Austin’s biggest media festival, SXSW, is coming up in about five weeks, and the film portion of the fest has unveiled a list of films that will play in the midnight and shorts categories. Running March 8-16, the film portion of SXSW has been growing into one of the country’s premiere film festivals.

The biggest inclusions on the midnight side are Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem (new trailer), Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next (interview), and the very entertaining S-VHS (Sundance review). That horror sequel, incidentally, has evidently been renamed V/H/S/2, just to make the connection to last year’s horror anthology V/H/S much more clear.

There’s also the premiere of Xan CassavetesKiss of the Damned, and Haunter, the new film from Vincenzo Natali (Splice). The image above is from Cheap Thrills, and shows how ”Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) begin their descent into hell with Colin (David Koechner).”

Info on the full midnight lineup is after the break. Hit the SXSW website for the complete shorts list. Read More »

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Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett just locked in their next project, an action-thriller called The Guest. Barrett will write, Wingard will direct, and it’ll focus on a solider who comes home and becomes connected to the family of one of his fallen friends. Issues from his past then put everyone in danger.

This will mark Wingard and Barrett’s official feature follow-up to You’re Next, which will be released in August. Since then they’ve contributed to VHS, S-VHS and The ABCs of Death. They’re also developing Dead Spy Running for Warner Bros.  Read More »

Twenty-six letters, twenty-six directors, twenty-six ways to die. That’s the simple premise behind The ABC’s of Death, the crazy anthology horror film that is available on demand today, and will be in theaters on March 8.

Being as today is the first day the public can see this film (which we reviewed here) twenty-six different websites are simultaneously posting interviews with all the directors. We spoke to Adam Wingard, the director of “Q,” seen above. Wingard (left) is also the director behind A Horrible Way to Die, this summer’s (awesome) release You’re Next, and segments in VHS and S-VHS.

He and creative partner Simon Barrett (right, who contributed to all those projects as well) had an unenviable task adapting the letter Q. We discussed that along with the release of You’re Next, the success of S-VHS and his upcoming Warner Bros. film Dead Spy Running. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know how a genre director first comprehended death, this interview has the answer, along with a list of Wingard’s favorite on-screen deaths ever.

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Whether you like to be scared, grossed out or just made to scream at the top of your lungs, you’re going to love S-VHS. The film, a sequel to 2012′s VHS, once again is an horror anthology, loosely linked by the story of a two people watching random VHS tapes, all of which include some of the most horrifying, disgusting and terrifying imagery imaginable, all from different talented genre directors.

Directors Gareth Evans (The Raid) & Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch ProjectLovely Molly) & Gregg HaleJason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) have taken the formula from the first film, streamlined it and pushed the envelope even further. What remains is not only a horror anthology better than the original, but proof positive this franchise has some serious legs.

After the jump, watch our video blog review which contains no spoilers. Read More »

The ABCs of Death is an anthology comprised of twenty-six vile, disgusting, hilarious, sometimes fantastic, and other times forgettable horror shorts. Individual directors each paired a letter of the alphabet with a way someone can die, and every possible option was on the table, no matter how offensive or gory.

Predictably, the results are equal to the imaginations and skills of each director. Some episodes look gorgeous with innovative, shocking and exciting ideas executed beautifully. Others are simple and clean, and work just right. Then there are films that don’t do much with their concept and lay there. Along the way, the constant excitement and anticipation of which filmmaker is next and what their death might be provides a worthy propulsive energy in the absence of a narrative. But when one of the films lays an egg, it hurts everyone else around it.

The ABC’s of Death hits VOD January 31 and theaters March 8, but it just screened at the AFI Fest Presented by Audi. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The horror anthology is alive and ready for round two. V/H/S 2, a sequel to this year’s horror hit V/H/S, has just been announced. The film will retain the same producing team (including the people behind Bloody Disgusting) and at least one of the original directors (You’re Next director Adam Wingard), but most of the creative roster is brand new.

At the top of the new list is Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid, who’ll co-direct a segment with Timo Tjahjanto. Also directing for the film is Eduardo Sanchez, a co-director of The Blair Witch Project, who’ll co-direct his V/H/S segment with producing partner Gregg Hale. They’re joined by Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Simon Barrett, Wingard’s writing partner who’ll be making his directorial debut. Read more after the jump. Read More »

It’s a good week to be Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard. The writer/director combo who’ve collaborated on A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next and sections of V/H/S and The ABC’s of Death got a release date for their latest feature, have another film hitting theaters soon, a third playing the Toronto International Film Festival. Now they’ve booked a studio gig at Warner Bros.

They’re the latest people attached to the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock, a modern spy thriller modified to be about an international DJ, framed for the murder of his secret agent father, who goes on the run with a beautiful spy at his side. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next is one of those horror movies with potential to change the genre. At least, that was the sentiment coming out of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where the film premiered. After a heated bidding war, Lionsgate acquired the festival hit  and subsequently shut it down, limiting it to just one additional festival screening at Fantastic Fest 2011. We were there and loved it. The rumor was it would be released in October 2012 which, obviously, isn’t happening.

Wingard and his writer Simon Barrett have since gone on to other things (V/H/S, The ABCs of Death) mostly unaware of what was going on with their completed home invasion horror story. Now, finally, Lionsgate has scheduled the film: August 23, 2013. It’s a long way off, but it’s also a prime late summer slot where horror movies can really shine.

Read more, including Wingard’s comments about a possible sequel, after the jump. Read More »

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