The newly restored version of the 1910 Frankenstein is available on the Library of Congress YouTube channel and in the National Screening Room, a recently launched digital collection of films. And, like most films on the NSR, it’s freely downloadable in both ProRes LT and MPEG-4 formats, complete with the Sosin score.
The Horrornymphs haves teamed up with the guys at Zombie Go Boom to promote a special Halloween 2012 film fest! Starting today, the Zombie Go Boom channel is going to have around 9 hardcore horror movies from some of Hollywood’s top up and comers, along with a video by comedian Tom Green (that guy is sick!).
CHECK IT OUT AT: http://www.youtube.com/user/ZombieGoBoomTV and don’t forget to share and comments – let’s show some gory passion to young indie filmmakers)
Check out the full version of Play Dead by Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes. This was the short that should have ended the ‘Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!’ night at the 2012 Fantastic Planet Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival.
Hilarious flowchart explaining how to make a horror movies… more accurate than any execs would admit. Click on the poster to see 4 more showing how to make an Action, Animated, Short and Porno.
Not just the best zombie short film from 2011, the BEST SHORT FILM form 2011 was ‘The Living Want Me Dead’ by Bill Palmer. I saw it ath the annual Night of Horror Film Festival in Newtown and reviewed the night here. The entire short is now available to watch for FREE on vimeo, or below. Check it out and help support Bill in his quest to make another wonderful film.
Here’s a fun little short film that is part early Universal horror (or RKO — in particular, the Val Lewton films) and part Tim Burton.
A zombie apocalypse unites a ragtag pack of dogs in the ruined streets of Miami. Immune to the epidemic, they must stick together to survive in the midst of ferocious undead and human survivors. Sit. Stay. Play dead… Zombie short film wee. Part 4.
Seven friends and myself attended the ‘Night of the Evil Dead’ short film night at the 5th Annual A Night of Horror film festival. The program consisted of eleven short zombie flicks of varying length and quality. Rather than review them all and give you my opinion I decided to poll my friends to get a more balanced response to the screening… this is the result of that poll. They are in order from the festival website, they did not screen in this order.
Catherine Feeny – People in the Hole (Dir: Keith Rivers / USA / 4 minutes). 1/5 stars The film that polled least was the opening short of the night, a music video for a Catherine Feeny song called ‘People in the Hole’. Catherine is singing away at graveside when a corpse tries to climb out, Catherine helps it and a few more until one of them turns on her and she ends up as one of the living dead. It was well shot but featured way too many aerial shots for whatever reason, maybe someone on the crew knows a helicopter pilot…
Home (Dir: Cameron McCullock / AUS / 12 minutes). 3½/5 stars The second highest points scorer in the poll. This was a great little short about a girl fending off the odd zombie in rural Australia; she reaches a point where she’s had enough and goes into the basement… An excellent lead performance, great SFX and well shot.
Cabine of the Dead (Dir: Vincent Templement / FRA / 10 minutes). 3/5 stars A business man on the run from the undead through a warehouse district backstreets. He hides in a phone booth and calls the Police, his hapless friend and his mother, all to no avail…
Night of the Punks (Dir: Dan Riesser / USA / 19 min). 3/5 stars A punk band arrives at a run-down club for their first ‘road trip’ gig. As the band start to play, demon members of the crowd turn on the other patrons and the band in a feeding frenzy. Very tongue in cheek, we’ve seen it before but it’s done with a sense of humour. Awful acting but who cares? Fun… ish.
Alice Jacobs is Dead (Dir / USA / 21 min). 3/5 stars The most serious entry of the evening; it was trying to put a different slant on the genre and well done for trying. Adrianne Barbeau is excellent as the titular Alice Jacobs, however John La Zar was so bad as her scientist husband that he really annoyed me. Would have scored more without la Zar…
Zombiefication (Dir: Stefan Lukacs / AUT / 7 min). 2½/5 A fake ‘in flight safety message’ refit delivered to the cinema crowd as a guide to identifying and dealing with zombies in the cinema. Well put together and went over with the majority of the crowd, not so well in our poll.
15:2 (Dir: Brennan Parks / USA / 7 min). 3/5 stars Two paramedics arrive at a deserted dorm building. They’re there to save an overdose victim… he jumps back to life and attempts to eat them. Tongue in cheek with a fun twist that had the cinema laughing.
Tombstone Brides (Dir: Victor Mathieu / USA / 7 min). 2/5 stars Not so great story of a man who apologises at his dead wifes graveside as he is about to remarry… and use the same ring. As he and his new wife start to blow out the thousand candles he’s put around the empty house, his ex-wifes corpse attacks them. Excellent make-up SFX but annoyed me for some reason.
Kidz (Dir: Bren Lynn / CAN / 9 min). 3/5 stars Some kids playing violent shoot-em-up video games tool up after their parents are killed by zombies. They head out into the street and some beheading and shots to the heads of the undead ensues. Fun but one pollster commented that it would have been better if the kids had been killed.
The Living Want Me Dead (Dir: Bill Palmer / USA / 23 min) 4/5 stars The most popular film amongst our group and the best received among the crowd in general. This was a fun take on the genre and was by far and away the best quality flick of the night. Well written, acted and shot. I’d happily buy a copy of this film on DVD… I’ve already joined the facebook page and so should you, show these guys your support here Overall a really fun night, we’ll be back next year.
For those of you in Sydney, do yourself and the local film industry a favour and get along to one of the events at this years ‘A Night of Horror Film Festival’
In an industry that seems to be constantly struggling to get local product made, film makers in the horror genre have always managed to get there work out there… and turn enough of a profit to enable them to make another project. This could be down to the passion of the film makers, the quality of their work or the demands of the marketplace… more than likely it is a combination of all three.
In it’s fifth year, the festival is great fun and low key, no ego here… check it out here Good luck to everyone involved.