The line-up for this year's festival is quite different than the last, with far fewer Asian and fantasy films and a stronger presence of local film makers (both are for the better in my book). Another Hole in the Head was where I saw A Serbian Film last year and while nothing looks to be as ground-breaking and controversial as that film, there appears to be something on tap for horror fans of every sub-genre. I have my own niche preferences, evident in the choices below, which to me seem the strongest contenders for a good time, or a bad one, if you know what I mean.
These are the top 10 films I'm looking forward to seeing over the next two weeks:
Bad Behaviour - 80's-looking (in a good way) Pulp Fictiony thing.
Breath of Hate - looks like a nasty, sex and violence filled grinder (with Jason Mewes!?).
The Craving features former Absinthe and Top Chef Jamie Lauren in a local production that seems pitched to the LGBT crowd but looks to have appeal beyond that demographic. The website has a great 70's style, titillating trailer filled with knives, women undressing, and lots of meat grinding.
The Oregonian- featuring True Blood's Lindsay Pulsipher... "is like spending 80 minutes in Twin Peaks' Red Room. Nightmare logic is a frightening thing, especially when there is no waking up. Calvin Lee Reeder takes his own sensibilities and creates something that is a mash up of the most disturbing images from Lynch, Cronenberg, Jodorowsky, and Kenneth Anger, with none of the humor, black or otherwise."- J. Hurtado, Dallas IFF. Sounds like fun, no?
Red Ice - another locally made film that has something to do with a meth-addicted succubus. Someone looking like a cuckold Hellboy appears in the trailer as do some others looking like Hellraisers.
The Bleeding House - a Gothic serial-killer-vs.-seemingly-nice-family warm fuzzy.
The Book - I can't find any decent information on this locally produced film but AHITH's description is placing this one in the top three I'm most anticipating, even though I'm not a fantasy film fan. The trailer looks bizarre.
Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show - carrying on in the grand Italian tradition, as seemingly only the Italians can.
Absentia - the wild card of the bunch- if the hype is real, it could be great. But then again, it's hype- right?
Top photo from Absentia.