Fahkin-A Bro! Somerville’s Got a Shudderfest!
by Marc Patterson
Things have gotten cold up in the mighty Northeast. The leaves are falling off the trees at a steady pace and a wisp of Halloween is drifting through the frost-bitten air. It’s time to roll out the hoodies and round up some good scary-ass movies to keep our blood warm on these cool nights. Our Boston based buddies over at AllThingsHorror.Net have just the thing for any horror fan within driving distance. Mike and crew have put together the final lineup for the third annual Shudderfest, which will be going down on October 26th and 27th at the Somerville Theater.
This year will be the biggest one yet. Shudderfest will showcase four feature-length independent horror films with ninety minutes of shorts, all spread out over two evenings. From Mike: “In a time when the big studios have taken for granted horror fans with a slate of bland fare devoid of scares and tension, we’re excited to present independent fare that celebrates the bizarre and macabre that pushes boundaries and caters to the devout fans of genre cinema.”
Here are all the gory details on this year’s line-up and how to grab some tickets, while they still last:
American Mary marks Boston premiere of the latest film from Canada’s number one export, twin sisters Jen & Sylvia Soska. The twisted minds behind the indie grindhouse tribute Dead Hooker in a Trunk follow up with one of the most stunning works of original horror we’ve come across in a long time. Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason) stars as Mary Mason, a medical student increasingly broken and frustrated by the surgical world she once admired. When the allure of easy money and the betray by her colleagues sends her down the path of underground surgeries and body modifications, the impact of her work takes a greater toll on her own psyche than that of her “freakish” clientele. The gory exploration of the lengths one will go to feel at home in their own skin recall Cronenberg at his peak while eye popping color and detail harken back to Argento in his heyday. After wowing audiences at the UK’s Frightfest and Austin’s Fantastic Fest with American Mary, the Soskas proved they aren’t knocking on the door of horror’s elite as much as they are bursting through the wall Kool Aid Man style in order to announce their arrival. Program begins at 10AM. BrutalAsHell.com Reviews HERE (Stephanie Scaife) and HERE (Nia Edwards-Behi)
Lori Bowen’s short film Stella Buio, starring 80’s scream queen Linnea Quigley as a psychic medium, screens prior to American Mary. Fans of Fulci (Zombi, The Beyond) are going to love this film.
Murder University is the latest feature from Rhode Island’s answer to Roger Corman, the tireless Richard Marr Griffin (The Disco Exorcist, Nun of That, Atomic Brain Invasion). Murder University unfolds like a classic slasher from the early 80’s while managing to spoof some of the sub genre’s goofier flaws. It concerns a series of brutal, cult-like murders are taking place at a New England college. Josh Greene, a shy freshman, is the lone survivor of a series of murders that are reminiscent of a similar string of killings some twenty years prior. As he seeks to uncover the secret behind the attacks, he is joined by Detective Forrester, who was instrumental in halting the bloodshed before, and his daughter Meg, who had barely escaped being a victim previously. While Griffin plants his tongue deep inside cheek, he still delivers tense stalking kills, fantastic gore and a killer soundtrack for a film that fits right in with the classic slashers fans revisit time and time again. Shudderfest marks the Boston premiere of Murder University. Program begins at 11:59PM.
Bill Palmer’s short film Vicki screens prior to Murder University. The short film starring an evil muscle car is a hilarious and pitch perfect spoof of John Carpenter’s Christine.
Also screening in conjunction with the Boston Asian Film Festival, we will be co-presenting HP Mendoza’s I Am A Ghost in the Somerville Theater Microcinema. When a troubled spirit is doomed to imprisonment in her home while reliving the last day of her life, she strikes up a relationship with the spiritual medium tasked with guiding her to the other side. As their bond deepens the horrible and sad truth of Emily’s last day begins to emerge. With its meticulously crafted brooding shots and sense of crushing claustrophobia, I Am a Ghost invokes Polanski and Kubrick while standing on its own as a work of psychological dread. Program begins at 7PM.
On Saturday October 27th Shudderfest moves to the Somerville Theater Microcinema with Lindsay Denniberg’s Diary of a Lost Video Girl. This rock and roll horror fantasy where we meet the immortal Louise and her beloved Charlie. Unfortunately, due to Louise’s supernatural origins, every man she sleeps with must die! Charlie was Louise’s first love from the 1920’s, who she accidentally killed before realizing what she is: a descendant of Lilith, the mother of all demons! This race of women must feed on the souls of men once every full moon, or else they will menstruate to death. Now a hundred years later, Charlie returns reincarnated, and Louise must struggle with staying away from the love of her life, or risk losing him a second time! PMS has never been this deadly!
Prior to our feature film, we will present our Terror in Short program featuring over one hour of the boundary pushing short horror films. Program begins at 7PM
Tickets will be available online and at the door. For pricing and availability as well as trailers for our features, please visit the Shudderfest on All Things Horror.
Shudderfest runs from October 26th & 27th at the Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville MA, so grab yourself some Dunkin’s and head on down into Boston for some freaky-ass action. Fahkin!