Crystal Math's rating: ****1/2
Hours before the BART strike Crystal and I were lucky enough to catch the first of what will hopefully be an annual indie horror film festival at the hip New Parish in Oakland. The movie screen in a bar setting was the perfect way to showcase local film projects and they had my favorite beer on tap to boot!
The festival consisted of 14 shorts each running around 10 minutes long. During the intermission we were treated to a burlesque show featuring women depicting iconic horror figures getting naked and bloody. First Sumara from The Ring crawled out of a television set before performing a sexy twitchy dance. The biggest scare I received during the evening was when the dancer dressed like Pinhead startled me from behind. Crystal pointed, I turned around and screamed, and everyone had a good laugh.
Disappointingly a good number of the shorts aimed for laughs rather than scares. In Saw 69: The Fuckening, two girls chained together are forced to make out with each other as Jigsaw watches. The funniest of the lot was Damn Dishes, in which a fed up wife plants a bomb in the kitchen. If her husband doesn't clean up the mess before the timer goes off then he'll be blown to pieces.
Crystal Math's bit: Sorry I was busy writing another review while JSP was composing the thoughtfully researched description of the East Bay Indie Screamfest. It seems like every year we strike gold with new and unusual events to attend! (Stay tuned for this weekend's happenings!)
Given the terrifying nature of the event photo, I was expecting to scream and sleep with all the lights on. It was a mixed blessing that this was not the case: I got a full night's sleep, but on the other hand, I didn't scream. Once. Among my favorite horror-shorts were Damn Dishes, Darkness of Night, and Operhator, though I concede that Breathing was the creepiest and looking at that photo of someone's head in a plastic bag sends chills up my spine.
Scream on, East Bay!