Spooky Film Fest: A Slashing Good Time

Sunday, October 7, 2007

For a mere $20, you can see 26 short- and feature-length horror movies this coming weekend.

This bloodlustful deal is brought to you by the second annual Spooky Movie Film Festival at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax. The festival starts Friday with a grindhouse feature (two films and four shorts) and will end Oct. 14 with the U.S. theatrical premiere of the Japanese film "Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman."

"It's an unbelievably troubling movie," says Curtis Prather, 40, the festival's founder. "It's not nearly as gory as the title suggests. But, man, it's disturbing."

The highlight of the schedule surely will be Saturday's 11:50 p.m. showing of "Der Golem," a 1920 silent movie. Baltimore musician Bobogolem will provide a live score, playing upright bass, banjo, violin and theremin, among other instruments.

Films by local talent include "The Dollhouse," "Blood Bound" and "Werewolf on PCP." With titles like those, how can you resist?

-- Dan Zak

Cinema Arts Theatre, 9650 Main St., Fairfax. $8-$10, all-festival pass $20. 703-978-6991. For details, visit http://www.thespookymovie.com.

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