Much to the dismay of many procrastinating horror hounds, tickets for the fifth annual installment of Exhumed Films‘ 24 Hour Horror-Thon sold out months ago. Lucky for them (and you, if you’re interested), Cinedelphia is giving away a pair of tickets to attend the upcoming movie marathon, which begins at noon on Saturday, October 29 at West Philadelphia’s International House.
What do you have to do to win? Nothing annoying or difficult. Just answer one simple question: What impact have horror films had on your life? There are no limitations on creativity or length, but bonus points for grammar and accompanying photos. Joining me in the judging of entries will be half of the Exhumed Films co-founders, Dan Fraga and Joseph A. Gervasi, the latter of which would like to elaborate upon the contest’s basic premise…
In these days of audiences for repertory cinema spirited away by monstrous home viewing monitors, faster streaming delivery speeds and enveloping sound systems, Exhumed Films has managed to retain patrons through not only a selection of movies one would be hard-pressed to see in any format but the murkiest of bootlegs and torrents, but also by engendering a sense of thriving community. While we present, in some of the features we inflict upon audiences, a veritable cavalcade of atrocities, we do so with a certain sense of cheer and goodwill. It’s been crucial to us since our inception in 1997 that we retain at least a modicum of detachment from the unsavory activities depicted in the films we screen. As well, we’ve attempted to project a sense of envelopment in our events. Truly, we feel, all are welcome as we gather as friends united by a love of that which — in straight social circles — would only cast us apart. Our friendship is defined by enthusiasm, creativity, drive and sometimes unhealthy obsession. And this is good! For we are not defined through clothing choices, haircuts, race, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. A love of that which is dark and often depressive can create, in the world we move through every day, lasting relationships, networking opportunities and creative (and often financial) endeavors that provide a richness that might not come to mind when thinking of movies made so crassly and consigned to mouldering canisters sharp with the reek of vinegar. Our love of imagination brings us together. It’s the impact of the horror cinema we gather to view in movie theaters and living rooms that we’d like for you to write about for this essay. Show us the cinematic passion that metastasizes in the dark, fecund corners of your fevered brain. — Joseph A. Gervasi
E-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest deadline is noon on Sunday, October 16. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, October 19 and will be announced to the public the following day in a post that will include additional entries of note. Direct questions to Dan, bribes to Joseph.