torsdag 14 februari 2013

Geekend report

I just came back from the latest edition of one of the hottest new horror festivals out there, Geekend in the woods - winter 2013 edition. GITW 2013 featured tons of prominent guests from all over the globe and some of the best new horrormovies out there. Ok, I might be stretching the truth a little bit. Geekend in the woods is actually "just" me, Fred of Ninja Dixon and Jason of Cinezilla going out to a cabin and watching movies for two days. Two days of great fun.

The best kind of forestroad for going somehere to watch horrormovies, wouldn't you say?

So, after driving through the snow for a couple of hours (stopping only for some meat and a lot of snacks) we finally arrived at the cabin, the weather being quite nice for the occasion.

Yes, we were slightly overambitious with the amount of dvds we brought with us. And thus the moviewatching began (after a light snack consisting of pasta and meat).

We needed to start out strong with some major cheese and there is no better movie for that than Bruno Mattei's wonderful Rats - Night of terror. I remember it as being pretty dumb, but it goes way beyond that. Rats is one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen with dialogue and plot development from the nether pits of some hellish mire of unfathomable dumbness that makes Troll 2 look intelligent and enlightening. But still, Bruno Mattei treated the whole thing like the professional he was and it is a good looking movie (shot on the sets of Once upon a time in America), no matter how daft the proceedings are. Hilarious good fun that makes me miss Mattei even more.

After all this fun we had to go a bit more serious and what better way than with Beverly and Ferd Sebastians Cajun revenge story, Gator bait. This is a strange mixture of good-natured goofy redneck fun and a pretty nasty (though not very graphic) rape/revenge story as the extremely adorable/sexy Claudia Jennings roams around in the Louisiana swamp in a very skimpy outfit killing the people that raped and murdered her sister. Miss Jennings is so cute that I go all butterflyish in my stomach just watching her.

Movie number 3 was Ryan Shifrings Abominable, most likely the best Bigfootmovie ever made. Basically Rear window with Bigfoot, this has everything a horrorfan needs: Boobs, blood and bigfoot.

After that we decided to go back into Mattei county again with one of his last movie, the supremely sleazy The Jail - The Womens hell. This is a cheapo throwback to the 70s genre of Women in prison movies that has so more nudity and sleaze than your average pornflick. When there is 30 minutes left of the movie we are suddenly treated to Matteis version of The Most dangerous game and we get quite a bit of cheap gore as the halfnaked women are hunted and killed in the jungle. Only Mattei could make them like this, it looks as cheap as it probably was but Mattei never held back, exploitation is served in large amounts.

Did you know Shakira was in a Bruno Mattei movie? Here is proof!

Then we moved on to Satanico Pandemonium, a quite odd Mexican movie where a nun tries to hold back temptation from Satan. It looks like a fifties flick but with a bit more nudity (a lot) and that feeling is strengthened even more when the lead actress reminds you quite a lot of Audrey Hepburn. Lots of nudity and sin, good clean fun.

Giorgio Ferronis Night of the devils is one of my favorite 70s horrors, a slow burner with more atmosphere than a hundred PG13 horrors. It takes its sweet time building up to a great climax but it sure as hell is worth it, this is a movie everyone should own and it's out of dvd and blu from Raro Video. Get it. NOW.

I remember Ruggero Deodatos Camping del terrore aka Body Count as being a good movie but then again, I had only seen a blurry vhscopy. Now that it's been released on a decent dvd in Italy it was time to watch it again, with some anticipation. I cannot say I was dissapointed but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a good movie. Camping del terrore is an Italian slasher, complete with unexisting characterization and weird plot. Generic but well made and has a couple of nice kills and some nudity. It does have a feature that you rarely see in slashers, in that the "final girl" takes off all her clothes.

Taxidermia, Hungarys submission to the oscars in 2008, is one hell of a mindfuck of a movie. To describe the plot is useless, I will just say that it involves penises shooting fire, obese people getting more obese and live taxidermia. And not in a avant garde "just got out of film school" way, but a genuinely strange and engaging story.

Gyo: Tokyo fish attack is a 70 minute long anime adaption of Junji Ito supreme manga; Gyo, about a sudden epidemic of dead fish with metallic legs attacking everything living. If you compare it to the manga you might be a bit dissapointed characters have been changed and new ones added but you are never bored and that is more important.

Next up, Jack Curtis wonderful The Flesh eaters. Made over the course of a year in 1964, this doesnt offer much in production values but excels with the help of some minor early gore, a fun plot and decent acting. Fans of b&w scifi/horror will love it.

Survive! is Rene Cardonas exploitationversion of the 1972 Andes flight disaster where survivors of a planecrash survived by eating the flesh of the dead. Not as exploitative as one would assume but still an entertaining oddity with the survivors eating what looks a hell of a lot like beef jerky.

Joe D'Amatos Anthropophagus was next on the menu and really feel that the movie gets more negativity towards it than it deserves. It's great fun watching George Eastman munch his way through the dubbed cast and while D'Amato uses the zoom a bit too much at times, it is still a good looking and atmospheric little goremovie.

The Geekend ended with 1987 monstermovie The Kindred, a flick that really needs a proper dvd (we watched a fullscreen german dvd, most likely sourced from a vhstape). Another one that takes its time getting to the goods but for those with a little patience we get a lot of nice tentacly fun.

13 movies in two days, I know we could have done better. But then again, we had a really good time and that is what matters. Until next time.

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