SXSW returns this week, albeit in a remote and socially distanced form. This year’s online festival includes a strong slate of films, including the horror and genre focused Midnighters lineup. In the coming days, the staff of Modern Horrors will be bringing you our thoughts and reviews on a number of these movies. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at some of the titles we’re most excited about to help whet your appetites.
Director Jacob Gentry (The Signal, Synchronicity) returns with a film said to be inspired by the infamous and creepy television broadcast interruptions that occurred in the Chicago area in 1987. Also working on the film are composer Ben Lovett (I Trapped the Devil, The Wind) and special effects maestro Dan Martin (Possessor, Color Out of Space).
Broadcast Signal Intrusion has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Tuesday March 16th at 8:00pm.
South African horror film Gaia‘s teaser trailer (included below) immediately grabbed me, with its scenes of hallucinatory eco-horror coupled with glimpses of creature design that seem reminiscent of The Last of Us. I can’t wait to see what secrets Gaia has in store for us.
Gaia has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Tuesday March 16th at 8:00pm.
Jakob’s Wife is the new film from director Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor). Genre faves Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden appear together for the first time since We Are Still Here, which was also produced by Stevens. The cast also includes CM Punk, who was the lead in Stevens’s directorial debut. Shudder has picked up the film prior to its debut at SXSW.
Jakob’s Wife has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Wednesday March 17th at 8:00pm.
Little is currently known about director Mickey Keating’s newest film, but the synopsis included below and the lone still I’ve seen have me instantly intrigued. And with a cast including Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil), Jeremy Gardner (After Midnight), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next), and Richard Brake (Mandy), Offseason jumped to must-watch status.
Offseason has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Wednesday March 17th at 8:00pm.
While film is an inherently visual medium, sound has become an integral part of the experience. This is especially true of horror films, and many of the best examples utilize sound in a novel way. Sound of Violence appears poised to deliver a unique take on this theme, focusing on the crossroads of synesthesia and murder. Check out the killer sounds and visuals in the trailer below.
Sound of Violence has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Thursday March 18th at 8:00pm
The Spine of Night seems to have some serious Heavy Metal vibes, and I am here for it. On top of the gore-dripped animation, Spine features a killer cast including Joe Mangianello (Archenemy), Lucy Lawless (Ash vs. Evil Dead), and Patton freakin’ Oswalt. This looks to be a perfect example of a midnight movie.
The Spine of Night has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Thursday March 18th at 8:00pm
Folk horror is a notoriously difficult genre to define, particularly given widely differing folklore, customs, and traditions throughout the world. Director Kier-La Janisse’s feature debut, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, traces this movement from its beginnings with the “Unholy Trinity” – three films that kickstarted folk horror – through its myriad expressions to the modern day. I’ve been looking forward to this since it was first announced, and was greatly excited to see it announced as part of this year’s SXSW lineup.
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched has its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Tuesday March 16th at 8:00pm.
Fresh off of her feature debut, Head Count, Elle Callahan is back with Witch Hunt. This horror/fantasy mashup will likely make use of Callahan’s knowledge in the genres of mystery and magic realism–which she studied during her time at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Not much else is known, but Head Count showed a ton of promise, and I can’t wait to see the next step in her filmmaking career.
Witch Hunt makes its world premiere at SXSW Online 2021 on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM.
I heard incredible things about Violation after it made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Fortunately for those of us that missed that screening, Violation is on its way to brutalize audiences at SXSW later this week.
Violation makes its SXSW premiere on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM
It’s difficult for me to gauge the type of film that Feast is going to be–but I’m fairly certain that it won’t share much in common with the John Gulager’s 2005 creature feature. Lee Haven Jones’ new film is keeping its cards close to its chest, and that has me all the more intrigued to check out this new Midnighter.
The Feast screens at SXSW Online 2021 on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM.
More information on the films and events featured during SXSW Online 2021 can be found at https://www.sxsw.com