2014 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival

Posted by Michael Parsons on October 4, 2014 in , / No Comments


It’s October, and the ninth annual Spooky Movie Fest is almost upon us. There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than ten  consecutive days of horror, and no better place to do it than the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. The ever-expanding festival runs from October 9-18, and DC Filmdom will be there to cover plenty of gruesome features, including “The Dead 2: India”, “Exists” and “Suburban Gothic”.


“For ten nights this October, the ninth annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world, and once again the entire festival (more than 40 shorts and features) screens at AFI Silver Theatre! On Opening Night, October 9, we are happy to present the third in the V/H/S series – V/H/S VIRAL, alongside another frightening sequel, THE DEAD 2: INDIA. Additional highlights of the fest include the creepy HOUSEBOUND, which had its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year; the sensational Australian movie THE BABADOOK; the brutal Brazilian film MAR NEGRO; the long-awaited bigfoot movie EXISTS from Eduardo Sanchez; the first Iranian vampire Western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, which is one of two films this year that screened at Sundance; SUBURBAN GOTHIC, the hysterical horror comedy from Ricky Bates, the brilliant director of Spooky Fest favorite EXCISION; and many more surprises. Count Gore De Vol, Washington, DC, icon and honorary spokesman for the festival, hosts the Closing Night presentation on October 18: the 1977 cult classic THE HILLS HAVE EYES.”

Get tickets: www.afi.com/silver/

Learn more: www.spookyfest.com

Michael Parsons

Father. Realtor®. Movie nut. After pestering my parents for their commentary on “Star Wars” when I was four years old, my mind went into a creative frenzy. I’d imagined something entirely different than the actual film, which I didn’t end up seeing until its 1979 re-release at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. This was my formal introduction to the cinema.

During that long wait, which felt like an eternity to a child, my mind was being molded by more corrosive stuff like “Trilogy of Terror” and “Rosemary’s Baby”, most of which I’d conned various babysitters into letting me watch on television ( I convinced one poor lady that “Jaws” was actually “Moby Dick”).

The folks were pretty strict in that regard, so the less appropriate it was for a kid to watch, the more I was fascinated by it. Horror staples like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th”, as well as lesser-known low-budget fare like “Madman”, “Sleepaway Camp” and “Pieces” all ended up sneaking their way into the VHS on a regular basis.

Since then, I’ve developed an obsession with the entire film industry. Even though I watch and review a wide breadth of films these days, my appreciation for the campy, poorly lit micro-budgeters still lends itself to my evolving perspective on movies just as much as the summer blockbusters and Oscar contenders. As I recall my trips to the movie theater, I realize that this stuff is about much more than just a fleeting piece of entertainment.

A couple years ago, I was finally given the opportunity to lend my opinion on films to a publication, The Rogers Revue, with a subsequent run at Reel Film News. It's been both a privilege and a gateway to what we’re doing now. Most of my experience has come from interviewing independent filmmakers, who consistently promote innovation. The filmmaking process is grueling and relatively unforgiving.

Fellow film enthusiast Eddie Pasa and I have created DC Filmdom as a medium for film reviews, discussion, and (inevitably) some debate. And so, the creative frenzy continues.

(Michael is a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association).

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