Sitges 2012 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 Can't Miss Flicks

Brian Clark, European Editor
Coming right on the heels of the killer 1,2,3 combo of Fantastic Fest, Lund and L'Etrange Festival, Sitges is the genre film festival with one of the most extensive programs. Think of it as a greatest hits mix of genre and underground film from the festival and theatrical circuit over the last year with some new and left-field titles thrown in for good measure.

Below you'll find a mix of new films I'm looking forward to, can't miss films I've already seen, and whichever titles have garnered the most intriguing word of mouth. I'll be posting dispatches from the festival starting tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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1. Vanishing Waves
I've already heaped praise on this one, but if you didn't believe me, do take a look at the amazing, NSFW trailer.

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2. Saturday Morning Massacre
It's like Scooby Doo, except with the blood, guts and real terror cranked all the way up. So basically, what I always wished Scooby Doo was when I used to watch it.

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3. 50th Anniversary of Asylum Productions - Celebration
Every time I've rented an Asylum movie, I've been disappointed. But you know what? I like that they keep cranking out ridiculous, amazing DVD cover art that makes each of their movies look like it can't fail (or in some cases, like it's a different movie that's supposed to be playing in theaters -- Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies is the latest). And fine, I probably will go see 2-Headed Shark Attack when it screens.

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4. Holy Motors
Believe the hype! Leos Carax's return is the real deal.

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5. The Body
As the film begins, a woman's body disappears mysteriously from a morgue without a trace. This hook could go all sorts of amazing places, so I'm looking forward to finding out whether the rest of the movie follows through.

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6. Los Salvajes
An Argentinian film about kids escaping from a juvenile detention center only to find themselves struggling for survival in the wilderness. Given that the kids in Lord of the Flies were normal at first, I can only imagine what happens to a group of delinquents.

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7. The Conspiracy
Apparently this is an amazing film which you should see knowing as little as possible about. Accordingly, that's all I know about it.

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8. The Vampire Spider
The title says it all. Or does it? I want to find out. 

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9. Rebelle (War Witch)
I have heard nothing but high praise for this story of a young girl kidnapped and forced to join a rebel army in the African Congo ever since I missed it at Berlin last year. I have been angry at myself ever since.

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10. Deranged + The Bay
Two horror movies about crazy killer water parasites in one festival? God help us all. 









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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "I'll be posting dispatches from the festival starting tomorrow. Stay tuned!"
    Yeah....I will.
    "An Argentinian film about kids escaping from a juvenile detention center only to find themselves struggling for survival in the wilderness."
    Ohhh...a nice little survival story, sounds good.
    Thanks for the list Mr Clark.

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