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SXSW 2017: First Weekend Recap



Alien Covenant

Austin’s annual mega-festival South by Southwest (SXSW) is in full swing, and we’re in attendance to bring you reviews, news, interviews, and more! This past weekend, both myself and Drew Tinnin have been running around to get coverage, and we thought it would be helpful to compile it all into one giant post for your convenience.

So head on below to see what sorts of shenanigans we’ve been getting ourselves into!

SXSW continues this week and ends Saturday, March 18th. We’ve got more coverage coming, so make sure to stay up-to-date by following our SXSW tag!

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SXSW 2017: Karen Skloss Talks Her Inspiration for and Influences on The Honor Farm
Highlight: “I wanted to explore certain themes, but I also wanted to make a movie that would be a fun journey and kind of ‘fried.’ I felt like co-opting elements of the horror genre, making it have some thrills and spills and be scary, would help those scenes be more accessible and make it more fun.

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SXSW 2017: Ridley Scott, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride Talk Alien: Covenant
Highlight: Ridley Scott tells us, “Well, I think [Alien: Covenant] is so, dare I say, clever and violent and everything you kind of want. I think it’s a cut above what’s happened before and therefore will leave all kinds of things open for the next one. I enjoy doing them so much that I would like it to go on forever.”

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SXSW 2017: We Saw Footage From Stephen King’s It and Annabelle 2
Highlight: This teaser trailer was the perfect exercise in holding back and refusing to show too much. Instead, it gave us delightfully brief teases that made me desperate to see more.

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SXSW 2017: Netflix Lands Global Streaming Rights to Madre; New Teaser Debuts
Highlight: Netflix has acquired the global streaming rights with Madre set to be available exclusively on the platform by the end of 2017.

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SXSW 2017: Game of Death Trailer Splashes the Screen With Gore
Highlight: Just ahead of its world premiere at SXSW, an uncensored trailer for the movie has come out and it’s ready to make you thank the filmmakers for not only embracing practical FX but for bringing their A+ game and drenching everyone and nearly everything in viscera, blood, and gore!

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SXSW 2017: AMC Reveals Preacher Season 2 Premiere Date and Unveils New Images
Highlight: The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell, and everywhere in between.

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Hounds of Love (2017) Review
Highlight: Ben Young’s Hounds of Love separates itself from the pack by remaining grounded in reality, offering forth a story that is heartbreaking, incredibly difficult, emotionally exhausting, and unrelentingly tense.

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The Honor Farm (2017) Review
Highlight: Instead of putting the cool kids of The Honor Farm on a path that should lead to their doom, it actually leads them into a psychedelic metamorphosis. It’s a document to remind us of the days when one night really could change your life.

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Prevenge (2017) Review
Highlight: Prevenge is too funny to be disturbing and too disturbing to be dismissed.





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