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2011 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s lucky 13 for the Boston Underground Film Festival as they celebrate their raucous 13th annual edition this year. Opening with the much buzzed about bloody feature film Hobo With a Shotgun starring Rutger Hauer and directed by Jason Eisener, the fest then barrels on for eight wild nights and days from March 24-31.

While there’s plenty of underground goodness from the U.S.A., this year Buff feels like it’s a much more international affair with several sick features from around the globe. There’s gory horror and quirky black comedy from Japan in the guise of Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver and Sion Sono’s Cold Fish; the Argentinian freak-out Phase7 by Nicolas Goldbart; David Blyth’s Wound is a psychological thriller from New Zealand; and Mark Hartley’s Machete Maidens Unleashed! is a look at Philippine exploitation cinema from the ’70s.

Stateside there’s Usama Alshaibi‘s Profane,
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'Gold Mine' tops Palm Springs shorts festival

Jacques Bonnavent's "The Gold Mine," the story of a spinster who meets her dream man online, scored jury three awards, including the best of the festival prize, at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Festival.

The fest, which announced winners Sunday at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs, handed its future filmmaker award to Pierre Ferriere for "The Story of My Life."

The Panavision Grand Jury Award went to Jonathan van Tulleken's "Off Season." The festival, which concludes today, screened 314 short films.

Award winners that received a first-place prize in four categories are eligible for Oscar consideration.

A complete list of winners follows.

Jury Awards

Best Of Festival Award

The Gold Mine (La Mina de Oro) (Mexico), Jacques Bonnavent

Future Filmmaker Award

Pierre Ferriere, The Story of My Life (Toute ma Vie) (France)

Panavision Grand Jury Award

Off Season (Canada/USA), Jonathan van Tulleken

Jury Special Citation
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2010 TromaDance Film Festival: Official Lineup

The TromaDance Film Festival has moved to the most toxic place on Earth for its 11th annual edition: New Jersey! That’s right, screw the snow! TromaDance has moved the hell out of Park City and will be making Asbury Park a little bit skeevier on April 16-17 with a grotesque abomination of a lineup of short films and features.

On the 16th, check out the dear ol’ uncle Lloyd Kaufman’s brutally hilarious, bloody and feces-tastically toe-tapping Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, a musical set in a fast food restaurant haunted by demonic spirits.

Then, on the 17th, its a gargantuan all-day affair of riotous and offensive short films from all over the world, plus a screening of Tom Six’s bizarro feature-length horror film The Human Centipede in which a mad doctor sews innocent victims together mouth-to-butt. Hey, whatever turns you on.

Plus, there’s panel discussions,
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Short Fuse: Severe Fantastic Fest Shorts!

This year's festival collection of horror shorts was generally above-average mixed bag. There are four, in particular, that simply astounded me, and the seven remaining films varied from decent fun to pointless exercises in horror standards. Following are my brief takes on all the films shown. Dara: Dir. Timo Tjahjanto & Kimo Tjahjanto, Indonesia, 2009, 26 min This film, about a mysteriously quiet and adorable chef with a Saw-sized secret, does a good job of avoiding your typical torture porn route. Set up as your standard man-meets-woman, man-wakes-up-in-woman's-torture-lab scenario, Dara is pleasantly self-aware. Though the ending is far too obvious and trite (come on, she is a chef that butchers people), the bulk of the film is great at being funny while keeping a straight face. Else: Dir. Thibault Emin, France, 2009, 16 min Possibly my favorite film of the collection, Else is a beautiful piece of body horror and a surprisingly touching romance.
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Fantastic Fest 2009 2nd wave of films announced

As if the first wave of films wasn’t good enough the badasses over at Fantastic Fest have announced the 2nd wave of films and they have outdone themselves. With the additions of movie like ‘Zombieland’, ‘Survival of the Dead’, ‘Daybreakers’ and ‘Yatterman’ this is will be one of the best festivals of the year! Check out the announcement below:


Daybreakers (dir. Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, 2009, USA)

The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans.


(dir. Jake West, 2009, UK
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Second wave of Fantastic Fest titles announced

That's right folks, the second wave has been announced, and I'm tentatively planning on being there for the opening night world premier of Jared Hess' Gentlemen Broncos followed by the next few days of genre goodness. What does this lineup bring us? Quite the list:

How about the Spierig brothers long awaited next film, a post apocalyptic vampire vision of the future: Daybreakers!

The world premier of Studio 4C's animated Russian war scifi First Squad.

The North American premier of Tom Six's anal grafted centipede sickness Human Centipede (First Sequence).

The Us premier of Tarik Saleh's Swiss animated dystopic vision with voices from the likes of Vincent Gallo, Metropia!

The Us premier of Lee Demarbre's deliciously horrific Sasha Grey starrer Smash Cut. (Review coming soon)

The Us premier of Romero's latest, Survival of the Dead.

Takashi Miike's reimagining of the long running tv anime Yatterman. (Review
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FX artist’s comments and pics on movies big and small

  • Fangoria
Makeup FX creator Jeremy Selenfriend (pictured left) has been all over the East Coast horror scene these days; when he’s not slinging the blood and prosthetics on features such as Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet and Mold! (see our recent item on that one here), he’s contributing to the current explosion of horrific short films. Selenfriend shared some photos and observations on his latest projects, which you can see below.

The first pic is from the horror/comedy Aversion, from director Gf Roberts, who also scripted with Ted Spencer. “We shot that last year, and they’re just finishing it up,” Selenfriend tells us. “It’s one of the first movies I’ve done in a very long time that was shot on film, and it has a great look to it. It’s very much in the Evil Dead style, and [Canadian horror actress] Melantha Blackthorne is
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