Horror shorts (inc. Buttgereit’s latest), Tele-Terror and more in Philadelphia!


The City of Brotherly Love is showing a lot of affection to horror this fall thanks to PhilaMOCA, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (531 N. 12th Street). This venue is hosting a bunch of frightful film events, among them the U.S. premiere of the latest by Jörg Buttgereit and a slew of made-for-TV chillers!

On Sunday, September 22, local filmmaker Matt Garrett (MORRIS COUNTY, BEATING HEARTS) presents Vivisections: International Horror Shorts Program Volume II, an assortment of shocking minimovies from around the world. Highlights include A MOMENT OF SILENCE AT THE GRAVE OF ED GEIN, a tribute to the notorious serial killer by NEKROMANTIK’s Buttgereit; a special sneak preview of INVOCATION, from master of disturbing stop-motion Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH!, THE SEPARATION); and the North American premiere of BASKIN, a Lovecraft-themed tale from TO MY MOTHER & FATHER’s Can Evrenol. Also on the bill, making their Philadelphia premieres, are Izzy Lee’s LEGITIMATE, Dave Wade’s CROPPED, Richard Powell’s WORM, Christoph Rainer’s FOAL and C#CKFIGHT by Julian Yuri Rodriguez (who will be in attendance). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30; tickets are $8.


PhilaMOCA is also hosting a number of events in conjunction with Exhumed Films and Cinedelphia.com, and the most exciting is October’s Tele-Terror Fest 2013, a six-day showcase of classic network horror movies from the 1970s. All of these films will be screened in 16mm; the lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973) and THE CAT CREATURE (1973)

Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.: BAD RONALD (1974) and CRAWLSPACE (1972)

Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.: Philadelphia native Paul Wendkos Night featuring THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BELL (1970) and TERROR ON THE BEACH (1973)

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.: HORROR AT 37,000 FEET (1973) and SPECTRE (1977)


Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.: DYING ROOM ONLY (1973), MOUSEY (1974) and Wes Craven’s STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE (1978)

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime; admission for each show is $12, with a full festival ticket available for $50. You can get ’em in advance here.

Exhumed, Cinedelphia and PhilaMOCA have more can’t-miss scary stuff in the coming weeks as well, including a double feature of THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL and HOMEBODIES this Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Dario Argento’s “animal trilogy” of THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, CAT O’NINE TAILS and FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, PhilaMOCA and Danger After Dark will present the city premiere of Frank Henenlotter’s documentary THAT’S SEXPLOITATION!, paired with Doris Wishman’s LET ME DIE A WOMAN, Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. And for those who cherish bad cinema, David A. and Ted Prior’s no-budget favorite DEADLY PREY will screen along with the Philly premiere of its new sequel DEADLIEST PREY Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. More info on all these can be found at PhilaMOCA’s official website.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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