With all the hype surrounding this year's Sundance Film Festival, sometimes folks forget that there's another little gem of a film festival that takes place at the same time in the same small town. The Slamdance Film Festival began in 1995, and each year it showcases a number of films that are definitely worth checking out. Slamdance films that have premiered at the fest and gone on to become big hits include Christopher Nolan's 'Following,' 'Monster's Ball', 'The King of Kong,' 'Dear Zachary' and 'Paranormal Activity.' That last one was probably the most successful film to ever come out of Slamdance, so it's no surprise they'd be keeping their eye on discovering the next 'Paranormal Activity,' which they may have done with a film premiering at this year's fest called 'Atrocious.'
The Spanish-language "found footage" horror film marks the directorial debut of 27-year-old Mexican filmmaker Fernando Barreda Luna (remember that name), and there's already a tremendous amount of buzz following the low-budget thriller ever since it premiered at the 43rd Sitges International Film Festival -- so much so that Celluloid Nightmares immediately acquired the film's worldwide rights following its premiere. It runs at a crisp 75 minutes, and here's the official plot synopsis:
"In April of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of five spending a holiday at their summer house, where brother-and-sister Cristian and July
Quintanilla pass the time investigating a terrifying local urban legend. As their investigation intensifies strange occurrences in and around the house escalate rapidly, before culminating in unspeakable atrocities."
Check out the film's teaser trailer after the jump.
The similarities between this and 'Paranormal Activity' are there, sure, but if it feels fresh and scares the you know what out of us, then more power to the filmmakers. Unfortunately, considering the way the system works, 'Atrocious' may get picked up for US distribution, but expect Hollywood to remake it in English should the film attract a considerable amount of buzz once it arrives here in the States later this month.
Does Slamdance have another hidden horror gem on their hands, or is 'Atrocious' just chasing the 'Paranormal Activity' trend without introducing anything new? We'll let you know soon as 'Atrocious' premieres in Park City on Saturday, January 22nd.