SXSW's 2013 Midnighters Line-Up: 'V/H/S/2', 'Haunter', 'You're Next'
Nine more exciting films added to the 2013 SXSW Film Festival line-up. Just last week, SXSW revealed their selection of competition, spotlight and premiere features playing this year. Today they've announced another nine additional films playing in the "Midnighter" category. For 20 years, the SXSW Midnighters section has embraced and hyped genre filmmaking from veterans and rookies alike, and this year continues in kind. A few of them are follow-ups from other fests, but they've got big premieres as well, including a film called Big Ass Spider! and Haunted, the latest from Cube/Splice director Vincenzo Natali. List below!
The SXSW Film Festival runs March 8th-16th in Austin, TX, taking place all over the city at various venues. For more details on the films, visit the festival online at SXSW.com. Here is the latest 2013 film line-up:
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Big Ass Spider!
Director: Mike Mendez, Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras
When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau
Director: E.L. Katz, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo
Recently fired and facing eviction, the married father of a newborn has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security…but at a price. Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller
Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King
Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett
Kiss of the Damned
Director/Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes
Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered… Cast: Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran
The Lords of Salem
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn
Director: Dennis Iliadis, Screenwriter: Bill Gullo
When the party of the decade is disrupted by a supernatural phenomenon, the night soon descends in to chaos. Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother. Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot
Directors: Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jamie Nash, Jason Eisener, John Davies
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance. Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all. Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg
In addition to these films, SXSW also revealed a massive line-up of 106 short films featured in the fest. For the full list of shorts, visit SXSW.com. All of these films compliment an already outstanding selection of films at SXSW this year. This really is one of those landmark years with a lot of fantastic films. A few odd notes - the V/H/S sequel seems to have changed titles, I assume because we're definitely seeing more than just 2, and where can they go after S-VHS? So back to V/H/S/2 and beyond. Additionally, Adam Wingard's You're Next first played at Fantastic Fest back in 2011, it's an old film, but apparently a great one. Our own Jeremy Kirk will be covering the festival for FS.net this spring, so stay tuned for his reviews and updates.