MADISON HORROR FILM FESTIVAL: Freaks, Film, and Fandom!
With both Terror Daves currently running amok in New England, we’re pleased to welcome the great Thomas Berdinski as our guest blogger! Mr. Berdinski directs, writes, and produces for The Cult of Moi and Vous Film Producioni Company LLC as well as runs a great site called The Italian Zombie Movie. If his name sounds familiar, that’s because Berdinski and his wonderful work is no stranger to TERROR FROM BETOND THE DAVES! Be sure to check out his wonderful GIANT RUBBER MONSTER MOVIE post HERE. Today, he’ll be sharing his own narrative of an exciting event that took place last weekend….
The Madison Horror Film Festival hosted by Bordello of Horror’s very own Freakshow and Sinister Seductress Stormy took place at the Market Square Cinema in Madison,Wisconsin on October 8th, 2011.
In addition to great independent short and feature films in the horror genre, the festival featured live appearances by the lovely Marlena Midnite and Robyn Graves of Midnite Mausoleum, pitchman Doctor Ivan Cryptosis and the hilarious Woody the Clown of Atomic Age Cinema. Surprise guests included the Count and Countess Gregula of Count Gregula’s Crypt who also joined in the fun.
Movie segments were introduced live (and with lots of humor) by Doctor Ivan Cryptosis, Marlena Midnite, Freakshow and Stormy, and via hilarious videos provided by Sally the Zombie Cheerleader, Pumpkin Man of Fright Night Theater, Roxsy Tyler of Roxsy Tyler’s Carnival of Horrors and Helena Hussy of Horror. Films included Christopher Mihm’s awesome “Attack of the Moon Zombies”, Corey Udler’s gruesome “Incest Death Squad 2” and Lucky McKee’s controversial “The Woman”.
Woody performed his fiery hoola hoop routine and kept everyone laughing throughout the event. Dr. Sigmund Zoid of Alternative Realities TV also participated via video, submitting a hilarious (and entirely unexpected) roast of one of the filmmakers in attendance, Thomas Berdinski, following the screening of his horror-comedy “The Italian Zombie Movie”. (The filmmaker later offered a free DVD to anyone who could find Zoid in the Vortexx and punch him in the nose…)
The festival included a special pre-party benefit for WYOU Television. The pre-party featured a performance of Berdinski’s latest film, “The Giant Rubber Monster Movie – Sascratch Versus Afrodesious”, which features cameos by many horror hosts including Marlena Midnite, Robyn Graves, Roxsy Tyler, the cast of Count Gregula’s Crypt and Dr. Sigmund Zoid. The crowd really enjoyed the flick (especially the horror host segments) which was presented live on the web by WYOU and hosted by Freakshow, Stormy and Woody.
Overall, this was an excellent event for horror hosts, indie filmmakers and horror fans alike. Everyone in attendance had a great time and the audience interacted with the filmmakers and horror hosts with appreciation and interest. We’re all looking forward to the next Madison Horror Film Festival!