Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Buried Alive Film Fest brings underground horror films to the Plaza

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis

While most of Halloween’s monsters have been laid to rest for another year, the Buried Alive Film Fest arises at the Plaza Theatre this weekend with one of its most impressive lineups to date. The fifth annual festival includes two days of shocking short films and frightening full-length features that range from comedic spoof to grindhouse-style gore.

The United Monster Talent Agency
  • The United Monster Talent Agency

The short film showcases include the Portuguese luchador laugh-fest Papa Wrestling; The United Monster Talent Agency, depicting classic Hollywood monsters as real actors and starring Eli Roth, Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez; and Tub, a Sundance hit about a bathtub that becomes impregnated when its occupant masturbates in it. There’s also a collection of shorts from local filmmakers such as Eddie Ray, Matt Munson and Andrew Shearer; as well as Philip Nutman’s Nightmares, a collection of the local author and horror journalist’s favorite shorts from the last decade. And, just added, is the world theatrical premiere of Terry Gilliam’s Internet spoof of ghost hunting reality TV <em>The Legend of Hallowdega starring David Arquette and featuring appearances by NASCAR greats Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Darrell Waltrip.

Satan Hates You
  • Satan Hates You

When the feature-length films bare their fangs, a majority of them will do so for the first time in the Southeast. The opening night feature is She Wolf Rising, starring cult scream queen Tiffany Shepis. Satan Hates You is a spoof on Christian cautionary films featuring B-movie favorites Debbie Rochon and Michael Berryman, and Robogeisha is a Japanese exercise in visual absurdity, ninjas, bodily fluids and robots. But the main attraction is a screening of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore, an interesting (and somewhat exhausting) look at the career of one of underground horror’s greats, including his oft-forgotten Russ Meyer-style nudie and exploitation films, as well as commentary from the likes of John Waters (an avid fan) and Joe Bob Briggs. This documentary will be followed by a midnight screening of Lewis’ unflattering portrayal of the South, Two Thousand Maniacs!

J.D. Strickland
  • Clean Break
  • J.D. Strickland

For film fanatics looking for a more flesh-and-blood experience, Saturday night’s Filmmakers’ Fright Time includes screenings and Q&As with British filmmaker Ashley Thorpe (making his United States festival debut), Brazil’s Andre Paim, the first Southeastern appearance by members of Michigan’s Collective Studios and J.D. Strickland, a comedic skeleton who is also the star of Clean Break.

Buried Alive Film Festival. 6:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Nov. 12. Noon-1:30 a.m. Nov. 13. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-873-1939. www.buriedalivefilmfest.com. www.plazaatlanta.com. $7-$50.

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