It has been a long time since I have seen my Chicago horror buddies and in fact, I don’t think I have ever seen all of them in one setting… well, almost all of them. Well that changed this Saturday when Horror Society decided to present Women in Horror 2. Yes, a horror film festival that honors the women of horror and the money went to Kreepy Lady Kristen who had an accident just recently and as a horror community we wanted to help her out. I tagged this one alone and I had a very good time.
Before the show I got to talk to the man behind Kitty Zombie and I had no idea that he was a special effects artist but I guess it makes sense because he created such a convincing character. We pretty much talked about remakes and how there are good remakes out there but there are a lot of ones that sucked and we discussed why they sucked. I also got into a long conversation between G. Edwin Taylor (who I finally got to meet) and Shu from Shu-izmz radio. There we pretty much talked about random stuff and G Taylor showed me the painting he drew of BJ-C of Day of the Woman. Which, was another thing we were waiting for… the arrival of BJ-C who got delayed because of a rally.
I went into the theater where Nicki Nix from Hey Look Behind You, director Richard Diaz (Distortion) and I sat together behind the controls for the lights (She was the light girl) and that’s where I watched all the films form. So, here are my little micro-reviews for each of the films that I saw.
NOTE: I’m not going to tell the plot of each movie because the post will be too long.
- This was a nice little thriller of a movie. I really enjoyed the fact that it was told in first person and that it did build up some suspense. The ending, however, I did not expect and I thought it was really well done.
Alice Jacobs is Dead
- I’ll be writing a review for this on Buy Zombie but I didn’t get a chance to watch it because the DVD wouldn’t play in my computer and my player but I really enjoyed it. Adrienne Barbeau really carried the story and her performance was great and I didn’t even know she was in the movie.
The Tickle Monster
- Production wise, this was a great indie sci-fi comedy flick. It’s literally an actual tickle monster and the prosthetics and the makeup was great. The lighting have the movie this surreal dream like world but the rest of the movie is just entertainment.
Body of Work
- I enjoyed this one. It was nothing too special but I liked the concept and it really reminded me of Bucket of Blood for some reason. I thought the mood was good and I enjoyed the story but the characters were a little bland. Overall, it was decent.
I Spit on Eli Roth
- As a funny little jab at director Eli Roth this movie succeeded but I don’t think it really had anything going for it. It was funny to an extent but after I just wanted it to end.
- Oh boy, I need to write out a review for this one but all I can say was that the first half was so boring that I fell asleep and the other half didn’t keep my attention enough to keep me awake. In other words, it sucked.
Near Dark (35mm)
- If anyone knows me than you already know that I love this movie. However, my experience with this print was this: 10 minutes in the picture became shaky and the audio was way off. 20 minutes in the picture became out of focus and the shaking intensified. 30 minutes in, the picture cuts out and it’s black for about 5 or 6 minutes. Richard Diaz played The Gonk for us to rock out to till the movie started again. Then, the movie started up again.
The Fog (35mm)
- THIS WAS AWESOME ON THE BIG SCREEN WITH ALL THE GRAIN AND STALE COLOR OF THE PRINT!!
Well, BJ-C did come after all during Trippin’ with her boyfriend Billy and we had a blast catching up and talking about random things. She got to see the artwork that G. Taylor did for her and her expression was priceless. We talked with Shu for a while and took a picture of us to rub it in Stu’s (who runs Buy Zombie) face.
"the mighty bloggers of the Chicagoland area:
Day of the Woman- BJ-C
Paradise of Horror- Rick Romanowski"
Photo courtesy of Bryan Schuessler.
I also got to see Jay Hawkinson again and I finally met Scott Finn and we talked about random things, mostly why it’s important to make contacts and meet the people you exchange conversations with online. Kreepy Lady was also there and we briefly talked about how she was a ‘cyborg’ after her surgery. She then received the Goose of Honor by Svengirlie.
After that, I left. Overall, it was nice to see so many people and it was a great night… even though I went this one alone.