Alfred Hitchcock famously said, “A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.” This year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival aims to prove that quote true by focusing not just on horror movies but on the evil that exists in our day-to-day environment. The two week event, which officially starts tomorrow with a sold out screening of the Italian masterpiece Suspiria at the International House, is a mix of films and concerts all under the theme of “Spirituality, The Occult, and Outsider Art.”
This will be the sixth year of the festival. It is curated by Eric Bresler and mostly hosted at PhilaMOCA, which he runs. The programming includes a screening of 1970s psychedelic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise; The Allins, a new documentary about shock rock musician GG Allin, The Ranger, a horror movie about a deranged park ranger stalking a group of NYC punks who are hiding out in the woods following a brush with the law; and Zerzura, which is described in the program as, “The world’s first ethnographic acid western! A spiritual journey into the Sahara set to the sounds of improvised Tuareg-style guitar.”
There will also be two concerts during the festival: the first, on April 20th, is with Wax Trax! Records industrial legends My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, performing their first two albums in their entirety. Opening that show will be 7th Victim, Rodney Anonymous from The Dead Milkmen. The next day is the Mausoleum Monster Hop all-ages dance with The Crimson Ghosts, an instrumental Misfits cover band, and The Primitive Finks.
We caught up with Bresler to discuss Cinedelphia and everything going on at PhilaMOCA for the next couple weeks. Continue reading →