Every year, the big event in the world of fantastic and horror cinema arrives in Sitges, bringing together all sorts of aficionados, some as unusual as the films in the festival. This year, the 48th edition is on from October 9 to 18, and we understand that between preparing your own costume and working up plans for stealing a selfie with your favourite cult director, you might not have had time to check out the full programme for the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. So please allow us to lend a hand with our selection of this year's must-see movies.
Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
With the glow of success still surrounding him following 'La grande bellezza' ('The Great Beauty'), Sorrentino is back on our screens, this time with a nostalgic portrait of maturity starring a superb Michael Caine.
Justin Kurzel (UK)
Among sound and fury, Michael Fassbender is about to receive three witches. This new version of the classic Shakespeare tragedy promises to spill plenty of blood.
As the Gods Will
Takashi Miike (Japan)
The tireless director of ‘13 Assassins’ is back to spill blood and guts in a film about high school students who are forced to play a game of death. Bring a raincoat in case all that blood spatter jumps right off the screen.
Last Days in the Desert
Rodrigo García (USA)
Just the thought of Ewan McGregor playing Jesus is enough to get us into the cinema to see this one. We wouldn't miss it for all the temptations the devil could dream up.
John MacLean (New Zealand)
If your go-to sexual fantasy is a real cowboy, complete with hat and boots, here's where you can make it come true, at least on celluloid. Temperatures haven't soared this high in the Wild West since 'Brokeback Mountain'.
Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz (USA)
The goriest of the gore of the festival is this remake of the classic by Pascal Laugier. A piece of free advice: try not to eat a big meal before the screening.
Eli Roth (USA)
If two hot women offerend you a lap dance, that might get your motor going and make you lose all sense of better judgment. The latest film from the director of 'Hostel' takes advantage of his time in Sitges to offer a master class.
Les revenants (The Returned)
Fabrice Gobert (France)
If you're a fan of stories about life after death, and your French is up to snuff, check out this fifth episode of the latest season of this French cult TV series. Bon appétit!
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El cadáver de Anna Fritz (The Corpse of Anna Fritz)
Hèctor Hernández (Spain)
An actress turns up dead in a hotel room, and the mystery ensues. Yipes!
Ben Wheatley (UK)
If you saw ‘Sightseers’ three years ago, you know what kind of comedy is cooking in this kitchen.