Last year I was all set to go up to Sundance and review all the nasty horror movies ... and I went home talking mostly about Waitress. I'm such a wuss. Oh sure, there was fine genre fare to be found (Teeth, Fido and The Signal, most notably) but I got a little misty-eyed with Kim during Waitress ... and I believe Rocchi and I actually wept a little during Grace is Gone.

But enough nostalgia, dammit! Next month there'll be me and Kim and James and (first-timer!) Erik up in Park City, all scurrying about like frozen little blogger-ants as we try to keep you abreast of all the Sundancings -- which brings us back to square one: Me. And horror movies. Let's get to it. As part of the Park City at Midnight slate we have...

The Broken -- "On a busy London street a woman sees herself driving by in her own car. Stunned, she trails the mystery woman as events take an eerie turn into a living nightmare." -- Starring the lovely Lena Headey and the awesome Richard Jenkins. Directed by Sean Ellis, who last helmed the pretty solid Cashback.

Diary of the Dead -- "When a group of film students making an indie horror film find themselves trapped in a world being consumed by flesh-eating zombies, they cleverly switch gears and use the camera to document the world crumbling around them." Directed by the master himself, Mr. George A. Romero. First Toronto, then Fantastic Fest, and now Sundance. I swear this movie is stalking me. (Full review here.)

Donkey Punch -- "After meeting at a nightclub in a Mediterranean resort, seven young adults decide to continue partying aboard a luxury yacht in the middle of the ocean. But when one of them dies in a freak accident the others argue about what to do, leading to a ruthless fight for survival." Hey, the Brits go good genre fare. I'm down.

Funny Games -- "A family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood." For my thoughts on Michael Haneke's remake (and a link to the new trailer), click right here.


Otto; or, Up with Dead People -- "A lonely gay zombie searches for love and meaning in contemporary Berlin." The synopsis says it all, really.

Timecrimes -- "A man accidentally travels back to the past, only to meet himself there. He also encounters a series of mysteries-pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle of terror, drama, and supsense-that all lead to an unthinkable crime." This one snagged a few awards at Fantastic Fest, plus Jette liked it too. It's only partially a horror film, if you ask me, but it's a crafty little flick to be sure.

The rest of the Midnight slate is filled out with Hell Ride (a '60s biker throwback 'presented' by Quentin Tarantino) and Adrien Grenier in an air guitar comedy called Adventures of Power. Creepy-type offerings that are not a part of the Midnight collection are as follows...

Choke -- "An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's (Fight Club) novel, Choke is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks." I haven't read the book, but it sure sounds pretty twisted, in a cool Cronenbergian kinda way. Plus it's got Sam Rockwell and Kelly Macdonald, which makes it a must-see.

Fear(s) of the Dark -- "Ten leading graphic artists and cartoonists have breathed life into their phobias and nightmares in this animated feature." Coooool.

Red
-- "An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red." When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him." Starring Brian Cox, Tom Sizemore, Kim Dickens, and a pretty impressive list of horror-friendly names (Robert Englund, Ashley Laurence, Amanda Plummer). Based on the novel by Jack Ketchum and co-directed by Lucky "May" McKee. Sign me up.

Transsiberian
-- "A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers." Sounds interesting enough, but the director is Brad Anderson. And I just love this guy's stuff, especially Session 9 and The Machinist. This is my #1 gimme pick of the festival.

And hey, Slamdance just announced their line-up, and they've got a few genre-lookin' flicks in there too!

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer -- "Jack Brooks is an angry young plumber who witnessed his family's brutal murder when he was a child. Unknowingly, he awakens an ancient evil which forces him to confront his past and deal with the monstrous reality of the present." Sounds awesome! Check out the trailer here.

Paranormal Activity -- " A supernatural thriller featuring shocking footage of a demonic haunting." OK, define "footage."

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story -- "A chronicle of the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks." This doco is produced by Automat Pictures, an outfit that puts together some great DVD supplements, so odds are it's a good flick.

Trailer Park of Terror -- "Six troubled teens become stranded in a ramshackle trailer park where they meet Norma, an undead, trailer-trash babe with a killer body and a cursed brood of Redneck Zombies." Sounds fun enough, plus it's based on a cool graphic novel -- and it stars Nichole Hiltz!

Expect reviews of these (and a whole LOT more) once the Cinematicaleers invade Park City next month!