Chattanooga Film Festival 2020 - Online Memorial Day Weekend

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    With COVID-19 preventing an in-person film festival this year, the Chattanooga Film Festival is taking their lineup online and making it available across the entire country!

    From Friday, May 22nd - Monday, May 25th, a decent selection of genre films will be available exclusively to US residents through https://www.chattfilmfest.org/

    Virtual festival passes will be available for:
    $10 Single Day Pass
    $30 All Access Pass
    $100 VIP Pass (includes exclusive screenings and live events TBA)

    Features:

    THE ANTENNA | Director Orcun Behram
    115 minutes
    Turkey, 2019

    In a dystopian Turkey, the Government begins installing new TV antennas to homes throughout the country. Mehmet, a superintendent at a crumbling apartment complex, has to supervise the installation of the new antenna. When the broadcast it transmits begins to menace the residents of the apartment complex. Mehmet must seek out the spiteful entity.

    ATTACK OF THE DEMONS | Director Eric Power
    75 minutes
    USA, 2019

    The year is 1994… For centuries, a demonic cult has been plotting the destruction of mankind. When a small Colorado town is overrun by a legion of mutating demons, three non-demon hunter friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off the demon apocalypse.

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    THE BEACH HOUSE | Director Jeffrey A. Brown
    88 minutes
    USA, 2019

    A romantic getaway for two troubled college sweethearts turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests – and the surrounding environment – exhibit signs of a mysterious infection.

    BEING NATURAL | Director Tadashi Nagayama
    96 minutes
    Japan, 2019

    Caring for his uncle with dementia, Taka lodges in an idyllic thatched cottage in the countryside. When the uncle’s son Mitsuaki returns, his quiet life of caring and bongo-playing seems in doubt, until he and childhood friend Sho are reunited in friendship. But unwelcome visits by a nature-obsessed family from Tokyo threaten to overturn this bucolic existence. At heart a gentle pastoral comedy and satire of romanticized country life, in the hands of Tadashi Nagayama (director of 2016’s Journey of the Tortoise), events start to take a very unexpected direction.

    BERSERKER | Director Jef Richard
    85 minutes
    USA, 1987
    Presented by Vinegar Syndrome

    Six people renting a cabin in the woods of Utah run afoul of a legendary viking warrior who dons the claws and mouth of a bear, with no help in sight.



    CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER | Mickey Reese
    90 minutes
    USA, 2019
    Presented by Fantastic Fest

    Two sisters, Alma and Elizabeth, along with a dog who’s described as a “philosopher,” have come to Alma’s remote house to reconnect with Wesley after 20 years. Alma is recently divorced, Elizabeth is a workaholic in Washington, D.C., and Wesley lives in Paris dealing with a wife recently struck with a fatal disease. When the three come together for dinner, it has all the makings of a lovely adult melodrama about loneliness, and the desire to connect and share our lives with someone … but we must add to the mix one otherworldly piece of information: Wesley could be a vampire.

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    DEMENTER | Director Chad Crawford Kinkle
    81 minutes
    USA, 2019

    After fleeing a backwoods cult, a woman tries to turn her life around by taking a job in a home for special needs adults, only to discover she must face her dark past to save a Down syndrome girl.

    DIRTY GOD | Director Sacha Polak
    104 minutes
    Netherlands/United Kingdom/Belgium/Ireland, 2019

    Jade is a young mother in the prime of her life when an acid attack leaves her severely burned. While her face has been reconstructed, her beauty is lost beneath the scars. Descending a self-destructive path with relationships crumbling, Jade must take drastic action to reclaim her life.

    EAT BRAINS LOVE | Director Rodman Flender
    86 minutes
    USA, 2019

    An ordinary lunch hour explodes in an orgy of spurting blood and flying organs when stoner Jake Stephens and cheerleader Amanda Blake suddenly gut-munch half their class in the school cafeteria. Afflicted with a zombie virus, they hit the road in search of a cure while outrunning Cass, a telepath charged with hunting and killing the infected. Can Jake and Amanda find love while eating their way through the national sex offender registry? The director of IDLE HANDS delivers an outrageous gore-soaked zom-rom-com.

    FULCI FOR FAKE | Director Simone Scafidi
    90 minutes
    Italy, 2019

    The first biopic about Lucio Fulci, with never seen before footage, photos and interviews.

    HELL RIDERS | Director James Bryan
    90 minutes
    USA, 1984
    Presented by Vinegar Syndrome

    The ‘Hell Riders’ are the most vicious members of a southern California biker gang; so extreme in their activities that they’ve been pushed out of their gang and are now on their own, roaming the countryside on the lookout for people to terrorize. After attacking a stranded woman, who manages to escape to a nearby town, the Hell Riders decide to pursue her, eventually ending up in the town as well and begin violently taking out anyone who has the misfortune of ending up in their bloodthirsty path.

    HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE | Director Donald Wolfe
    91 minutes
    USA, 1970
    Presented by Vinegar Syndrome

    An aging actress living in her Hollywood mansion with a retinue of elderly servants employs a new, mentally disturbed, personal assistant who schemes to take over the large estate.

    HOMEWRECKER | Director Zach Gayne
    76 minutes
    Canada, 2019

    Michelle is in her early 30s. Linda is in her late 40s. Michelle is an interior designer and newlywed to Robert. Linda lives alone; she fills her days with painting and exercise classes. Seeking a new friend, Linda pursues Michelle after one of their classes together, insisting the young designer come over to asses Linda’s self-described dump. Played out as an attempt to cheer Michelle up about her doubts on marriage, Linda, rippling with an undercurrent of startling jealousy and delusion, begins an intricate game of cat and mouse between she and the younger woman – a woman she doesn’t intend to let go of anytime soon.



    JUMBO | Director Zoé Wittock
    93 minutes
    France, 2020

    Based on a true story, the film follows Jeanne, a shy young woman who lives at home with her uninhibited mother and works as a cleaner at an amusement park. During her late-night shifts, she begins spending time with the alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo — and she strikes an intimate bond with the ride. She ends up being seduced by “his” red lights, smooth chrome and oily hydraulics. As a result, she wants to pursue a thrilling new relationship with Jumbo.

    KILLER QUEEN | Director Ramin Fahrenheit
    88 minutes
    Canada, 2019

    Two transients, a drug dealer and a lonely Girl cross paths over a drug meetup, but their similarities lead to an unusual affair. With the insistence of the Girl, one night the Boy takes her to a carefully planned robbery, but they choose the wrong victims—a sinister middle-aged couple with the passion of researching poisonous plants. The incident reveals a dark secret about the Girl—a disturbed sociopath and an active serial killer.



    KOKO DI KOKO DA | Director Johannes Nyholm
    86 minutes
    Sweden, 2019

    As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick.

    RED WHITE AND WASTED | Directors Andrei Bowden Schwartz, Sam B. Jones
    89 minutes
    USA, 2019

    A documentary with an unapologetic immersion into Florida’s redneck mudding culture. Video Pat is a mudding enthusiast who must question his passion, and maybe his entire way of life, when the last mudhole in Orlando is shut down.

    THE RINGING BELL | Director Casey T. Malone
    70 minutes
    World Premiere, USA, 2020

    Judah is a young man with a condition – he dreams while he’s still awake. His imagination makes it difficult for him to process the loss of an important person in his life, so when his cousin contacts him with a ridiculous scheme to get at the riches of their eccentric Uncle Airmid who has disappeared, Judah agrees to go along with it.



    SCARE PACKAGE | Directors Baron Vaugjm, Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Emily Hagins, Aaron Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan
    103 minutes
    USA, 2019

    We’ve all seen horror anthology films, but nothing quite like SCARE PACKAGE, which blends a generous helping of comedy into the mix. Each director worked with a different horror sub-genre, taking aim at the tropes and cliches that populate the genre. The result, says horror website BloodyDisgusting, is a film “charmingly aware of the tropes that make up the genre it cherishes, and it leans into them with heart, blood, entrails and laughs.”

    SKULL | Director Kapel Furman
    90 minutes
    World Premiere, Brazil, 2020

    Born out of the pioneering genre festival Fantaspoa and their first ever marketplace, SKULL is a mystical Brazilian bloodbath covering the Sao Paulo streets with splatter to spare. Easily this year’s most insane midnighter, filmmaker Kapel Furman channels his inner Jason Voorhees with the story of an ancient mask that possesses the human form to commit visceral sacrifices of vengeance for the incarnation of its God. Hell yeah.



    THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT | Director Zach Lamplugh
    80 minutes
    USA, 2020

    The debut feature from director Zach Lamplugh (Adult Swim); This paranormal comedy follows a hopelessly millennial reporter on the most important assignment of his career: Bigfoot. But after following a prominent cryptozoologist into the Appalachian foothills, he’s forced to answer the question “is a good story worth dying for?”

    THE WANTING MARE | Director Nicholas Ashe Bateman
    90 minutes
    World Premiere, USA, 2020

    In Whithren, a line of women pass a recurring dream through multiple generations.

    THE WAVE | Director Gille Klabin
    90 minutes
    USA, 2019

    An insurance lawyer (Justin Long) goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker, Jeff (Donald Faison). But their night takes a turns bizarre when Frank ingests a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world.

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    THE YELLOW NIGHT | Director Ramon Porto Mota
    100 minutes
    Brazil, 2019

    A group of friends travels to a beach house on an island on the Brazilian seaside to celebrate the end of high school. But their drollery and parties are cut short by the feeling the place shelters an unfathomable horror.


    Special Screenings:

    COWBOY WHO SEASON 2 | Jeff Green
    105 minutes

    In 1990, children’s theatre performers Robert Eastland and Mike Cormier collaborated with radio producer Jeff Green on a deranged TV pitch to a Canadian broadcaster that was trying to fulfill its educational programming commitments. Against all odds, their pilot was greenlit, and the three embarked on the production of one of the most bizarre, yet innovative children’s shows ever made. Its first season began as a riff on THE HOWDY-DOODY SHOW but mutated into an array of surrealist sketch comedy, experimental video art, and biting satire. Proceeding as if Douglas Adams, Mark Frost and The Kids in the Hall were showrunning WONDER SHOWZEN with the resourcefulness of MST3K’s KMTA years, the second season catapults its hosts into space and pits them against an evil Interstellar Broadcast Empire. This remix preserves the Season 1 finale and first 12 episodes of Season 2, condensed by The Laser Blast Film Society to a feature-length run time for economized, yet maximized mind meltage.

    CREEPSHOW | Greg Nicotero and John Harrison
    46 minutes
    USA, 2019

    Creepshow, the new anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable. In this exclusive preview of the series opener provided to CFF by our friends at Shudder, there are two tales of dread: “Gray Matter,” directed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and starring Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York, The Fog) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), and “The House of the Head,” starring Cailey Fleming (The Walking Dead). In “Gray Matter,” after the death of a loved one, Richie’s drinking habit gets out of control. And in “The House of the Head,” Evie must protect her dollhouse companions from an unexpected, murderous visitor. This episode features an audio commentary with "Gray Matter" director Greg Nicotero and co-writer Philip de Blasi and “The House of the Head” director John Harrison.


    Panels & Events:

    2020 VIRTUAL PITCH SESSION | David Lawson
    In this year’s Pitch Session, Producer David Lawson (THE ENDLESS, SHE DIES TOMORROW, AFTER MIDNIGHT, SYNCHRONIC) will listen to five minute pitches from 7 hand selected winners. From those Top 7, one winner will be selected to get a one-on-one video meeting with Lawson to discuss their project.

    ALEX WINTER ON ZAPPA
    A true CFF BFF since our second year (2015), the brilliant Mr. Winter has had a busy year in 2020. In addition to reprising his classic role as Bill S. Preston (Esquire) for the forthcoming and heavily anticipated BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, he’s spent the last nine years deep diving into the personal vaults and archives of one of the greatest and most visionary musicians ever, Frank Zappa, in the forthcoming doc ZAPPA. We couldn’t be happier to have Alex back with us at CFF to discuss the painstaking process of weaving together a film about one of the most prolific and storied musical personalities of all time.

    BENSON AND MOORHEAD RETROSPECTIVE
    Since CFF’s earliest days doing pop-up screenings as the Mise En Scenesters film club, we’ve had an opportunity to share each of filmmaking duo Benson and Moorhead’s films, starting with RESOLUTION, their first. It was such a special debut we knew instantly they were filmmakers to keep our eyes on. In the years since, we’ve had the opportunity to share every piece of work they’ve made, from their incredible monster romance SPRING to their UFO death cult riff (in which they cast themselves as former cult members, to great effect). With each film their style and their storytelling has grown further and further, cementing them now as some of our favorite filmmakers working today. Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead and Dave Lawson will be providing live never-before-heard commentary and insight on the making of RESOLUTION, SPRING and THE ENDLESS, giving our CFF audience a candid window into their creative process and the ways they’ve often turned their financial limitations into strengths.

    CFF SALUTES: JOE DANTE
    It is difficult to overstate just what a massive influence the films of Joe Dante have had on us here at CFF. Or for that matter, on the film industry as a whole, from his early career working with Roger Corman on films like PIRANHA and ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL to reinventing werewolf cinema with the indisputable classic THE HOWLING, to introducing the world to the Mogwai and the rules that must be followed to prevent the proliferation of GREMLINS. Dante has not only made some of the most unique and endlessly re-watchable classic films of all time (don’t even get us started on how perfect THE BURBS and INNERSPACE are), he’s also a film buff’s film buff. His work on TRAILERS FROM HELL and THE MOVIES THAT MADE ME podcast has exposed countless cinephiles to some of the greatest often underseen and underloved films of all time. Dante has made the world a safer place for lovers of genre cinema, and it’s our great honor to present him with our 2020 Chattanooga Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

    DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS LIVE | PRESENTED BY CRITICAL BITS PODCAST
    Learning the art of storytelling and world building has long been something that fascinated us at CFF. It’s our belief that one of the greatest ways to learn and refine these skills is through playing the game Dungeons & Dragons. Last year’s live D&D event at CFF was such a hit we’ve decided to reprise it, only this time, placing it squarely in the maniacal hands of game master/CFF BFF Joel Ruiz.

    GWAR VS. CFF
    Hailing from the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, GWAR has been a driving force behind the shaping of heavy metal pop culture since 1984. Honoring the 30th anniversary and re-release of their now legendary album “Scumdogs of The Universe”, GWAR will be joining you, the audience, in a free for all live face to face Q&A extravaganza. Will you dare call in to converse with these intergalactic warriors? Send us your questions to Scumdogs@chattfilmfest.org and be prepared to show your ugly mug in front of the world. Pre-order their massive Scumdogs box set at GWAR.net. We’ll send you to the front of the line with proof of pre-order!

    HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND PUBLISH THE SUMMER OF 2020
    FANGORIA editors Phil Nobile Jr. and Meredith Borders have a candid conversation about the challenges of publishing a film magazine when there are no movies coming out. How the logistical nightmare of a global pandemic became a creative challenge to fill 100 pages with exciting content, leading to what might be their favorite issue yet.

    JOE BOB BRIGGS AND MICK GARRIS REVIST THE STAND
    When it originally aired, Mick Garris’ pitch perfect adaptation of Stephen King’s pandemic epic THE STAND was the highest rated television mini-series of all time. Mick is a filmmaker whose body of work and influence can be felt throughout the history of genre filmmaking, making him sort of the Al Kooper of cinema in some ways. The folks he’s worked with and the stories he’s told are truly the stuff of legend, from AMAZING STORIES to CRITTERS 2 to his incredible adaptations of his friend Stephen King’s work (another CFF favorite, SLEEPWALKERS, springs instantly to mind).

    With his painstakingly researched and endlessly fascinating podcast Post Mortem, Mick proves himself in every episode to be one of the preeminent interviewers of genre film luminaries. Mick is a guest we’ve long hoped to have the opportunity to join us at CFF, and there seemed no more perfect time to bring Mick into the mix than to have him discuss the epic making of his incredible adaptation of The Stand (recently remastered and released on Blu-ray for the first time for you physical media lovers). Making things better still is that our very own CFF patron saint, the legendary Joe Bob Briggs (who plays a small town police officer named, well, Joe-Bob in the miniseries), will be conducting the conversation. This is one chat we can’t wait to hear, as these two living legends discuss a project that has never been more timely.

    JUNKFOOD CINEMA PODCAST
    CFF Fan Favorites critic Brian Salisbury and Marvel Studios writer C. Robert Cargill (DOCTOR STRANGE, SINISTER) return to present a live edition of their popular film podcast.

    REMEMBERING THE GAME
    There simply aren’t words strong enough to explain how excited we are to have hip-hop LEGEND, Law & Order SVU star and front man of the infamous heavy metal band Body Count, Ice-T, joining us for an exclusive conversation with one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers and cinematographers of all time—Ernest Dickerson (DO THE RIGHT THING, JUICE, DEMON KNIGHT). This iconic duo will be gracing CFF with a rare conversation revisiting the making of their cult classic SURVIVING THE GAME

    SCREEN DRAFTS PODCAST
    The podcast where experts and enthusiasts competitively collaborate on the creation of screen-centric "best of" lists! Hosts Clay Keller and Ryan Marker will be holding a special CFF edition focused on the great horror films of the 1970’s.

    SCRIPTS GONE WILD
    Led by filmmaker Billy Ray Brewton, Scripts Gone Wild presents live readings of beloved screenplays with wildly reimagined casts to hilarious results. For CFF’s virtual edition we’ll be mounting a production of John Carpenter’s immortal classic THE THING with a cast led by none other than Barbara Crampton, (who’ll be giving Kurt Russell a run for his money).

    SHOCK WAVES
    Development for Fangoria), Elric Kane (This Week In Horror, Inside Horror), Rebekah McKendry (Former Editor In Chief: Blumhouse.com, Fangoria) and Ryan Turek (VP of Development at Blumhouse Productions) for a weekly discussion and analysis of all facets of the horror genre! SHOCK WAVES puts the focus on the latest horror films, retrospectives on classic titles and welcomes very special guests for all aspects of the industry to tackle a variety of topics and give listeners candid insight into how some of the best genre films are made. SHOCK WAVES is here to quench your insatiable thirst for all things horror! SHOCK WAVES is presented by Blumhouse and the FANGORIA Podcast Network.

    SONIC CINEMA MUSIC IN FILM ROUNDTABLE
    At CFF we’ve long believed music and film have a special relationship. This leads us to the creation of our yearly Sonic Cinema offerings, which give us a chance to explore the fascinating link between film and music. Join us for a special virtual roundtable discussion in which a hand-picked selection of CFF’s favorite filmmakers, musicians and music documentarians discuss the magical things that can happen when these two powerful mediums are combined.

    THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW | Clay McLeod Chapman
    "With the trembling voice of Vincent Price and the sinister presence of Boris Karloff, Clay McLeod Chapman… uses the macabre to explore the humanity of his characters and reveal an almost spiritual side to the horrific." – New York Times

    For more than 20 years, author Clay McLeod Chapman and performer Hanna Cheek have offered a view into the minds of the most depraved Southern Gothic monstrosities with The Pumpkin Pie Show. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, and most definitely always in-your-face, these tales of madness and macabre explore the domestic horrors of the everyday, finding terror within our very own households. This one-of-a-kind performance delves deep into the darkest recesses of those madmen and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Don’t miss it! "Clay McLeod Chapman is like Stephen King transmogrified into a post-punk preacher poet." – The Scotsman

    VINEGAR SYNDROME UP ALL NIGHT PAJAMA PARTY
    CFF is proud to team up with our favorite archeologists of awesome ass arcane cinema VINEGAR SYNDROME on a triple feature of three bizarre and beautiful cinematic delights: HELL RIDERS, HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE and BERSERKER. Put on your pandemic pjs and join in on the fun with host Liz Howell and special music guests UNDEATH who’s disgusting slabs of death metal will help you shake off them sleepies and ROCK ALL NIGHT.

    WORLD- BUILDING IN INDEPENDENT FILM: VISUAL EFFECTS TOOLS FOR LOW BUDGET FILMMAKERS | Nicholas Ashe Bateman
    Director Nicholas Ashe Bateman explains the largely digital journey of bringing The Wanting Mare and its fictional world to life. Through the film's earliest concept stages into production planning, filming, and its years-long execution of over 500 visual effects shots, Bateman makes a case for the boundless possibilities afforded by easily accessible modern technology and software. Intended for both filmmakers and fans of genre cinema alike, 'World Building in Independent Film' promises to be an entertaining testament to the power of visual myth, maps and magic.

    WRITING/STORYTELLING WORKSHOP | Clay McLeod Chapman
    Come join Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking and Marvel Comics' ongoing series Scream: Curse of Carnage, to discuss the hunting and gathering of new narrative material to tell our own spooooky stories. Whether it's for film or fiction, comics or something even crazier, this workshop lays down a very simple foundation for spinning out a yarn around the campfire, no matter what the medium may be.


    + a generous selection of short films


    The Strangers director Bryan Bertino's new movie The Dark And The Wicked was in the original announcement, but was removed, so that might be one of the exclusive VIP screenings...

    $30 for all that is a bargain. I'm kind of amazed a little Tennessee Film Festival was able to wrangle such a lineup, considering billionaire Amazon couldn't even arrange a decent lineup for their virtual SXSW.

    Definitely in for the All Access, but might even spring for the VIP just to support what they've done here. Can't wait!
     
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    I signed up for the email notification for when the badges go on sale. Is this going to follow a regular film festival schedule with movies shown at a certain time? I'm hoping you can watch whatever whenever but I don't know if that would be doable for them.
     
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    I could be wrong, but my understanding is that features and shorts will be available at your convenience like with most streaming services, however the panels and events will be scheduled.

    Hopefully there are more details tomorrow when the badges go up for sale.
     
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    Oh my gosh. Im just gonna read this later with a pen n pad and write down a dvd wishlist! Thanks!
    Im thinking this up all nite is gonna feel a lot like the old up all nite
     
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    Reminder: the festival goes live tonight at 3AM EST.

    Movies and shorts will be available OnDemand to watch at your convenience. A schedule of live events is now available on their website.

    $30 gets you access all weekend, while $10 gets you 24 hour access starting from the moment of purchase.

    The only downside is that their streaming platform is only available via PC. However, you can watch it on a TV by plugging your laptop into your TV via an HDMI cable.
     
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    I used a 24-hour day pass to cram in 8 movies. Good deal.

    My 2 cents on what I watched:

    The Beach House - This is coming to SHUDDER at some point later in the year. This one also had a giant watermark at the bottom of the entire movie, as though they just took their festival screener and threw it on there. As for the movie, I can't say I was extremely impressed with it. It's aesthetically pleasing and gets pretty weird in the second half, but it has a lot of dull stretches. The movie starts with a young couple (one being Liana Liberato from Light As A Feather) visiting a secluded Cape Cop beach house to be alone for the weekend. Their weekend is crashed when another couple shows up (one being Jake Weber from Wendigo, The Cell, Dawn Of The Dead remake). About halfway through the movie, they all take edibles, and from there a sort of pandemic apocalypse seems to happen in the world while they're holed up in this beach house. We as the audience are unclear as to whether it's really happening or it's the drugs. At least that's what I got out of it, it doesn't exactly make the most sense.

    Climate Of The Hunter - This was a pretty fascinating one, but also quite sluggishly paced at times. The set-up is that two sisters at a cabin in the woods are reconnecting with a man visiting the cabin next door. As the sisters vie for his attention, one of them begins to suspect that the neighbor may be a vampire ala Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night. However, this is really nothing like that movie, as it becomes more of a '70s style psychotic-woman picture where we're unsure whether the one sister is going crazy or not. Aesthetically, it's similar to '70s throwbacks like Kiss Of The Damned. It's also similar to the recent wave of "women at a cabin in the woods" movies like Always Shine, The Midnight Swim, Queen Of Earth, etc. The emphasis is definitely on the psychological aspect, and the movie really drags through the sequences where their kids come to visit. I didn't love the movie, but I found it interesting enough. Most fascinating is the director, Mickey Reece, an Oklahoma filmmaker with over 20+ films under his belt in the past decade. I had never heard of him before, and this was the first movie of his I've seen, but this guy cranking all these movies out and flying under the radar may be more fascinating than the movie itself...

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    Dementer - I really loved this one, but it's definitely a "warts and all" homegrown production. Some of you may be familiar with the director's previous movie Jug Face. So the movie is about a woman who escapes a backwoods cult (the cult leader is played by Larry Fessenden, so already this movie was tailor made for me) and gets a job at a home for people with Down Syndrome. She starts to suspect that one of her patients who is getting increasingly sicker may be under the influence of the cult, and resorts to superstitious means to try and save her. I really loved the authenticity and tone of this. This movie is about people and a place that Hollywood couldn't be less interested in, and therefore we never see it on screens. My only gripe with it is that maybe the ending is a little too ambiguous for my liking, but aside from that I found it riveting from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

    Eat Brains Love - I did not watch this as part of the festival, but I had seen it on my own a few weeks ago. It's cute, I guess. It's definitely for teenagers, but at the same time it never shies away from some pretty graphic gore. It's nowhere near as good as the director's movie Idle Hands, but it does offer some similar macabre humor. I did find it super corny, rough around the edges, and was frustrated by its non-ending. It's not a bad watch, but if you must see it, I'd suggest catching it for free on a streaming service.

    Fulci For Fake - This is a Fulci biopic that will probably be of interest to those here, but personally I found it quite disappointing. You will get much better info by watching the extra features on the disc releases for his movies. This doesn't spend a lot of time on his movies themselves, but moreso the personal tragedies that happened in his life behind the scenes. The primary interviewee here is his daughter, who passed away shortly after the movie was made. The movie does briefly mention how these personal tragedies manifested in his movies, specifically The New York Ripper, but also kind of glosses over that. I'd say they're pretty prevalent in Aenigma, which is never mentioned. Also, the director mentions that he will be playing Fulci in a movie, but it is never really clear if he is actually a Fulci fan or if he is just researching the role. I'd guess the later, as everything here is largely superficial. It's also a vanity project for him, as the camera focuses on him during interviews when it should really be on the interviewee. He also uses every opportunity to get shirtless, even doing an unnecessary hotel scene with him and a naked woman that comes off as needlessly Weinstein-esque. My least favorite of the fest.

    Homewrecker - I feel like I should be in love with this movie, but it's such a low-budget feature that I found it incredibly hard to get into it. This is a "fill-in-the-blank from hell" thriller where Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes, Doctor Sleep) begrudgingly befriends a woman who turns out to be a creepy psycho stalker. She forces her to watch Girls Just Want To Have Fun, does aerobics, and performs the song "Stay" by Lisa Loeb. They also play a board game called Party Hunks, where the object of the game is "to go through as many boys as possible without dad calling you a slut." Her initial motive appears to be that she just wants to have a girls day, but everyone is on their fucking cellphones all the time. The problem with this is that it's supposed to be a thriller, but instead I thought the psycho seemed fun as hell and Alex Essoe came off as a stick in the mud. There wasn't enough to escalate the situation into a full-blown thriller for me, most of it is just two women in a house. I have to wonder how such a no-budget movie was able to afford the rights to show Girls Just Want To Have Fun and perform "Stay". Although "Stay" also appeared in the recent no-budget indie horror After Midnight, so maybe the rights are just super cheap right now.

    Jumbo - So, this isn't exactly a horror movie, but this is an oddball French movie allegedly based on a true story about a young woman who engages in a romantic relationship with a tilt-a-whirl she has named Jumbo. She communicates with it, and it responds by flashing green for yes and red for no. At a certain point, she gets naked and the machine shoots oil all over her, which she rubs all over her body (this is played completely straight and artistically). It's basically The Shape Of Water, but instead of fucking a fishman, she fucks a tilt-a-whirl. This would have made an incredible short film, and is visually stunning at times. As a feature though, it's stretched a bit too thin. Worth seeing for fans of oddball cinema, but not something I'd ever revisit.

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    Koko-Di Koko-Da - This is my favorite of the festival by far. It's a difficult one to describe, except maybe that it's the Run Lola Run of backwoods slashers? The movie follows a bereaved couple, mourning the loss of their daughter, who take a camping trip in the woods. While there, they find themselves in a time loop, as they are repeatedly murdered over and over by a group of backwoods psychopaths. Although these aren't your typical backwoods psychopaths, as one of them is an old man in a top hat and cane who sings the title song. There's also an ominous cat with a bow-tie. This movie is bonkers fun, very quirky, highly entertaining, and surprisingly emotional. Highly recommended, and this movie alone was more than worth my $10 day pass.

    Scare Package - This horror anthology was the movie I was most looking forward to, but I found it incredibly disappointing. This anthology features seven stories and is framed around a video store, but none of the stories can keep their focus (typically starting out as one subgenre and abruptly switching to another mid tale, never really going anywhere and making zero sense in the process). I couldn't engage in any of the stories, and all the humor is incredibly juvenile. It also has a running time of nearly two hours! It became such a chore that I almost turned it off, but I'm glad I didn't because the final 20-minutes or so were actually moderately entertaining. It basically offers a cute little slasher tale at the end that thinks it's Cabin In The Woods only by way of the Asylum. There's even a surprise cameo from
    Joe Bob Briggs.
    The first 90 minutes are absolutely tedious though. Expect this one to hit SHUDDER next month.


    In short, if anyone decides to do this over the weekend, be sure to make Koko-Di Koko-Da and Dementer your priorities.
     
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