A Cryptid Crypt Special Report!
As regular readers know, I frequently recommend to check regularly with your local cinemas, and support as many genre events as possible. Not only does it let them know that genre films are lucrative programming, but this also usually gives you a chance to catch local filmmaking as well. Recently, The Rio Theater in Vancouver BC, hosted the Rio Grind Film Festival, an all Genre Film fest. If I had my way, I would have been there every night. Friday night I took in Suburban Gothic (Yaaaaaaay! Kat Dennings!), and the BC premier of the ABCs of Death 2. Saturday I was not able to attend, as I was taking part in the filming of a new documentary about our favorite Lowermainland Haunt, Netherworld Collectibles! The film is called Retail of the Darkest Kind, and I’ll likely be posting the trailer soon. Sunday nights lineup really only had 1 film that interested me, and that was the Braden Croft directed Feed The Gods.
Right off the bat, I make ZERO apologies for the fact that I will not tell you details about anything not seen in the trailer. Its a new film, a good film, and it deserves to be seen for yourself. What I WILL tell you is that the plot involves two brothers and one fiance traveling to a mysterious, isolated mountain town to track down their roots, but what they find is that the sleepy mountain town is hiding secrets, and the biggest secret of all is stalking them from the woods. Sasquatch-ploitation is definetly becoming a buzzword in the Horror genre. Lost Coast Tapes, Bigfoot County, Willow Creek, and the upcoming Exists each make use of the Found Footage format, while Feed The Gods takes a traditional narrative approach. It may sound insignificant, but this was a HUGE breath of fresh air to me. The story is original, giving us just enough mythology to wonder about events that have come before and what events could still to come…or in Producer-speak, rife with sequel and prequel opportunity. The cinematography is tight, the acting is solid, and this becomes all the more impressive when considering how small the budget was. Ever heard of a shoestring budget? By all accounts, this was even thinner…like one of those super skinny shoelaces in dress shoes, where you almost need tweezers to tie ’em, and you feel like you’ll snap em if you pull to hard and you’re all like “What even IS this?”. Yeah. THAT’s how small the budget is. Also, I’ve had lots of sugar. Fuck. Go watch this movie!