Scares on the Silver Screen
Scares on the Silver Screen
PROVIDENCE - Film buffs with an affinity for the macabre will flock to Providence this weekend for the four-day Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, running its 14th season from Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 20.
The event will feature 56 films from 19 countries, as well as a host of other festival events and activities.
General admission for screenings is $10 per person, unless otherwise noted. Festival six-packs, good year-round for any RIIFF film event, cost $40.
Visit www.film-festival.org/horror_ri.php for a listing of events and featured films, and to purchase tickets. Call 401-861-4445 for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 17
* The Opening Night Spooktacular: Short Bites! event features eight short films of horror, suspense, monsters and even deadpan comedy at 7 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell St.
* RIIFF Eerie Shorts of Horror at 7 p.m. at the James Town Arts Center, 18 Valley St. in Jamestown, features seven short films that deal with the fear and the unknown.
Friday, Oct. 18
* "Behind the Camera Lens," presented for free by the Roger Williams University Film Production Club, will feature a panel discussion about Rhode Island's reputation as a one-stop film studio.
Among such notable filmmakers as Wes Anderson and the Farrelly Brothers who have filmed in the Ocean State, the independent horror genre is becoming an industry standard for the state's film community.
The event, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mary Tefft Cultural Center, University Library at RWU, One Old Ferry Road in Bristol, showcases Steven Feinberg, Rhode Island Film & Television Office executive director.
Panelists include internationally renowned filmmaker Patricia Chica, and Rhode Island filmmakers Anthony Ambrosino and Nick Delmenico.
Register online by 9 a.m. on the day of the event.
* Dark Fantasy Shorts will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., featuring five films of science fiction, life's path and a woman's decaying relationship with a zombie.
* From the Land Beyond, Beyond: Sci-Fi Shorts will be shown at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Science meets space meets computers meets deeper and darker meanings of life in these six featured films.
* Enjoy Oh the Horror! Flickers Date Night and get two tickets for the price of one for the 7:30 p.m. showing of two films at the Paff Theatre, University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington St. Those who come in costume will be eligible for a special drawing for year-round RIIFF passes.
* RIIFF Eerie Shorts of Horror at 9 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre features nine short films full of scary moments.
Saturday, Oct. 19
* Take a 90-minute tour of Providence through the life and work of the city's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Literary Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft will depart from the Rhode Island Historical Society's John Brown House, 52 Power St., at 11 a.m.
Lovecraft's works make mention of such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church and Benefit Street houses.
Tickets are $18 per person and include a ticket of choice to the final presentation of the Horror Festival.
* Films with a Lovecraftian Flavor will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Paff Theatre, URI Feinstein Providence Campus. Featuring six short films.
* Two films, one about a man who takes a woman on a date to see rumored cannibalistic creatures and another about the making of a "Scream Park," will be shown at 3 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre.
* A filmmaker awards ceremony and reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, where attendees will toast the 14th anniversary of the festival.
* Six Dark Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shorts will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre.
* Providence Underground Film Festival: Horror Edition features four films at 7:30 p.m. at the Paff Theatre, URI Feinstein Providence Campus. Plots include a terrifying cat and mouse game, fear and masculinity in contemporary American suburbia, the appearance of a supernatural entity, and an obsession disorder.
* Fear From Within: Exploring Hearts of Darkness will show five films at 9 p.m. at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre.
Sunday, Oct. 20
* Literary Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft, the 90-minute tour of Providence through Lovecraft references, departs from the John Brown House at noon. Tickets cost $18.
* Films with a Lovecraftian Flavor, the same films shown during Saturday's event, will be replayed at 2:30 p.m. at the Providence Public Library Theatre.
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Directed by Andy Fortenbacher, "Melon Head" is a 14-minute film about a man named Gordon who receives bad advice that women are turned on by scary things. He then takes Wendy on a late night trip into the woods where cannibalistic creatures known as the “Melon Heads” are rumored to live. The film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival.
"Little Brother," directed by Cyrus Siadi and Gautam Pinto, is a political thriller with a science fiction twist based on the fictional life of a best-selling author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who is determined to battle tyranny while being fueled by haunted memories of a dark past. The 17-minute film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival will feature the short film "Hangers" on Thursday, Oct. 17, as part of a four-day weekend of events. Directed by Blake Clouser, the 16-minute film is a dark horror comedy about a young man waging a battle against the ghost of his new apartment's former tenant, who is intent on seeing the former love of his live one last time.
“The Hungry Corpse,” a 10-minute film directed by Gergely Wootsch of the United Kingdom, is the tale of a corpse and a pigeon set in London’s Trafalgar Square. Voiced by Bill Nighy of “Love Actually” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and Stephen Mangan of “Green Wing,” the film about companionship will be shown Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. as part of a showcase of films with an H.P. Lovecraft flavor during the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival based in Providence.