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2015 SXSW Midnighters lineup revealed

02.10.2015by: Ryan Miller

Riding on the heels of the first wave of films to make a splash at this year’s SXSW Film Festival is the revealing of the Midnighters lineup, one that will surely leave horror fans smiling like a butcher’s dog. What will surely be some of the most talked about genre titles of the year will show their face at this year’s Festival from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Take a look below to see what terrors are on the horizon.

Featuring 11 genre films, including nine World Premieres, 2015’s Midnighter slate includes thrillers, sci-fi and dark comedies from a mix of new and veteran filmmakers. These 11 Midnighters are included in the 145 total features screening at SXSW Film 2015.

“Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.”

THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ (Spain)

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her.

Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó (World Premiere)

DEATHGASM (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden

New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Stephen Ure (World Premiere)

EXCESS FLESH

Director: Patrick Kennelly, Screenwriters: Sigrid Gilmer, Patrick Kennelly

Obsessed with her sexy roommate, Jill violently imprisons Jennifer in their apartment in a twisted attempt to bring them closer together.

Cast: Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee, Sheresade Poblet, Jill Jacobson, Dana L. Wilson, Kristin Minter, Robert Maffia, Jules Bruff, Juan Riedinger (World Premiere)

THE DIABOLICAL

Director/Screenwriter: Alistair Legrand, Screenwriter: Luke Harvis

When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence, she turns to her science teacher boyfriend to help take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightening to face.

Cast: Ali Larter, Arjun Gupta, Max Rose, Merrin Dungey, Chloe Perrin, Kurt Carley, Patrick Fischler, Wilmer Calderon, Tom Wright, Laura Margolis (World Premiere)

HANGMAN

Director/Screenwriter: Adam Mason, Screenwriter: Simon Boyes

Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. But little do they know the nightmare has just begun.

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ty Simpkins, Ryan Simpkins, Amy Smart, Ross Partridge, Vince Ventresca, Bruno Acalinas, Ethan Harris-Riggs, Jamie Lee (World Premiere)

HE NEVER DIED

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Krawczyk

Jack is a man battling his eternal struggle with cannibalism. There are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.

Cast: Henry Rollins, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, BooBoo Stewart, Jordan Todosey (World Premiere)

THE INVITATION

Director: Karyn Kusama, Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi

While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intention for their guests.

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Michelle Krusiec, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso (World Premiere)

THE NIGHTMARE

Director: Rodney Ascher

The Nightmare is an original horror documentary from the Oscar winning producer of Undefeated, the producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and the Producer of The Pact and is directed by Rodney Ascher, the acclaimed director of the Room 237.

POD

Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating

A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Weselcouch (World Premiere)

TURBO KID (Canada / New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: RKSS Collective

In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE.

Cast: Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffrey

WE ARE STILL HERE

Director/Screenwriter: Ted Geoghegan

In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice.

Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fesseden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham (World Premiere)

Extra Tidbit: Which of these are you the most excited to see?

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