A big MMC! shout-out to the 2018 Buried Alive Film Festival! (Hi Blaine!) The BAFF strives “to promote true underground filmmaking in the Southeast and beyond, while providing the Atlanta area with the best independent horror has to offer.” This year’s edition boasts seven features films ranging from absurdist comedy to documentary to extreme horror, as well as four special event screenings and a ton of shorts.
The BAFF will be crushing it at the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 14-18. Their full line-up can be found on their website and I’ve created a Letterboxd list of the 2018 BAFF program for anyone interested. While we wait for the 13th edition of Buried Alive to arrive, let’s preview its weird and wonderful feature film program!
The God Inside My Ear
Joe Badon – USA
After experiencing a peculiar and sudden breakup with her boyfriend, Elizia discovers a world of conspiracies, strange voices and horrifying visions.
The FP2: Beats of Rage
Jason Trost – USA
JTRO gave Frazier Park everything he had, but his challenges aren’t over. Now he must journey into the destruction of The Waste to rekindle the passion he needs to win the ultimate Beat-Beat Revelation tournament and fulfill his destiny.
Carl Boese and Paul Wegener — Germany
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem – a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. BAFF presents The Golem with a live soundtrack performance from Atlanta’s very own “psychedelic instrumental space jazz” group, Samadha!
Amazon Hot Box
James Bickert – USA
An American college student named Penny is erroneously apprehended during a dissident round-up in the banana republic of Rattica. She is incarcerated into the island penal system overseen by Wardress Von Krupp who is constructing the world’s greatest information extractor. Crocodiles, religious zealots, psycho inmates and voodoo-based experiments block her every escape. Life is cheap and the jungle explodes in Amazon Hot Box.
Marc Martínez Jordán – Spain
On Alex’s farewell party with his friends, three strange invaders will kidnap them with the only goal of playing twisted mortal games while they stream it, turning all this insane torture into a viral show.
Ujicha – Japan
Following an end-of-term school ceremony, the American boy Bobby decides to go with his friend Akkun into the mountains outside their village, to a place perfect for a secret base. On the way they stop into a mysterious amusement park. They have fun there, but are attacked and cannot leave. Falling in with some other children who are also lost there, they fend off a number of attacks, and gradually learn the truth behind the facility. It was put there by a man named Koike as a trap for passing children. His son Takashi needs to feed on human children in order to survive. Akkun is killed, and Bobby is captured with Tokiko, a girl they have met there. She disappears, and Koike goes to work on Bobby, trying to fatten him up. Bobby manages to escape. With the help of Saruyoshi, a mysterious old hermit, and the animals of the forest, Bobby builds up his strength and returns to the facility in an attempt to save Tokiko.
The Lost Boys with Live Performance by Blast Off Burlesque!
Joel Schumacher – USA
A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends’ obsession.
Before the film Atlanta’s favorite gals and ghouls from Blast Off Burlesque! will put on their one of a kind performance inspired by The Lost Boys.
Dead By Midnight
Tony Reams, Torey Haas, Anissa Matlock, Eric Davis, and Jay Halloway – USA
It’s Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon ‘Dead by Midnight’. When the WKIZ staff begins disappearing only to turn up in the increasingly darker films, it’s up to line producer Candice Spelling (Hannah Fierman) to stop the Mistress of Midnight before her final and most diabolical film goes to air. Starring Hannah Fierman (V/H/S and Siren), Davi Crimmins (Atlanta’s Q100 Bert Show) and cult movie icon Erin Brown (Masters of Horror) as the Mistress of Midnight.
Survival of the Film Freaks
Bill Fulkerson and Kyle Kuchta – USA
Survival of the Film Freaks is a documentary exploring the phenomenon of cult film in America and how it survives in the 21st Century. The documentary traces decades of film fanaticism up to the present, where the ‘digital age’ has transformed the way we experience movies.
Todd Sheets – USA
The goal with CLOWNADO is to make a damned good, scary and splatter-filled, nonstop roller coaster ride of a Horror movie. It’s something new, fresh, original and unique but also familiar. Using only Practical Special Makeup Effects and old school styled Visual Effects, CLOWNADO has the vibe of Classic Horror movies we love. Think Evil Dead, Dead Alive, Bad Taste and Texas Chainsaw Massacre if Lucio Fulci was directing, all mixed in a swirling storm of insanity. Now add in scary supernatural Clowns and the cinematic visual style known as FILM NOIR. – intense composition with shadow and light – and a bit of that incredible John Carpenter suspense (John was also influenced by Noir classics) – and you have an Ambitious, Over the Top Gorefest Epic! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover – This is certainly no comedy.