- Film Guide
Presented by The Onion/A.V. Club Milwaukee
Our wildly popular late-night screenings get their own official program this year in Cinema Hooligante. These are all the gory, trippy, raunchy, scary, sometimes offensive, always fun films from the best corners of cinema subculture that you wouldn't take your grandmother to. Unless your grandmother likes that sort of thing, which is totally cool.
Beyond The Black Rainbow
In this fantasy Slant dubbed “the cinematic equivalent of LSD,” a mute, psychic teen tries to escape the clutches of a demented doctor who’s made her the guinea pig for his drug experiments. Set in a retro-futuristic version of 1983, this homage to Kubrick and Cronenberg teems with trippy sensory details and a synth-fueled soundtrack by Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt.
Deranged humans can be scarier than zombies and werewolves combined, especially when hoodies obscure their faces. In this Irish horror film, real-life phobias merge with fictional underworlds when demon children abduct Tommy's newborn daughter. To rescue her, he teams up with a renegade priest who seems to know everything about these feral, hooded youths. Meanwhile, Tommy’s agoraphobia spills into the audience, fueling a weird, wild ride that won a SXSW audience award.
Nothing hampers romance like an apocalypse. As a mysterious viral outbreak ravages the Midwest, Charlie (Milwaukee-based Joe Belknap) schleps through the Wisconsin wilderness to meet his girlfriend in Wausau. Though he’s protected by a band of fellow survivalists, he struggles to escape his biggest threat: obsessions with the past. Milwaukee-based cinematographer Travis Auclair extracts beauty from Fox Valley snowdrifts as Charlie’s demons surface in horrific ways.
Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal
In this gruesomely dark comedy, a washed-up Danish painter takes a job at a Canadian art school. Chasing his muse—blood and guts—is too risky, so he funnels his energy into teaching. But trouble looms when he takes in the school’s mute benefactor, whose grisly nighttime hobby makes his creative juices flow and strikes up a bond between the two outsiders. Who could imagine cannibalism would be so heartwarming?
In what critics are hailing as “the funniest movie of the year” (IFC), Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, they paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you'll never be able to unsee.
Mark Borchardt Presents: The Giant Spider Invasion
Milwaukee filmmaker and cinephile Mark Borchardt (American Movie) kicks off a new series with us, presenting one of his favorite cult films. First up on his list is the Wisconsin-made drive-in hit, The Giant Spider Invasion. With zany characters, quotable lines such as "You wouldn't know Rice Krispies from rabbit turds" and director Bill Rebane in attendance, this event all but guarantees a hilariously entertaining evening.
The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t.
Don't let the title diminish your expectations. Sex, horror, gore, comedy. This program delivers. Every time. We're not going to tell you how tall you have to be to buy a ticket to this feast of awesomeness, but maybe wear your big-boy shoes. Because there's no crying at the midnight shorts program. And don't say we didn't warn you.
In this found-footage horror anthology, a band of criminals receives what seems like the world’s easiest assignment: retrieve an old VHS tape from a house in the middle of nowhere. Little do they know what horror awaits them, as they examine an avalanche of tapes, each more grisly and twisted than the next. Featuring some of the genre’s most innovative new directors, V/H/S reintroduces insanely fun scares to contemporary horror.
The complete 2012 Milwaukee Film Fesival program line-up will be released on September 8 at the WMSE Backyard BBQ in Catherdral Square. Tickets for all films will go on sale September 12 for Milwaukee Film members and September 13 for the general public.