Two of the most anticipated new horror movies of 2016 from two of the most prominent American cult directors of our time are set to enjoy their premiere screenings at the next Sundance Film Festival.
Variety have announced the line-up for Sundance’s Midnight thread, a section dedicated to the more macabre end of independent filmmaking - and among them are the latest cinematic offerings from Kevin Smith and Rob Zombie.
Kevin Smith made his name at Sundance with his ultra-low budget debut ‘Clerks’ back in 1994. After pursuing comedy for most of his career, his last two films ‘Red State’ and ‘Tusk’ have seen him tread a more sinister path.
Smith’s next, ‘Yoga Hosers,’ is a ‘Tusk’ spin-off centred on the two Canadian convenience store clerks (see a pattern yet?) played by the writer-director’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith, and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp.
‘Yoga Hosers’ reported sees the teens inadvertently release an ‘ancient evil,’ which they must somehow draw on their yoga skills to defeat. Sounds ridiculous, yes, but then ‘Tusk’ was about a man who gets transformed into a walrus.
Depp Sr will also reprise his ‘Tusk’ role as an eccentric detective.
As for rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie, his new movie ‘31′ takes its name from October 31st - meaning, yes, Zombie is once again tackling the holiday which was already the basis for three of his movies (’House of 1000 Corpses’ and his two ‘Halloween’ reboot movies).
Set in a deranged theme park called Murder World, a group of friends are thrown into a lethal cat-and-mouse game with 12 hours to escape from a killer clown troupe. Zombie regulars Malcolm McDowell and Sheri Moon Zombie will appear.
Other films set to premiere in Sundance’s Midnight thread are director Danny Perez’s ‘Antibirth,’ Rich Fox’s ‘The Blackout Experiments,’ Mickey Keating’s ‘Carnage Park,’ Jim Hosking’s ‘The Greasy Strangler,’ JT Mollner’s ‘Outlaws and Angels,’ Richard Bates Jr’s ‘Trash Fire,’ and Babak Anvari’s ‘Under The Shadow.’
The Sundance Film Festival runs in Utah from 21-31 January 2016.
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