South By Southwest is one of the biggest festivals in the country. It encompasses film, music, comedy, education and technology and for a week each spring Austin is the festival. This year the SXSW film festival is back in person with a virtual component as well and based on the massive lineup, everything is bigger in Texas!
There are 99 feature films and 76 world premiers as well as short films and VR experiences. What we’re looking forward to the most are the Midnighters, 8 “scary, funny, sexy, controversial…features for night owls and the terminally curious.” The Scariest Things will be reporting on all these features and Liz will be (cowboy) boots on the ground in Austin!
Here are summaries of the Midnighers and you can read about these and all the other films on the official festival site.
Director/Screenwriter: Ti West
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. Cast List: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, Scott Mescudi (World Premiere)
Director: Bill Posley
In 1999 a gang initiation goes wrong when recruits break into the deadly game house of cinema’s first Black masked serial killer. Think Don’t Breathe meets Squid Games, but… black. Cast List: Tony Todd, Sheaun McKinney, Tunde Laleye, Me’Lisa Sellers, Teon Kelly (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Vanessa Winter and Joseph Winter
When a washed up internet personality attempts to win back his followers by live streaming a haunted house, he accidentally pisses off a vengeful spirit and his big comeback event becomes a fight for his life (and social relevance). Cast List: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Addison Heimann
A young potter’s life devolves into chaos as he loses function of his body while being haunted by the physical manifestation of his childhood trauma. Cast List: Zach Villa, Devon Graye, Madeline Zima, Yumarie Morales, Marlene Forte, Chris Doubek, Paget Brewster, Adam Busch, Michael Cassidy, Peter Mensah, Debra Wilson (World Premiere)
No Looking Back
Director/Screenwriter: Kirill Sokolov
Family dysfunction reaches boiling point as three generations of warring women face-off. Cast List: Victoria Korotkova, Anna Mikhalkova, Sofia Krugova (North American Premiere)
Director: Hannah Barlow
Invited away on a bachelorette weekend, Sissy is stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully…and a taste for revenge. #triggered Cast List: Aisha Dee, Hannah Barlow, Emily De Margheriti, Daniel Monks, Yerin Ha, Lucy Barrett, Shaun Martindale, Amelia Lule, April Blasdall, Camille Cumpston (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Brendan Muldowney
Keira Woods’ daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever. Cast List: Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, Abby Fitz, Dylan Fitzmaurice-Brady (World Premiere)
Director: Chloe Okuno
A Young woman moves into a new apartment and is tormented by the feeling that she is being watched. Cast List: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman (Texas Premiere)
All film summaries were provided by SXSW