Aliens to Zombies showcased at 2013 International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
It’s film festival time again in the Valley of the Sun and this year the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival (affectionately known as the IHSFFF) is once again teaming up with the Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) for a cinematic celebration of Cyclopean capacity.
The 2013 IHSFFF will have guests that include Teller (the silent side of the Penn & Teller magic duo), producer Peter Block of “Saw” fame and the alluring actress Meg Foster from the classic Sci-Fi film “They Live” (so bring your alien filtering sunglasses.)
The fun starts on April 4 and runs through April 11, but some of the screenings are one-shots, so pay close attention to the Festival schedule. Here is a rundown of some of the great genre themed films being showcased (content from the Festival’s website schedule.)
Play Dead (with Teller) – 7:20 PM, Fri, Apr 05
Famed silent magician Teller of Penn&Teller and Coney Island showman Todd Robbins thrill and delight a live audience with gory ghastly spectacles surrounding real-life killers and psychic pranksters in this dramatic recording of their off-Broadway show PLAY DEAD, recorded live at The Players Theatre on Manhattan’s historic MacDougal street. Expect brutal onstage beatings, nubile nudity, and chunks of the show performed in absolute darkness. Even the exit signs go off! Be welcome, and BEWARE!
Saw (with Peter Block) – 7:35 PM, Fri, Apr 05
Screening of the original Saw film with executive producer Peter Block in attendance. Peter Block is FEARnet’s President and General Manager, a role that puts him in charge of overseeing all aspects of the company, including its Cable TV Channel, free VOD movie service, and industry-leading website, FEARnet.com. Would you die to live? That’s what two men, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Gordon (Cary Elwes), have to ask themselves when they’re paired up in a deadly situation. Abducted by a serial killer, they’re both holed up in a prison constructed with such ingenuity that they may not be able to escape before their captor decides it’s time to dismantle their bodies in his signature way. Attempting to break free may kill them too, but staying definitely will.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (with Paul Bunnell & Will Keenan)
9:25 PM, Fri, Apr 05
9:00 PM, Wed, Apr 10
Shot on black-and-white Kodak film stock, Paul Bunnell’s 1950s throwback dials up the weirdness of the already surreal genre of sci-fi B movies with showstopping musical numbers, over-the-top dialogue, and hilariously hokey special effects. Banished to Earth for intergalactic juvenile delinquency, Johnny X and his gang of Ghastly Ones set off in search of a piece of alien technology that could change the fate of the universe forever—the so-called “resurrection suit.” Soon, the extraterrestrial nogoodniks are embroiled in a wacky scheme involving a femme fatale named Bliss, a shifty concert promoter with schemes of his own, and a recently deceased musician who won’t let a little decomposition stop him from rocking. *Director Paul Bunnell, Composer Ego Plum & Aaron Ball (Mr. Projector) will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A on Friday April 4th. They will have a limited number of Johnny X posters to give away. *Star Will Keenan (Johnny X) will be in attendance on Wednesday April 10th.
9:35 PM, Fri, Apr 05
9:00 PM, Mon, Apr 08
An undercover agent is assigned by his corrupt chief to infiltrate a rival department and sabotage their investigation of counterfeit currency. What he discovers is the counterfeiter’s real plan. To overthrow the capital. Not by flooding it with funny money, but with an army of undead.
Kiss of the Damned
10:00 PM, Fri, Apr 05
9:00 PM, Tue, Apr 09
Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…
Gamera vs. Guiron – 3:30 PM, Sat, Apr 06
Aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them. Released in the U.S. as Attack of the Monsters, it is a 1969 kaiju (“monster”) genre film, the fifth entry in the original Gamera series. It was one of five Gamera films to be featured as episodes of movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Da Vinci’s Demons (Presented by STARZ) – 5:15 PM, Sat, Apr 06
In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. Leonardo Da Vinci is tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He finds himself in a conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by opposing forces – luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most. His quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing, but Da Vinci’s genius prevails and he emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light. His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future.
.357 – Six Bullets for Revenge – 7:25 PM, Sat, Apr 06
On her wedding night, Jade wakes up holding the hand of her dead husband after she narrowly survived a murder attempt by the criminal family she fled from only weeks before. After pawning her wedding ring for a 357 Magnum she tries to kill a member of the family and botches the attempt. However, a Vietnam Veteran called The Hammer, comes to her aid and finishes the kill, saving her life. Over the next year, Hammer trains her to be a methodical assassin and on her wedding anniversary each member of the family will pay for their sins as she hunts them down with six bullets marked for revenge.
They Live (with Meg Foster) – 7:30 PM, Sat, Apr 06
They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They Live. Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this heart-pounding thriller. Aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity’s last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery : a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth. Meg Foster will be participating in a post-screening Q&A and then will be doing an autograph signing.
Errors of the Human Body – 9:50 PM, Sat, Apr 06
Seeking a new laboratory to pursue his controversial genetic research, Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at the world-renowned Institute for Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in wintry Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most top-secret project – a human regeneration gene – has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But when he uncovers a conspiracy amongst his colleagues, he finds instead something quite different: a terrifying new virus, with potentially devastating consequences for humanity – and for Geoff, who is not only its first victim, but its unwitting source.
Kon-Tiki – 4:35 PM, Sun, Apr 07
The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.