Dedfest is back, and still very much alive.
Now in its ninth year, the fest of ded is as diverse as ever with films ranging from historic documentaries, 3D found footage films, an Elijah Wood produced uber-gore experience, and an anthology that harkens back to the opulent days of Creep Show.
With that said, the organizers are always there to help you sort through their yearly collection and make suggestions.
Festival co-ordinator Derek Clayton is looking forward to The Greasy Strangler (a Troma-esque stalker tale), Headshot (an hyper-violent Indonesian action flick) and The Love Witch (a psychedelic trip down feminist memory lane).
Organizer Christian Zyp echoes his sentiment with Headshot, but adds the Iggy Pop documentary Gimme Danger as well as Phantasm Ravager (the fifth and final instalment of the Phantasm franchise), 23 x 36 (a film about movie posters), Doomed (the untold story of Roger Corman’s version of The Fantastic Four) and Minutes Past Midnight (a tantalizing horror anthology).
Organizer Lacey Page, who will be moderating the Q and A for 24 x 36 with director Kevin Burke, agrees with Phantasm Ravager and offers Beyond the Gates (estranged brothers search for their missing father) to that list.
“Headshot, Gimme Danger, and watching Greasy Strangler with a crowd,” says co-ordinator Kevin Martin. “Love it or hate it, that movie burns into your mind whether you like it or not. Oh, and Found Footage 3D. The title mentions two thing I hate in movies today yet this flick looks great.”
The six day genre festival goes from Oct. 18 to 23 and is held in the Garneau Theatre. For various reasons (booze, cuss words and gory opulence) the events are 18 plus. For full descriptions of the films and the nights they are showing, visit Dedfest.com for details.