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Bits n' Pieces: Sundance 2012 Recap Part 1

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Sundance is well underway in Park City, where a blizzard makes it perfect film-viewing weather. There are not many horror flicks screening this year - barely a half-dozen - but from the roster, it appears to be quality, not quantity. Some stuff you may have missed...

Audience Response

Red Lights, the follow-up from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes, premiered Saturday night to incredibly mixed reviews. The story of paranormal investigators trying to debunk metaphysical phenomenon was most often described up as a cross between The Prestige and Ghostbusters, with an ending that seemed to negate any enjoyment that most of the audience may have had. Even still, Millennium Entertainment seems likely to buy the flick.

Excision seems to be lighting up the midnight screenings. This raunchy, gory, teen horror-comedy from director Richard Bates Jr. has what is probably the craziest cast ever: AnnaLynne McCord (90210); former porn starlet Traci Lords; director John Waters (Pink Flamingos); Ariel Winter (Modern Family); Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God); Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange); and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) - just to name a few. Tweet of the night goes to @TheFilmStage: "Excision: the film in which a recently aborted fetus exploding in an oven is one of the least disturbing scenes."

Incidents

While not necessarily having anything to do with genre flicks (I don't know who was in attendance), police had to break up a Sundance party early Sunday morning. Sadly, the rest of the story is very boring. The party was being held at a house rented out by William Morris Endeavor for their agents. The invite was leaked and the intimate party turned into a "mom and dad are gone for the weekend" blowout. When the property manager showed up, he freaked and called the cops. The guests left without incident. I guess someone at WME should have invited the property manager.

Also, late Sunday night, actor/comedian Tracy Morgan collapsed after the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards gala. He was taken to the hospital, where his representatives said that he was suffering from "exhaustion and altitude," and reports of his inebriation are "100% false." Of course, the rep has to know that "exhaustion" is code for "substance abuse," so I wouldn't believe his statement for a second.

Coming Up

I am excited for word on V/H/S, the found footage anthology by some of horror's top directors, including Ti West (The Innkeepers), Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), Glenn McQuaid (Stake Land), and Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullet). It screened Sunday at midnight and from what I hear, the theater is packed beyond capacity.

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