by Alex Garcia Topete
Blood. Death. Monsters. Murder. Mayhem… The macabre has a way of capturing our imagination in ever-frightening (and sometimes amusing) ways – following in that spirit, the Midnight Specials of the 2016 Dallas International Film Festivals will make audiences scream and find excitement in horror.
Those who dare to see ANTIBIRTH will join in the paranoia of being hosts to something otherworldly inside of them, just like Natasha Lyonne’s Lou does in Danny Perez’s fright film.
PARASYTE I & PARASYTE II continue with the trope of creatures that take over human bodies, leading to mysterious deaths and gruesome killings. Those familiar with the original anime and manga would already be prepared for the horror. Yet, there’s nothing like the rawness of live-action horror done with the vision of Takashi Yamazaki.
For those who prefer a little more suspense than violence, UNDER THE SHADOW delivers a nuanced story that blends the paranormal and the historical in the war-stricken Iran. Babak Anvari’s film has the features of the best horror: symbolism and humanity.
And for the zombie-loving audiences, DAYLIGHT’S END will stand out as a crowd-pleaser of Dallas proportions, not only because the story is set in the city, but also because of its fast pace and action glam. Local filmmaker William Kaufman delivers a zombie apocalypse tale that will hit close to home.
So, which one will be your favorite scary movie?
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.