The Tromadance Film Festival is an annual free film festival presented by Troma Entertainment, the longest running independent film company in the United States – celebrating 45 years of independent art!
Mandatory family game night is usually when we “make sure that we take time out of our busy lives to take part in the magical time,” you know? Hot food, maybe some wine for the adults, a few family games – Monopoly for example – and a blood sacrifice to Satan… Just remember what the one rule at the dinner table is: “No cellphones.” Directed by Nicholas Ferwerda, and written by Ali Chappell and Jon Kohan, Family Game Night is a short 12-minute comedy/horror film that explores the awkward bonding of a middle-class family. “So, what kind of games do you play on family night?”
“Murder for Ages 8+”
Killer Friends features a spectacularly god-awful human being and his best friends’ attempts to put him out of their misery. These attempts, being amateurish and unplanned, backfire in various slapstick ways and the viewer is invited both to sympathise with the frustrated would-be homicides and wonder when they’re going to get their cackhanded act together and put the little shit down. It becomes apparent, however, that their potential victim knows more than he is letting on… Even now, thinking about him, I can feel my blood pressure rising.
“I’m here to love and support my girlfriend… and kill Scott!”
Written and directed by Pearson Jenks & Nickon Hemati, Exorsisters is a three episode web series from Troma Entertainment: the story of Sister Kristen, who was banned from the church after warning people about a rise in demonic possessions.
“Eat well and exorcise.”
London 1888; the Jack the Ripper murders are gripping the nation and the people of Whitechapel are growing increasingly scared. Chief Inspector Abberline is struggling to figure out who the killer is, and with the added pressure from above to catch the murderer his demons begin to get the better of him. But there is someone out there who wants to help…watching…in the shadows…waiting to strike. Mixing Jack the Ripper and Batman is a formula I’ve been waiting for since reading the steampunk/superhero mash-up Gotham by Gaslight back in 1989.
“There are worse things out there than Jack the Ripper.”
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – an homage to the atomic age of cinema – continues with Chapter 4: The Chief that Fell to Earth and Chapter 5: The Day Wales Stood Still.
“I served in World War II and there was no Creature from the Black Lagoon shooting no ray-guns at me.”
Liverpool Horror Club (LHC) and Two-Headed Snake Entertainment presented their second The Dead of Night Film Festival – this time in Liverpool – and like all LHC events there was a great club atmosphere where everyone is friendly, and you can chat to the people involved in the festival and the films.
“Liverpool’s only horror film festival!”
Broke Horror Fan presents two brand-new VHS tapes loaded with Halloween horror: the indie horror anthology Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) and a double feature of two horror shorts, Dark Roast and Root of All Evil.
“Punk’s not dead… yet.”
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s – continues with Chapter 2: 20 Million Miles to Wales and Chapter 3: Attack of the Humanoids.
“If I don’t save the world, then who the hell will?”
Defarious is gorgeously shot, with a tinged-blue colour pallet reminiscent of 80’s retro horror, with hints of slasher genre thrown in. Pallante is able to build the atmosphere well with an easy on the eye leading lady – Janet Miranda (as Amy) – and a wonderfully large environment to broaden its scope. As Amy roams the house her visions manifest into a crazed killer or demon, which raises the questions of what’s reality and what’s only in her head. Overall Defarious hits a few marks. Not as unsettling as it thinks it is, but is a nice nod to the inspired classics of the 1980s.
“Fear is all in the mind.”
Written and directed by Siôn Griffiths, Humanoids from Outer Space is a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s; an homage to Ed Wood, Tommy Wiseau, and the atomic age of cinema.
“Their mission is to destroy humanity. Can these alien humanoids be stopped?”
Coerced by his scheming brother and locked away in a grimy upstairs flat, sickly Frank is the talented, money-making half of a peculiar business endeavour in which paying punters communicate with deceased acquaintances via his distended stomach. With a tube in his mouth and a stethoscope pressed against his grotesque gut (bloated with the manifestations of the dead), good ol’ Frankie acts as a middle-man between this world and the next.