From April 3-15 Philadelphia will be swept up in a slew of genre flicks that have, thus far, only been seen by the luckiest of eyes! This year, the festival?s Danger after Dark series, presented by TLA Entertainment Group, includes films like the world premiere of Frank Henenlotter?s Bad Biology! And Henenlotter will also be receiving the 2008 Phantasmagoria Award, presented at the screening on April 4th, for cinematic achievements like Basket Case, Brain Dead and Frankenhooker. For ticket and schedule information check out the official website and for some juicy descriptions of the films, read on film fest-goer!
Directed by Frank Henenlotter (World Premiere)
Ribald, frisky and souped-up genitals invade Danger After Dark, as the director of Frankenhooker and Basket Case invites you to fasten your seatbelts for one of the raunchiest, most original horror comedies of the year. Cast members will be in attendance!
Baghead (Baghead review)
Directed by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Four sexy aspiring actors take off to a secluded cabin in the woods with the goal of making their first independent feature. They get much more than they planned for in this hilarious and horrific comedy from the young creators of The Puffy Chair.
Directed by Sin Tae-Ra
Korean horror continues to cross new boundaries with this nail-biting thriller about an insurance agent peeling back the mysteries of a creepy house only to find terrors beyond his imagination.
Confession of Pain
Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
From the makers of Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs (remade stateside as Scorsese?s Oscar-winner The Departed, sophisticated and violent cop drama Confession of Pain proves a worthy, dark successor?with a twist, of course.
Directed by FSudol (World Premiere)
If decapitations, flying eyeballs and disembowelment (emphasis on ?bowels?) are your cup of goo, then don?t miss this adults-only animated horror parody from the imagination of animator and illustrator, F. Sudol.
Directed by Jung Brothers (Philadelphia Premiere)
A chill is in their air as unrequited, obsessive love is swept up in a sea of blood in this South Korean box office sensation that takes Asian horror in a new direction.
Eye in the Sky
Directed by Nai-Hoi Yau (Philadelphia Premiere)
This action film from producer Johnnie To (Triad Election) follows a young woman?s dangerous mission to catch wily jewel thieves amidst the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Directed by Jon Knautz (East Coast)
Monsters invade Danger After Dark and who is left to save the day? Jack Brooks, plumber extraordinaire, in this loving, hilarious and thrilling ode to monster movies and monster slayers.
The Last House in the Woods
Directed by Gabriele Albanesi (East Coast)
In this Italian screamfest, a young couple seeks solace from a group of sadistic bullies at a mysterious house, only to discover that their place of refuge harbors even darker secrets.
Like a Shooting Star
Directed by Toshio Masuda (Retro screening)
Filled with pop-art colors, a musical number(!), and some of the best on-screen romantic pairing since Hepburn and Tracy, this jazzy action classic from Japan?s Nikkatsu studio tells the story of a Tokyo hitman who falls into a dangerous love affair while hiding out in Kobe.
Mirageman Directed by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (East Coast)
An unlikely superhero emerges from the streets of Santiago to fight crime in this thrill ride that?s often funny and always action-packed.
Directed by Shaky González (East Coast)
A gun-toting romp through the mean streets of?Copenhagen? Chilean-born, Danish-reared first-time director Shaky Gonzalez scoops up the baton from Robert Rodriguez in this madcap tale of a heist gone awry and a hunt for missing millions.
Directed by Sai Yoichi (Choi Yang-Il) (Philadelphia Premiere)
This unflinching drama of violence and revenge makes for classic DAD fare. Korean-Japanese director Yoichi Sai?s brutal film follows a policeman on a deranged crusade to avenge his twin brother?s death at the hands of a ruthless gang of thugs. You want dark? You got it.
Directed by Taweewat Wantha (North America)
Comical mayhem ensues when the citizens of Bangkok are invaded by mutated sperm, masturbating clone babies, busty alien babes and a 50-foot rock star in this crazy mash-up of sci-fi, fantasy and cheeky, teen sex comedies.
Directed by M?ns M?rlind, Björn Stein (North America)
Gut-punching action, gory murders and Matrix-style special effects await you in the ultimate edge-of-your-seat thrill ride!
Directed by Stuart Gordon (Philadelphia Premiere)
Based on a true story that inspired a delirious urban legend, filmmaker Stuart Gordon brings you an edge-of-your-seat thriller with his signature brand of unexpected humor, social commentary and red, delicious bloodshed.
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo (East Coast)
Spanish newcomer Nacho Vigalondo explodes onto the scene with this time travel thriller that boasts more twists and turns than The Usual Suspects.
Trailer Park of Terror
Directed by Steven Goldmann (East Coast)
Saddle up for countrified horror served with dirty double entendres, teens in jeopardy and road kill jerky as the popular comic series from Reading, PA-based Imperium Comics hits the big screen!
Who is KK Downey?
Directed by Darren Curtis and Pat Kiely (Philadelphia Premiere)
Skinny jean enthusiasts beware as the hipster body count piles up in this filthy, expletive-driven and extremely dark satire about the seduction of fame and a counter-culture filled with rampant sex, drugs and electro-pop terror.
Winner of the 2008 Cinequest New Visions Maverick Award.
Directed by Fumihiko Sori (Animation Festival presents)
In the second half of the 21st century in a world dangerously influenced by android technology, a U.S. special agent discovers an apocalyptical Tokyo when sent to infiltrate Japan?s decade-long self-imposed exile in this groundbreaking anime feature. .
Directed by Julian Richards (World Focus)
A pleasant day in the woods turns into a terrifying and horrific life lesson for a group of kids in this thriller/drama with shades of Stand by Me and Lord of Flies. From the director of The Last Great Horror Movie.