Make your plans now for a full day of horror movies and music in October
Three years before the Chattanooga Film Festival changed the face of film in Chattanooga, the founders tried their hands at festival organizing and found it to be Frightening Ass. It was so Frightening Ass that they have brought it back every year since to scare the pants off of Chattanooga film fans with what is likely the most fun Halloween event in the city.
The Frightening Ass Film Festival returns on Oct. 29th with a full day of horror film and music sure to make you clench your balloon knot tight enough to slice a banana. The full schedule of films is below, each helpfully ranked by cheek to help you find the most Frightening Ass film your ass can handle.
• Beyond The Gates with special guest, director Jackson Stewart
This film is billed as an “adventure horror film that pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores and board games of the era.” It features a staple from a previous generation: the VHS board game. Like Jumanji for adults, the game links the nightmare world with our own and the brothers must try and save their father’s soul and risk losing theirs.
Frightening Ass Ranking: 3 cheeks.
• Found Footage 3D with special guest, director Steven DeGennaro
There are many of us that tire of the “found footage” genre, but Found Footage 3D seems to at least twist the familiar premise enough to engage the audience. Directed by Kim Henkel, co-director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the film follows a group of low budget filmmakers that accidentally free the monster from their film into their behind-the-scenes footage.
Frightening Ass Ranking: 1 ½ cheeks
• Carnival Of Souls
This classic 1962 horror film is essential viewing for any Halloween, and with the new 4k restoration, I can’t imagine why anyone would miss seeing this one. The film tells the story of a young Kansas woman who survives a drag race accident only to be haunted by a strange entity on her way to Salt Lake City. The film was meant to have “the look of Bergman and the feel of Cocteau” and succeeds through striking visuals and a haunting score. It’s a can’t-miss revitalization of a late-night classic.
Frightening Ass Ranking: 4 cheeks
• Phantasm: Ravager
This is the final installment of legendary filmmaker Don Coscarelli’s “Phantasm” series. While this film is the only one in the series not directed by Coscarelli, he acts as co-writer and producer on the production. Follow Mike and Jody as they battle the Tall Man one final time. It’s a film sure to please the fans of a series that began in 1979.
Frightening Ass Ranking: 2 cheeks
• Under The Shadow
Films like The Babadook and The Witch have captivated audiences worldwide and shown just how deep and magical horror film can be. Under the Shadow has been called a worthy successor to those films, gaining hype and popularity since its premier at Sundance 2016. The film takes audiences to a post-revolution Tehran during the 1980s, where a mysterious evil begins to haunt the home of a mother and daughter as they struggle to cope with the horrors of a changing Iran.
Frightening Ass Ranking: 5 cheeks
In addition to the terrifying on-screen tales, the Frightening Ass Film Festival brings music of Music Band and Deluxin’, a smattering of Frightening Ass Food Trucks (guaranteed to frighten your taste buds, not your bowels), spooky stand up featuring the comedians of the ever popular Ladie’s Night at the Cine-Rama, a horror themed art show that runs all day with artists from the Swine Gallery, a Shocking Ass Short Film Challenge for local filmmakers, and The Devilery Room, the Frightening Ass Film Festival’s first haunted house that’s “sure to make you soil your pants with terror and delight.”
For a full schedule of events and to buy a wristband, visit chattanooga-film-fest.myshopify.com
Every year, this festival gets larger and larger, shaking its hefty mass in the faces of other horror film festivals and inching ever closer to a full on Sir Mix-a-Lot invasion. It takes a lot to bring this much Frightening Ass to Chattanooga, which is why the folks at the Chattanooga Film Festival and the Cine-Rama are asking for donations to make this the best event yet.
Remember folks—the Chattanooga Film Festival, Cine-Rama, and the Frightening Ass Film Festival are all part of the same non-profit. They need as much help as they can so that they can bring great film to all of our asses. If you want to help, check out: gofundme.com/savehalloweenyall.
At the very least, buy your passes now. Support local film.