New Line Cinema is looking to give SXSW Film Festival attendees nightmares on Saturday with their Face Your Fears panel featuring never-before-seen footage from the new IT movie and Annabelle 2, as well as discussions with the films' respective directors, Andrés Muschietti and David F. Sandberg.

Moderated by Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake, the Face Your Fears panel will take place on Saturday, March 11th at 8:00pm CT at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center.

This is huge news for those who have been itching to see the first footage from the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT (the first of an expected two-film adaptation), and many horror fans have been waiting to see what Lights Out director David F. Sandberg has in store for them following the initial Annabelle 2 teaser video that was released last September.

Daily Dead is in Austin covering the SXSW Film Festival, so stay tuned for much more of our live coverage of the event, and check here to see what we've previously reported.

Press Release: BURBANK, CA – March 10, 2017 – New Line Cinema invites horror movie fans to join in on a first look at their upcoming thrills and chills at the newly announced South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals panel, Face Your Fears: An Exclusive First Look & Filmmaker Discussion.

Directors Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”) and David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) will visit SXSW to discuss their terrifying new features: “IT,” based on the seminal Stephen King novel, and “Annabelle 2,” the newest offering from “The Conjuring” film franchise.  The breakout directors will share never-before-seen footage from these films, due in theaters later this year, and share their inspirations and influences during a panel moderated by Rotten Tomatoes senior editor Grae Drake.

Face Your Fears: An Exclusive First Look & Filmmaker Discussion

Saturday, March 11 at 8 PM

Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center


She’s back! In “Annabelle 2,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, with Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto; the team behind the supernatural thriller includes Director David F. Sandberg, Writer Gary Dauberman, Producers Peter Safran and James Wan, and Executive Producers Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter.

From New Line Cinema, “Annabelle 2” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  In theaters August 11.  Rated R for horror violence and terror.


New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti, is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

The film stars Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton and Bill Skarsgård.  With a terrifying screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, the filmmaking team includes Producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Barbara Muschietti, and Executive Producers Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk.

From New Line Cinema, “IT” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  In theatersSeptember 8.

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