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"Among The Living" at SXSW

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 02:37 AM CDT

I am always up for a horror film, even if it contains subtitles. One of the Midnighters at SXSW, Among The Living is a French film that is being advertised as Stand By Me meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Directed and written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Among The Living follows three unruly 14 year-old boys, Victor, Dan, and Tom. When they skip school and go explore an abandoned movie set, they witness a woman in chains begin dragged through the field by a man wearing a sinister clown mask. They hide as they watch this horrific site, but before they can runaway, the man in the mask sees them. They are terrified and that night, the man, known as Klarence, breaks into their houses to take them out one by one.

Alexandre Bustillo admits this is definitely a throwback to the 80s slasher flicks, with huge influences from John Carpenter, but it's not like anything I have ever seen. When I was a kid, the killer in movies would never go after the kids, which made me feel safe and kept me from wanting to grow up too fast. But in Among The Living, no one is safe and because of the boys' rebellious behavior, they end up putting their families in danger as well. The most interesting aspect of this film is Klarence. He is deformed and kills while he's naked. He reminds me of the character in British's 2004 film, Creep, which was an effective movie also. Add in the old-fashioned menacing music score to the mix that this film has and you will be on the edge of your seat.

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic



"Among The Living" at SXSW

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