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THE SPINE OF NIGHT Blooms With RLJE Films And Shudder For North America

The big news was announced yesterday over at Deadline. No one was surprised to learn that the roto-scope animated throwback fantasy film The Spine of Night had been bought for North America shortly after its world premiere at SXSW this month....

SXSW 2021 Interview: SWAN SONG Star Udo Kier and Director Todd Stephens on Their Melancholic, Joyful Gem

In Swan Song, the first feature film in 13 years by Todd Stephens, German actor Udo Kier builds an essential character within a prolific and legendary filmography: more than 250 credits and collaborations with such greats as Paul Morrissey, Rainer...

SXSW 2021 Review: SOUND OF VIOLENCE

After surviving a horrible childhood tragedy that took the lives of her whole family, Alexis has been chasing down sounds that help her experience the phenomena called Synesthesia. It is usually an involuntary experience in a second sense. Alexis sees...

SXSW 2021 Interview: CLERK Director Malcolm Ingram On Pop Icon Kevin Smith

In 1992 a young man from New Jersey, US, traveled to Vancouver, Canada to study film and pursue his dream. Since he was little, his father instilled in him a love for movies. Then a particular film, Richard Linklater's Slacker,...

SXSW XR 2021 Dispatch: Like VR but Virtual

Virtual film festivals have led to mixed results for those festivals' XR programs. While in many ways, at home viewing of VR projects is much more conducive than crowded festival halls. But the lack of volunteer docents to help troubleshoot...

SXSW 2021 Review: JAKOB'S WIFE, Keeping This Marriage Together Is Going To Be The Death Of Them

As anyone who has ever taken the plunge can attest to, keeping a marriage together is no simple task. The routines that comfort us in the beginning can start to feel like ruts after a while, and it is very...

Friday One Sheet: THE MOHEL

Here is the key art for a Canadian short playing at SXSW that at first glance evokes the iconic poster imagery of The Exorcist. Charles Wahl's The Mohel, however, is about a Jewish doctor arriving to do the circumcision of...

SXSW 2021 Interview: WE ARE AS GODS Directors Jason Sussberg And David Alvarado On The Man Who Wants To Revive The Mammoth

The documentary We Are As Gods focuses on Stewart Brand, a fascinating man whose main current obsession is de-extinction. Brand supports the idea of bringing back various extinct species and restoring ecosystems. His most ambitious project involves the woolly mammoth,...

SXSW 2021 Review: THE SPINE OF NIGHT's Fantasy Revels In Rotoscoped Gory Glory

We live in a heyday of adult animation on television, but when it comes to feature length films, it's been a bit more sparse over the last couple of decades. Apart from brutally raunchy fare like the South Park film...

SXSW 2021 Review: OFFSEASON, Eldritch Horrors Meet Silent Hill Gameplay In This Effective Diversion

After receiving a mysterious letter, a woman travels to her family's remote ancestral home somewhere in New England and finds herself trapped by an ancient force in Mickey Keating's latest mumblegore effort, Offseason. A kind of Eldritch-esque survival horror that...

SXSW 2021 Review: Pull Up A Chair For THE FEAST, A Superb Welsh Folk Horror

Set at an ostentatious estate nestled garishly upon the lush green landscapes of rural Wales, director Lee Haven Jones makes his feature directing debut with the astonishingly elegant eco/folk/revenge horror film, The Feast (Gwledd). The family of a politician are...

SXSW 2021 Review: GAIA, Mother Earth Will Have Her Revenge In This South African Eco-Horror

A forest ranger plunges deep into the jungle on a routine observation mission and finds herself face to face with a pair of unkempt survivalists teetering on what seems to be the edge of paranoid madness in South African director...

SXSW 2021 Review: WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR, An Expansive Examination Of An Evergreen Subgenre

An epic and sprawling investigation, dissection, and contextualization of the cultural impact of folk horror in cinema, first-time feature director Kier-La Janisse's Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is an outstanding achievement in the academic treatment...

SXSW 2021 Review: BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, A Compelling Conspiracy Thriller Can't Quite Stick the Landing

There's something about the unexplained and seemingly unexplainable that can turn the most rational person into a conspiracy theorist when they start to look too closely at details that were never meant to be put under a microscope. In Jacob...

SXSW 2021: Barbara Crampton And Larry Fessenden's Marriage Faces The Ultimate Test in Trailer For JAKOB'S WIFE

Travis Stevens' new horror flick Jakob's Wife is one of our anticipated titles this week when the digital edition of SXSW gets underway. The festival starts tomorrow and Stevens' flick is part of the midnighter program. The trailer was just...

SXSW 2021 Interview: LUCHADORAS Directors Paola Calvo And Patrick Jasim On Lucha Libre, Feminism And Ciudad Juárez

One of the most violent Mexican cities since the first years of the so-called "drug war" is Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. In 2010, the most violent year in its history, there were more than 3,000 murders. The case of "the dead...

SXSW 2021 Virtual Fest Preview

The virtual edition of the SXSW Film Festival, aka SXSW Online, kicks off tomorrow, March 16, and runs five short days until Saturday March 20. With fewer days to watch movies, the total list of films is cut down quite...

SXSW 2021: THE SPINE OF NIGHT Trailer Delivers on The Promise of Rotoscoped Ultra Violence

Holy. Hell. The Spine of Night just threw down a bloody gauntlet to all other midnighter films at this year's SXSW Film Festival. Bring your 'A' game cause they've just dropped one hell of a teaser. Indiewire got to break the...

SXSW 2021: North American Rights For South African Horror-Thriller GAIA go to Newly Formed Distributor Decal

Deadline has just reported that the North American rights for South African horror-thriller Gaia have gone to Decal, the newly formed home entertainment distributor from NEON and Bleecker Street. Gaia will have its world premiere during SXSW.    We announced...

PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN Giveaway: Win a Blu-ray of The Smash Hit Comedy Horror Sci-fi

No better way to start a Tuesday than to give away Blu-rays of Steve Kostanski's hit comedy horror sci-fi PG: Psycho Goreman. Our friends at RLJE Films, part of the AMC Network, have given us two (2) Blu-rays to give...