The Buried Alive Film Festival has announced their full lineup for next week, and if you're in the Atlanta area, you won't want to miss this one...
...Beginning November 13th and running through November 17th, BAFF is a unique festival that brings together a collection of frightening horror films and oddball cinema steeped in the strange. This years festival features numerous blocks of intriguing shorts, killer movies, cults, witches, badass bikers, and my favorite, werewolves.
Here's a look at some of what's coming to the festival that we think you won't want to miss:
Antrum: The Deadliest Movie Ever Made
Directed by: Michael Laicini and David Amito
Synopsis: Antrum, a feature length film shot in the late 1970’s, is cursed. In 1988, a movie theatre in Budapest that was screening the film burnt to the ground, killing the 56 people who were in attendance. This incident follows the inexplicable deaths of a number of film festival programmers that had received Antrum as a submission and died shortly after watching the film. These events culminated with a riot during an exhibition in San Francisco, after which the film vanished. These events have created a belief that watching Antrum will you kill you. Else Films has successfully tracked down a sole copy of the film for public release. This is that film.
When: November 14th, 9:30 pm.
Directed by: Joe Begos
Synopsis: VFW follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local VFW post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives. (Read our review here)
When: November 15th, 8:00 pm.
Directed by: Ben Winston
Synopsis: Two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains. Shot entirely on black and white 16mm film. It invokes the aesthetic of the classic films of the 1970s.
When: November 15th, 12:00 am.
Directed by: Keola Racela
Synopsis: When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it’s basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood. (Read our review here)
When: November 16th, 4:00 pm.
Directed by: Brett Pierce and Drew Pierce
Synopsis: A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door. (Read our review here)
When: November 16th, 8:00 pm.
Those Who Deserve to Die
Directed by: Bret Wood
Synopsis: Based on a novella by Thomas de Quincey (Confessions of an Opium Eater) and fueled by visions of ’60s gialli, Those Who Deserve To Die is a thriller that subverts the formula of the revenge film, following its “hero” as he enacts a series of brutal crimes in the name of justice—without sharing with the viewer why these heinous acts are being committed. Goaded by the cold-hearted spirit of his dead ten-year-old sister Berenice, Jonathan wades into ever-deepening, ethically muddier water—not just punishing the guilty but extinguishing their bloodlines.
When: November 17th, 12:00 pm.
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius
Directed by: Sandy K. Boon
Synopsis: What started out as an inside joke amongst two self proclaimed weirdos in Ft. Worth, Texas soon becomes much more than they bargained for when they decide to turn their conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Praise Bob!
When: November 17th, 2:00 pm.
Mark of the Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
Directed by: Daniel Griffith
Synopsis: “Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.” Universal was the first studio to chronicle the tragic story of a man whose own inner demons become realized, and violently transform him into a ferocious beast. Of all the cinematic monsters that thrilled and terrified audiences over the last century, the wolf man was the only creature that sought its own demise. For that reason alone, countless filmmakers and special effects artisans have been drawn the character. This epic documentary utilizes new interviews with celebrated authors, actors, and make-up effects artists to help recount the evolution of the werewolf films released by the legendary studio.
When: November 17th, 4:00 pm.
For the full schedule and tickets, head to the festival's site here.
By Matt Konopka