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SXSW 2011: Almost Horror


It's not quite horror, but we think you may like it.  Check out these handpicked flix playing at SXSW for a change of pace.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge, founder of bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and his partner/collaborator/soul mate Lady Jaye.  Rather than having children, the two devoted their lives to plastic surgeries to make themselves look like one another, and in essence creating a new gender, pandrogyne.  This documentary is a fascinating look at their lives, their music, and their living art project - themselves - that will forever live on in infamy.


Another "average Joe turned superhero" flick, but this one is directed by "the lunatic who directed Slither," so you know it's going to be fun.  James Gunn directs Rainn Wilson (The Office) as a man who loses his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler, The Strangers) to current drug lord Kevin Bacon.  Desperate, the man decides the only way to get his wife back is to create his own superhero, complete with sidekick (Ellen Page, Hard Candy, Inception).  It sounds pretty by-the-book, but if you check out the trailer, you will see it is anything but.


By now, you have probably all seen the commercials for this sci-fi comedy about Paul, an alien, who "abducts" some UFO hunters on a road trip across America.  It should be funny, especially since Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead fame are along for the ride.


A high school teacher who can't stand up for himself is picked on by both his fellow faculty members and his own students.  His attempt at discipline - detention - gets him a severe beating at the hands of his students.  Too embarrassed to ask his coworkers for help, he seeks his own style of justice.


This genre-defying flick focuses on friends who are building crazy weapons, hoping for an apocalypse that can leave their imaginary gang, Mother Medusa, with run of the land.  When one falls in love, the group dynamics change and send them on a "journey of betrayal, love, hate, and extreme violence."