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Midnight by Southwest: “YOU’RE NEXT,” “HAUNTER” & More in Austin

by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-06 21:04:25

SXSW is rapidly approaching and in addition to the highly
anticipated world premiere of EVIL DEAD, they’ve announced a Midnight Slate
including the resurgence of YOU’RE NEXT, THE LORDS OF SALEM, the latest from
Vincenzo Natali and more!

With festival favorites like V/H/S 2 (retitled from S-VHS) and Xan Cassavetes’ terrific vampire Euro throwback KISS OF THE DAMNED, the world premiere Dennis Iliadis’ (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) PLUS ONE and E.L. Katz’ CHEAP THRILLS, SXSW’s Midnighters look to have the spectrum from gory blasts to lush dreams covered. You can
find the entirety of the lineup, below. SXSW Film spans March 8-16. For more,
visit the official site.

• 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 (World Premiere)

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• CHEAP THRILLS

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 (World Premiere)

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• HAUNTER (Canada)

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  (World Premiere)

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• 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
(U.S. Premiere)

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• THE LORDS OF SALEM (FANGORIA’s Review)

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 (U.S. Premiere)

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• PLUS ONE

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 (World Premiere)

• THE RAMBLER

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

• V/H/S/2 (FANGORIA’s Review)

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

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• YOU’RE NEXT (FANGORIA’s Review)

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

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