Each year the american film institute holds AFI Fest in Hollywood, CA. The AFI Fest strives to find the best that cinema has to offer across the world. They allow the audiences to see all of these films for FREE! The gala films are generally big studio productions and host to huge events. Throughout the festival, indie gems can be found as well. In previous years they have hosted the likes of 2015 horror favorite It Follows and Flight of the Concord’s vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. AFI has released the full schedule for 2015 and here is your We Are Indie Horror guide to all independent horror the festival has to offer.
Films listed under the midnight category are your go to for Indie Horror. Scary and obscure films being viewed in the middle of night always creates the best atmosphere. This year, AFI is not shorting the fans on midnight horror films.
First up is a Turkish film, in which We Are Indie Horror has been following closely. Baskin will finally be making its way to US audiences. Directed by Can Evrenol who created the Baskin short back in 2013 and then later decided to expand to a full feature. Recently picked up by IFC Midnight for US and Canada distrubution, this film has been praised across the board as a beautiful piece of art combined with terrifying elements of horror.
A squad of Turkish policemen become entrapped in the basement of a cult of Devil-worshipping amputees
Next on the list comes from Germany. Der Nachtmahr is created by visual artist AKIZ who is known for his surrealist style in sculpting, painting, and film making. The first part of a triptych (a piece of art that is split into three) named Birth Love Death has been traveling the world with making stops in Canada, Spain, and England. A coming of age film that has been described as jarring, disturbing, and thoroughly disorienting. A visually stylized tale about teenage paranoia and acceptance is a true representation of what to expect from an AFI Fest film.
Tina is 17 years old and apparently has everything a girl her age wants, but after a party they experienced massive nightmares in which she is haunted by an abysmally ugly creatures night after night.
And last but not least on the midnight schedule is straight out of the USA. Southbound one of the latest in the horror anthology trend, promises to take a refreshing approach to the genre. Playing at festivals like Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, comes the latest from some of the director’s from the popular found footage anthology V/H/S. Unlike their previous work, Southbound veers away from the found footage style and goes the route of cinematic presentation. Four directors, Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence take on five tales of terror that shot in the middle of the desert creating a very uncomfortable filming experience.
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
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The last indie horror film that We Are Indie Horror could find comes out of the New Autuers selections. Evolution looks like an intriguing tale where the story could really go anywhere. Lucile Hadzihalilovic directs this film straight out of France. Evolution is among the many selections that have been seen at the Toronto International Film Festival
On an island inhabited only by women and boys, a 10-year-old receiving strange medical treatment investigates the horrific things the women do at night.
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Although it looks as if AFI Fest is running low on horror, there are still plenty of other films that seem like they would be a good time. Ranging from comedies, to thrillers, to dramas it looks as if there is something for everybody. The festival runs from November 5 to November 12 and We Are Indie Horror will definitely be checking out some of these horror films. If there are any horror films we missed from AFI FEST 2015 please inform us so we can update this article. For more information on all things AFI Fest, head over to the website and check out all the films this year’s lineup has to offer.