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Haunter is the new horror/thriller from Vincenzo Natali, who last gave us the crazy creature feature Splice. The film stars Abigail Breslin as a young woman trapped in her house, threatened by a murderous presence and plagued by visions of other victims that have fallen prey to the true owner of the home in which she’s bound.

Check out the first trailer below, which culminates with a nicely chilling appearance from Stephen McHattie as the man Breslin’s character has ample reason to fear. Read More »

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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 »

Vincenzo Natali‘s 2010 genetic experimentation sci-fi horror Splice didn’t do great box office when it opened in 2010, but it got enough critical buzz to boost the filmmaker’s profile. That, in turn, opened up some intriguing new options for him, including adaptations based on J.G. Ballard’s High Rise, William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and the YA series Tunnels, and we’ve been very curious to see what he’ll do next.

It now appears that Natali has finally made his decision, and as it turns out, his follow-up to Splice won’t be any of those. Instead, he’s chosen to helm Haunter, a so-called “reverse ghost story.” More details after the jump.

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