I won’t even try to pretend there’s a unifying theme among these films, aside from the fact that they’re all under-the-radar spring entertainments. After the jump, watch trailers for the found-footage scarefest Area 407, the unabashedly nasty thriller The Aggression Scale, the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary Surviving Progress, and the adorable puppy drama Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog. Like I said — they’ve got little in common.

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One of the films announced today as part of the SXSW 2012 Midnight lineup is The Aggression Scale, from director/editor Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion) and writer Ben Powell. The film is called “an 80′s influenced thriller with teenagers as the heroes,” and comes from Snowfort Pictures and producer Travis Stevens, who is behind A Horrible Way to Die and Jodorowsky’s Dune.

The film stars a great lineup of new and veteran genre and not-quite-mainstream actors: Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Ryan Hartwig (The Thompsons), Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Jacob Reynolds (Gummo), Joseph McKelheer (The Hamiltons) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks).

We’ve got the exclusive poster premiere below, as well as some stills and the first trailer, all of which were released today. Read More »

Be it Sundance, Toronto or South by Southwest, some of the most exciting films to play in any film festival these days are part of the midnight line up. That’s where festivals feel comfortable playing the over the top genre stuff and, last year, SXSW’s midnight schedule included films like Attack the Block, Insidious and Kill List. Now the 2012 schedule has been announced.

The main schedule is already cool enough, featuring the world premieres of fantastic films like The Cabin in the Woods and 21 Jump Street, but at midnight, they’re adding to that with the world premieres of [REC] 3: Genesis, Girls Against Boys and The Tall Man with Jessica Biel. They’ll also screen the awesome anthology V/H/S, John Dies at the End and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders with Clive Owen, just to name a few.

Read the full list after the jump. Read More »

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