January 27th, 2011 - by Alyse Wax
It’s a slow day on the Sundance horror front. All the scary stuff has already premiered. No deals have been made. There was more drama with The Woman, which we reported here earlier today. So I thought I would touch on a few Sundance films that aren’t really genre, but might appeal to FEARnet readers.
How can you go wrong with a title like that? Three lesbian aliens are sent to Earth so that their overactive emotions won't destroy their home planet. Of course, what follows is romance of indie proportions, but the effects are being compared to those of Ed Wood, so there might be some cheesy fun to be had.
Gregg Araki's (Doom Generation) films are oversexed, overdrugged, and overviolent. Kaboom is no exception. A quartet of college kids screw everything that moves, drop some crazy drugs, get involved in witchcraft and get chased by killers in animal masks. If nothing else, it will scare the shit out of your parents.
Writer/Director/Actor Michael Tully explores the quiet horror that lives within families when a brother returns to his isolated family farm nearly twenty years after leaving without a trace. He finds his brothers there, a Jesus freak and a Satanic artist, and the demons from his past.
A scientist heads out into the woods of Oregon, conducting water tests. All alone, miles and miles from civilization, she discovers a Sasquatch has been stalking her. From there it sounds like Peter Jackson's regrettable King Kong - the two form a deep bond that blossoms into love - but at least there is a big creature in it.
A domestic comedy with serious undertones, The Details follows a "chain reaction involving a crazy cat lady, multiple infidelities, extortion, organ donation, and somebody on the wrong end of a bow and arrow." Sounds just weird enough to work. Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks star.
Five sexy, pampered coeds escape from school, family, and boys for a weekend at a beach house. Drinking, partying, and casual sex end in murder. Sure, self-indulgent coming-of-age moments are bound to pop up, but at least you will get to see some girls gone wild.
A married couple infiltrate a cult in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. No, it is not some porno cult. They follow a bizarre woman who believes to be from 50 years in the future. If you like tense, psychological thrillers with ambiguous motives and no answers, this might be the movie for you.
A modern Mad Max, Bellflower tells the story of a couple of friends who build weapons in hopes of an apocalypse wiping the slate clean so their made-up gang, Mother Medusa, can rule the world. But when one falls in love, shit hits the fan in the form of "extreme violence."