Infestation: SXSW Reviews

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Man, we saw SO many films at SXSW this year, there’d be just no way to get to talk about them all, so we decided to pull out some of the cream of the crop, get Martin, Brian, Chris and Richard Whittaker to gather together, and exchange notes on them. We only wish you had access to see these right now! Hopefully, soon enough most of these will get some sort of release in a theater (or at least a netflix) near you.

Movies discussed:

Jimi: All By My Side

Andre 3000 plays the famous guitarist in a pre-fame year of his life.

Exists

The director of The Blair Witch Project is still scared of the woods, but now specifically of bigfoot in those woods.

Faults

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been kidnapped by a washed-up deprogrammer to get her to abandon the cult she belongs to and rejoin her family, but this guy has got his work cut out for him.

Creep

Mark Duplass hires a videographer to follow him around and create a portrait of his life for his unborn child, since he’s dying of cancer. But he’s unnaturally needy and maybe even extremely dangerous.

The Guest

The director and writer of You’re Next create this twisty horror thriller about a soldier back from Afghanistan who befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to slowly reveal the dark truth about himself.

Housebound

A young female criminal is forced into house arrest with a family she can’t stand, and apparently a nasty ghost as well.

What We Do in the Shadows

Jemaine Clement co-directs and stars in the comedy break-out hit of the festival, playing in this mockumentary one of a group of pathetic vampires who live together in a flat in New Zealand.

Oculus

Amy Pon…er…Karen Gillan has come to greet her younger brother from his release from a psychiatric institute, only to tell him that he’s not crazy because all the insane ghosty stuff he saw as a kid, including the possession of his father and mother that led to murder, were all true, and now it’s time to confront the ghost of the mirror with…SCIENCE!

The Infinite Man

A scientist who has invented time travel uses it to try and fix a failed anniversary weekend with his girlfriend, has to deal with a steadily growing number of multiple numbers of himself as his travels loop back in on themselves.

Frank

A guy joins a very strange band with aims to head to SXSW music festival, that has a very strange leader named Frank, who never takes off the large paper-mache head he wears. Stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson and…we can’t tell you.

Among the Living

Those crazy French horror filmmakers who distressed the living crap out of everybody with Inside bring you this tale of some young boys on a care-free summer day who when playing around inside an abandoned film studio see something they shouldn’t have, and end up being stalked by a evil clown (or something).