Tuesday, February 17, 2009

They only come out at midnight -- at SXSW

If you thought the 2009 SXSW Film Festival hadn't yet scheduled enough movies for its March 13-21 exposition in Austin -- well, geez, what the hell does it take to satisfy you people? But, OK, the SXSWers have gone ahead and caved to you greedheads by scheduling an entirely new sidebar program: SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight. All films will play at -- well, actually, at midnight, when else? They'll upsool at the Alamo South Lamar, at the same time as features showcased in the traditional SXSW Midnighters section, which will take place at the Alamo Ritz. The Fantastic Fest program will feature:

Ong Bak 2 (Thailand)
Director: Tony Jaa. Writer: Panna Rittikrai.

The pitch: Martial-arts superstar Tony Jaa is back in an epic prequel to the 2003 action smash Ong Bak. Cast: Tony Jaa, Sorapong Chatree, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya, Santisuk Promsiri, Primorata Dejudom. (International Film Festival Premiere)

Black (France)
Director: Pierre Laffargue. Writer: Pierre Laffargue, Lucio Mad and Gábor Rassov.
The pitch: A nouveau-blaxploitation adventure awash in black magic, African Mysticism, mutant arms dealers, gargantuan machete-wielding mercenary armies and a truckload of knuckle-sandwiches. Cowabunga. Cast: MC Jean Gab'1, Carole Karemera, François Levantal, Anton Yakovlev. (World Premiere)

The Haunting in Connecticut (U.S.)
Director: Peter Cornwell. Writer: Adam Simon and Tim Metcalfe.

The pitch: In the tradition of The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Haunting in Connecticut tells the astounding true (allegedly) story of one family's supernatural ordeal. Cast: Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Martin Donovan. (International Film Festival Premiere)

The Horseman (Australia)
Director/Writer: Steve Kastrissios.

When, Christian Forteski’s (Peter Marshall) drug addicted daughter dies after appearing in an amateur porn video, he deals with his grief by entering a Zen monastery, where he... Just kidding, just kidding. Really, what he does is get seriously medieval on the asses of those responsible. (BTW: This movie should not be confused with an upcoming thriller with the same title starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang.) Cast: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry, Evert McQueen. (North American Premiere)

Lesbian Vampire Killers (UK)
Director: Phil Claydon. Writer: Paul Hupfield and Stewart Williams.
Matthew Horne and James Corden, the comedy duo behind the award-winning BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey, are two hapless losers whose idyllic country holiday is shattered by the arrival of an army of thirsty lesbian vampires. Gosh, don't you hate it when that happens? Cast: Paul McGann, James Corden, Mathew Horne, MyAnna Buring, Silvia Colloca. (World Premiere)

Pontypool (Canada)
Director: Bruce McDonald. Writer: Tony Burgess.

A seemingly ordinary day’s work at the radio station for Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie -- who, a long time ago, before James Franco, was considered the next James Dean) turns sinister when calls begin to flood the station about violent outbreaks in and around Pontypool. Cast: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts. (U.S. Premiere)

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