Our latest MMC! proposal is an art-horror favourite around these parts and will arrive tomorrow, just in time for Halloween. In the meantime, let’s get a jump on the 2018 Ithaca Fantastik with a trio of short films that screened as part of The Eyeslicer Halloween Special!
First up is Laura Moss’s Fry Day (2017), an atmospheric and disturbing film about a young woman who finds herself in uncertain circumstances when she joins three young men one evening. Fry Day occurs on the night of Ted Bundy’s execution, located on the pasture across from the Raiford prison where revelers celebrated, and the spectre of Bundy’s crimes adds a particularly oppressive air to an already unsettling situation. This is a gorgeous and crushing short film. Director Laura Moss has two films in The EHS, the other being the equally disturbing but decidedly more unusual Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (2018).
Brian Lonano’s Crow Hand!!! (2014) is exactly what it sounds like, concerning a man who picks up a crow totem in a parking lot and promptly grows an angry crow for a hand. This over-the-top spectacle of blood and gore is a riot and those at the 2018 IF looking for more will be pleased to know that Lonano’s Gwilliam follow-up – Gwilliam’s Tips for Turning Tricks Into Treats (2018) – played as part of The EHS also and his BFF Girls (2018), a Sailor Moon-like riff on “that time of the month,” plays as part of the “Light +/- Dark” Short Program showing on Saturday.
Last up is Carlos Lopez’s Ghosting the Party (2017), a lesson to Halloween party-goers on the perils of acid-taking, sheet-ghost costumes, and standing to close to “the action.” Ghosting the Party definitely has some mature content, so consider yourself warned! Personally, I think it’s completely hilarious (and probably pretty gross).