by Benjamin Leonard, Best Boy
This weekend, September 6th-9th, the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival will be screening eleven features and innumerable shorts at The Proscenium at the Drake (and one block of shorts at South Street Cinema). The films are generally recently released horror/cult/genre oddities from all around the world and, while they all look to have their merits, I wanted to highlight a few that I’m really looking forward to checking out.
Friday night features Braid (at 7:00PM) is the feature debut from writer/director Mitzi Peirone and tells the tale of two young women that decide to rob their friend that is stuck in the fantasy world that they all created as children.
Later on Friday is Derelicts (at 11:00PM). This is a horror/comedy about a home invasion set during Thanksgiving dinner. Honestly, there’s not much out there about this one, but I just love the poster image. Dafuq is going on here?
Saturday has Rock Steady Row (3:00PM) which is billed as an apocalyptic, college, sex romp sort of a thing. Sounds like it should be a ton of fun. The description reminds me of the plotlines to a few different China, IL episodes, but then again, I’m always thinking about Brad Neely projects.
Finally, Sunday has The Queen of Hollywood Blvd. (3:30PM). This one is about Mary, a woman that owns a strip club and gets shaken down by the mob on her 60th birthday. The rest of the movie is all about her taking out her revenge against them after they oust her from her club. Writer/director Orson Oblowitz seems to have gotten a large number of his family to help him put this out. It even appears that his mother plays Mary.
There’s lots of other stuff playing too, but these are the ones that are gonna make me get my butt in the seat. Check out the website and see if there’s anything that tickles your fancy. Tickets are $10 and a pass for the whole fest is $50. See ya there!