As a response to the widespread canceling of festivals due to COVID-19 the organizers of the Boston Underground Film Festival (MA), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (NY), North Bend Film Festival (WA), The Overlook Film Festival (LA), and Popcorn Frights Film Festival (FL) have joined forces under the banner of NIGHTSTREAM. You can read the full details here, but it means they’ve created a virtual festival running from October 8th to the 11th with the proceeds to go to the filmmakers and assorted charities.
I’ve covered a couple of the organizing festivals before so I knew to expect quality films. I’ve already covered a few of the picks such as Bleed With Me, May the Devil Take You Too, Climate of the Hunter, and The Queen of Black Magic and they just confirmed my expectations. The lineup also includes the likes of…
THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON
United States | 2019 | 104 Min.
Dir. Ali LeroiDirector Ali Leroi and screenwriter Stanley Kalu present one of the best and most radical uses of the time loop narrative device in the story of a gay black teenager forced to continuously relive May 28th, a date in which, no matter what he does differently, Tunde Johnson finds himself unarmed and shot by the police at the end of the day.
AN UNQUIET GRAVE
USA | 2020 | 72 Min.
Dir. Terence KreyUnable to come to terms with the death of his wife, a man and his sister-in-law return to the scene of the car accident to perform an ill-fated ritual in this two-handed chamber horror that terrifyingly shines a light on the dangers of extreme grief: unrelenting desperation, loss of self and the evil that exists in our darkest moments of despair.
North American Premiere
Australia, USA | 2020 | 95 Min.
Dir. Alister GriersonIn this relentlessly energetic, pitch-black horror-comedy, an ex-bank robber fleeing the country after a video of him goes viral, heads to Helsinki only to find there’s something in store for him there that is much more difficult to escape.
There’s also a Retro lineup and an assortment of panels, podcasts, and other special events. The full listing is here and the schedule is here. They also have a Facebook page you can check out. I’ll be covering Nightstream so watch for the reviews starting shortly.