Feature Films

A Zombie Invasion

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A Zombie Invasion

Written by Brendan Vogel; Directed by Matt Green; Produced by Robert Pralgo

The inhabitants of a small town and it’s very popular diner have to fend off a nasty infestation of hungry zombies.

Rock Jocks

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Rock Jocks

Written/Directed by Paul V. Seetachitt; Produced by Sheri Bryant & Craig Lew

Gamers.  Geeks.  Heroes.

A group of dysfunctional government employees find themselves responsible for shooting down asteroids that are headed for earth. The cast includes Felicia Day, Jason Mewes, Doug Jones, Robert Picardo, and Garrett Wang

Blood Fare

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Blood Fare

Written/Directed/Produced by J.A. Steel

Corporal Henry Trout fought valiantly in the forgotten skirmish of the Lethe Confluence during the Civil War. The year was 1861. In 2011, he will come face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood begins. Tyler and her brother Chad, Henry’s fifth generation grandchildren, will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred. Starring Gil Gerard.

86 min.

Backyard Blockbusters

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Backyard Blockbusters

Written/Directed/Produced by John E. Hudgens

For years, people have been making home movies, many times using pop culture properties that they may not own, but love. In recent years, these types of projects have come to be known as “fanfilms.” Backyard Blockbusters looks at the history and influence of the fanfilm genre, as well as the copyright and fair use problems these films create, featuring highlights from and interviews with the creators of many popular films.

119 min

Zero Killed

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Directed/Written/Produced by Michal Kosakowski

Zero Killed delves into the minds of seemingly average people who agree to participate in video dramatizations of their darkest desires to murder another human being. This documentary revisits the horror through interviews with these would-be-killers and clips of the dramatizations made ten years before. Zero Killed depicts how violence takes place on both camera and in our minds.

80 min

Strange Frame: Love & Sax

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Written by GB Hajim & Shelley Doty; Directed/Produced by GB Hajim

Parker, a saxophonist, leaves a comfortable life to play music in the dangerous Ganymede City. During a riot against slavery, debt slave, Naia, rescues Parker from one of the regime’s thugs. They fall fast in love and form a band. Naia is soon discovered by a talent agent, and Parker is tossed aside. What is every performer’s dream soon turns into a living Hell as Naia is enslaved again, this time by stardom. Parker must risk everything to rescue her.

An animated, sci-fi, lesbian, musical of debt slaves, spaceships, and saxophones.
The amazing cast includes Juliet Landau, Tim Curry, Claudia Black, Ron Glass, Tara Strong, Cree Summer, Alan Tudyk, Claudia Christian, Michael Dorn, and George Takei

Watch the trailer.

98 min

Re: Play-Girls

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Directed/Written by Yuki Saito

Michi, a high school girl with a seemingly perfect life—loving parents, popularity, average grades—one day finds herself wanting to end her own life. When Michi reveals a big secret to her best friend, Haruna, she is betrayed by her. The one person she has trusted most has turned on her and Michi becomes the target of bullies at school. Blinded by her agony and hurt, Michi stumbles onto a suicide chat room where she exchanges stories with others in similar situations. After spending time on the site she is asked “Would you like to replay?” Michi impulsively presses “yes” which catapults her on a quest to her own death in the suicide game, “Re: Play-Girls.”

Watch the trailer.

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94 min

Nailbiter

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Written by Kendal Sinn; Directed by Patrick Rea; Produced by Aaron Laue, Patrick Rea, Ryan S. Jones, Hanuman Brown-Eagle, Kendal Sinn

It all begins with a trip to pick up daddy from the airport. On the way, things take a … bad turn, and the Maguire family is trapped while fleeing a tornado. They believe they’re all alone in that storm cellar. They aren’t. And whatever is in there with them means to take them one at a time.

Watch the trailer.

82 min

The Millennium Bug

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Written/Directed by Kenneth Cran; Produced by James Cran & Kenneth Cran

On New Year’s Eve 1999, Byron Haskin takes his new wife and teenage daughter camping in the mountains, hoping to escape any Y2K madness. But madness finds them in the form of the inbred hillbilly Crawford clan, who abduct the Haskins to refresh their stagnant gene pool. Bloody carnage between the families ensues, but no one is expecting the monstrous horror hibernating beneath the forest floor. Unseen for 1,000 years, this Millennium Bug is hungry… and December 31st just happens to be its birthday.

88 min

Disabled But Able To Rock!

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Directed by Blake Myers; Produced by Blake Myers, Mark Wynns, & Takuro Masuda

Meet Danger Woman, the Songbird of Justice that fights against the Tri-Phobes: Homophobia, Race-ophobia, and Disable-phobia. Her Karaoke singing destroys her enemies while delighting fans and a curious public. This character study follows her over a 13-year period and reveals a single woman’s struggle with autism, a tragic family history, and societal stigmas both real and imagined that paint the picture of a person that just wants to be perceived as normal.

80 min

You Should Meet My Son

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Written/Directed/Produced by Keith Hartman

A fish out of water comedy about a conservative southern mother who discovers her only son is gay. Determined he won’t go through life alone, she sets out to find her a son a husband.

86 min

Some Guy Who Kills People

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Written/Produced by Ryan Levin; Directed by Jack Perez

Ken Boyd, fresh out of the loony bin, has returned to his small town, where he lives with his mother (Karen Black) and works at the ice cream parlor. When not scooping ice cream or dealing with his mom’s insults, he’s out seeking revenge on those he deems responsible for his miserable life. However, carrying out his plan becomes more difficult when his estranged daughter shows up, eager to get to know her father. Further complicating matters is the Town Sheriff (Barry Bostwick), who is hot on Ken’s trail, and sleeping with Ken’s mom. Executive produced by John Landis.

97 min

Pushin’ Up Daisies

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Written by Patrick Franklin, Robert Wagstaff; Directed by Patrick Franklin; Produced by Patrick Franklin, Andy Rusk

Darren, a fearless, but inept, young filmmaker, returns to his small Georgia hometown to make a documentary about flowers and their significance at the major stages of human life: birth, death, marriage, etc. By shadowing his older brother Rusty, who delivers flowers for a living, Darren hopes to capture raw truth and reality. But, Rusty has no desire to be filmed, and finding a professional crew in Tokyo, Georgia is no easy task. Yet, Darren soon finds that these are the least of his problems when zombies (yes, zombies!) begin taking over the world and threatening his artistic vision. Nevertheless, Darren is not one to give up easily; he vows to finish his documentary as he envisioned it, by filming around the zombies and pretending that nothing out of the ordinary is actually happening.

86 Min

Horrible Turn

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Written by Chance McClain, Frank Bullington; Directed by Chance McClain, Kevin Ryan; Produced by Chance McClain, Joey Wright, Kevin Ryan, Tony Moles, Frank Bullington

Set sometime in the 1990s, Horrible Turn serves as an unofficial prequel to the 2008 Internet sensation, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (Joss Whedon). Billy Buddy is a geeky, socially awkward whiz kid with lofty ambitions of changing the world…for the better. His dreams of living happily ever after with his Aussie dream girl, Katie Kitty, are jeopardized when a group of super-villains calling themselves the ‘Evil League of Evil’ threaten to attack the school. Billy must reluctantly recruit his brash and self-absorbed schoolmate, Kenny Hammerstein, to help derail the terrorists’ evil plots. Horrible turn is a comedy/musical chronicling the transformation of the innocent, naive Billy Buddy into the low-rent, hard-luck bad-guy, Dr. Horrible.

62 min

Doctor “S” Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie

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Written by Bryan Ortiz, Evan Boston, James Hartz; Directed by Bryan Ortiz; Produced by Bryan Ortiz, Michael Druck

In a quiet American town a small group of scientists have unwittingly unleashed a horrible force.

Mary Jane, the all American sweetheart, parks on Make Out Hill with her boyfriend Billy. He smokes some reefer and is suddenly transformed into a sex- crazed reefer zombie.  That’s right: A sex-crazed reefer zombie. Just as Billy lunges forward he is pulled out of the car and destoryed. Mary Jane looks at her brutal savior, Dr. S.

Dr S. battles his way back to the city vowing to set things right, while dragging Mary Jane behind him.

What follows is a blood-soaked, fight-filled, extravaganza of pain, gore, and butchery that will bring an uncertain end for Crystal Oaks and the world as we know it.

80 min

Born of Hope

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Written by Paula DiSante; Directed/Produced by Kate Madison

Born of Hope is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. This hour long original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by the appendices Tolkien wrote for The Lord of the Rings, we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history, struggling for survival in a lonely wilderness as a dark force bends its will toward their destruction.

71 min

As Good As Dead

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Directed/Written by Douglas Raymond; Produced by Matthew Garvin

Drew’s luck seems to be turning when he inexplicably lands a prom date with the head cheerleader. Upon arriving at the dance, however, he finds his ex with the bully that beats him up every day, and gets shoved into a locker for his troubles. This turns into Drew’s salvation, however, when an evil tiara turns his date into a life-sucking bitch from hell, who decimates prom and raises her victims as a zombie army. Now, the only people left to fight are Drew’s hopelessly geeky friends, and their sketchy allies: the only people who didn’t go to the dance.

100 min

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Marebito, Ju-on, Spider Forest, Starship II, and Shadows Light

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The DCI Film Festival 2005 offered five feature screenings.  Two were the hottest new Asian films—the Lovecraftian J-horror Marebito, from the director of Ju-on, and the Korean supernatural thriller Spider Forest.  We also had test screenings of the comedy Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses and the bloody God of Vampires.  Finally, late night we offered Shadows Light, a tale of exorcism, demons, and a djinni.

Strange Aeons, The Thing on the Doorstep

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Directed by Eric Morgret, Written by K.L. Young.

The halls of Miskatonic University have echoed for many years with the footsteps of some of society’s most vile trespassers. From Herbert West, ReAnimator, to Crawford Tillinghast’s horrors From Beyond, the school has certainly seen its share of evil.  But now a new student walks these halls, and her very presence threatens to unravel the fabric of sanity itself.

Dan Upton is a professor of Primitive Religions at Miskatonic and Edward Derby is his protégé.  Enter Asenath Waite, the daughter of Upton’s former mentor.  Asenath shares her father’s thirst for arcane knowledge, and an even darker gift.

When Edward is taken, body and mind by Asenath, Upton must resort to the blackest magic in order to save his friend, his family, and even himself. But the Dark Arts exact a heavy toll. What must Upton sacrifice to save those closest to him?

It will screen as part of our Sunday Late Night H.P. Lovecraft Fest, at 1:30 AM in the Learning Center.

The Maid

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Written & directed by Kelvin Tong

Legend has it during the Seventh month on the Chinese calendar, the gates of hell open and the dead rise to walk the Earth. There are rules people must follow for 30 days in order to survive. Break them and you face the haunting consequences of your actions.

Rosa (Alessandra de Rossi) arrives in Singapore to work as a domestic maid. Naïve and innocent, she is a non-believer in the supernatural world and ultimately breaks the rules, one by one. Now she will understand that the spirits should never be disturbed.

The Maid is writer/director Kelvin Tong’s first horror film and stars award-winning Italian-Filipino actress Alessandra de Rossi, who has won two FAMAS Best Supporting Actress awards at the Metro Manila Filmfest. She also earned a Best Actress Award at the Gawad Urian Awards for her role in the film Mga Munting Tinig (Small Voices), which was the Philippines’ official entry at the 75th Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.


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