For all the movie buffs out there, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah should absolutely be on your bucket list of places to go. For over 30 years, the festival has offered a platform for new and emerging talents and show movies that otherwise might have never seen the light of day. Some widely popular movies actually got their start at Sundance such as The Blair Witch Project, Napoleon Dynamite, and Get Out.
In honor of this year's Sundance festival being in full swing, we collected our top 7 movies that made their premiere at previous Sundance festivals. What better time to have a Sundance marathon than this week, when Mother Nature has decided to pass one of the coldest storms through the U.S.?
Nowadays it can be hard to find a movie that's truly scary. But Hereditary might be the perfect scare for even the most seasoned horror buffs. It's slow in the creepiest way possible all the way through and can't really be explained without giving anything important away. Unlike most scary movies that tend to sacrifice good writing and acting for some cheap scares, Hereditary really shows how unnerving a movie can be when you put effort into the storyline.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
The romance movie made its Sundance debut in 2017 and it wasn't long before it hit general theaters across the US and internationally. The movie is set in the 80s and focuses on the relationship between a 17 year old boy and his father's graduate student assistant. When it came out, it received a ton of critical acclaim and has been so popular that a sequel is now in the works.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
You've probably heard of this movie but you may or may not have known that it first premiered at Sundance. If you haven't seen it, we will warn you that it's not an easy watch but it's a definite must-see that covers a real life issue that's still very relevant to today's climate despite having happened 10 years ago. Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, the movie is a rundown of the events leading up to the tragic killing of Oscar Grant by a police officer in 2009.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
500 Days is one of those quirky comedy-dramas that's just perfect for a snowy day in. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a guy who's just looking for the one and seems to find it in Zoey Deschanel's character. It starts off as what might seem like the typical cheesy romcom but actually offers up a deeper critique of the genre's way of portraying women while still being an enjoyable movie.
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho made it's debut in 2000 and it took audiences by storm. Pre-Batman Christian Bale plays a psychopath who tries to hide his real self from his "friends" and co-workers. It's one of the few movies in that time period that had a female director and many people praised the movie for the screenplay and for Christian's acting.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
By now, pretty much all of us know who Quentin Tarantino and that's largely due to his debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs. The movie is about a group of guys who carry out a heist that goes wrong. At the time that the movie premiered at the festival, it was an instant hit due to its unique storytelling methods and became a widely influential movie for independent filmmakers of the time.
Heathers is basically the precursor to movies like Mean Girls and Clueless. It's a teen comedy centered around the most popular girls in high school although it does take a darker turn than the other movies. If you're into the classic 80s teen comedies, this is definitely one to watch.
Don't feel bad if you didn't get a chance to snag tickets to this year's festival. You can still be a part of the Sundance fun and ride out the storm with these movies. All you need is a blanket and your TV. Stay warm!