The Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 22 to May 3, 2009, has announced this year’s lineup, and it’s looking pretty sweet for horror fans!
The Midnight series alone offers seven films that push the boundaries of genre and creativity ranging from a savage game of paintball to the unraveling of an urban legend to a babysitting job gone horribly wrong. Here are the highlights:
Cropsey, directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio, written by Zeman (USA), Documentary: Urban legends – we either dismiss them or accept that they have some grain of truth. Directors Zeman and Brancaccio attempt to uncover one such urban myth as they investigate five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearance in Staten Island during their youth. Will this terrifying journey resolve what has haunted them since childhood?
The House of the Devil, directed and written by Ti West (USA): Set in the early ’80s on the night of a lunar eclipse (and all the more shocking for being “based on true unexplained events”), this simmering retro suspense thriller centers on a cash-strapped college girl who answers a babysitting ad only to gradually unravel the horrifying secret behind why she was truly hired. Featuring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, and Greta Gerwig.
Hysterical Psycho, directed and written by Dan Fogler (USA): In this side-splitting horror send-up, a theater troupe takes a trip to a country cabin, but its nearby lake is full of lunar radiation, and one of the troupe members is straight-up crazy. Put them together and you get one psycho thespian! Full of bloody, fun-filled kills, a deaf-mute chick, and some big boobs, Hysterical Psycho is a helluva trip.
Midgets vs. Mascots, directed by Ron Carlson, co-written by Kevin Andourian (USA): Two teams risk life, limb, and maybe jail time while pushing the boundaries of decency to score the fortune of a deceased little person, a former mascot turned porn mogul. Outrageous outcasts and out-of-control antics abound in this bawdy Jackass-meets-Road Rules mockumentary, featuring the long-awaited big-screen comeback of Gary Coleman. (Sure, it’s not horror, but it sounds too hilarious not to make you guys aware of it. We’re talking Gary Coleman here!)
Paintball, directed by Daniel Benmayor, written by Mario Schoendorff (Spain): Eight strangers convene in a remote forest for an expensive experts-only paintball retreat. They enter the game at full throttle, but already something’s not right. The rules have changed and more is at stake than they expected. This frenetic thriller is akin to a live-action videogame, but getting to Level 10 doesn’t seem to guarantee anything. In English.
Other entries that caught our eye include Tell Tale, which was inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror story and stars Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox and Dallas Roberts; Danish film Deb Du Frygter (Fear Me Not) about a man who takes an experimental medication, causing a hellish descent into madness; and Moon, in which Sam Rockwell portrays the sole operator of a lunar mining base, living with only a computer robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey) to keep him company.
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg known as Tribeca. For a full list of this year’s features, click on the fest’s logo above or visit the official 2009 Tribeca Film Festival site.
– Debi Moore
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