Last week we gave you the breakdown on some cool horror titles and other genre-friendly entries from Austin's upcoming South By Southwest Festival, and now we've got even more good news: the promoters have now announced the fest's Midnighters lineup, as well as the short film selections – and there's a gold mine of horror entries in there too.
The Midnighters include world premieres of Mike Mendez's monster epic Big Ass Spider! (formerly Mega Spider – check out our interview with Mike here), Vincenzo Natali' s Haunter starring Abigail Breslin, vampire romance Kiss of the Damned and supernatural thriller Cheap Thrills. Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem will see its US premiere, and S-VHS (aka V/HS/2) will also be screening, along with Adam Wingard's You're Next.
The short film lineup is huge, weighing in at over a hundred selections, with many horror and extreme cinema titles among them. The most intriguing include Black Metal, Necronomica, The Apocalypse, Cannibal, Cats, Charlie Hughes, Child Eater, Don't be Afraid Ashley, Follow, Hell No, Outbreak, Root, Trapped, Two Fingers and Zipper. Also included will be several music videos, including HEALTH's nightmarish baby-zombie video "Tears" (watch their gory vid for “We Are Water” here) and a fan video for Linkin Park's “Skin To Bone.”
SXSW will run March 8th through the 16th this year. Visit their site for the current lineup, ticket info and more details, and look for more announcements soon...