Spring has officially sprung in Seattle, so what better way to spend a (potentially) lovely weekend day than by sitting in the darkness of a movie theater watching horror movies with a bunch of weirdos? Yes, it’s that time of year again, time for the BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival. Year after year, it's definitely one of the most unique and entertaining film events in town.
If you’re familiar with BoneBat, the 2018 rendition (the eighth) doesn’t deviate much from the formula. There are two feature films, multiple blocks of shorts, and live music sprinkled in between. And probably a massive raffle in which, once again, I will win absolutely nothing. (Though Steve and Gord, the hosts of the BoneBat podcast who put on the fest, did take pity on me one year and sent me book!)
This year, the features include the Seattle debut of Another Wolf Cop, because you can never have enough Wolf Cop…
…And Double Date.
As per usual, BoneBat's shorts program collects guts, gore, and guffaws from all around the globe. Some will be great, others not so much, but you know what, no matter how you feel, they’re short! Check out the lineup.
"Zombie Apocalypse", directed by James Fox, UK
"Ducko", from Nuisance Barking Productions, directed by Demitra Papadinis, USA"Attack of the Handface People", from TBR Video, directed by Todd Redenius, USA (PNW)"Less Than Human", from The Animation Workshop, directed by Steffen Bang Lindholm, Denmark
"Viola Vs. The Vampire King", from FlubberBoys, directed by Kevin Fermini, USA
"Deep Sleeper", from Frankenhuffer Prod., directed by Ty Huffer, USA (PNW)"Ghosted", directed by Sevgi Isabel Cacina, USA
"She's All Wet", from Problem Attic Productions, directed by Jonothon Mitchell, USA"Alphabet", from Negative Art Studio, directed by Kianoush Abedi, Iran
"The Party", from Cascadia Dread, directed by Christopher C. Wyatt, USA (PNW)
"M.A.M.O.N." from Promofest and Aparato, directed by Alejandra Damiani, Uruguay"BEC", directed by Tony Morales, Spain
"The Call of Charlie" from Chirp Films, directed by Nick Spooner, USA"Pull", from TBR Video, directed by Todd Redenius, USA (PNW)"Count Calcula", from LowCarbComedy.com, directed by Zoran Gjovic, USA"Turn Left", from Big Hair Films, directed by Bob Pipe, UK"Don't Fuck With England", written and directed by Rocket Ear, USA
"Hangover Food", from Deadline Films UK, directed by Ross McGowan, UK
"Eggs, Zombies, and Bacon" from University of Southern California, directed by Sherry Y. Shi, USA
"EMIKO", from Next Floor Entertainment, directed by Justin Robert Vinall, USA (PNW)"Mombie", from Sequential Pictures, directed by NT Bullock, USA
"The Gift of the Woods", from Something's Awry, directed by Kris & Kurtis Theorin, USA
"Lunch Ladies", from Clarissa Jacobson Productions, directed by J.M. Logan, USA
"H.B.", directed by Gaspar Palacio, France
"Evströnger" from Yaq Distribution, directed by Silvia Conesa, Spain
"Akado", from Max Volo Films, directed by Kim Belov, Russian Federation
"For A Good Time, Call...", from Nihil Noctem Pictures, directed by Izzy Lee, USA"Inside the House", from Daisy Dukes Films, directed by Jennifer Bonior and Dycee Wildman, USA"Seven Minutes", from Brawler Pictures, directed by Katie White, USA
"I am Not the Devil", from Image Cleaver Productions, directed by Samuel Smith, UK"Heavy Flow", from Cute Meat Films, directed by Thom Harp, USA
"Timber", from Pret a Tourner, directed by Nils Hedinger, Switzerland
"Termitator", Gore Addict Prod., directed by Camille Monette, Roxane De Koninck & Keenan Poloncsak, Canada
"Time Chicken", from Nick Animates.com, directed by Nick Black, UK
"They Will All Die In Space", from Misterio Productions, directed by Javier Chillon, USA"Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness", from Something's Awry, directed by Kris & Kurtis Theorin, USA
"Phantom Physicist of the Opera" from LowCarbComedy.com, directed by Zoran Gjovic, USA"NightmARes", directed by James Mansell, UK
"Holiday Fear", from BullMoose Pictures, directed by Nicholas Santos, USA
"SockMonster", from Three Tales Productions, directed by Wesley Alley, USA
"Winston", from Promofest and CalArts, directed by Aram Sarkisian, USA
"Mulva Lends a Hand", from Cute Meat Films, directed by Thom Harp, USA
"Mouse", from Elo Films, directed by Celine Held and Logan George, USA"BFF Girls", directed by Brian Lonano, USA
"Happy Anniversary", from The London Film School, directed by Mark Kuczewski, UK
"We Summoned A Demon", from Garth Manor Cinema, directed by Chris McInroy, USA
And on the musical side of things, Ellensburg’s Devilwood will take the stage and provide the tunes. I’m not personally familiar with the group, but according to one description they play “psychedelic Americana and blood-crazed hippy blues.” Make of that what you will.
And there will be beer. There’s always beer. One of BoneBat's sponsors is always a local brewery, so there’s usually a screaming deal on suds. And as we all know, beer makes everything better.
Now to the details. The BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival 2018 goes down on Saturday, April 14 starting at 1 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Which isn’t bad considering everything involved and that it runs until midnight. That works out to $3.18 an hour ($3.64 if you wait to buy tickets). Either way, that ain’t bad.