The annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival will be in its 6th year this weekend! It runs from Friday evening to Sunday evening at the Historical Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockon Boulevard. SHFF has screened independently made horror films in the subgenres of slasher, paranormal, psychological thriller and sci-fi horror among others. But one of the festival’s most popular subgenres has been that of the latest trend in horror—the zombie film. This year is no exception and in this age of “The Walking Dead” and “Twilight” it will also screen some vampire films. The zombie subgenre has grown so popular during the last six years that the festival has even made its zombie beauty pageant a tradition which opens this year’s festival at 7 p.m. For you zombie and vampire fans, your local Sci-Fi Examiner has provided a list of these subgenres’ films below that the festival is screening. Most of these are shorts but they can be just as great as full length features. And who really knows, one of them may do so well at this year’s fest and others elsewhere it may even develop into a full length, big budget feature someday like many shorts have!
The list is divided into the festival’s segment time slots. The times indicated below are only for the beginning of each segment and not necessarily for any of the movies listed here. For more details on the times and specific programming of each segment, please visit the film festival’s website.
Short films program 1: Saturday 2 p.m.
“Professor Brofman”, directed by David Macian: A professor works on the case of a woman’s troubled husband who may be a vampire.
“Certified”, directed by Luke Asa Guidici: This movie is set in the middle 20th century. It has “a Twilight Zone twist” to it, as its Facebook page puts it. The story involves a postman who comes across a young girl’s horrible family tragedy. And what may that be? A vampire curse? A zombie curse or plague infection? The movie’s Facebook page doesn’t quite specify, although it does state that “just a touch of the undead” is involved. It also states that the movie was a Shriekfest 2011 winner for “Best Super Short”.
“Ravenwood”, directed by Luke David: Three vampire cowboys in 1880 go to a ghost town, which bears the same name as the movie, infested with monsters.
Short Films program 2: Saturday 4:30 p.m.
“Anniversary Dinner”, directed by Jessi Gotta: A zombie apocalypse survivor hides his undead wife in their house from the rest of the surviving world, as explained in a Horrornews.net review. But the secret is soon discovered, as the review also explains.
Short films program 3: Saturday 7 p.m.
“The Body Bag”, directed by Dean Whitney: A forensic pathologist attempts to bring his dead wife back to life by putting her in a supposedly magical black body bag. He succeeds but faces serious consequences in doing so. Could she be a mere zombie out for human flesh including his own? The movie’s Facebook page doesn’t say, but who really knows?
“A Haunting at Silver Falls” feature film segment: Sunday with shorts starting at 1 p.m.
“Velvet Road”, directed by Gustavo Cooper: A zombie plague occurs in the racist South of the 1960s, adding to the real horror–bigotry.
“Mimesis” feature film segment: Sunday with shorts starting at 4 p.m.
“Mimesis”, directed by Douglas Schulze: This movie involves some horror fans participating in a zombie role playing game based on George A. Romero’s classic cult film “Night of the Living Dead”. However, the game turns into a real horror (“film”). Stars Sid Haig (“Devil’s Rejects”) and Courtney Gain (“Children of the Corn”).
These are only the vampire and zombie films at this year’s Sacramento Horror Film Festival. There are several more terrifying films screening and many other events going on there this weekend, including a rock concert, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and of course, the zombie beauty pageant hosted by syndicated TV series “Cinema Insomnia” horror host Mr. Lobo! So please visit the film festival’s website for more!
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