Sundance Film Festival Horror Films

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Sundance Film Festival is a celebration of independent filmmakers and an opportunity to display their hard work and creative vision in front of Hollywood actors, producers and directors. This yearly festival takes place in the mountains of Park City, Utah, a picturesque ski resort nestled in the Watsch Mountains, about an hour north of Salt Lake City. It is quite a spot to watch some of Sundance Film Festivals horror films.

Sundance Film Festival is a celebration of independent filmmakers and an opportunity to display their hard work and creative vision in front of Hollywood actors, producers and directors. This yearly festival takes place in the mountains of Park City, Utah, a picturesque ski resort nestled in the Watsch Mountains, about an hour north of Salt Lake City. It is quite a spot to watch some of Sundance Film Festivals horror films.

Park City is a quiet town; with quaint, rustic storefronts and a strong artistic aura. Upscale galleries filled with one-of-a kind paintings, sculptures and carvings line the main street encouraging tourists to come in and partake of the artistic beauty. What a perfect place for the Sundance Film Festival.

Robert Redford, a Park City resident and a supporter of amateur filmmakers, started the Sundance Film Festival 30 years ago. The annual event turns the quiet city into a bustling crowd of Hollywood stars and Hollywood hopefuls. New films are rolled out before critics and now the votes are in.

This year’s lineup included 117 full-length films chosen from over 4,000 submissions. There are some noteworthy Sundance Film Festival horror films to look out for. Some may be a challenge to find because movies shown at Sundance do not always show up at the local theatre, but with video-on-demand and online options there are many chances to view a new potential favorite.

The Babadook: A supernatural thriller by Australian Jennifer Kent. Writer-director Kent weaves the thriller around Essie Davis who stars as a single mom whose son, played by Noah Wiseman, becomes scared of a monster sneaking about the house, a storybook monster straight out of a nightmare with sinister goals. In the film’s trailer, it appeared Kent has conjured up an eerie, graphic film that may introduce horror fans to a new cinematic boogeyman. Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Ben Winspear and Hayley McElhinney also star in this unique thriller.

Cooties: Directed by Jonathan and Cary Munion, tell a story of an elementary schools infested with a virus that transforms the students into bloody savages. The same writer of “Insidious” and “Saw”, Leigh Whannell along with Ian Brennan, wrote this horror comedy. Elijah Wood is the hero who compels the teachers to fight against the powers against them. Also starring are Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Jack McBrayer and Nasim, Whannell and Pedrad from SNL.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead: Tommy Wirkola is at it again. Last year Wirkola tried his luck in Hollywood with an R-rated version of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” an action adventure fairy tale. Wirkola has returned with a sequel to his 2009 “Dead Snow”. “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” focused on some friends who, while on a mountain vacation, bumped into a platoon of ancient Nazi soldiers turned zombie. Expect a mess of blood and gore in this one!

The film festival will be in Park City, Utah until January 26th. Many films have already sold out but people can be put on a waiting list. Many of the Sundance Film Festival’s horror films sold out early since they are one of the most popular categories.

By Deborah Baran

Sundance Film Festival

LA Times

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