With a terrifyingly large amount of content on the festival schedule, how does a horror fan make sense of Buried Alive’s madness? It doesn’t take a scientist like Dr. Frankenstein to dissect.
A total of nine new horror films help occupy Buried Alive’s docket. Among them are a pair of films that freaked out audiences at South by Southwest in March. Director Bobby Miller’s “The Master Cleanse,” the story of a spiritual retreat with a dark side, stars Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston. “Another Evil,” a horror comedy about an exorcism taking place in a family’s vacation home, comes from director Carson D. Mell. Others on the schedule include the vampire flick “The Night Watchmen,” the gloomy future found in “Here Alone,” and “Found Footage 3D.”
On Nov. 19, Brian DePalma’s “Carrie,” starring Sissy Spacek, William Katt and Amy Irving, gets a 40th anniversary screening. It will be shown boasting a new 4K restoration. Before the movie, the acclaimed Blast Off Burlesque troupe resurrects its TabooLaLa event, which skewers the movie in question with a stage show. A “Carrie”-themed photo op display will be in the lobby, and a senior prom costume contest takes the stage. Java Lords, the neighboring coffee house and bar, pours Bloody Carrie cocktails for the occasion.
The Peach State has serious horror cred, and a couple of features from Georgia filmmakers may thrill Buried Alive audiences. Director James Bickert’s “Frankenstein Created Bikers,” a blast of exploitation horror shot in 35 mm, appropriately lands the midnight slot on Nov. 18. Amphibious werewolves howl in “Bad Blood: The Movie.” Directed by Tim Reis, the film closes out Buried Alive on Nov. 20.
More than six dozen short films get presented in several batches. Expect movies such as "The Bulb," which melds alien phenomena with public access TV; the Atlanta premiere of director Jill Gevargizian's "The Stylist"; and Finnish animator Tomi Malakias' "VooDoo Rights." If you missed the Atlanta premiere of "Spring Break Zombie Massacre," co-written by and starring Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, it returns as part of Buried Alive.
This filmmaking challenge debuts at Buried Alive 2016. On Nov. 1, 12 teams were given 13 days to make a short horror film. Each team had to base its respective flick on a randomly selected horror subgenre from slasher to supernatural. The results kick off the festival, and will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 16.
Buried Alive Film Fest
Nov. 16-20. $120 five-day pass; $36 day pass Nov. 18; $55 day pass Nov. 19; $45 day pass Nov. 20. $10 Sinema Challenge Nov. 16; $12 per program block for the other parts of the film fest. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. buriedalivefilmfest.com.