A serial killer, an art critic, a prison inmate, a rodeo clown, zombies, snake handlers and a congressional investigation are central figures in some of the most buzzworthy movies debuting at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, according to data from the website IMDdPro.
The industry arm of the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com, released a list Friday of the top 10 most anticipated movies premiering at Sundance, based on page views to the site between Nov. 28 — when Sundance announced its slate — and Jan. 15.
Topping the list is director Joe Berlinger’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which stars Zac Efron as the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The movie looks at Bundy through the experiences of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who was unaware of Bundy’s crimes.
The movies on the list range from horror to comedy to drama. None of the 10 films listed are documentaries, or in a language other than English.
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The top 10:
1. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” mentioned above.
2. “Velvet Buzzsaw,” writer-director Dan Gilroy’s horror satire of the art world, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Natalia Dyer, Toni Collette and John Malkovich.
3. “The Mustang,” a drama by director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, starring Matthias Schoenaerts as a prison inmate who takes part in a program to tame wild horses.
4. “Honey Boy,” a drama directed by Alma Har’el, starring Shia LaBeouf (who wrote the screenplay) as his own father, an alcoholic rodeo clown.
5. “Big Time Adolescence,” writer-director Jason Orley’s coming-of-age comedy about a teen (Griffin Gluck) and his college-age bad influence (“Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson).
6. “The Report,” written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, starring Adam Driver as a congressional staffer investigating the use of “extreme interrogation,” or torture, by the CIA after 9/11. The cast includes Jon Hamm, and Annette Bening as Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
7. “Paradise Hills,” a supernatural thriller directed by Alice Waddington, starring Emma Roberts and Milla Jovovich.
8. “Native Son,” artist Rashid Johnson’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s landmark novel of a black man (Ashton Sanders, from “Moonlight”) navigating rich white society.
9. “Them That Follow,” a drama set among an evangelical group of snake handlers, written and directed by Britt Poulson and Dan Madison Savage.
10. “Little Monsters,” writer-director Abe Forsythe’s horror comedy about a kindergarten teacher (Lupita Nyong’o) protecting her class from zombies.