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SXSW 2017: First Weekend Recap

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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Honor Farm

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.

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

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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