is so deliciously frightening. I also really enjoy a good action movie. Sci-fi action, fantasy action, I don't care as long as it's exciting and has no hand held photography. I tend to shy away from most dramas, westerns, and war movies. I have no time for romantic movies and I think most romantic comedies are insulting to my intelligence, gender, and sense of decency. Give me a good think piece and I'm happy, or something that's just a lot of pointed violence. Pointless violence, by contrast, is completely unacceptable.

What do you expect to see when you arrive in Austin for Fantastic Fest this year?

I have no clue. I haven't decided on what I'd like to see! I should probably get on that!

Do you plan to see only movies at Fantastic Fest, or attend parties, or a little bit of both? What's your gameplan?

I want to do it all. Movies, parties, press events. I'm packing for day and nighttime activities. Whatever I do, I hope it doesn't involve too much walking or standing around because not all my shoes are great for that. They look good, though.

Overall, what are you looking forward to the MOST at Fantastic Fest 2012?

Really, it's just the experience of going, of meeting new people, and seeing a bunch of movies before anyone else does and bragging about it online.

Finally, a question I ask everyone...what is your all time favorite motion picture, and why?

Empirical evidence would suggest Who Framed Roger Rabbit because I saw it like nine times or something in theatres. But I think that intellectually and emotionally, it's a tie between Predator and Warlock. Predator is great because it's so simple yet brilliantly accomplished and Warlock because it was one of the first horror movies I really remember enjoy watching.

This is one of the many interviews featured for coverage at Fantastic Fest this year. For more information about the fest please feel free to check out

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