UPDATE: SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced today what all of us horror fans have been waiting to hear about: a list of all the genre-related features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections of the festival. And if you were impressed by the initial feature film lineup that was announced, you haven’t seen anything yet!

Joining the already announced horror flicks like The Innkeeper, Detention and Little Red Riding Hood, fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to check out some of the more buzzed about projects lately including Hobo With a Shotgun and enjoy the US Premiere of James Wan’s Insidious.

The SXSW Film Conference runs from March 11th–19th, 2011 in Austin, Texas. For more information, check out SxSW.com. To see the entire slate of film’s announced today, read on from the official press release!

UPDATE: New images added below.

From the Press Release:
A key component of the SXSW Film lineup, the Festival offers two midnight feature programs, each including five titles. The long-standing Midnighters section has hosted the premieres and fostered the careers of such filmmakers as Ti West, Eli Roth, and Scott Glosserman, and is programmed by SXSW Senior Programmer & Conference Manager Jarod Neece. In 2009, SXSW added the SXFantastic sidebar, a series of midnight films programmed by Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S. Last year, the section was home to the world premieres of Gareth Edward’s Monsters and the much buzzed about A Serbian Film.

”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Films screening in Midnighters are:

Attack the Block (UK-England) (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Joe Cornish
Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost
A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space.

The Divide (US-Canada) (World Premiere)
Director: Xavier Gens, Writers: Karl Mueller & Eron Sheean
Cast: Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance
To survive the end of the world…you must first survive each other.

SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

Hobo With a Shotgun
Director: Jason Eisner, Writer: John Davies
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman
A Hobo finds himself in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun.

Insidious (U.S. Premiere)
Director: James Wan, Writer: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
Dark spirits have possessed the home of a family whose son has fallen into a coma. Trying to save him, the family moves only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted.

SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

Phase 7/Fase 7 (Argentina) (North American Premiere)
Director & Writer: Nicolas Goldbart
Cast: Daniel Hendler, Federico Luppi, Jazmin Stuart, Jose “Yayo” Guridi
Coco just moved to his new apartment with 7-month pregnant wife. When the building is in quarantined for a deadly flue. The neighbors became unexpected enemies.

SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

Mind-bending Midnighters, hand-selected by our friends at Fantastic Fest.

Cold Sweat / Sudor Frio (International Premiere)
Director: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Writers: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano, Hernán Moyano
Cast: Facundo Espinosa, Marina Glezer, Camila Velasco, Omar Musa, Noelia Vergini
What do you do if you are a right-wing Argentinean terrorist and your state-sanctioned organization is disbanded? We can’t say, but it involves chat rooms, bare breasts and a generous slathering of nitroglycerine.

George the Hedgehog / Jeż Jerzy (Poland) (International Premiere)
Director: Wojciech Wawszczyk, Writer: Rafał Skarżycki
Cast: Borys Szyc, Maria Peszek, Maciej Maleńczuk, Sokół, Michał Koterski
Jez Jerzy is a skateboarding hedgehog who likes to drink beer and fondle breasts. He finds it hard to pursue his passions, however, while being tormented by neo-nazi skinheads, mad scientists and a drooling, flatulent clone of himself.

Kill List (UK) (World Premiere)
Director: Ben Wheatley, Writers: Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump
Cast: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring
A dark and twisted horror from the mind of director Ben Wheatley.

SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

Little Deaths (UK) (North American Premiere)
Directors & Writers: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson & Simon Rumley
Cast: Kate Braithewaite, Daniel Brocklebank, Brendan Gregory, Siubhan Harrison, Jodie Jameson
A psychosexual horror anthology comprised of three separate stories dealing with the twin themes of sex and death.

SXSW Announces Midnighters and SXFantastic Programming

The FP
Directors & Writers: Jason Trost & Brandon Trost (World Premiere)
Cast: Jason Trost, Lee Valamassy, Caitlyn Folley, Art Hsu, Nick Principe
For years an underground war has raged for dominance over the town of Frazier Park between two clans. Dominance isn’t determined through fistfights or petty brawls, but the dancing video game Beat-Beat Revelation.

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