It took some research, some recommendations (Thanks Matt!), and a lot of screeners, but I’ve finally settled upon the headlining films for the Mausoleum Horror convention and I couldn’t be happier…
MANBORG (2011, Dir. Steven Kostanski, 60 min)
Half-man, half-cyborg: Manborg. Killed while battling the forces of hell, a supersoldier is brought back from the dead in order to fight an army of Nazi vampires and demons led by the nefarious Count Draculon. Cue kung-fu killing, stop-motion monster battles, hoverbikes, robots, demons, and a character named Doctor Scorpius. A self-conscious tribute to the golden age of early 90s genre cinema.
* Recent screenings include Fantastic Fest, Toronto After Dark, and Brisbane International.
COMFORTING SKIN (2011, Dir: Derek Franson, 109 min)
An emotionally fragile woman’s lonely reality is shattered when her tattoo seemingly comes to life. Offering its undying attention and otherworldly sensual pleasures, the tattoo quickly seduces, drawing her into a dangerous and all consuming bond that requires more than she may be able to give.
* Recent screenings include the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Slamdance Film Festival, and the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam.
Both films are presented by The Awesome Fest. Showtime is 10 PM on Saturday, June 16. This double-feature serves as the closer for the Mausoleum Horror Convention, admission for the convention is $12, admission for the movies-only is $7.
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.