Friday, March 9, 2012

Dark Fest 2012 has arrived!

Months of work and planning have come to an end. It's time to unleash Dark Fest 2012 from The Basement and onto the big screen at Thompson Rivers University's Clocktower Theatre.

What more can we say that hasn't been said? Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement along the way and to the Kamloops Film Festival Committee for allowing us to come on board and share the movies we love with the masses!

And an extra big thanks to John Fallon, The Arrow himself, for coming and supporting our little festival. All you Basement Dwellers are invited to come out and say hello to him and the rest of The Basement Crew during the next two days.

Also, we just learned yesterday that Skew director Sevé Schelenz is able to attend the fest this weekend! He'll be on hand to talk about his movie after it screens Saturday night.

Tickets are $8 at the gate and $5 for students who purchase in advance. You can get your tickets at TRUSU, Bookland and Movie Mart. 

Also, our special Dark Fest 2012 edition airs today at 3 p.m. PST on, Shaw Cable 106.1 and 92.5FM CFBX Kamloops. Podcast is up tomorrow!

Here's the lineup for the films on the chopping block today and Saturday! Stick with us!

Hobo With a Shotgun (tonight at 7 p.m.)
2011 Canada
Directed by Jason Eisener, written by Jason Eisener and John Davies
86 minutes
A train rolls into its final stop. From one of the freight cars jumps a weary-eyed transient with dreams of a fresh start in a new town. Instead, he lands smack-dab in the middle of an urban hellhole, a place where the cops are crooked and the underprivileged masses are treated like insignificant animals. This is a city where crime reigns supreme, and the man pulling the strings is known only as "The Drake." Along with his two cold-blooded and sadistic sons, Ivan and Slick, he rules with an iron fist, and nobody dares beep with The Drake, especially not some hobo. Director Jason Eisener's blood-soaked flick is more than just a nod to the grindhouse flicks of the 1970s and '80s; he ups the ante in a major way, and Rutger Hauer's performance is a legendary display of brutal ass-kicking and meticulous name-taking.
"Sheer, mindless fun with oodles of over-the-top, stylized blood-'n-guts. Destined to become a cult classic that will have audiences laughing at it as well as with it."
- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

Deaden (tonight at 9 p.m.)
2006 Canada
Directed by Christian Viel, written by John Fallon and Christian Viel
90 Minutes
Arrow in the Head mastermind John Fallon pulls triple duty as writer, producer, and star of this violent revenge film about a man who sets out to settle the score for a terrible transgression. Rane (Fallon) was forced to watch as the members of the brotherhood brutally butchered his pregnant wife. Now the only thing he has to live for is the chance to watch them suffer, and he knows just how to make that happen.
"Deaden is a ballistic missle to the brain. It's a dark, vicious revenge flick that makes Death Wish look like The Breakfast Club. Fallon proves himself as not just a writer but an actor with a genuine passion that keeps you riveted to the screen even after everything inside you demands you turn away."
- Patrick Lussier (Director/Editor - White Noise 2 the Light - Dracula 2000 - Scream - H20)

Skew (Saturday at 7 p.m.)
2011 Canada
Written and directed by Seve Schelenz
90 minutes
When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey. What starts out as a carefree adventure slowly becomes a descent into the ominous as unexplained events threaten to disrupt the balance between the three close friends. Each one of them must struggle with personal demons and paranoia as friendships are tested and gruesome realities are revealed...and recorded.
"Director Schelenz does go for the quick 'BOO' a couple of times, but in other cases what he puts forth are scenes that affect the viewer on a primal level because of how wrong they seem. There are several scenes that will stick with you long after the movie is over."
- Sifu Scott, Dread Central

Some Guy Who Kills People (Saturday at 9 p.m.)
2011 USA
Directed by Jack Perez, written by Ryan A. Levin
80 minutes
Hollywood legend John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) executive produced this witty and gruesome tale of Ken Boyd, a 34-year-old small town loser who, fresh out of the looney bin, seeks revenge on those he deems responsible for ruining his life. This independent film stars veteran actors Karen Black (House of a 1,000 Corpses) and Barry Bostwick (Megaforce).
"Some Guy Who Kills People perfectly mixes splattery goodness and hilarious character interactions. (Director Jack) Perez contrasts violent gore with light-hearted family moments that makes for a very unique comedy that you aren't likely to get anywhere else."
- Bloody Disgusting