It’s almost that time of year again…
August is when the After Dark Film Fest rolls into my neck of the woods, and I’m delighted to say that this year will be my first EVER fest! Yay!
Which horror movies are playing at the fest? Which will I be seeing? Which will I be wishing I could be seeing, but can’t? Which will be avoiding? What are my opinions on what’s playing? Read on!
For the opening gala (August 13), “The Last Lovecraft” (US, director Henry Saine) will be playing. Though I’ve only seen the trailer, it looks like a total riot. It’s basically a man versus sea monsters adventure comedy, but it’s not really something I’d be particularly interested in checking out.
On August 14, I will be attending my first festival event (woohoo!), “Shorts After Dark” which is a promising compilation of horror, action, sci-fi and cult short films. The After Dark website describes them as “mind-blowing”, but I will have to be the judge of that. August 14 is apparently zombie night at the fest, with screenings of the hilariously looking films “Doghouse” (UK, director Jake West) and “Evil in the Time of Heroes” (Greece, director Yorgos Noussias). Don’t get me wrong, I fucking love zombie movies and I love comedic zombie movies even more, but I think zom-comedies are getting old. Plus, I doubt there will be anything coming out as good as “Dead Snow” anytime soon, so I’ll pass on the zom-coms… for the time being.
August 15 is reserved for action and cult films, so there’s nothing really for me to comment on other than… “ROBOGEISHA”! Yes, it’s a fucking geisha robot movie from Japan by Noboru Iguchi. The trailer… well let me just let you watch the trailer and come to your own opinions.
August 16 looks like a promising night with the premiere of the Eli Roth produced “The Last Exorcism” (US, director Daniel Stamm) and “Alien vs Ninja”. Sadly, I won’t be able to catch “The Last Exorcism” because it’s playing at 7 on a Monday (stupid adult responsibilities like work getting in the way, argh!) but I hear it’s one fantastic exorcism movie that I hope will deliver. UPDATE: Turns out I will be catching “The Last Exorcism” AND… ELI FUCKING ROTH will be in attendance along with director Daniel Stamm! Exciting! Can’t wait to report back on how awesome it will be!
August 17 is another great night for horror with the incredibly awesome looking “Phobia 2” (Thailand, directors Poolvoralaks, Pisanthanakun, Purikitpanya, Sugmakanan and Wongpoom) and “All About Evil” (US, director Joshua Grannell). I’ve heard a lot about “All About Evil”, but it doesn’t look that promising. Even when it goes to DVD I likely will still pass on it. “Phobia 2” looks like a keeper… and are those some zombie hitch-hikers I see in the trailer? Awesome.
On August 18 there’s the film “Heartless” (UK, director Phillip Ridley) with a main character suffering from the same skin condition as the chick from “Dread” who encounters some supernatural weirdness. Looks more thriller than chiller, but I’d have to actual see it to make that decision.
August 19 brings the much anticipated “I Spit on Your Grave” remake (US, director Stephen R Monroe), and yet despite the warnings of its extremely graphic content, the trailer looks a whole lot like the same old same old rape-revenge torture porn-ish fodder that will in all likelihood follow in the footsteps of the “The Last House on the Left” remake in terms of excising the “best” gory/nasty parts of the original (can you tell I’m still bitter they didn’t include the infamous penis biting scene in the remake of “The Last House on the Left”?). UPDATE: I will be checking out “I Spit on Your Grave”, so keep my lovely little blog bookmarked to catch my review. My viewing/review of the original film will likely be posted sometime in November after I’m done catching up with everything.
There’s also going to be a medieval horror flick called “Black Death” (UK, director Christopher Smith), which, to put it bluntly, looks fucking sick. Will definitely check it out once its on DVD.
To wrap things up on August 20, the fest will showcase the two oddities: “Rubber” (France, director Quentin Dupieux) about a… killer tire (yes, you read that correctly) and the much hyped, must talked about, much viewed on YouTube (2 million views and counting!) “The Human Centipede” (Holland, director Tom Six). I’ll be definitely checking out and reviewing “The Human Centipede” so look out for my review in August in between my theme month reviews.
Overall, it looks to be a pretty interesting fest, but I think last year’s was probably the best by far (“Grace”, “Dead Snow”, “Trick ‘r Treat”, etc.). I’ll let you know my opinions on the fest as soon as possible… until then, see you after dark! Muhahaha…