Some people are willing to do anything for fame. Sleep with a producer, humiliate themselves on a reality show, or even sell their body to a creepy satan cult. In directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s Starry Eyes, they explore that last one in great detail. This is slow burn horror at it’s best- slowly revealing itself to the audience before exploding into a torrent of carnage and mayhem. Featuring scenes of excessive creepiness and sparse bits of extreme violence, this is the perfect example of how horror movies used to be.
If one thing can be said about director Nacho Vigalondo, it’s that he’s always coming up with new and creative ways to tell stories. Timecrimes was one of the best time travel movies I’ve ever seen and might be one of my favorite thrillers of all time. Extraterrestrial brought a different take on the alien invasion movie, and now Open Windows, his first English-language film, takes a harsh look at technology and obsession. The film is told entirely through a computer screen, which doesn’t seem like something that could hold one’s attention for an hour and a half, but somehow Vigalondo throws in enough suspense and twists to keep everyone glued to the screen.
Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 is a science fiction comedy that takes place in the future as it was imagined back in the ‘70s. This goofy idea lends itself to a bevy of funny gags that poke fun at the time period and how the future was represented. While it mostly acts as a straight comedy, there is a serious undercurrent flowing beneath the mustaches and feathered hairdos. This slightly dark edge makes the film much more rewarding than a straight-up spoof. Basically, Space Station 76 is like the ‘70s sci-fi version of Wet Hot American Summer, which means it’s hilarious, smart and super fun.
Leigh Jankiak’s directorial debut, Honeymoon, is an interesting blend of psychological and supernatural horror that provides both intrigue and some incredibly disturbing imagery. As the film moves on, I found myself completely enthralled in what was happening to the main characters, and was continuously guessing what weird horror was about to spring next.
Director Nicholas McCarthy exploded onto the scene back in 2012 with his festival hit The Pact, which was a fantastically creepy little horror flick. Now, his next movie, At The Devil's Door, is set come out, but it unfortunately doesn’t achieve the same level of originality or suspense as his previous film. It’s a humdrum supernatural thriller that favors jump scares over any real tension and while it starts off intriguing, it quickly devolves into a mostly boring series of horror clichés.
This week, on a special episode of the podcast, Adam welcomes special guests Leigh Janiak, director of Honeymoon, and Travis Stevens, producer of Starry Eyes, to talk about some highlights from this year’s SXSW Festival.
The audience award winners have been announced for this year’s SXSW festival, which is wrapping up today. Shawn Christensen‘s Before I Disappear won for the Narrative Feature Competition and Diana Whitten‘s Vessel picked up the award for Documentary Competition.
With the 2014 SXSW Festival launching in just about two months, the first wave of films has been announced for this year’s fest. The opening night film is Jon Favreau‘s Chef, which stars Favreau as a chef who loses his job and
The first round of film panels and keynotes have been announced for the 2014 SXSW Festival that will be taking place March 7-15 in Austin, TX. Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture), Jason Blum (Sinister, The Purge), and Casey Neistat (Daddy Long Legs)
One of our favorite films of SXSW this year, and one of my top tens films of the year thus far, is Lotfy Nathan’s documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, which takes a look at illegal dirt bike riding in Baltimore.
Screen Media Films has announced its acquisition of Todd Sklar’s comedy Awful Nice, which originally screened at SXSW 2013. The film stars Alex Rennie and James Pumphrey as two brothers headed to Branson in order to fix up and sell their recently
IFC Midnight has announced its acquisition of the Dennis Iliadis directed indie horror film Plus One, which originally premiered at this years SXSW. Though it’s the type of movie that’s best viewed cold, it revolves around a group of friends attending a
Citadel is a new Irish horror film written and directed by Ciaran Foy, that is premiering at SXSW’s Midnight series. The film is based on the director’s real life experience of being violently attacked, and subsequent fear that resulted from the