The 2011 installment of the Horror-Thon was more of an endurance test than ever before thanks to a strange programming slate that had me nodding off by the second film. The Exhumed gang themselves will be the first to say that you can’t please everybody and I’m of the mindset that the film choices come second to the event itself, which is one of Philadelphia’s most consistently creative and admired celebrations of cinema (by the like-minded, at least). Here’s the slate of previously unannounced films alongside my short reactions:
1. Psychomania (1973) Fun.
2. Rodan (1956) Boring.
3. Frightmare (1983) Boring.
4. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Important film, but I wasn’t in the mood.
5. The Dead (2010) Well made, but boring.
6. Trick or Treat (1986) Tons of fun.
7. Night Warning (1983) Best film of the ‘Thon.
8. Frankenhooker (1990) Great film, pristine print.
9. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) Boring.
10. Werewolf Woman (1976) Boring.
11. Blood Diner (1987) Boring, we left during this.
12. The Burning (1981)
13. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
14. Meet the Feebles (1989)
Regardless of my succinct personal reactions to the films themselves, it was, as always, a memorable event. And that’s all I can muster right now, it’s been an exhausting month. See you next year!
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.