by: Stephanie Shamblin Gray
Shriekfest is in its 14th year now and this festival is always a treat to attend. Many have been arguing lately that “indie horror is where it’s at” and Shriekfest exemplifies that statement. An amazing assortment of talent is in this one place. A great line up of feature length and short films are shown and awards are given to the best. I was not able to stay very long, but what I saw was impressive. If you are in the Los Angeles area watch out for Shriekfest 2015!
I most like the short film blocks. I was able to check out the second program and thought all of them were worthy of awards. However, there can only be so many winners so I have decided to make a few of my own awards.
Best Baddie: Drudge
Miss cheering for the bad guy in horror movies? Then this is the Baddie that you have been waiting for! “Drudge” has everything you could desire in a Baddie: cool black outfit, shiny skull face to wear, and a fancy arsenal that attaches to his arm and contains blades, nails, hooks, and other assorted killing devices. Let’s hope “Drudge” gets its due and makes it to a feature length film. A franchise wouldn’t be far behind.
Most Over-the-Top: Mack Blaster – The World in the Crosshairs
“Mack Blaster” is one of those love-it or hate-it sort of films and the crowd at Shriekfest was loving it! Seriously offensive, it is as if Robert Rodriguez and the guys from South Park got together to make a horror short. And just try getting that theme song out of your head (“Mecki, Mecki, Mecki, ….Mack Blaster!”). This short is all the way from Germany and the buzz on this will continue to carry it on, I’m sure.
Most Fun: Cannibals and Carpet Fitters
From the U.K. and for the “Shaun of the Dead” crowd we were treated to “Cannibals and Carpet Fitters.” Laugh-out-loud funny, the creators were also able to make the crowd squirm in their seats. This horror-comedy was also a great way to end the short program on Saturday and lighten the mood.