Be afraid...be very afraid.
Fresh off last week's announcement of the South by Southwest (SXSW) standard feature film lineup, SXSW organizers revealed the full slate of Midnighter (horror/thriller/controversial) feature films and the multi-genre short film lineup Wednesday that will surely excite the most blood thirsty and bright eyed film lovers.
Included in the lineup of 10 Midnighter features are eight world premieres and the full short film lineup includes 113 different titles selected from a record 4,429 submissions. The short films will be shown in 11 separate curated programs during the festival.
The high demand for a place in the SXSW short film lineup most likely has to deal with the festival's Oscar and BAFTA eligibility. Winners of select SXSW short film awards are then eligible for Oscar consideration while any U.K. made short film becomes BAFTA eligible simply by screening at SXSW.
Looking at the Midnighter features, the eight world premieres feature star-studded titles like "Home" starring Naya Rivera ("Glee"), "13 Sins" featuring "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman and "Late Phases" featuring Ethan Embry from SXSW 2013 award winner "Cheap Thrills."
In addition to those world premiere films, the two non-world premiere Midnighter films coming to SXSW 2014 are nothing to sneeze at by any means. In fact, they could wind up as the strongest of the 2014 Midnighter lineup. For starters, Sundance favorite "The Guest" comes to SXSW from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett who created past festival favorite "You're Next." Also, don't look past TIFF Midnight Madness selection Oculus starring former "Doctor Who" companion Karen Gillan.
The full 2014 SXSW Midnighter film lineup appears below. More information on the 2014 SXSW film festival including screening info and badge options is available here. Get your planning started now if you haven't started already. Only one month until SXSW 2014!
SXSW 2014 Midnighters:
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)
"Among The Living" (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th.
Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.
Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil.
Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei
Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown (World Premiere)
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard
As children, two siblings witnessed their parents' harrowing descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass - a legendary mirror their parents owned.
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Jerome Sable
Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. "Scream" meets "Glee" in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical.
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.
Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World Premiere)