Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension’s Sinister Short Film Selection!
Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension, the first-ever online film festival to be presented entirely through the Zoom app (and which our own Joseph Perry brought to your attention righthere), is comin’ your way this Thursday, September 24th, and ol’ your’s cruelly had a chance to slap his putrid peepers on a selection of sinister short films that are sure to melt faces and make the crotch of your trousers just a tad tighter (or wetter depending… look this is a collection of revoltin’ reviews, not a fuckin’ sex ed class… hell, I have no class whatsoever… )!
*NOTE: click on the fest’s name up yonder to check play dates for the following shorts!
Let’s say we kick things off with Lost Treasure of the Valley !
Lost Treasure of the Valley takes place in a retro-futuristic San Fernando Valley, a couple (played by Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?‘s Tyler Nash and All That‘s Lori Beth Denberg to the absolute hilarious hilt) relates the legend of a photographer named Jake (Everardo Barriga) whom was once their tenant and was saved by a rugged Adventurer (Greg Lee) from an ass-beating from a Warriors-esque street gang.
Anyway, this dynamic duo make a startling discovery; namely that all of the abandoned shopping carts in the valley point towards a cave containing a great treasure… only problem is collecting that booty will prove rather difficult as the loot is guarded by ye olde huge ass dragon (which looks rather bad-ass it must be said)!
Off beat, surreal and hilarious; Lost Treasure of the Valley is a heady combination of Back to the Future style 80’s adventure flick mixed with third-party NES game weirdness. Writer/director Robert Husted has created a whacked-out world with a great sense of mythology and world building… plus the affair doesn’t take itself seriously… no, strike that; it takes itself as seriously as the narrative dictates, and that is a wonderful thing indeed cats n’ creeps!
Next we look at Milicent; the tale of a woman being harassed at a 50’s era-tiki bar by some real Mad Men style rubes. Good thing for her the things she draws come true… and monsters are her muse.
Obviously (at least to the boils n’ ghouls that read my wicked words anyway) this is a fanciful look at Milicent Patrick; the un-sung genius who created universal’s iconic Gill-man featured in the Creature From the Black Lagoon trilogy.
Created by writer/director Laurie Garner, and shot on 16mm film, Milicent is full of lurid color, Halloween masks, and fantasy… plus it has an ass-kicking, drink slinging, Gill-man! It’s a fun, bite-sized treat featuring a legend of the horror biz, and I loved every second of it!