While we won’t get the full list of horror films playing at this year’s SXSW Film Festival this coming March in Austin, Texasuntil next week, we did identify three genre offerings that warrant our attention.
First, and most notably, is Snakes On a Plane and Gothika writer Sebastian Gutierrez‘s Elizabeth Harvest, which hails out of the UK. Pictured above, “Elizabeth Harvest is a science fiction reimagining of the French folktale of Bluebeard, in which a violent nobleman in the habit of murdering his wives is confronted by a new wife trying to avoid the fate of her predecessors.” It stars Abbey Lee, Ciaran Hinds, Carla Gugino, Matthew Beard, and Dylan Baker.
Then there’s Septian director Michael Tully‘s Don’t Leave Home, starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen, David McSavage, and Karrie Cox. In the film set to World Premiere, “An American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.”
Another interesting find is Nightwatch and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov‘s Profile, which looks inspired by the secretly-filmed Unfriended sequel. In the film, “Looking to investigate recruitment techniques of ISIS to lure women into Syria, Amy Whitaker, a journalist, creates a Facebook profile of a Muslim convert. When an ISIS recruiter contacts her online character, she experiences the process first hand.” Having its North American Premiere at the festival, it stars Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, and Amir Rahimzadeh.