If you’re a hardcore genre fan, the below list of movies just announced for the SXSW Midnight program is probably going to make you drool just a little bit. It’s the kind of roster that should light up the eyes of anyone who actively seeks out genre movies from all over the world. If you’re only a casual horror fan (and that’s totally okay), let’s give a little context to a few of the world premieres before we even get to the plot descriptions and cast lists.
13 Sins – Directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), a remake of the twisted Thai film 13: Game of Death.
Among the Living – The latest from the mad Frenchmen who gave the world Inside.
Exists – A horror movie about bigfoot from the director of The Blair Witch Project and Altered.
Late Phases – The English language debut of the director of Penumbra and Cold Sweat, about an old man defending his retirement community from…something.
Stage Fright – The feature film debut of Jerome Sable, whose The Legend of Beaver Dam is one of the most entertaining horror shorts we’ve ever seen.
And that doesn’t even include wildcard movies like Home, Honeymoon, and Starry Eyes, each of which we have a feeling will surprise a lot of people when they world premiere at SXSW this coming March. And then there are the non-world premieres, The Guest (from the team who made You’re Next) and Oculus (from the director of Absentia). Between ’em all, it’s looking like this is one of the most interesting line-ups of midnight movies SXSW (or any festival, really) has had in years.
Check out the full details below.
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman
Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th. Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil. Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei
Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard
As children, two siblings witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass – a legendary mirror their parents owned. Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff
Director: Jerome Sable
Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. “Scream” meets “Glee” in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical. Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost. Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey
Check out a list of all the other previously announced films for SXSW 2014 here. And for a list of all the short films playing, head here.
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