Nightmare Fuel: Midnight Movies at DIFF 2017
by Crystal Orren
The Dallas International Film Festival has a rich history of movies designed to rob you of peaceful sleep and keep your eyes trained on dark corners—and that’s the best part!
From the subtly creepy to the outright, bloody maniacal, this year’s Midnights Movies and Horror Flicks are designed to roust both the Heebies and Jeebies from your unchecked subconscious, filling your mind with phantasmagoric nightmares both sublime and ridiculous. Buckle in, buttercups—this year’s lineup will not disappoint. Here are a few highlights… if you dare (insert sinister laughter here).
BERLIN SYNDROME: Speaking of nightmares borne of both the regular and terrifying, Clare spends a lovely, romantic tryst with a photographer in Berlin, only to find he’s not so keen on her leaving just yet. Now, she’s got to placate his needs while figuring out what she has to do to escape her love-nest-turned-prison.
THE HONOR FARM: As if Prom Night wasn’t terrifying enough, Lucy’s plans leave her with the most sensible of choices: to get in a hearse, headed to a party in the woods that may or may not involve summoning the dead. Surely that wouldn’t have consequences for the living—would it?
SWEET SWEET LONELY GIRL: Reminiscent of THE EYES OF LAURA MARS and as subtly creepy as your worst nightmare of coming home to family members that always filled you with dread. SWEET SWEET LONELY GIRL follows Adele. Soon after moving into a palatial mansion to care for her aunt Dora, Adele strikes up a friendship with the seductive and mysterious Beth, whose pursuits toward the edgy and morally ambiguous sends Adele’s moral compass spinning, and her life down a psychologically treacherous path.
THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT: If you combined THE GAME with the very best of the “exclusive clubs gone very wrong” cinematic motif, you’d get THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT, about a viral-video journalist who uncovers an underground world of violent vigilantism, only to become more enmeshed in their cause… and their methods.
THE VOID: If this feature doesn’t give you nightmares, we’d like to know what life you’re living, because it’s far more exciting than ours. THE VOID begins with a blood-soaked mystery—a stranger on a deserted road—and ends in a hospital that turns into a battleground for the minds and souls of all unfortunate enough to be trapped within its walls.
DALLAS STAR AWARDBILL PAXTON (POSTHUMOUSLY)
Bill Paxton was an award-winning actor and filmmaker from Texas. In 1992, he landed his first leading role in ONE FALSE MOVE. Paxton went on to star in several hit films including ALIENS (1985), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996) and TITANIC (1997)
L.M. KIT CARSON
DAVID GORDON GREEN
This year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree is writer/director David Gordon Green. David Gordon Green’s debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
SHINING STAR AWARDZOEY DEUTCH
This year’s Shining Star Award Honoree is Zoey Deutch. Zoey Deutch is an actress known for VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016). Most recently, Zoey Deutch starred in two films selected at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL.