The Week in Horror: South by Southwest, ‘The Outwaters’, ‘Terrifier 3’, ‘The Wrath of Becky’, + more!

This week I’ve got a big update on the horror selections from SXSW, new stuff from the directors of Barbarian, Terrifier, and Werewolves Within, and a whole lot more!

Dropping this week is Robbie Banfitch’s buzzy new found footage horror, The Outwaters, and this is going to be one that’ll have people talking. Banfitch shared a harrowing new trailer for his harrowing film, which hits theatres this Thursday Feb 9.

In The Outwaters, “the film plays out over three memory cards found in a sun-drenched section of the Mojave Desert. The footage within is that of a foursome, who set out to make a music video while camping, led by a charismatic LA filmmaker. Their trip starts out uneventful, though their peace is occasionally disrupted by unexplained sounds, vibrations, and unnatural animal behavior.”

I can say that there’s more going on there than you’d expect, and you’ll definitely not want to miss out on this blood-soaked cosmic horror experience. Check out the trailer here ahead of this week’s release!

Ozark‘s Jason Bateman is set to direct a new supernatural revenge thriller called The Pinkerton, which was acquired by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot about three years ago. As you’d expect from an Abrams thing, plot details are scant but the title seems to refer to the Pinkerton agents who became sort of a precursor to the Secret Service. According to Deadline, who broke the news, this is the first original film project under the deal Bad Robot signed with Warner Brothers.

After reporting last week that Barbarian director Zach Cregger’s Weapons would be his next project with New Line, Deadline is reporting that Cregger has a second project called Companion in the works with the studio. Cregger will produce from a script written and directed by newcomer Drew Hancock, and plot details are secret for this as well. However, it’s looking like both Companion and Weapons are being fast-tracked into production by New Line and both are set to begin shooting this year.

Josh Ruben of Scare Me and Werewolves Within fame has a new project lined up called Green Bank. This one’s said to be a sci-fi horror, according to Variety, and will star Tatiana Maslany and Jasmin Savoy Brown. Green Bank “takes place in a real American town where wifi, cell service and all other radio transmissions are heavily forbidden. The film follows infant sleep-trainer Sloan (Brown), who realizes that the parents of the child she’s caring for are much more than the clueless yuppies they seem to be.”

Terrifier scribe Damien Leone dropped some exciting news in an interview with Insider this week. Not only is Terrifier 3 in the works, with a potential fourth movie in the pipe. Says Leone, “I am writing ‘Terrifier 3’ as we speak. I definitely want to make at least one more. There may be two to tell this story and tackle all the ideas that I have in my head…Because there’s a lot more to explore with Art the Clown, the pale girl, Victoria, and certainly Sienna as our final girl. We will be following her journey to the end of this franchise.”

Not only that, but Leone recently had a meeting with Sam Raimi to discuss a collaboration with his company Ghost House Pictures. “There is an original project I have in development with Ghost House Pictures, which is Sam Raimi’s production company,” he said. “So if that happens, that would be amazing. I’m really hoping that that could happen before ‘Terrifier 3,’ or it might happen right after, we’ll see…He’s one of my heroes, obviously. I got to tell him just how much ‘Evil Dead 2’ meant to me, and even the blatant homages from part two that are in ‘Terrifier 2.’ He was just the sweetest, coolest guy for that 45 minutes.”

Finally, the SXSW festival is coming up next month from March 10-19, and we’ve got the horror lineups for both the festival’s Midnight selections and some higher-profile horror as well. Lee Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise, which continues the much-anticipated franchise, is one of the SXSW headliners, in which “two estranged sisters’ reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.”

In Anna Zlokovic’s Appendage, “Hannah (Hadley Robinson), a young fashion designer, seems fine on the surface, but secretly struggles with debilitating self-doubt. Soon these buried feelings begin to make Hannah physically sick and sprout into a ferocious growth on her body: The Appendage. As Hannah’s health declines, The Appendage grows more powerful and begins to fuel her anxieties – her perceived lack of talent at work, her deteriorating relationships with her boyfriend and best friend, and her parents’ lack of love and understanding. At her breaking point, Hannah makes a shocking discovery— there are others out there like her.”

In Mongolian horror Aberrance from director Baatar Batsukh, “city dwellers Erkhmee and Selenge arrive at an old cabin deep in the Mongolian wilds, a foreboding settles over the couple. Erkhmee’s seemingly keen desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for his artistic wife is at odds with the violent actions and mannerisms their quizzical neighbor observes. As the neighbor digs deeper for the reason behind this aberrant behavior, only more questions and trouble arise.”

Writer/director Ted Geoghegan’s Brooklyn 45 tells the story of “Friday, December 27, 1945. Five military veterans gather in the ornate parlour of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they’ve reunited to support their troubled host – but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all-too-literal. Trapped in their host’s lounge, the Greatest Generation now finds themselves put to one final test… with their only route to freedom being more bloodshed.”

Director Veronica Ngo brings Furies to SXSW, in which “Bi is a Vietnamese country girl who survives a brutal childhood and escapes to the city of Saigon. Bi is recruited by the mysterious Mrs. Lin, and followed Lin to an apartment where she lives with two new friends: the fierce Thanh and the playful Hong. Lin trains them to take down a Saigon crime lord, Hai, who traffics drugs and young women. Lin coaches Bi in the arts of killing and sensuality. She then willingly applies the skills she has learned to pursue Lin’s dangerous mission.”

Bishal Dutta’s It Lives Inside tells the tale of “Sam, an Indian-American teen, lives in an idyllic suburb with her conservative mother and her assimilated father. Sam’s cultural insecurities grow due to her estranged friend, Tamira, who mysteriously carries around an empty mason jar all the time. In a moment of anger, Sam breaks Tamira’s jar and unleashes an ancient Indian demonic force that kidnaps Tamira. Sam searches for Tamira, following the trail of a young man who performed a deadly ritual, until the demonic entity starts targeting her, murdering her boyfriend and shattering her reality with terrifying visions. Sam must band together with her parents and a sympathetic teacher to save Tamira and put an end to the terror of the demon.”

Late Night With The Devil from directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes brings horror to the airwaves with their found-footage thriller set in “October 31, 1977. Jack Delroy’s syndicated talk show ‘Night Owls’ has long been a trusted companion to insomniacs around the country, but a year on from the tragic death of Jack’s wife, ratings have plummeted. Desperate to turn his fortunes around, Jack plans a Halloween special like no other, unaware he is about to unleash evil into the living rooms of America. Late Night With The Devil is the recently rediscovered recording of what went to air that fateful night.”

In the twisted supernatural thriller Talk To Me from directors Danny and Michael Philippou, “lonely teenager Mia gets hooked on the thrills of conjuring spirits through a ceramic hand, but when she is confronted by a soul claiming to be her dead mother, she unleashes a plague of supernatural forces.

Lulu Wilson reprises her role as the tough-as-nails Becky in The Wrath Of Becky, from writer/directors Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote. In this sequel, “after living off the grid for two years, Becky finds herself going toe to toe against Darryl, the leader of a fascist organization, on the eve of an organized attack”

One of the more interesting horrors at SXSW is writer/director Bomani J. Story’s The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, which finds its way into the festival’s Visions section. In the film, “Vicaria is a brilliant teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured. After the brutal and sudden murder of her brother, she embarks on a dangerous journey to bring him back to life. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster thematically challenges our ideas of life and death. Bomani J. Story crafts a thrilling tale about a family that, despite the terrors of systemic pressure, will survive and be reborn again.”

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