As many of our readers at AMovieGuy.com know, I love horror film festivals. If you have not experienced one, I highly recommend it. From my perspective, it is the happiest place to be, where fans of the genre gather to be scared and converse among others and those who love movies that frighten the crap out of us. Once you go to a horror film festival, you will want to go to many, many more. Why not start this weekend at the Davis theater for the very first Windy City Horrorama! Starting on Friday April 27th with the premiere of Mathiue Turi's Hostile, a 30th anniversarry screening of the 1988 version of The Blob, and continuing till Sunday night. It is going to be a 3-day fest filled with plenty of excitement. Get your tickets HERE and these are just some of the must-see movies that AMovieGuy.com wants you to go to this weekend:
MOVIE: RUIN ME
DIRECTED BY: PRESTON DEFRANCIS
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS (out of 4)
It's a waste of time to complain about cliches in a horror film because that's what the genre is all about. The independent film Ruin Me knows exactly how to make all of those classic horror tropes come together for a movie that is a mixture of fun and solid terror. Director Preston DeFrancis' first film is a novel concept, where a group of slasher film enthusiasts sign up for a weekend scavenger hunt called Slasher Sleepout, where people can feel like they're a part of horror film. Only problem is when Alex (Marcienne Dwyer) and Nathan (Matt Dellapina) feel the game starts to turn into a real-life horror, making their weekend getaway a fight for survival. Although not all of the performances are perfect, the entire cast gels together for this kind of horror movie fun. DeFrancis manages to tip his hat to classic films, such as Hatchet, numerous numbers of Friday the 13th's, Saw, and Camp Sleepaway, while making something entirely of his own. Don't ruin your weekend by missing Ruin Me.
DON'T FORGET TO GET TICKETS AT WINDYCITYHORRORAMA.COM
AND ENJOY ALL THE SCARES AT THE DAVIS THEATER APRIL 27TH-29TH!
MOVIE: THE BLOB (1988) 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
DIRECTED BY: CHUCK RUSSELL
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 1/2 STARS (Out of 4)
When film festivals have anniversary screenings it is typically for classics, such as E.T. or 2001: A Space Odyssey, but at Windy City Horrorama the classics include Chuck Russell's 1988 re-make of The Blob. And for good reason. This is one of those movies that you have to see it with a crowd. The Blob features performances from Shawnee Smith (famous from the Saw series) and a young Kevin Dillon attempting to warn the town about the mysterious blob attacking everyone. It has plenty of great effects of goo engulfing people and entire town movie theater becomes a wild mob-glob scene. It's the one screening you can't miss at what will be a fantastic feather in the cap of a strong festival.
MOVIE: SOFT MATTER
DIRECTED BY: JIM HICKCOX
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 2 1/2 STARS (Out of 4)
Above all things, I respect a movie like Soft Matter. This is what movie making is all about, an extremely low-budget film about a pair of mad scientists, experimenting with the cells of fish & humans, in order to create a serum that would allow you to live forever. The sets look dingy, the special effects are quite good at times, and the acting is for the back row. The sub-plot of a pair of artists breaking into the facility to put on a rogue art show is a bit too silly for me, but it also comes together in the end nicely. Director Jim Hickcox clearly has a passion for making a film like this, which feels part David Cronenberg and H.P. Lovecraft inspired. It might make a nice addition to the midnight screenings at arthouse theaters.
MOVIE: CENTRAL PARK
DIRECTED BY: JUSTIN REINSILBER
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS (Out of 4)
Are you in the mood for a slasher film? That itch can be scratched if you go see Justin Reinsilber's Central Park, a movie that has a fantastic cast of up & coming stars, including Ruby Modine from Happy Death Day, Grace Van Patten from The Meyerowitz Stories, and Boardwalk Empire's Justiin A. Davis. A group of teenagers, each with complex back stories, struggle with the mundane complexities of high school and go hang out in Central Park to drink or smoke their troubles away. Little did they know that a killer is on the loose, as each of them must fight to survive. There is an even better film somewhere in here and I enjoyed the entire production, I just felt the script crumbles in the end. I still recommend seeing it because you might enjoy it even more than I did.