Read about these new horror/thriller movies being featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival! If you're a true fan of horror or thrilling suspense, you'll recognize one of these films as a much anticipated sequel, plus you'll definitely recognize several of the listed directors/filmmakers, as well as actors/actresses from previous top-rated, horror/thriller films.
"Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"
In Movie Theaters: Friday, February 14, 2014/Limited Release
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Runtime: 100 minutes
Production Companies: Tappeluft Pictures, Saga Film, XYZ Films
Amrita Acharia ... Mary
Carl-Magnus Adner ... Bobby
Jocelyn DeBoer ... Monica
Laufey Elíasdóttir ... Female Nurse
Kristian Figenschow ... Old Man
Charlotte Frogner ... Hanna
Ørjan Gamst ... Herzog
Ingar Helge Gimle ... Doctor Brochman
Tage Guddingsmo ... Zombie Navigator
Tómas Þórhallur Guðmundsson ... SS Zombie / Nazi Zombie
Description: If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning. "Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead," also known as "Dead Snow 2," picks up directly where the original movie left off.
Director: Adam Wingard ("You're Next," "A Horrible Way to Die")
Runtime: 99 minutes
Production Companies: Snoot Entertainment
Ethan Embry ... Gun Dealer
Lance Reddick ... Carver
Joel David Moore
Maika Monroe ... Anna
Description: Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family finds some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on its door. David, a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfill a promise he made to his fallen comrade. Siblings Anna and Luke are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, but he soon wins them over by scoring kegs for Anna’s friends and roughing up some bullies from Luke’s school. Though he appears to be the perfect houseguest, a mysterious and sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David, "The Guest," is actually whom he claims to be.
Directors: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto ("V/H/S/2" segment "Safe Haven," "The ABCs of Death" segment "L is for Libido")
Runtime: 137 minutes
Production Companies: Guerilla Merah Films, Nikkatsu, XYZ Films
Epy Kusnandar ... Robert
Description: "The Killers" tells the story of Mr. Nomura, who is an eerily handsome, sharply dressed, sociopathic serial killer who preys on the women of Tokyo. In Jakarta, a world-weary journalist named Bayu finds himself unexpectedly falling into vigilantism after brutally killing two sadistic robbers. When each posts videos of his violent sprees online, the pair find one another on the Internet and begin a toxic and competitive duel. While Bayu clings to the hope that he can resume a normal life, Nomura continues to spill blood without remorse. Killing, advises Nomura, is something everyone ought to consider.
"Jamie Marks Is Dead"
Director: Carter Smith ("The Ruins")
Runtime: 100 minutes
Production Companies: Verisimilitude
Judy Greer ... Lucy
Liv Tyler ... Linda
Cameron Monaghan ... Adam McCormick
Morgan Saylor ... Gracie Highsmith
Madisen Beaty ... Frances Wilkinson
Noah Silver ... Jamie Marks
Description: In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie—a boy nobody really knew or interacted with, except occasionally to bully him. When Jamie’s ghost begins to appear both to Adam and Gracie, the classmate who discovered the body, Adam is caught between two worlds. He has a budding romance with Gracie, but he also feels a deep connection to Jamie, who brings him closer to the world of the undead.
Director: Jennifer Kent
Runtime: 95 minutes
Production Companies: Causeway Films
Essie Davis ... Amelia
Noah Wiseman ... Samuel
Daniel Henshall ... Robbie
Hayley McElhinney ... Claire
Barbara West ... Mrs. Roach
Benjamin Winspear ... Oskar
Description: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence known as Mr. Babadook, all around her.
Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Runtime: 96 minutes
Production Companies: Glacier Films, SpectreVision
Elijah Wood ... Clint
Alison Pill ... Lucy
Rainn Wilson ... Wade
Armani Jackson ... Calvin
Leigh Whannell ... Doug
Morgan Lily ... Tamra
Nasim Pedrad ... Rebekkah
Jack McBrayer ... Tracy
Jorge Garcia ... Rick
Description: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Runtime: 104 minutes
Production Companies: Say Ahh Productions, SpectreVision, Logan Pictures, Black Light District
Sheila Vand ... The Girl
Arash Marandi ... Arash
Marshall Manesh ... Hossein
Mozhan Marnò ... Atti
Dominic Rains ... Saeed
Rome Shadanloo ... Shaydah
Milad Eghbali ... The Street Urchin
Description: Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets the girl who's walking home alone at night, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red.
"Life After Beth"
In Movie Theaters: Friday, January 31, 2014/Limited Release
Director: Jeff Baena
Production Companies: Abbolita Productions, American Zoetrope, Starstream Entertainment
Anna Kendrick ... Erica Wexler
Aubrey Plaza ... Beth Slocum
Dane DeHaan ... Zach Orfman
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Kyle Orfman
Alia Shawkat ... Roz
John C. Reilly ... Maury Slocum
Cheryl Hines ... Judy Orfman
Molly Shannon ... Geenie Slocum
Paul Reiser ... Noah Orfman
Description: Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.