The 8th annual Fantastic Fest is now on the back nine. The sci/fi, fantasy, martial arts, Asian fantastic, and horror film festival offers up a little something for all genre lovers.
It is my duty to bring you the most horror and/or horror-related film reviews possible. With less than 20 feature films considered to be true horror, I will occasionally spotlight other non-horror films that will, hopefully, appeal to our readers here at Bloody Disgusting.
Be sure to be on the lookout in Austin, Texas from October 25-27, 2013, for my very own Housecore Horror Film Festival. I will be joined by my partner, former Pantera lead singer and heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo. We will be bringing 100% horror and heavy metal to the Lone Star state!
LA MEMORIA DEL MUERTO
Alicia undertakes a bizarre cult ritual to restore her deceased husband to life – a ritual that will see her home and friends visited by the spirits of the dead.
Some of the perils of attending film festivals include exhaustion, alcohol after-effects, and/or sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, I succumbed to the latter yesterday morning while watching MEMORY OF THE DEAD (English title). My narcoleptic state had nothing to do with the film as what I did see reminded of the trippier gialli of Dario Argento and Mario Bava. But I cannot give this one a rating as I missed too much.
MY AMITYVILLE HORROR
You’ve seen the movie, now hear the story of the Amityville haunting from someone who lived it. Regardless of the source, it’s clear there was darkness in that Long Island house.
Daniel Lutz is one intense dude. The stepson of Amityville Horror denizens George and Kathy Lutz, Danny was 10 years old when his family moved into an allegedly haunted house on Ocean Avenue in Long Island, New York. This documentary is his tale of what happened before, after, and since being visited by paranormal entities.
Most of MY AMITYVILLE HORROR is simply interviews with Danny interspersed with shots of him playing his Dimebag Darrell Tribute guitar. These interviews are fascinating as they show a man who is very obviously tormented by something in his past and has never been able to let go of that pain and confusion. Whether that torment is a direct result of events that occurred more than 30 years ago in an infamous murder home or whether it comes from abuse, both mental and physical, from his stepfather remains to be seen. Whatever its source, Danny Lutz is an interesting character with a tough-as-nails demeanor, but with a gentler side waiting to breach the surface.
I would have liked to seen more information on the murders of the DeFeo family by their son, Ron. But this dissection of another son who lived in the Amityville home is still fascinating.
Corey Mitchell is a best-selling author of several true crime books and is currently helping Philip H. Anselmo write his autobiography, MOUTH FOR WAR (Simon & Schuster, 2014).