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The 2011 PollyGrind Film Festival recently wrapped up in Las Vegas, and the madman behind the scenes, Chad Clinton Freeman, checked in with Dread Central to share with us exclusively the winners of this year's fest.
Reveling in everything from arthouse to grindhouse to everything in between, PollyGrind has quickly made a name for itself as one of the up-and-coming premiere genre fests out there due to the success of each year of programming. This year's big winners (and flicks that will no doubt go on to find audiences soon) include the highly controversial The Bunny Game, The Super, Dear God No!, The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol and Ratline.
"I was very happy with the quantity of quality films and the diversity I was able to program this year," Freeman said. "Being able to world premiere films like Mondo Sexxxx: The Terry Kobrah Story and The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol, »
The 2nd annual PollyGrind assaults Las Vegas during an epic length film festival that runs Oct. 8-17 at Theatre 7 with enough sleaze and violence to make Sin City residents feel right at home.
Actually, the fest does open up on the 7th with a concert at Neon Venus with local acts like Monster Zero, Creepersin and many more.
However, the film portion of the fest opens on the 8th with Stuart Simpson‘s acclaimed Australian gorefest El Monstro Del Mar!, one of the best Russ Meyer/Roger Corman mash-ups with a Down Under twist. Read the Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film review of this gem here.
Other Bad Lit favorites in the lineup are Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson‘s The Taint, which is still completely grossing out audiences on the festival circuit, and The Uh-Oh Show, the splatter-filled horror comedy by the Godfather of Gore himself Herschell Gordon Lewis. »
- Mike Everleth
For most of the general viewing audience, the phrase .Spaghetti Western. conjures on of two reactions: one of nostalgia for a relatively lost genre of filmmaking, prevalent in the 1960.s and 70.s; or one of befuddled curiosity with a side of amused disbelief spurred by the name alone. Younger generations may not even be aware of the sheer joy of the unique classics, both domestic and foreign, that the more seasoned movie lovers experienced from the likes of Sergio Leone and a young Clint Eastwood, just to name a couple.
A few attempts have been made by filmmakers over the past decade or so to reintroduce new fans to the genre, mostly being foreign filmmakers, such as Takashi Miike.s Sukiyaki Western Django, or Jee-woon Kim.s The Good, The Bad, And The Weird. Regrettably, the spaghetti western has somehow slipped the minds on American filmmakers. until now.
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- Travis Keune
Why Watch? Because there’s something so absurd and so damned serious about this short. The main character is a milk-drinking bad ass who don’t take no lip from anyone, but my favorite character has to be the bartender. Clever cursing is always welcome. There’s also nothing wrong with Grindhouse meeting Western head on with a six shooter in each hand. Some of the acting is a bit melodramatic, but what else can you expect with Westploitation? Let the blood hit the saloon floor. What Will It Cost? Just 18 minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out Damn Your Eyes for yourself: Damn Your Eyes (2009) Written and Directed by: David Guglielmo Starring: Jakob Von Eichel, Marisa Costa, Ray Reynolds, Angelo Angrisani, and Bud Stafford Trust us. You have time for more short films. »
- Cole Abaius
4 items from 2011
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