Days Of The Dead is a premiere horror convention that travels all over the United States. This coming weekend Burbank, CA will be receiving their dose of the horror convention. Running from April 1 to April 3 at the Los Angeles Burbank Hotel the event is sure to satisfy any and all horror fans. With appearances by Tobin Bell (Saw) and Sid Haig with Bill Moseley from The Devil’s Rejects among many other icons throughout the genre, the weekends is sure to be full of horror fun.
Along with guest appearances Days Of The Dead will be hosting a short film night, well afternoon. On Saturday April 2nd at 1:00 PM, Etheria Film Night will be invading the convention with an 83 minute presentation of horror shorts directed by incredibly talented women. We bring you this article in honor of We Are Indie Horror friend Patricia Chica and FearMaker Mary C. Russell. What follows is the list of films to be screened during this afternoon of scary films from up and coming talented women in horror.
Opening the afternoon will be a trailer for the new feature film, The B.C. Butcher which was shot on 16mm in a backyard of Topanga Canyon, California. The film will star Kato Kaelin and featured Rodney “The Mayor of Sunset Strip” Bingenheimer
Anna Elizabeth James
David, a blind teenager who uses a wheelchair, has never known life outside of an underground bunker. As he attempts to assert his independence, his mother tries to keep him safe from the horrors of the world above. It’s a story about the lengths some are willing to go to protect their loved ones.
A Tricky Treat
A horror comedy starring Leonard Waldner, Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy and introducing Marco Reilly. We Are Indie Horror Editor Note* We have seen this short film and Patricia Chica‘s Tricky Treat is a delightful Halloween treat with a trick that is clever and creative challenging filmmakers to approach horror’s favorite holiday with a different set of eyes.
This short comes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Amber Benson. It is a twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge. A revenge of the worst kind – Shevenge!
This 20 minute short is an AFI Thesis Film. A dark, coming of age thriller about a 16-year-old misfit named Maddy who lives alone with her grandmother in a small town in Texas. When Maddy crosses paths with an older, charismatic Stranger- a fellow misfit who’s passing through town- her quiet, monotonous life takes a dangerous turn.
As Human As Animal
In this brooding existential glimpse into human nature, Hank (Diamond Dallas Page), a lonely man with a dark past, is haunted by memories of the choices that led him to the shadowy, desolate place he is now forced to live. *WAIH Editor’s Note* We had the pleasure of catching this film back at Women In Horror festival not too long ago. This five minute short proves that women can be just as gross and gruesome as men while showing off a beautiful artistic style using strictly images to tell the story.
An innocent mix-up leads to disaster when two girlfriends encounter an extraterrestrial substance at a winter music festival.
A mockcumentary that reveals the modern day origins of found footage horror films.
Mary C. Russell
A short film about a soul that comes from within an inmate. This spirit starts possessing people. FearMaker Mary C. Russell showcases her amazing short film. Read We Are Indie Horror’s review and see her FearMaker article
Immediately following the screening, the directors will be present to discuss their films. The panel begins promptly at 3:00PM in the Main Panel room. They will discuss the horror genre today and what it means to be a woman in the film world. All the women screening their film are scheduled to be present and they will be joined by special guests Director Jackie Kong (Blood Diner and The Being and Rena Riffel Astrid and Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven). The panel will be moderated by journalist and film authoer Alyse Wax from Shock Till You Drop
If you are checking out Days of the Dead this weekend, this panel and screening will be absolutely worth your time! For more information check out the important links below.