The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ SXSW Midnight Screenings Announced

Honey Buzz ~ SXSW Midnight Screenings Announced

Last week, if you were watching twitter, I did a massive freak out dance around my apartment after being accepted as media to South By South West 2015. If you're not familiar with SXSW, its a massive arts festival held every year in Austin, TX and featured world premieres of international films from every genre. As excited as I am about the lineup, it's the Midnight films that I'm most excited about. The Midnight showings are where all the crazy comes out to play, and that's where I live. 

I'm also a sucker for short films, so there's a good chance I'll be trying to smash as many of those into my eye holes as possible while I'm there.

Below is the lineup of Midnighter films, with my initial reactions as I start planning my trip!

From the press release:

SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2015 MIDNIGHTER FEATURES & SHORTS
Austin, Texas – February 10, 2015 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed the highly anticipated features in the Midnighters section, as well as the complete short film lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Entering its 22nd year, the SXSW Midnighters section is always a favorite with SXSW audiences who relish in the weird, electrifying and sometimes, downright terrifying. Featuring 11 genre films, including nine World Premieres, 2015’s Midnighter slate includes thrillers, sci-fi and dark comedies from a mix of new and veteran filmmakers. These 11 Midnighters are included in the 145 total features screening at SXSW Film 2015.

106 short films were selected from a record 4,935 short film submissions, an overall increase of 16% from 2014. A comprehensive list of the Short Films Program is detailed below, all of which will screen as part of 10 curated shorts programs. For more information on Midnighters, shorts and the rest of the announced SXSW Film lineup, visit:sxsw.com/film/screenings/2015-lineup.

“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup,” said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece. “These nine World Premieres and two Festival Favorites are helmed by five, first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni. We will be screening four films a night at midnight during all nine days of SXSW, and we can’t wait to unleash them on the SXSW audiences!”
“When programming, I’m looking for short films that demand my attention, engage me in a new way and get me excited about sharing them with our audience,” explains Claudette Godfrey, Shorts Programmer & Operations Manager for SXSW Film. “The 2015 SXSW Short Film Program showcases a vast range of brilliant talent who utilize the short form with impressive skill to explore new stories and perspectives.”

MIDNIGHTERS (feature films)

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain) - Not sure how I feel about this one. Call me provincial, but something about necrophilia is just... not a draw for me. I do, however, love Spanish horror, so I might flip a coin for this one.
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó
(World Premiere)

Deathgasm (New Zealand) - Kiwi Horror is one of my favorite mini-genres, but I might just be biased about that. Likely as not, it will wind up being a horror comedy, and I'm down for that.
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden
New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Stephen Ure (World Premiere)

The Diabolical - I'm intrigued about this one, but worried that its going to end up being a little too Babadook-y. I have a bit of a thing for Ali Larter, so I'll definitely be checking it out.  
Director: Alistair Legrand, Screenwriters: Alistair Legrand, Luke Harvis
When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence, she turns to her science teacher boyfriend to help take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face. Cast: Ali Larter, Arjun Gupta, Max Rose, Merrin Dungey, Chloe Perrin, Kurt Carley, Patrick Fischler, Wilmer Calderon, Tom Wright, Laura Margolis (World Premiere)

Excess Flesh - ZERO interest. Maybe less than zero. 
Director: Patrick Kennelly, Screenwriters: Sigrid Gilmer, Patrick Kennelly
Obsessed with her sexy roommate, Jill violently imprisons Jennifer in their apartment in a twisted attempt to bring them closer together. Cast: Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee, Sheresade Poblet, Jill Jacobson, Dana L. Wilson, Kristin Minter, Robert Maffia, Jules Bruff, Juan Riedinger (World Premiere)

Hangman - Home invasion movies make me HIGHLY uncomfortable, so obviously I have to see this. Also, Jeremy Sisto. Hello. 
Director: Adam Mason, Screenwriters: Adam Mason, Simon Boyes
Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. But little do they know the nightmare has just begun.Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ty Simpkins, Ryan Simpkins, Amy Smart, Ross Partridge, Vince Ventresca, Bruno Acalinas, Ethan Harris-Riggs, Jamie Lee (World Premiere)

He Never Died - Could this be a ZomCom? I'll bite. 
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Krawczyk
Jack is a man battling his eternal struggle with cannibalism. There are very few reasons to live when you can’t die. Cast: Henry Rollins, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, BooBoo Stewart, Jordan Todosey (World Premiere)

The Invitation - This feels familiar, and I'm not a fan of the premise. Who in their right mind would go to their ex-spouse's house for dinner? Not me, buddy. 
Director: Karyn Kusama, Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intention for their guests. Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Michelle Krusiec, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso (World Premiere)

The Nightmare - Given Ascher's track record with documentaries he's directed himself *coughRoom237cough* I'm planning ahead of time to attend this one drunk. 
Director: Rodney Ascher
The Nightmare is an original horror documentary from the Oscar winning producer of Undefeated, the producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and the producer of The Pact and is directed by Rodney Ascher, the acclaimed director of the Room 237.

Pod - Meh. Time to work on that log line a bit. 
Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house. Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Weselcouch (World Premiere)

Turbo Kid (Canada / New Zealand) - Four weaknesses: Post Apocalyptic Future, Canadian, Kiwi, and Michael Ironside. I'll be there.
Director/Screenwriter: RKSS Collective
In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE.
Cast: Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffrey

We Are Still Here - Yes, yes, yes... yes. 
Director/Screenwriter: Ted Geoghegan
In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice.Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fesseden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham (World Premiere)