Location key for the Columbus Theatre,
270 Broadway, Providence, RI
U- Upstairs Cinematheque • D- Downstairs Main Stage

Thursday, October 23
6:30 pm
U
- LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE AND FESTIVAL PREVIEW NIGHT

We are very proud to present Dr. Michael Bell, Consulting Folklorist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, who will be available to answer your questions on local vampires, ghosts, legends as well as sign copies of his book "Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires." Additionally, he will be presenting the US Premiere of the film "The Vampire Hunters". This film documents Bell's twenty-year search for New England's authentic vampire tradition, a quest that has taken him into the field to interview people, find cemeteries and gravestones and even investigate archaeological digs. "THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS" will lead you through a journey where folklore and medical science meet to explain New England's vampire tradition. Your image of vampires will never again be the same.

Also on Thursday we are equally excited to present Cyril Place, Gothic Fashion Photographer, Music Producer and Creator and Publisher of the Online magazine Cyrilmagazine.com. Cyril will be displaying a collection of his photography in the Mezzanine of the Columbus Theatre. His work has been described best by a special dark one “You're a source of eroticism, darkness, blood, fear and all that is beauty."

Doors open at 6:00, film screenings start at 7:00 in the Columbus Cinemateque. Tickets are $7 at the door.


We will also be screening several local shorts with filmmakers in attendence. These include:
Short: EINSTEIN'S BRAIN - DIR. BEN SWEENEY
What if you found out the world's greatest mind was secretly kept alive by government scientists long after the death of its body? Would you have the courage to risk your life to liberate it? Einstein's Brain is the story of three friends who attempt just that. The six minute short was shot entirely on location in Providence, Rhode Island on black and white Super 8 film and features original music by Robert Jazz of V. Majestic.

Shorts: THE RED'S BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE - DIR. CALEB EMERSON
(Red's Breakfast 1, 2 and 3)

Red's Breakfast
Meet Red:the world's most loveable and misunderstood pyschopath in the original video that started it all.

Red's Breakfast 2: Dawn of the Red
What happens when a deranged serial killer meets the girls of his dreams? Find out!

Red's Breakfast 3: Die You Zombie Bastards!
And what happens when she's kidnapped by a powermad scientist with zombie-making technology and an unquenchable thirst for blood? What are you waiting for?! Come find out!

9:15 pm
U - Feature: FLESH FOR THE BEAST
Directed by Terry West
Cast: Jane Scarlett, Sergio Alarcon, Clark Beasley, Arron Clayton, Jim Coope, Barbara Joyce, Ruby Larocca
Caroline Munro, David Runco, Aldo Sambrell, Kevin Shinnick.

Turn-of-the-century occultist Alfred Fischer acquires a mystical medallion and conjures up a slew of ravishing, ravenous demons from the depths of hell. Taking the form of beautiful women, the beasts demand a steady diet of fresh human prey that only a mortal human servant can provide. Almost a century after Fischer meets his mysterious demise, a crack team of parapsychologists investigate the manor and former brothel only to face an obstacle course of seductive sexy spirits, a madman with a satanic secret and a horde of zombies bent on a rampage of carnal slaughter!

Q & A with the director to follow.


Friday, October 24 (back to top)

5:00 pm
U
- BEST OF FEST, FOUR YEARS OF HORROR AND THE MACABRE
Short: Little Ricky
Dir. Michael Condro. (USA)
Little Ricky is the story of an eight-year-old boy who gets even with his grandmother and uncle for the murder and consumption of his cousin Kyle. After years of abuse, Ricky has no other alternative but to kill or be killed. Sometimes you have to fight for your right to live.

Short: Timmy’s Wish
Dir. Patrick Cannon (USA)
Poor Timmy, his parents are so mean to him. They make him eat horrible food, like spinach and broccoli. So, Timmy ask for divine help--and gets it. Timmy soon discovers that yiu should be careful what you wish for, since you might just get it.


Feature: The Human BEEing
Dir. Tony Shea. (USA)
A homage to 1950s B-horror movies, The Human BEEing tells the terrifying tale of a greedy boss and a mad scientist who conspire to turn their office of typists’ office into worker bees. A fantastic tribute to the genre rich with humor and terror!Feature:


5:30 p.m.
U -
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Meet the filmmakers and artists participating in this year’s RI International Horror Film Festival. Sponsored by Triple 8, Newport Storm, Jessie’s on Atwell’s Avenue, Daily Bread and Pizza Hut.

7:00 p.m.
D -
Feature: DER GOLEM — WIE ER IN DIE WELT KAM (Aka: THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD; THE GOLEM)
1920 GERMANY BW. Silent with live accompaniment
Print availability from the Goethe Institut Boston
Run Time: 85 mins.
Directed by Paul Wegener & Carl Boese
Supervising Credits: Dir: Ernst Lubitsch; Sc: Paul Wegener & Henrik Galeen; Ph : Karl Freund & Guido Seeber; A.Ph: Edgar G. Ulmer; Art: Kurt Richter; Des: Hans Poelzig & Walter Rohrig; Sfx: Carl Boese; Costumes: Rochus Gliese. From the novel "Der Golem" by Gustav Meyrinc.

Cast: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Otto Gebuhr, Lothar Muthel, Loni Nest, Lyda Salmonova, Grete Schroder, Max Kronert, Dore Paetzold.

"A toy in his grasp and yet...the tale of a giant figure fashioned by man from clay. Then given life...but no soul! Thousands in the cast! Scenes unequalled for sweep and fascination!"

In 16th century Prague, Rabbi Benjamin Yehuda Loew, (Steinruck), models a huge clay statue of the Golem, (Wegener), when he learns of the expulsion order for his people by the Hapsburg emporer Rudolf II, and brings the statue to life with an amulet and the magical word "Aehmet" spoken by a demon. The statue defeats the persecutors of the Jewish ghetto, but the rabbi's assistant Famulus, (Deutsch), causes the clayman to go on a rampage of destruction when he commands the statue to go after a messenger named Florian who is trying to seduce his sweetheart Miriam, (Salmonova), the Rabbi's daughter. However, after throwing Florian from the battlements, the Golem steals off with the young woman until the statue is finally rendered l ifeless by a little girl who snatches the amulet from around its neck.

A visually stunning third adaptation by Wegener improving on his earlier entries by creating an unreal world for his characters and making the story much more credible. Successful worldwide, this film, more than any other, sealed the fact that the German film industry lead the way with bringing macabre fantasy legends to the screen.

In America where it was released three years later, the film ran continuously in New York for ten months. The influence of the film on James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) is clearly evident.

Q & A with the musicians to follow.

8:30 pm
U -
JAPANESE HORROR FILM SHOWCASE DOUBLEBILL
Feature: ITCHI THE KILLER (Koroshiya 1) - DIR. TAKASHI MIIKE
This one is really out there and is considered a cult classic. Mob Boss Anjo disappears with 100 million yens. His loyal gang members, lead by the masochist Kakihara, start a search, but their aggressive and gory methods worry the other yakuza gangs. Kakiharas most scary counterpart is the mysterious Ichi, a psychopathic killer with a dark childhood secret, who is controlled by a retired yakuza boss


Feature:
UZUMAKI - DIR. HIGUCHINSKY
Another cult classic: In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possessed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possessed.

Saturday, October 26 (back to top)
THE HP LOVECRAFT WALKING TOUR

We are very proud to announce that in conjunction with the Rhode Island Historical Society, we will hold an HP Lovecraft Walking Tour on Providence's East Side. This tour will begin at 5:00 from College Hill and end at approximately 7:00 p.m. Participants who pay in advance of the tour will also receive one paid admission to a Horror Fest Screening.

Details:
H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour
Van Wickle Gates, Brown University
(Junction of College and Prospect Streets)

Tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit both the RI Film Festival and the RI Historical Society's SummerWalks.
 
Reservations can be made by phone: 401-438-0463 or by e-mail to provwalk@aol.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the start of the tour.

 

3:00 p.m.
U -
HORROR SHOWCASE
Short: DEJA VU - DIR. NOSSAH KIRT
Welcome to horror film limbo, a parallel universe where all of horror's greatest villains end up. What will happen when Jason rubs elbows with Freddy and Leatherface? How will Michael Myers react to Hannibal Lector and Norman Bates? Find out in this quirky dark comedy.

Short:
THE LEGEND OF AERREUS KANE - DIR. LANCE MAURER

In honor of the early German Expressionist tradition, this short film tells the story of Aerreus Kane, the last hero of Bane. In the darkness of night, the virgin Lucinda has been taken by the evil Dracula-like being who lives deep in the bowels of the local church. Will Aerreus and his towns people rescue Lucinda and change the fate of bane? Scott Thomas. (USA)
Revenge, torture and murder. A psychological thriller about two men and a women whose lives take an incredibly bizarre turn during the course of one evening.

Feature: GHOST OF THE NEEDLE - DIR. BRIAN AVENET-BRADLEY (USA, 2003)
Jacob, a fine-art photographer, lures women to his make-shift studio in an old factory to kill them and take their portrait. No one knows his secret, not his stern keeps the factory boilers running, nor Jacob's slick-talking agent, Richard. When Jacob unexpectedly meets his next victim, Aimee, and tries to poison her, she struggles, hurling Jacob down a flight of stairs and knocking him unconscious. Once he awakens, nothing is the same. Aimee has vanished, his father somehow knows his secret, his client's wife starts asking too many questions, and a detective is on his trail. Soon, Jacob feels signs of Aimee's presence and for the first time he experiences an emotion...fear.

Recent Fright-Fest Film Festival winner of best feature film, best director, best cinematographer, best musical score, best actress and supporting actor.

5:00 p.m.
D - Feature
: MANIAC
(1980) UNITED STATES
Run Time: 87 mins.
Directed by William Lustig
Writing credits C.A. Rosenberg and Joe Spinell
Original Music by Jay Chattaway
Cinematography by Robert Lindsay
Makeup Department Rob Bottin.... makeup effects; Tom Savini.... makeup artist
Cast:
Joe Spinell.... Frank Zito
Caroline Munro.... Anna D'Antoni
Gail Lawrence.... Rita
Kelly Piper.... Nurse
Rita Montone.... Hooker
Tom Savini.... Disco boy

The classic slasher film makes a surprise return with a new print and an opportunity to meet the director. Q&A to follow the screening.

The story: Frank misses his mother, who was killed in a car accident years before. She was abusive to him, and made money selling her body, but Frank still misses her. He tries to keep her from leaving him, and reform her evil ways, by killing young women and putting their scalps on mannequins which he displays around his apartment. Photographer Anna takes a picture of him in the park, and he pursues and befriends her. Is she the one he's been looking for or just another mommy wanna be?

Upon its release in 1980 this film was accused by critics of taking the slasher film and its accompanying gore effects to new, unpleasantly graphic levels. Special effects were orchestrated by Tom Savini.

7:00 p.m.
U -
Short: FILTHY - DIR. ANDY LALINO AND JOHN KARLISS (USA, 2003)
When beautiful WMIA news reporter Dana Diamond goes in search for the ultimate story, she gets more than she bargained for. On a riot torn Halloween night, She is lured into a decrepit, old house by Leonard, a sadistic transient, promising real life violence she can capture on camera. Inside, her worst nightmares are realized as she is kidnapped by Leonard’s crazed, incestuous family who live in the house among decades of old, stinking and rotting garbage. Will Dana survive the unrelenting attack of her merciless tormentors? Find out in this savage, horror tour-de-force.


Feature : THE CURSE OF WELWITSCHIA - DIR. ADALBERTO FORNARIO (GERMANY)
Print availability from the Goethe Institut Boston
Regional Premiere
A chilling tale of ghosts, political intrigue, an archeologist and Namibia told in a refreshingly original way. A quite thriller that packs a whammy of a punch as it plays out it secrets. A rarely screened gem that makes its regional premiere.
Original language with English subtitles.

9:15 p.m.
U -
BLOOD OF THE BEAST - DIR. GEORG KOSZULINSKI (USA, 2003)
Historical images of war and destruction define the future. By 2012, the 3rd great war ends and one third of the world’s population is no more. The chemical attacks that brought an end to the war also leave over ninety-eight percent of the male survivors sterile. Human reproduction is realized by means of cloning. The first strand of clones are harvested in December of 2012 and received with overwhelming success. A strand of clones are produced daily until 2031.

Blood of the Beast won the "Emerging filmmaker award" at the Dahlonega International Film Festival and has screened at the Memphis Digital Film Fest, Boston Underground Film Fest, Microcinefest and the Frightfest.

GHOST AND VAMPIRE LEGENDS OF RHODE ISLAND -
DIRS. SCOTT SARACEN & MARIA PATSIAS (USA, 2002)

It started out as casual interest. But one fascinating discovery led to another. Then another. It soon burgeoned to full-scale research. The film features local historians and experts on the supernatural in Rhode Island, as well as eyewitness and anecdotal accounts of spectral apparitions, particularly those at Belcourt Castle in Newport. The film was nominated for a New England Emmy Award.

11:15 p.m.
D -
Feature: ZOMBIE - DIR. LUCIO FULCI (1979)
After a New York harbor patrolman is murdered at the hands of a flesh-hungry ghoul aboard what was believed to be an abandoned yacht, Anne, the daughter of the ship's owner, teams up with news reporter Peter for a private investigation. They travel to the secluded island of Matul, where Anne's father was last seen conducting medical research. There, they meet his colleague Menard, who frantically attempts to find a scientific explanation for the phenomenon that has plagued the island: it seems the dead refuse to stay dead. Anne soon learns that her father has died , but before she and others can escape, they are forced into battle with an army of bloodthirsty zombies. For those of you that have yet to see Fulci's horror masterpiece, don't delay. Come see one of the greatest horror films ever put to film!!!


Sunday, October 27 (back to top)

1:30 p.m.

U -
THE HORROR FILMMAKER FORUM
Meet the visiting filmmakers whose work is showcased in this year’s Festival. Share back stories about how their films were created, what drives their vision, and what they see as the future of the genre.

3:00 p.m.
U - Short: WILLIAM WILSON - DIR. NICHOLAS DAVIS (USA 2003)
Based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe, William Wilson is a tale of a young man who after some fifteen years of peace has once again encountered his doppelganger. Overcome with emotions for a woman named Annabelle and his fear of The Other, William begins his journey deep into the recesses of his mind, only to find the terrible truth that awaits him. William soon finds out that in this, his darkest hour, the only way to find peace is to destroy The Other.

Short: HEADHUNTER - DIR. ADAM J. ALLECA (USA, 2003)

An undead plague nearly cannibalized America into oblivion. It was eradicated by an elite division of the military known as Headhunters. Now, black market dealers horde what’s left of the zombie population to sell for biological warfare. The Headhunters are all but obsolete. All but one.

plus, Feature TBA

5:15 p.m.
D -
Feature: KING OF THE ANTS
(2002) United States East Coast Premiere
Run Time: 101 minutes
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Cast: Daniel Baldwin, George Wendt, Chris L. McKenna and Kari Wuhrer

A part-time house painter is offered a large amount of money to murder an innocent man. Thus begins a twisted and terrifying film noir, in which nothing plays out quite the way that one might expect. Director Stuart Gordon (“Re-animator,’ “Fortress”), working from the acclaimed novel by Charlie Higson, has fashioned a taut engrossing thriller that’s a different kind of horror film.


Film Fest entry winners will be announced.

 

EditRegion1







Providence phoenix