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
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, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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