[SXSW '14] Midnighters Include ‘Among the Living,’ ‘Late Phases,’ ‘Exists’ and More (Images)!

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The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW official website) is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated features in the Midnighters section, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

For 21 years, the SXSW Midnighters section has embraced and hyped genre filmmaking from veterans and rookie visionaries in kind, and the 2014 program returns once again with a vengeance. Consisting of eight World Premieres, one U.S. Premiere and one film from one of our favorite festivals, there is sure to be something for all the horror fans, gore hounds, sci-fi freaks alike.

The “Midnighters” section is scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious!

Here’s the insane line-up!

13 Sins


Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

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.

Among The Living (France)


Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

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.

Exists


Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

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.

The Guest


Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

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.

Home


Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)

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.

Honeymoon


Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown (World Premiere)

Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.

Late Phases


Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest (World Premiere)

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.

Oculus


Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)

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.

Stage Fright


Director: Jerome Sable
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman (World Premiere)

“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.

Starry Eyes


Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World Premiere)

In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.

  • WineandWatch

    Not gonna lie, I’m excited for ALL of these! But I’m most excited for Oculus, The Guest and Stage Fright (mostly because I’m a musical theatre junkie so…..yeah).

  • horrorking95

    Among the Living! I can’t wait for this!