Red River is excited to announce coverage from the 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival (ARFF)! Now in its sixth year, ARFF has been home to some exciting horror programming and networking in the past. It is currently ranked number two on FilmFreeway.com’s “Top 100 Reviewed Festivals.” After five years of dazzling indie film fans and filmmakers, this year’s fest is positioned to be the best yet.
Red River contributor, An Ounce of Blood reviewer and native Texan Michael Bird will be on the scene at ARFF. He’ll be providing reviews and talking to some of the filmmakers in attendance. You can follow along at the Red River Facebook page, or using #ARFF2017 on your favorite social site.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for the horror fan on Friday, September 22, 2017.
DoubleTree Austin Oakwood A B Screenings: The blood starts to splatter at 11:00 a.m. on Friday with screenings of Frazier Park Recut and Evil Rising. Later that evening, catch the feature It Knows at 9:30 p.m., followed by the “Late Night Nutters” block at 11:30 p.m., featuring: Art of Obsession, I Love You So Much it’s Killing Them and Lurking Man (trailer). As part of “Nutters” block, viewers get a bit of Canadian Whiskey.
At 11:00 a.m., see a block of flicks written and produced by high school students aptly titled “Varsity Films.” The notable horror entry is Room 701. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. is the “Friday Thrillers,” with A Family Spirit, Burn the River Down and the world-premiere of Repercussion. “Blood in Bat City” is the Friday finale for the University Hall screenings, featuring Prepare to Die, Curse of the Fur Beast and Brian Childs’ Hell of a Night. Those watching the “Bat City” block get a touch of Texas Tequila.
Hop in Christine and head to “A Bloody Night Out” at the drive-in. The roster is chock-full of indie horror goodies beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday. Catch an encore screening from last year’s ARFF smah-hit Born Again, and the highly-anticipated The Babysitter Murders.
Film Titles with Synopses from ARFF website:
- What’s For Dinner – A man’s quiet night home alone is completely ruined when he has a close encounter with an escaped cannibal psycho with terrible manners and extremely poor communication skills.
- Death Metal – A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.
- Let The Bodies Hit The Floor – Everything spirals out of control as two young woman struggle to keep a dead body out of sight. This film was made as part of the OKC 48hr Film Project.
- Born Again – When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they’re left to deal with the decidedly holy s*** consequences. “Worst. Satanists. Ever.”
- The Corner – As far as babysitting jobs went, this one was about as routine as it gets. The kids were fed, the teeth were brushed, the bedtime stories were read, and the “Just five more minutes??” requests were hushed. But when Joli finally sat down for some quiet time in front of the television things didn’t get dull… they got deadly.
- The Babysitter Murders – A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out… Or do you?
- Justice Served – A Twilight Zone style short film about a man on trial for a crime.
- Puppy – After a string of bad dates Brian looks to change his luck by adopting an adorable pup. The pup works better than he could have imagined. But will his dates live long enough for him to reach second base?
- Fun – Anna and Ellery discover different interpretations of the word “fun”.
- Santaland – A confident high school boy and a hesitant varsity athlete park in the woods for a secret hook-up only to discover they are being hunted by a killer who resides in Santaland, the amusement park down the road. Tyler drives Riley to the woods beside to Santaland for a post-game makeout sesh. The only problem? He fails to mention that they’re parked next to a crime scene. Riley wants out, but it may be too late – all hell breaks loose when a blood-soaked cheerleader comes crashing through the brush screaming for help. All Tyler wanted was to make sure no one found them, and now if he isn’t careful, Santa might make sure he gets his wish. You better watch out. This Christmas, everyone’s on the naughty list.
- Subculture – In SUBCULTURE, psychiatric session turns in a very twisted direction. A woman, Ivy, leads a man named Julius into a dungeon intent on quenching his every desire. Inside the dungeon, he meets some interesting people who become hell bent on impeding his quest for satisfaction. In the end, Julius finds himself in an existential crisis of his own making.
- Alfred J. Hemlock – When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock
- Mauvaises Tetes – Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads) is a horror film / dark comedy in the spirit of classic MGM and Universal horror from the 1920s/30s. It tells the story of an odd woman, Jenny, who loses her mind in the search for love and decides to create her own lover.
- The Bulleteers – When a quirky but deadly outlaw returns to town, it’s up to a masked hero to gather a group of misfits to save the townspeople from the wrath of Todd.
Don’t miss an exciting Friday filled with horror! Purchase tickets for single events/screenings, a Friday Full Day Pass ($30) or a Combo Badge including both Friday and Saturday ($50). Buy now at http://www.austinrevolution.com/p/buytickets.