Friday, September 26, 2008

Film Fest Updates: Chicago Horror Fest, Zero Film Festival and Schlocktober

Well, thank F'ing God it's Friday. I deserve every drink that I'm going to have today... and tonight, and for the rest of the weekend, including Sunday, which will revolve around watching lots of NFL. Anyhow, let's go into the weekend with some film fest updates. There's some to attend, plus some new one's to look into... and by the way, that's a pic of Tiffany Shepis from her film, "Home Sick", and she'll be at the Chicago Horror Fest this weekend...

So, if you're in the Chicago area and a reader of the site, I'm pretty sure you know about the Chicago Horror Fest, which is this weekend. This is a festival that's all about the three B's - Babes, Blood and Booze, and we know that because it says so right on their website. They're screening a few killer indie horror films, including: "Dark Reel", "Squeal", "Spine Tingler", "Midnight Movie" and "Evilution". They also have appearances by Tiffany Shepis, Svemgoolie and Ron Fitzgerald and, well... a whole lot more. For more information, you can go to their website here.

I was just recently informed about the all new Zero Film Festival, which is going to take place in L.A. this Dec 1 - 6. I'm hoping to get some more information out of them, but for now... it's basically a film festival designed to showcase zero budget films. They're hoping to "bring those in the Los Angeles cinematic community who are tired of big-budget, paint by numbers 'independent' movies together for a week of original visions, great films and good parties. They are currently accepting submissions, so go check out their website here.

Lastly, I'd like to mention the largest single screen horror and cult film festival in NYC history, called Schlocktober. It's taking place every night in October at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater and you can expect world premieres, retro-shclock classics, special guests, free screenings and, of course, more. You can't submit your film, as they're hand-picked, but there's at least one film that they're screening that is a MUST SEE FILM and I'll get to that in a second, but first... They're having the world premiere of "Trailer Park of Terror", which is based on the Imperium Comics series; they're screening "Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie", which was in a few festivals; there's a Saturday Splatter Show and "The Tooth and Nail Terror Show" from our buddies at Wild Eye, the guys who brought you "Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69"...AND, the must see film that they're screening is "Tokyo Gore Police", which is, in my humble opinion, a masterpiece. To quote THEIR quote, "This gleeful sci-fi destructo party mixes STARSHIP TROOPERS with ROBOCOP, then grafts the love child of Shinya Tsukamoto and David Cronenberg to its back, screaming with body horror, and douses itself in a waterfall of thick, bubbling gore". I'll reiterate... MUST SEE - see for yourself, click here for the trailer. For more information and an up-to-date calendar, click here.

Anyhow, hope that's enough to get you through the weekend...

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