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20 SXSW movies you can stream right now

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Mar 13, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT

With the cancellation of SXSW 2020, genre fans across the nation are reeling. For years, the long-running and wildly popular festival has been a destination for movie lovers who relish out-of-this-world science fiction, audacious fantasy, and spine-tingling horror. So, it hits hard to realize the freshest crop of such films has been robbed of world premieres packed with cinephiles eager to be shocked, awed, and terrified.

But even if you can't go to Austin, you can celebrate the magic and legacy of SXSW with a DIY movie marathon.

SYFY FANGRRLS has scoured the past decade of SXSW slates to find the best genre films they had to offer. Below you'll find thrilling stories of savage superheroes, alien invasion, haunted houses, voguing vampires, dancing kaiju, time-traveling witches, and love triangles bloody and brilliant. And best of all: they're all streaming.

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Kick-Ass (2010) - Official Red Band Trailer #2

Kick-Ass (2010)

"I was the last person you'd expect to become a superhero."

Kick-Ass kicked off a new decade of SXSW, bringing R-rated violence, four-letter words, and a brazenly irreverent sendup of the superhero genre to 2010's opening night. Aaron Johnson stars as the titular teen vigilante who doesn't need superpowers to be a superhero. A willingness to get beat to a bloody pulp helps. So does teaming up with ultra-violent super friends Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).

Available on Amazon Prime.

Marwencol | OFFICIAL trailer US (2010) ComicCon SXSW Silverdocs IFF Boston

Marwencol (2010)

"This is Deja Thoris's time machine."

A celebrated SXSW world premiere, this extraordinary doc blurs the lines of fact and fantasy in telling the surreal survivor story of artist Mark Hogancamp. After a savage beating left him brain-damaged a deeply traumatized, this creative man found solace in building a model village he called Marwencol. Using action figures, Barbie dolls, and a whole lot of gumption, Hogancamp reclaimed his identity and inspired the wider world with his snapshots and stories.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Attack The Block - Official Trailer [HD] 2011

Attack The Block (2011)

"We need to get off the streets and back on the block."

Long before he was battling the First Order in a galaxy far far away, Star Wars' John Boyega was beating back an extraterrestrial invasion in this stellar SXSW world premiere. Written and directed by Joe Cornish, this sci-fi adventure follows a group of South London teens whose night goes from rowdy to deadly when they cross paths with a new breed of beasts that have pitch-black fur, glow-in-the-dark jaws, and an insatiable thirst for carnage. Street smarts, brotherhood, and a never-say-die attitude are all this crew has to cancel the apocalypse. Will it be enough? Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost co-star.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Insidious Official Trailer #1 [HD] James Wan, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne

Insidious (2011)

"It's not the house that's haunted. It's your son."

Before James Wan spearheaded The Conjuring franchise, the horror helmer teamed with leading man Patrick Wilson for the low-budget and brilliant haunted house film Insidious>There's something strange going on in the Lambert family's home and it all started when they brought their comatose son back from the hospital. Doctors can't help him. But as strange voices and sinister figures begin to lurk around their house, the Lamberts wonder if a team of paranormal experts can. Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Barbara Hersey, and Lin Shaye co-star.

Available on Netflix.

Cabin in the Woods (2012 Movie) - Official Trailer - Chris Hemsworth & Jesse Williams

The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

"The lambs have passed through the gate. They have come to the killing floor."

After years of whispers, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's wickedly smart slasher premiered at SXSW to an ecstatic audience. This twisted horror-comedy begins with five college friends venturing off for a weekend away in a remote cabin in the woods. But there's more than meets the eye to this clichéd premise. Soon, a bevy of horror tropes will be trotted out for mocking and evisceration in ways gory and glorious. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams star.

Available on Hulu.

Safety Not Guaranteed Official Trailer #1 - Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass Movie (2012) HD

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me."

Before he was handed the keys to the Jurassic World franchise, Colin Trevorrow broke through with his jaunty directorial debut, Safety Not Guaranteed. This SXSW select stars Aubrey Plaza as a scrappy journalist, hungry to make her mark. So when a quirky co-worker (Jake Johnson) come across a classified ad asking for a time travel companion, they set out for adventure and the story of a lifetime. And as you might guess, safety is not guaranteed. Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, and ;Mary Lynn Rajskub co-star.

Now available on Crackle.

Haunter Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Abigail Breslin Movie HD

Haunter (2013)

"We can send this bastard to hell. But we have to do it together."

Director Vincenzo Natali has brought forth unique visions of terror, from the claustrophobic Cube to the science-gone-wrong thriller Splice and the spooky mystery of In The Tall Grass. In this lesser-known gem, he unfurls an unusual haunted house story about a jaded teen girl trapped in a relentless rut. Abigail Breslin stars opposite Stephen McHattie.

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Cheap Thrills Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Pat Healy Movie HD

Cheap Thrills (2013)

"Even if you never see us again, you will never forget us."

There's no such thing as easy money. In his directorial debut, E.L. Katz spins a demented tale of desperation, greed, and depravity that had horror fans at SXSW cheering. Pat Healy and Ethan Embry star as pals in need of some quick cash. When they cross paths with a money-flashing couple looking for a wild night, it seems like good fortune. But they soon learn they'll have to bleed to make bank.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Official Trailer

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"We're going to have so much fun together."

SXSW 2014 brought two wildly stylish yet very different tales of vampires seeking blood and love in the modern world. The first is Jim Jarmusch's star-studded hangout movie, Only Lovers Left Alive. Tom Hiddleston stars as a brooding bloodsucker who's lost his lust for life. His seductive long-time lover (Tilda Swinton) swings by to lift his spirits, but their swoon is soon derailed by an impulsive vamp (Mia Wasikowska) and her dangerous dalliance with a mortal wannabe (Anton Yelchin). Against the desolate and decadent backdrop of Detroit, Jarmusch and company spill a story about alienation, creation, and killer cool.

Available on Amazon Prime.

What We Do In The Shadows - Official Trailer

What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

"We need some fresh blood."

Before he became the MCU's hottest director (in more ways than one), Taika Waititi teamed with Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement for a masterful mockumentary about New Zealand's secret vampire population. The pair wrote, directed, and starred in What We Do In The Shadows, a creepy comedy about the hidden lives of four undead flatmates whose routine is rattled by a reckless newbie and some wacky werewolves (not swearwolves). Far from the effortless cool of Only Lovers Left Alive's heart-stopping heroes, these monsters are cringingly unhip yet undeniably hilarious. Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Rhys Darby and Jackie van Beek co-star.

Now available on Shudder.

Ex Machina | Official Trailer HD | A24

Ex Machina (2015)

"What will happen to me if I fail your test?"

Alex Garland made a name for himself scripting sophisticated science-fiction thrillers like 28 Days Later and Sunshine. Then, at SXSW 2015 he unveiled his directorial debut and instant classic Ex Machina. Domhnall Gleeson stars as a contest winner offered the incredible chance to meet an engineering genius (Oscar Isaac) and his top-secret AI, a charismatic android called Ava (Alicia Vikander). It's like getting Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket but for a world-changing tech facility. But things are not what they seem in this enchanting and unnervingly remote research facility.

Available on Netflix.

NINA FOREVER - Official Trailer - An Audaciously Original Fairytale

Nina Forever (2015)

"You're dead." "That doesn't mean we're on a break, though, does it?"

Craving something sexy, funny, and deeply f***ed up? You'll revel over this SXSW world premiere from writers/directors Ben Blaine and Chris Blaine. Nina Forever centers on a truly twisted love triangle between a grocery clerk (Abigail Hardingham), her new boyfriend (Cian Barry), and his dead ex-girlfriend (Fiona O'Shaughnessy) who rises grisly and side-eyeing every time the new couple makes love. There will be blood, broken heart, and barbed banter.

Available on Amazon Prime.

Midnight Special Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst Movie HD

Midnight Special (2016)

"Y'all have no clue what you're dealing with."

In writer/director Jeff Nichols' critically acclaimed kidnapping drama, Michael Shannon stars as a man on the run with a small, mysterious boy, played by IT''s Jaeden Martell. But this isn't a kidnapping; it's a rescue mission. You see, this boy has powers, strange and frightening. So it's up to a motley crew of pilgrims to rescue him from a world that won't ever understand. Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver co-star.

Available on HBO Now.

Hush Trailer

Hush (2016)

~crickets~

Writer/director Mike Flanagan has built an awe-inspiring reputation as a horror auteur with jaw-dropping films such as Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald's Game, and Doctor Sleep. With Hush, he teamed with writer/actress Kate Siegel to create a scary story of stalking and silence. She stars as a mute and deaf writer who enjoys a life of solitude in a remote cabin in the woods — that is, until a masked man shows up to make a game of home invasion and horror.

Available on Netflix.

Colossal Trailer #2 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers

Colossal (2017)

"Give 'em a good show."

This SXSW select is one of my all-time favorites. Written and directed by Timecrimes' Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal stars Anne Hathaway as a trainwreck of woman who becomes a real monster when she's drunk. No, really. Somehow, her lumberings back from the bar manifest a rampaging kaiju over Seoul, South Korea. However, in this wildly original, ferociously funny, and cleverly feminist film, her towering alter-ego isn't the movie's greatest monster.

Available on Hulu.

PREVENGE Official Trailer (2017) Killer Fetus Comedy-Horror Movie HD

Prevenge (2017)

"Baby knows what to do. Baby will tell you what to do."

Pregnancy got scarier with this deliciously twisted slasher-comedy that centers on an expecting mother whose unborn baby drives her to kill, kill, kill! This bouncy and bonkers offering comes from Alice Lowe, who not only wrote, directed, and stars in Prevenge, but also did it all while pregnant. Simply put, she's a horror heroine onscreen and off. Kate Dickie, Gemma Whelan, and Tom Davis co-star in this outrageous tale of motherhood and murder.

Available on Shudder.

"Prospect" OFFICIAL Trailer HD | Available on Demand

Prospect (2018)

"This is something I've never seen in all my time in the green."

Want to see Pedro Pascal play a space cowboy? Of course you do. In Prospect, a teen girl (Sophie Thatcher) is trekking the cosmos with her prospector father when she crosses paths with a charismatic rogue on the hunt for treasure. Facing tough terrain and unknown terrors, they become uneasy allies to find a way home. Jay Duplass, Anwan Glover, and Sheila Vand co-star in this sensational sci-fi Western.

Available on Hulu.

A Quiet Place (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place (2018)

"We have to protect them."

At SXSW's opening night in 2018, this electrifying. suspenseful horror offering brought down the house of the Paramount Theater. John Krasinski co-wrote, directed, and co-starred opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, playing parents who have to keep their kids safe and silent in a post-apocalypse littered with ravenous creatures that hunt by sound. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe co-star.

Available on Hulu.

US Trailer (2019)

Us (2019)

"Zora. Put your shoes on."

When Jordan Peele brought his hotly anticipated Get Out follow-up to SXSW, the excitement in the air opening night was utterly intoxicating. The line to get into this premiere wrapped around the block and then another with fans desperate to see the latest in horror greatness. And Us did not disappoint. Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex star as a family of four whose beach vacation becomes a living nightmare when deranged doppelgangers arrive on their doorstep. Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker co-star.

Available on HBO Now.

LITTLE MONSTERS Trailer (2019)

Little Monsters (2019)

"If you're happy and you know it..."

Lupita Nyong'o was the queen of SXSW last year as she headlined not one but two terrific horror movies. While Us was a profoundly terrifying social criticism of modern America, Little Monsters jaunted to Australia to tell a tale of a field trip gone way wrong. The dazzling leading lady stars as a ukelele-playing teacher turned zombie slayer. Also on board are Josh Gad as a crass kids-show personality and Alexander England as a selfish slacker and aspiring casanova. Sound weird? It is! You're welcome.

Available on Hulu.

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