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Clockwise from top left: A KIND OF MURDER, HOLIDAYS, FEAR, INC., and HERE ALONE

Looking For Something Dark & Twisted? Don't Miss These Tribeca 2016 Genre Films

Here's everything you need to know to satisfy those horror, thriller, and late-night film urges during this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

It takes a special kind of cinephile to binge-watch three to four movies per day, on top of attending multiple live talks and panels, for nearly two weeks without tapping out and finding the nearest bed. Taking full of advantage of the Tribeca Film Festival's 12-day timeframe will be highly recommended, considering the 2016 edition's ginormous lineup of programming, but it'll also be an endurance test. But there's a foolproof way to keep one's resolve steady and excitement piqued: embracing the adrenaline rushes that come from the best hard-edged genre cinema. Fortunately, Tribeca 2016 is packed with that.

The main source for such cinematic jolts is the Festival's late-night-ready Midnight section, dedicated to no-holds-barred horror, action, and thrillers. The Midnight program opens with the horror anthology film Holidays, co-directed by some of the indie scene’s most promising new scare creators, as well as the ever-ubiquitous Kevin Smith, and offering tales about serial killers, voices from beyond the grave, homicidal Easter bunnies, and plenty more perverse oddities. The rest of Midnight is equally varied—there are zombies (Here Alone), human trafficking (Tiger Raid), cults (Rebirth), a gay porn industry pulse-pounder starring James Franco (King Cobra).

Outside of the Midnight lineup, meanwhile, other programs will also cater to those who appreciate cinema's darker sides, with everything from a modern riff on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (Detour), a feminist character study inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Persona (Always Shine), and an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer (A Kind of Murder).

Here's a complete breakdown of what genre enthusiasts shouldn’t miss at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. For screening dates, visit the Film Guide. Tickets go on sale March 29.

A scene from "Valentine's Day," in HOLIDAYS, dirs. Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Section: Midnight
Directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, and Adam Egypt Mortimer, written by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, and Scott Stewart. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Get in the holiday spirit with this horror anthology from some of today’s most visionary genre auteurs. From a very unholy Easter Bunny to a particularly macabre Valentine’s Day gift, Holidays is a full calendar year of festive stories, bringing out the most twisted and subversive sides of each seasonal celebration. With Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ruth Bradley, Sophie Traub, Jocelin Donahue, Harley, Morenstein, Lorenza Izzo, and Andrew Bowen.

In the Virtual Arcade, the Festival is exhibiting Holidays: Christmas VR, which is tied to Christmas, a part of the Holidays anthology feature.

Killer Deal (World Premiere)
Section: Virtual Arcade
Project Creators: Irad Eyal, Aaron Rothman, Anthony C. Ferrante, iMan Productions, Better VR Studios
Key Collaborator: Ian Ziering
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Sharknado 1, 2 & 3), Killer Deal follows a struggling machete salesman who runs into trouble when his discount hotel room comes with an unwelcome guest. A very unwelcome guest. The experience takes all the things we love about over-the-top horror and puts the viewer right in the middle of the "splash zone."

HIGH-RISE, dir. Ben Wheatley

Section: Viewpoints
Directed by Ben Wheatley, written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley. (U.K.) – New York Premiere, Narrative.
Based on J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name, High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Lang, a newcomer to a recently constructed complex in which the residents are stratified by social class. But when the power goes out, the tenuous hierarchy rapidly descends into chaos. Luke Evans, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, and Elisabeth Moss co-star. A Magnolia Pictures release.

FEAR, INC., dir. Vincent Masciale

Fear, Inc.
Section: Midnight
Directed by Vincent Masciale, written by Luke Barnett. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
In this referential horror-comedy thriller, horror junkie Joe Foster gets to live out his ultimate scary movie fantasy courtesy of Fear Inc., a company that specializes in giving you the fright of your life. But as lines blur between what is and is not part of the game, Joe's dream come true begins to look more like a nightmare. With Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Mark Moses, and Abigail Breslin.

HERE ALONE, dir. Rod Blackhurst

Here Alone
Section: Midnight
Directed by Rod Blackhurst, written by David Ebeltoft. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
A virus has ravaged human civilization, leaving two groups of survivors: those who have managed to avoid infection, and those driven to madness, violence, and an insatiable bloodlust. Living deep in the woods, Ann, Chris, and Olivia are forced to fend off the infected while foraging for supplies. But when a supply expedition goes terribly awry, one among their number must make a terrible choice. With Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, and Shane West.

Women Who Kill
Section: US Narrative Competition
directed and written by Ingrid Jungermann. (USA) – World Premiere.
Morgan and Jean work well together as true crime podcasters because they didn't work well, at all, as a couple. When Morgan strikes up a new relationship with the mysterious Simone, their shared interest turns into suspicion, paranoia, and fear. Ingrid Jungermann's whip smart feature debut is an adept and wry comedy on modern romance’s hollow results, set in an LGBTQ Brooklyn. With Ingrid Jungermann, Ann Carr, Sheila Vand, Shannon O'Neill, Annette O'Toole, Grace Rex.

REBIRTH, dir. Karl Mueller

Section: Midnight
Directed and written by Karl Mueller. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Adam Goldberg, Pat Healy, Harry Hamlin and Nicky Whelan star as members of a mysterious self-help group (possibly a cult). Fran Kranz plays their newest recruit. Rebirth simultaneously satirizes the buddy comedy and embraces the thriller format, resulting in a film that is at one moment hilarious and at the next, deeply disturbing. A Netflix release.

ALWAYS SHINE, dir. Sophia Takal

Always Shine
Section: US Narrative Competition
Directed by Sophia Takal, written by Lawrence Michael Levine (USA) – World Premiere.
This twisty psychological drama about obsession, fame, and femininity follows two friends, both actresses (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), on a trip to Big Sur, to reconnect with one another. Once alone, the women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments begin to rise, causing them to lose their grasp on not only the true nature of their relationship, but also their identities. With Lawrence Michael Levine, Alex Koch, Jane Adams.

Section: Spotlight
Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, written by Ed Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzel. (Canada) – World Premiere, Narrative. Abbie Cornish, Dermot Mulroney, and Justin Long star in this hallucinatory thriller about Jane, a photographer who suffers severe memory loss following a horrific car accident. Putting her life at risk, as well as those of her husband and daughter, she must piece together and confront the traumatic past that is haunting her.

A KIND OF MURDER, dir. Andy Goddard

A Kind of Murder
Section: Spotlight
Directed by Andy Goddard, written by Susan Boyd. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. The Blunderer, written by Carol author Patricia Highsmith, gets a classic film noir treatment in A Kind of Murder, a ’60s-set Hitchcockian thriller that explores how we judge culpability in the death of another. Starring Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, and Vincent Kartheiser.

KING COBRA, dir. Justin Kelly

King Cobra
Section: Midnight
Directed and written by Justin Kelly. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early r of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer (Christian Slater) who made him famous. When Sean decides he’d be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers (James Franco and Keegan Allen) aim to cash in by any means possible. With Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.

DETOUR, dir. Christopher Smith

Section: Viewpoints
Directed and written by Christopher Smith. (U.K.) – World Premiere, Narrative.
After his mother ends up in a coma under suspicious circumstances, a law student (Tye Sheridan) decides to drown his sorrows at a seedy bar. The next morning, he wakes up to the realization that he may have hired a hitman (Emory Cohen) and his girlfriend (Bel Powley) to take out the suspected perpetrator (Stephen Moyer) of his mother's life-threatening accident. With Theo James.

LIVE CARGO, dir. Logan Sandler

Live Cargo
Section: US Narrative Competition
Directed by Logan Sandler, written by Logan Sandler and Thymaya Payne. (USA, Bahamas) – World Premiere.
Nadine (Dree Hemingway) and Lewis (Keith Stanfield) visit a small Bahamian island hoping to restore their relationship in the wake of a tragedy, only to find the picturesque island torn in two: on one side a dangerous human trafficker and on the other an aging patriarch, struggling to maintain order. With Leonard Earl Howze, Sam Dillon, Robert Wisdom.

TIGER RAID, dir. Simon Dixon

Tiger Raid
Section: Midnight
Directed by Simon Dixon, written by Simon Dixon, Mick Donnellan, Gareth Coulam Evans. (U.K.) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Two mercenaries in Iraq speed through the dead of night, on their way to execute a covert mission. But as they near their objective, past misdeeds come violently to the surface, in this action-packed two-hander. With Sofia Boutella, Brian Gleeson, Damien Molony.

The Loner
Section: Viewpoints
Directed and written by Daniel Grove. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Daniel Grove's neon-soaked feature debut follows reformed mobster Behrouz, who is haunted by memories of being a child soldier in Iran in the 1980s. As he pursues the "American Dream" in Los Angeles, Behrouz finds it increasingly difficult to stay away from the seedy underbelly of the city. Grove's neo-noir is a smart, action-packed, and colorful thriller with an electrifying score. With Reza Sixo Safai, Helena Mattsson, Parviz Sayyad, Julian Sands, Laura Harring, Dominic Rains.


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