Go ahead, run down the upcoming SXSW Midnighters. It wont take long to get to your first, eww. In a slate of films premiering late into the evening, thats certainly felicitous, if admittedly surprising. SXSW, after all, isnt just big. Its a multifaceted, popular fest that grows each year, of which film is just one part, and of which genre film is just one part of that. Its an aspect programmer Jarod Neece takes deadly, weirdly serious though. Of a total 150 features, the SXSW Midnighers comprise eleven. And this year, Neece went hard.
Violent, repulsive eating, both of flesh and of cake. Necrophilia. Cults. Metal. Henry Rollins. Impalings. Gore. Head Explosions. Grue. And Adam Mason. It seems this go round, Neece and his colleagues at SXSW are looking to introduce new and interesting filmmakers in uncomfortable, startling and darkly fun manner. And like a mischievous kid, Neece knows what hes done. Before running down the program for Shock Till You Drop, you can almost hear his lips curl and offer a deceptively jolly, Theyre good films, and we love em all.
SXSW FIlm kicks off this Friday the 13th in Austin, Texas. Find Neece’s words on all of the Midnighters, below and expect much more on the films here at Shock.