WHAT: ShockFest Film Festival 2011
WHERE: Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, California
WHY: Horror is NOT dead, and Eli Roth confirms it
Text by Lizandro Melean @Lizandro_Melean
Photos by Greta Álvarez @Grets
Do you want blood? Do you want to know the sickest minds out there? We were in the right place to do so! Shockfest was a two day festival that occurred on the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood where we watched the best offerings of amateur horror filmmakers who want to kick hard the horror genre, but don’t have the place to do it. Guil Claveria, its director, has managed to make one of the best offerings of horror film festivals I have seen on the west coast with 5 editions under its machete.
On this fifth edition Claveria and his team of great psychopaths, paid homage to actor/director Eli Roth (Hostel, Inglorious Basterds), who were there to receive the Shocking Filmmaker of the Decade Award followed by a special screening of Cabin Fever commemorating its 10th anniversary.
What sets this festival aside from the rest is that it feels truly intimate and genuine. It gives a gold opportunity to a lot of new filmmakers to show their shorts to an audience for a reasonable fee and it gives the audience the chance to meet horror movie celebrities in a personal environment.
Although some of the offerings didn´t amuse me so much, I need to give the responsibles of this festival a reverence; they really love gore, guts and suspense, and if you love all this like I do, Shockfest is a treat for you. Also, we need to say that Girls And Corpses it’s one of the coolest magazines in California, which by the way was all over the place that night; it combines the best things in the world for a horror fanatic.
The entrance was a maze full of scare actors disguised as monsters with twists and screams in every corner, a major Halloween attraction like the ones showed every year in Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, but unexpected. A good starter for the rest of the night.
After we walked out of the maze, the red carpet was there. Celebrities like Sid Haig (House of a 1000 Corpses’s Captain Spaulding), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers 2.0), Derek Mears (Jason in the Friday The 13th reboot) and DJ Quals, who made that movie with Tom Green called Road Trip, also received an award for his career in comedy films on the Mockfest (a part of the festival dedicated to comedies and mockumentaries).
In this humorous part of the event we watched an indie canadian flick called Running Mates which you need to find ASAP. It’s one of those comedies that happens to be better than most comedies that are out there in the theaters and it has a heart of its own. It won the Best comedy of the Year Award on the Mockfest.
Then, it was saturday night, and the cherry of this zombielicious ice cream appeared: Eli Roth, who was there for the cameras and for the fans. Inside the theater he even did a live commentary, like the ones included in any DVD, in a moment where the Cabin Fever screening was lacking audio, it was priceless. Roth also mentioned, just after he received the award, how studios are still saying that horror is dead while movies like Paranormal Activity 3 are breaking box office records worldwide.
After the screening, the bloodbath continued in Hollywood’s Hard Rock Café where the Shockfest awards were given to the best shorts and feature films of the year. The Houses October Built was the best short film and Ritual took home Best Videoclip, Sexiest Sweetheart (Windy West) and the Monster Award (Greg Joseph).
We’re anxious already for Shockfest 2012.