Once again, those magnificent bastards over at All Things Horror are throwing another amazing party, and you — yes, YOU — are invited.
Just so you know, the party in question is a film festival called Shudderfest, and it will take place this weekend, October 26 and 27, at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, Massachusetts. If I were you, I’d make arrangements now, because it’s going to be the Eastern seaboard’s preeminent Halloween event.
For years now, Chris Hallock and Mike Snoonian, the proprietors of All Things Horror, have sought out and screened the best of independent genre cinema during monthly screenings at the Somerville. But I have to say, this time, they’ve outdone themselves.
The festivities begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, with H. P. Mendoza’s I Am a Ghost, a supernatural thriller that recalls the work of Polanski and Kubrick. This will be followed by a screening of American Mary, the amazing new flick from those twin titans of terror, Jen and Sylvia Soska.
The fact that Mike and Chris were able to finagle a showing of American Mary tells you how respected they are in the horror community. The Soskas’ latest has been garnering raves from all corners of the world and collecting awards as well. It’s a good get and All Things Horror got it. As a added bonus, Lori Bowen’s short film Stella Buio, starring ’80s scream queen Linnea Quigley, screens prior to American Mary.
Following that will be Murder University, the new flick from Richard Griffin, the man who gave us The Disco Exorcist — and, truly, with a title like that, what else do you need to know?
The next night, Oct. 27, opens with a program of short films before a showing of Lindsay Denniberg’s rock-and-roll horror fantasy, Diary of a Lost Video Girl.
For a more complete listing of the festivities, check out the Shudderfest page at All Things Horror. And when you arrive at the Somerville Theatre, tell Chris and Mike that Planet Fury sent you.