Good news for gore fans and insomniacs (that may be a tautology): Six horror films will be getting their world premier as part of the returning 'Round Midnight
stand at South by Southwest.
Last year's 'Round Midnight saw early screenings of Severance
, zom-com Fido
, the Peter Jackson-sanctioned Black Sheep
and the U.S. debut (whoops, make that regional) of the amazing The Signal
, which may be the most innovative and artful horror movie since David Cronenberg went legit, and gets a broad release on Feb. 22. Then there was the U.S. debut of New York-based were-rat shocker Mulberry Street
, and the world premiere of Borderland
(based loosely on the bizarre and horrific 1989 murder of Mark Kilroy in Matamoros, Mexico. The UT student was sacrificed by a drug gang as part of a religious ceremony.) Post-SXSW, both films were picked up for the After Dark Horrorfest (the one-week only nation-wide horror festival): now, as part of the 8 Films To Die For, both get a DVD release on March 18.
This all comes after the world debut at SXSW 2006 of post-modern slashermentary Behind the Mask: The Leslie Vernon Story
, which has become a cult classic. So not a bad blood-stained record, really.