Run Time: 90 minutes
Years ago Dax saw his mother murdered by one of his father’s psychiatric patients. Today his dad (Tate Donovan) is an anti-horror film crusader. He is targeting a local extravaganza called Blood Fest, which promises blood, more blood, and gratuitous slaughter. This heavily walled-in event recreates locations from gore classics, providing acres of interactive terror. Even though dad forbids it, Dax loves horror and plans to attend. The evil event organizer has plans, however. Once the festival starts and gates are locked, the horror begins for real, and it is all being filmed. But Dax knows all the rules of horror films, which he and his friends will need to survive. BLOOD FEST is a witty commentary on horror cinema as well as a non-stop gore-opera. This has everything: sly spoofs of classic horror scenes, zombies, chainsaw massacres, killer clowns, and jokes faster than an arterial spurt. Also, as promised, blood, more blood, and gratuitous slaughter. You’ll scream (and laugh) your head off, if it isn’t torn from you. —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:40 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:20 PM
American Independents Competition
Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and filmmaker. As a screenwriter he has written for Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, and many others. Egerton is also the host of public radio’s The Write Up, and the reading series One Page Salon.
Follow (2015)–CIFF 40, BLOOD FEST (2018)
Matt Hullum, Burnie Burns, Ryan P. Hall, Seth Caplan, Will Hyde, Ezra Venetos
Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman, Tate Donovan, Nick Rutherford, Chris Doubek, Zachary Levi