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Sosie Bacon in Smile.It tells you a lot about what makes Fantastic Fest unique when a surprise screening of a new Marvel offering is met first with laughs of disbelief, then irritated sighs, and soon, clusters of attendees huffing toward the exits. The annual film festival, which returned this past week to Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, was founded in 2005 on principles of adventure and audacity. It’s a celebration of horror, fantasy, and other so-called genre films that are pulled in from the fringes, then given a big-screen showcase for a proudly niche audience. So when one of the festival’s “secret screenings” turned out to be an advance look at Werewolf by Night, a new Marvel TV special that debuts on Disney+ on October 7, the audience’s grumbling was…

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