Thursday, March 21, 2019

Check Out The BoneBat Comedy Of Horrors Film Festival 2019 Lineup


Demons eating popcorn

It’s that time of year again. That time where, in Seattle anyway, a bunch of like-minded horror enthusiast weirdos spend 12 hours of a (possibly) lovely spring weekend day hunkered down inside like mole folk; drinking beer; and watching a ridiculous amount of strange, twisted, and otherwise warped movies. Yes, you guessed it, it’s the annual BoneBat Comedy of HorrorsFilm Festival.


Now in its ninth year delivering gore and guffaws, BoneBat is one of most unusual, entertaining, and straight-up odd film events on the film calendar. Mixing comedy and horror is often a dicey proposition—and for me, shorts are always a hit and miss endeavor—but the slate usually delivers more strikes than gutter balls.

The program includes features and blocks of shorts, as well as music, swag, and an epic raffle in which I’ve yet to win a damn thing (it’s become a running joke at this point). They also have a beer sponsor every year, so there are screaming deals on booze to lubricate the whole situation.

2019’s musical slate features frequent guests The Pine BoxBoys from San Francisco, who I’ve seen at least a couple of times at past fests.

This year, there’s only one feature, the Seattle premiere of Eat Local(s), a British vampire yarn from first-time director Jason Flemyng, who you may know as an actor in movies like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: First Class, and Spice World, among a billion others. It stars Billy Cook, Charlie Cox, Eve Myles, Freema Agyeman, Annette Crosbie, Tony Curran, and Dexter Fletcher.

Here’s a synopsis and trailer:
Facing difficult times and with their glory days long gone, the eight undisputed British vampire overlords gather up for their semi-centennial meeting. However, before the break of dawn, there will be blood. And corpses. Lots of them.


Beyond that feature, there are a whopping 47 shorts broken into various blocks that usually run roughly 90 minutes. I haven’t seen any of these, but most years they field an impressive mix. I’ve seen titles from dozens of countries, but there’s often a strong local contingent as well. There’s always a handful of bonkers animated selections. They run the gamut from clever and slick and scary as hell to cheap and schlocky and utterly ridiculous. Basically, whatever your genre tastes, BoneBat has you covered.

Here’s the full list of shorts:

"Welcome to the Comedy of Horrors", produced by Low Carb Comedy, directed by Zoran Gvojic, USA
"Real Witch Hours", produced and directed by Jason Hood, USA
"Midnight Delivery", produced by Isolation Pictures/Little Monster Media, directed by Nathan Crooker, USA
"The Kiter", produced by Atelier Superior d'Animation, directed by Lucie Andouche & Cécile Despretz, France
"Peeled Grapes", produced and directed by Daniel Hickey, USA (PNW)
"Turno De Noche", produced by Behind the Musgo, directed by Juanjo Avi, Spain
"Haunting the Haunted", produced by Green Sea Productions, directed by John Gigrich, USA
"Fix This Up! with Handyman Mike", produced by Cascadia Dread, directed by Brian Carlin, USA (PNW)
"What Metal Girls Are Into", produced by Out of Spite Productions, directed by Laurel Vail, USA
"Should You Meet A Lady In A Darkened Wood", produced by Royal College of Art, directed by Daniel Stankler, UK
"Keloid", produced and directed by Brendan Pollecutt, USA
Common Shiner's "Social Mediasochist", produced by Low Carb Comedy, directed by Zoran Gvojic, USA
"Don't Blink", produced by Double D, directed by Graceann Dorse, Nannette Deasy, USA
"Wild Love", produced by Ecole des Nouvelle Images, directed by Paul Autric, et al, France
"Rattle", produced by Central Time Zone Films, directed by Patrick Rea, USA
"Mr. Eckles", produced by Plain Sailing Films, directed by Jay Branagan, Ireland
"In Love", produced and directed by Candice Nachman, USA
"Night of the Living Trees", produced by Red 5, directed by Steven Chappell and Brian Glinski, USA (PNW)
"The Mime", produced by Dan Allen Films, directed by Dan Allen, UK
"Hot Dog Hands", produced and directed by Matt Reynolds, USA
"Huevos:, produced and directed by Adam Rosenberg, USA
"Keep The Gaslight Burning", produced by White Room Artifacts, LLC, directed by Lou Elsey, Dave Elsey, USA
The Accused AD's "Juego Terminado", produced by Black State Productions, directed by Jason Frost, USA
"Handjob Cabin", produced by Nice Piece, directed by Bennet Silverman, USA
"Special Day", produced by Ink Run/Spiral Pictures, directed by Teal Greyhavens, USA
"Third Wheel", produced by Vitamin Pictures, directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio, USA
"Mikus", produced by Midnight Video, directed by Todd Spence, USA
"The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds", produced by Shock Treatment Productions, directed by Anthony Cousins, USA
"Demon", produced and directed by Caleb Slain, USA
"My Monster", produced by Nihil Noctem, directed by Izzy Lee, USA
"Count Your Curses", produced by , directed by Lorène Yavo, Belgium
"Stay", produced by God Emperor David Productions, directed by David Mikalson, USA
"Laboratory Conditions", produced and directed by Jocelyn Stamat, MD, USA
"Social Mediasochist 2", produced by Low Carb Comedy, directed by Zoran Gvojic, USA
"@SelfieJunkie", produced by Frankenhuffer Productions, directed by Ty Huffer, USA (PNW)
"Baghead", produced by Long Shot Media, directed by Alberto Corredor Marina, UK
"The Procedure 2", produced by Travelling Distribution, directed by Calvin Lee Reeder, USA
"Hammer Down", produced by DanPasto.com, directed by Dan Pasto, USA
"Your Date is Here", produced by Midnight Video, directed by Todd Spence, USA
"Blood Shed", produced by Moranic Productions, directed by James Moran, UK
"The Vision or: The Goddamn Existential Crisis That Keeps Me Up At Night", produced and directed by Ryan Bright, Canada (PNW)
"Hang Up!", produced by Fatal Pictures/Red Sneakers Media, directed by Richard Powell, Canada
"Gwilliam's Tips For Turning Tricks Into Treats", produced and directed by Brian Lonano, USA
"A Robot is a Robot", produced by The Animation Workshop, directed by Emil Friis Ernst & Nilas Røpke Driessen, France
"Stop", produced by The Ubiquitous Studio 42, directed by Steven DeGennaro, USA
"Book Return", produced by One New Mess, directed by Jamie Gower, USA (PNW)
"Sound From the Deep", produced by Twisted Films, directed by Antti Laakso, Joonas Allonen, Finland


You can buy tickets for the BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival now through April 1 for $35. That price bumps to $40 after that. The event goes down Saturday, April 13 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, from 1:00pm to midnight. See you there! Or not. It’ll be dark, we’ll be watching movies, and I’ll be drunk, so…

For more info visit: www.bonehand.com

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