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SXSW 2018: Day 4 Puppy Love and The Museum of the Weird

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If you dedicate as much time to the experience as I have, you should feel right at home by Day 4 of SXSW.

I’m still processing the horror that is Hereditary; I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a game changer, something I believe genre fans will consider instantly canon. It’s emotionally brutal and scary AF! Toni Collette delivers an Oscar-worthy performance that will leave you gasping, but the entire cast deserves to be lauded… Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro: They were all just fantastic. Writer/director Ari Aster deserves to be sought after and supported in whatever he sets his sights on next.

6th Street is an experience in and of itself. It’s ground zero for the music-focused SXSW attendees with clubs on both sides of the street for blocks and outdoor stages. As the focus of the convention shifts from film into gaming and music, 6th Street will transform into something resembling a hybrid of Bourbon Street and the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Josh Millican and Dexter

SXSW is full of wonderful surprises around every corner; the folks at Aceable brought a bus full of dogs and puppies, giving animal lovers like me a hefty dose of warm fuzzies. It was an unexpected and much-appreciated boost, especially for those of us missing out fur-babies back home. An adolescent Pitbull named Dexter gave the best kisses. Don’t judge!

Nestled prominently between the clubs and souvenir shops is Austin’s famous Museum of the Weird; fans of horror movies, cryptozoology, and the macabre won’t want to miss it. Real mummies, Fiji mermaids, and shrunken heads are just a few of the oddities on display at one of the last authentic “dime museums” in the world. They also own some classic props from horror movies genre fans will flip for.

The Museum of the Weird is located at 412 E. Sixth Street in Austin, and it’s opened daily from 10 am to midnight.

Museum of the Weird in Austin, TX

One of the most amazing aspects of SXSW is the mix of pleasure and business. Film enthusiasts will be thrilled by the immense slate of content while simultaneously meeting potential business partners and collaborators. If you’re a filmmaker, you can attend a bevy of meet-ups and workshops. Yesterday Dread Central organized and hosted a social get-together while Shaked Berenson (Epic Pictures/Dread Central Presents) was one of the featured speakers at the 90-Minute Film School workshop. IFC hosted an upscale dinner for genre filmmakers (and their friends), which we were honored to attend.

My Midnight screening tonight will be Ghost Stories, a film by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman based on their extremely successful stage play. Jonathan Barkan conducted an incredible interview with this dynamic duo that will be uploaded to our YouTube channel later this week. It’s been getting an incredible response so I can’t wait to see what the buzz is all about!

Tomorrow will be our last full day at SXSW, and we plan to make the absolute most of it. Check back tomorrow for more of our ongoing coverage.

If this is your first time checking in with my daily write-ups of SXSW 2018, you can catch up on what went down on Day 1 HERE, Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.

If you’re in town too, and you see me sporting my Dread Central t-shirt, come on over and say what’s up!

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Oy! HANNUKAH THE MOVIE Aims to Get Made After Nearly a Decade

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This menorah has nothing to do with the story but, c'mon! It's a freaking T-rex menorah!

As a Jew, seeing holiday-themed horror movies is both a wonderful and bittersweet occasion. I love seeing my friends celebrate the holidays that are near and dear to their hearts but elevated with the viscera, gore, and terror that I so dearly love. But while Christians have films like Black Christmas, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Red Christmas, Krampus, etc…, the amount of horror films centered around Jewish holidays is slim to none. Don’t get me wrong here, okay? I’m well aware of population dynamics and, therefore, interest in a given subject/life experience. It’d just be nice to see something like that now and again.

Oh, but what’s this? Looks like writer/director Eben McGarr is ready to move forward on his near decade long project Hanukkah The Movie, a “TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” I get it. Sensible chuckle awarded.

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.

A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

The film has supposedly taken care of the majority of pre-production, so they’re now on Indiegogo with the goal to raise $100,000. Not a small amount but certainly not an unachievable goal. If a potato salad Kickstarter that wanted $10 ended up with nearly $56,000, I think this has a chance.

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Trailer: Man-Made Ghosts Invade OUR HOUSE This July

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IFC Midnight will be unleashing director Anthony Scott Burns’ feature debut Our House come July 27, 2018. The film stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz and today we have the flick’s spooky trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Our House is directed by Anthony Scott Burns from a script written by Nathan Parker and stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. It’s produced by Lee Kim, Martin Katz, Ulf Israel and Karen Wookey. Executive producers are John Davis, Nick Spicer, Kyle Franke, Derek Dauchy, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, David Kehrl and Reik Moller.

The film hits via IFC Midnight this July 27, 2018.

Synopsis:

The story of a young genius who accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones — and unleashing things that are far worse.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY 8 Begins Filming This June

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American Horror Story Season 6It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

And today we have word via Deadline that the new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive will begin shooting around June 16.

Are you excited to hear filming will soon begin on AHS 8? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

 

 

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