key for the Columbus Theatre,
270 Broadway, Providence, RI
U- Upstairs Cinematheque D- Downstairs Main Stage
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.
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:
- 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
RED'S BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE - DIR. CALEB EMERSON
(Red's Breakfast 1, 2 and 3)
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?
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!
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.
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!
& A with the director to follow.
Friday, October 24
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U - BEST
OF FEST, FOUR YEARS OF HORROR AND THE MACABRE
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
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.
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:
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Meet the filmmakers and artists participating in this
years RI International Horror Film Festival. Sponsored by Triple
8, Newport Storm, Jessies on Atwells Avenue, Daily Bread
and Pizza Hut.
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
Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Otto Gebuhr,
Lothar Muthel, Loni Nest, Lyda Salmonova, Grete Schroder, Max Kronert,
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!"
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.
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.
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.
& A with the musicians to follow.
JAPANESE HORROR FILM SHOWCASE DOUBLEBILL
ITCHI THE KILLER (Koroshiya 1) - DIR. TAKASHI
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
- DIR. HIGUCHINSKY
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
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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.
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 email@example.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at the start of the tour.
U - HORROR
VU - DIR. NOSSAH KIRT
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.
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
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.
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
D - Feature:
(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
Joe Spinell.... Frank Zito
Caroline Munro.... Anna D'Antoni
Gail Lawrence.... Rita
Kelly Piper.... Nurse
Rita Montone.... Hooker
Tom Savini.... Disco boy
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.
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 Leonards 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,
THE CURSE OF WELWITSCHIA - DIR. ADALBERTO FORNARIO (GERMANY)
Print availability from the Goethe Institut Boston
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.
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 worlds
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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U - THE HORROR
Meet the visiting filmmakers whose work is showcased in this years
Festival. Share back stories about how their films were created, what
drives their vision, and what they see as the future of the genre.
U - Short:
WILLIAM WILSON - DIR. NICHOLAS DAVIS (USA 2003)
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.
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 whats left of the zombie population to sell
for biological warfare. The Headhunters are all but obsolete. All but
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 thats a different kind of horror film.
Film Fest entry winners will be announced.