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The feature film slate for Austin's South by Southwest festival (SXSW) was revealed last week, but as most genre fans know, the real cinematic treasures are lurking in the festival's midnight lineup. As SXSW Programmer Jarod Neece put it: "This year we scoured the globe and brought back a batch that we knew would truly satisfy the gore hounds of SXSW. Full of scares, sex, madness, laughs, chills and major mind f--ks, we hope there's a little something for everyone."

Browsing the titles, it's hard to tear our eyes away from a film called "Big Ass Spider" (directed by Mike Mendez of "The Gravedancers"), but the addition of Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem," sequel "V/H/S/2," a movie from "Splice"'s Vincenzo Natali ("Haunter"), and vampire tale "Kiss of the Damned" from Xan Cassavetes certainly helps.

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Gremlins

Everything old becomes new again, and website Vulture is reporting that a reboot of Joe Dante's beloved 1980's horror comedy "Gremlins" is potentially in the works. It's time to start memorizing those three very important rules: no water, no bright lights, and don't feed your Mogwai after midnight.

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Our recent Movie Trailers of 2013 roundup should be seared into your brain by now, but in case you need a gory reminder, we have a few new images from one of the movies mentioned: "Texas Chainsaw 3D." Entertainment Weekly featured some photos of the chainsaw-wielding baddie from the horror series, Leatherface.

It looks like he's stalking his prey at a local carnival. The film takes place decades after the original 1974 storyline introduced us to the famed killer and his demented family. When a young woman learns she's inherited a Texas estate, she hits the road with friends to collect her namesake. Her family reunion takes a turn for the bloody. See what happens when Bill Moseley, Alexandra Daddario, Gunnar Hansen, Trey Songz, Marilyn Burns, and the rest of the cast return to Texas on January 4.

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Casey Affleck

Thirteen women were sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Massachusetts during the 1960s at the hands of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo. Now, Warner Bros. is readying a new film based on the serial killer.

The screenplay was picked up from Casey Affleck and fellow Bostonite writer Chuck Maclean. We were hoping that Affleck would be down to play DeSalvo since he was so bloody terrifying in 2010's "The Killer Inside Me," but it looks like he's eyeing up the part of a detective who helped solve the crime. His job won't be easy since the real-life case involved an unusual theory. As Deadline—who reported the news—puts it, "There is still belief that more than one killer was involved, and that DeSalvo was a pawn in a bigger conspiracy. The movie follows an ambitious detective who is willing to risk career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers."

We definitely perked up when the website indicated that "Boston Strangler" will have a similar tone to "Se7en" and "Zodiac." It's been a little while since we've had a great serial killer film. Are you ready to head to Boston?

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Silent Night

During the 1980s, one movie managed to piss off film critics, the Parent-Teacher Association, and frighten children everywhere. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" portrayed Santa Claus as an unhinged young man named Billy who was tormented by the death of his parents and an abusive nun at the orphanage he called home. The 1984 slasher spawned an entire series of killer Santa films, and now "Scream of the Banshee" director Steven C. Miller is remaking the movie, expected to hit theaters on November 30. Genre vet Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Jamie Kennedy, and Ellen Wong are a few of the poor souls who will face Santa's wrath.

Dread Central has the trailer for the cheery holiday flick. We think we prefer the old Santa's signature weapon, an ax, rather than the blowtorch featured here. It almost makes Santa look a little steampunk, especially with those creepy eye-goggles. What do you think?

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Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie's recent track record surrounding the reboot of the classic "Halloween" series didn't fare well with some genre fans, but ever since the musician-turned-director started releasing teasers for the upcoming "Lords of Salem," horror fiends got excited by the dark, cult-inspired imagery.

With a cast including genre vets like scream queen Dee Wallace ("The Howling"), Barbara Crampton ("Re-Animator"), and Sid Haig ("The Devil's Rejects")—and Zombie's wife and muse Sheri Moon Zombie, of course—the filmmaker's newest taps into an ancient evil, and we finally have a trailer to witness the witchy bacchanal for ourselves.

Watch the trailer after the jump!

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Paranormal Activity 4

The "Paranormal Activity" franchise has slowly replaced the "Saw" films during the Halloween season over the past several years, and the supernatural chiller has been haunting us through teasers, grainy images, and shaky cam clips well before its release.

While "PA3" directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman prepare to see their second installment in the series hit theaters on October 19, a lot of speculation about the return of longtime character Katie (Katie Featherston) and abducted baby Hunter (from "Paranormal Activity 2") has been swirling amongst fans.

The new, second trailer for "PA4" reveals that the mysterious child we've been seeing called Robbie could quite possible be Hunter all grown up. He moves next door to a family (perhaps with Katie?) that ends up caring for him after a terrible accident occurs.

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Texas Chainsaw

The fine folks at Shock Till You Drop snagged the first look at Leatherface in the upcoming "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D." It's not his face we're actually looking at, but the pictures makes up for that by giving the mute madman a chainsaw. We'll take it. Trey Songz, horror vet Bill Moseley, and Alexandra Daddario are just a few of the names appearing in the seventh installment of the killer franchise. This one is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 movie that follows a young woman and her friends through Texas as she attempts to collect an inheritance. Eventually she uncovers the link to a disturbing family connection. You can watch the chilling family reunion when "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" makes its way to theaters on January 4.

Read all of this week's horror new after the jump!

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Carrie

"Entertainment Weekly" has posted two bloody photos from Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie." The film is inspired by Brian De Palma's 1976 movie, and is more faithful to the chilling Stephen King novel. Chloë Grace Moretz plays bullied high school student Carrie, who uses her telekinetic powers to retaliate against her nasty classmates. Julianne Moore is her mother, Margaret White — a religious woman whose sense of humanity and affection for her daughter turns vicious and violent. Moretz spoke to the magazine about the famous scene at the prom where a bucket of pig's blood is dumped on her head. "We only have, like, four chances to get it right, because that stuff stains your hair." Carrie unleashes mayhem in theaters on March 15.

Click past the jump for the rest of the week's Horror Bites!

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Carrie

Buckets of blood, swatches of blood, and… blood. Everything's as it should be on the set of "Carrie," according to some photos at Dread Central. A reader snapped some unofficial images full of the red stuff. While we can't see any of the gore in action, it's a great look at the way things are being developed behind the scenes for the 2013 remake of Stephen King's classic horror tale and Brian De Palma’s 1976 film. "Carrie" is being directed by Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don’t Cry") and stars Chloë Moretz as the awkward teen covered in pig's blood at the prom. She uses her telekinetic powers to get revenge on those who tormented her. Yay, high school!

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