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Archive for ‘Festivals’

Information about our favorite Film Festivals and the great features and shorts they’re showing.

Mike’s Review: Stag (Portland Horror Film Festival 2022)

Mike’s Review: Stag (Portland Horror Film Festival 2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — comedy is a difficult task that’s made all the more difficult when it gets mixed up with its gory cousin, HORROR. To see it done well is one of the more pleasant sites that a horror fan gets to ever see. 

The new film, Stag, by quadruple threat (actress, writer, director, and producer) Alexandra Spieth marries these two ugly cousins together perfectly — ironically in the context of a weekend bridal party.

Mike’s Review: What is  Buried Must Remain (Portland Horror Film Festival 2022)

Mike’s Review: What is Buried Must Remain (Portland Horror Film Festival 2022)

★★★.5 out of ★★★★★

There’s a very real chance that this film may be the first of its kind. True story. One of one. The first ever. Well, that might be a little bit of a stretch, but it’s unlikely that there are any other found footage horror films made by Syrian teens who happen to be refugees living Lebanese settlement camps. If there are others out there we’d sure love to know about them.

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap

After a two-year span in which we had to attend the Overlook Film Festival remotely, the standout New Orleans-based industry insider festival was back screening the festival live and in person. Twenty-Four feature films showed along with three short film blocks, which amounted to a whole lot of movies for four days of viewing! Eric, Liz, and Mike break down our impressions of the recently completed festival.

Eric’s Review: Who Invited Them? (Overlook Film Festival 2022)

Eric’s Review: Who Invited Them? (Overlook Film Festival 2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A posh housewarming party fizzles out, due to a host who tries just a little too hard to impress. A couple of glamorous strangers stick around after everyone else clears out and the remainder of the evening becomes far more exciting than the hosts were ready for. Cringe-inducingly funny and immediately accessible, Who Invited Them had its world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival.

Eric’s Review: Zero Budget Heroes: (2022) – Warped Dimension Film Festival

Eric’s Review: Zero Budget Heroes: (2022) – Warped Dimension Film Festival

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

What comes to mind when you think of raunchy lowest-common-denominator B-Movies? Full Moon? Not even close. The Asylum (Sharknado)? Nope. Keep going. Troma? Think lower. Have you ever heard of Low-Budget Pictures? No? Well, they may be the most productive, if not the most recognizable film companies peddling schlock. Zero Budget Heroes: The Legend of Chris Seaver and Low-Budget Pictures is a loving retrospective of making DIY fun sleazy and cheap films. Given the tawdry source material, this is a thought-provoking and sentimental documentary worth watching, particularly for those with an interest in the film making process.

Monsters, Murderers, and Martial Arts Mayhem: The Chattanooga Film Festival’s Virtual Lineup First Wave Is Here!

Monsters, Murderers, and Martial Arts Mayhem: The Chattanooga Film Festival’s Virtual Lineup First Wave Is Here!

The Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) brings another fine assortment of chillers, thrillers, the funny, and the fantastic, to this year’s virtual edition. The fest has announced its first wave of films, and from the frightening (such as The Ones You Didn’t Burn) to the freaky (the found footage mind-bender The Outwaters), CFF has something for genre film aficionados of all kinds.

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)

At Panic Fest in Kansas City, a wicked slice of horror-comedy has been ordered up in the form of an indie UK feature, When the Screaming Starts. The Scariest Things podcast crew immediately fell for this mockumentary about a Manson Family-style murder cult setting its roots in London. We were joined by the Director and Actor/Producers of the film to discuss the story of the “family” that slays together and doesn’t stay together (ahem!).