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by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin

Oct. 7, 2009

Last weekend, Drive-In Horrorshow had the privilege of being screened at the Dark Carnival Film Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.


Mike and Woody, one of the Monsters of Ceremonies.

Movie Maker Magazine called Dark Carnival one of the top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee, and we can see why.  The organizers of the event bent over backward to make us feel welcome and scared us to our bones.  They even had us on stage before our screening and gave us "The Hills Have Eyes" star Michael Berryman as an award!  We couldn't have been more honored.


The beautiful Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

The films did not disappoint.  It was a strong line up, stuffed to the brim with high-quality horror.  If you like horror films, check out their schedule and watch all the of the films that were shown.

Here are some of our favorites:

Shellter - As filmmakers we watched this film with awe. Totally scary, gruesome, and disturbing.  Some parts made us feel dirty.  If you like uncomfortable, brutal horror then this is a must see. Website

Isle of the Damned - An instant classic for cannibal film lovers. You will be laughing and screaming at the same time! Banned in 492 countries! Website

 

Sex Doll She-Bitch - An incredibly funny short.  Very over the top - this one must be seen to be believed. Great performances and fantastic attention to detail.

Thirsty - A fantastically hilarious short that shows how a simple concept can be done incredibly well. Featuring the beautiful Tiffany Shepis, who was one of the honored horror stars of the weekend.

 

Blood Shed - A twisted short full of drug use, excessive gore, puppets, and fishing.  Lots of fun. Website

Mantra - A polished feature film that really messes with your mind, and has a great balance of horror and comedy. A beautifully filmed movie with great attention to detail. Website

aQue ad lavandum - A slick short film. Stylistically dark with a monster that is straight from the depths of hell. Simple yet captivating.

 

Sinkhole - Incredibly well acted and dripping with atmosphere.  This film shows how a great location can make your movie. Website

The Landlord - A funny, well acted feature.  Full of dark humor and some very memorable performances.

Seance - A short from the Czech Republic. Dark and scary, with incredible costumes, locations, cinematography and sound. Classic. Website

Side Effect - A great short film with an incredible ending. Drugs are bad...very bad. Nothing held back here. Website

Come - This one is in the WTF category. Lots of genital mutilations, mixed with a healthy dose of H.P. Lovecraft and flat-out strange content. If you like hardcore horror that really pushes the envelope, this film is for you.

On Sunday afternoon George Bonilla of ZP International gave a great lecture on indie film making. Many good ideas, from legal advice to lighting and audio, as well as post production and sales.  

Last but not least, Dark Carnival gave out their first Hall of Fame Award to Alan Rowe Kelly.  Alan is a director, producer, and actor who has been working in indie horror for years.  We were lucky to see him act in two films at the festival, and he was wonderful in both of them.

We'd like to thank all the great people at the Dark Carnival Film Festival, from the organizers and volunteers to everyone who came out to see the films.  It is a great environment to watch horror films, and hopefully we will be back next year!

 

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