The Cannes Film Festival is officially underway! Yay for independent artsy films!
In the past, Cannes has given us not only buzzworthy prestige films from around the world, but it has also been a source of horror films outside the Hollywood mainstream. I’ve covered both the 2016 and 2017 Cannes Film Festivals, which introduced to the world to films like Raw, Neon Demon, Train to Busan, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. And that’s not to mention horror classics like Evil Dead or Pan’s Labyrinth.
Unfortunately, the actual Cannes festival is light on horror movies this year, screening only one new horror film (two if you count the screening of The Silence of the Lambs during Cinema de la Plage). While the Cannes Marche du Film (the Cannes Film Market) is always chock-full of horror films of all caliber, it’s really hard for a little ol’ blogger like myself to gain access to the schedule in advance, since I’m not an industry insider. Boo!
However, we can always count on the Director’s Fortnight and Frontières showcases. These platforms may not be part of the official Cannes Film Festival (Lord knows they should be), but they are part of the general festivities and take advantage of the frenzy of activity surrounding Cannes. The festival (and its associated events) is where distributors come to buy the rights for those indie horror films we might not ever see, and for that, yay Cannes!
So, without further adieu, here are the horror films at Cannes this year.
Out of Competition
“USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer.
We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale.”
Cinema de la Plage
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims
Set in the primal wilderness in the year 1983, Red Miller has fallen deeply for the beguiling Mandy Bloom. But the life he has made for himself comes suddenly and horrifyingly crashing down when a vile band of ravaging idolaters and supernatural creatures penetrates his idyllic paradise with vicious fury. A broken man, Red now lives for one thing only to hunt down these maniacal villains and exact swift vengeance.
The House of Sweat and Tears
House of Sweat and Tears is a tension-filled atmospheric horror film by female director Sonia Escolano. It follows “She,” the leader of a violent cult, and the loosening of her grip on its members. This begins when a mysterious man plagues the dreams of one of its devoted members, leading to her suicide. Will “She” maintain control of the cult? Or will this outsider corrupt them all?
There’s also a really creepy trailer here!
A hack filmmaker wastes the money lent to him by a mysterious organization, and so has to take matters into his own hands by locking a cast of actors in a house and becoming the villain in his own slasher movie.
Married couple Karen and John have lost the spark of life since learning they were unable to conceive. Now, they are almost like living zombies, imprisoned by everyday life. When the world is hit by a pandemic that actually turns people into the walking dead, the couple must lock themselves in their apartment while waiting for rescue. With the world outside falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.