Buried Alive! Film Festival 2011 Day 1

By Brett Mullins

The Buried Alive! Film Festival opened to a fairly small crowd Friday night at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Following an energetic opening speech from the festival’s coordinators, Blake Myers and Phillip Nutman, the first block of shorts titled ‘Do Not Disturb the Dark Dead.’ began!

Do Not Disturb the Dark Dead.

Cabine of the Dead
Cabine of the Dead is a French short illustrating several people’s reactions to zombies running amok in the streets...The conclusion will certainly make the audience chuckle and appreciate the concept of irony.“ 9 Min. 2010
Rating: 7/10
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Enter the Dark
Enter the Dark is a short ghost flick that reminds us of what Paranormal Activity could have been...Rob and Charles, played by Rob Sandusky and Charles Yoakum respectively, are convincing characters that create a plausible yet creepy atmosphere.” 18 Min. 2010
Rating: 8/10
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Inside Ned’s Home
Most people love their animals, but few approach Ned’s level of obsession. Ned appears to have constructed his life around his cat, Rudy. After she goes missing one night, Ned marches through his house on a path of destruction in search of his feline companion.” 23 Min. 2010
Rating: 5/10
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Do Not Disturb
Soon after the opening of this 15 minute short, it was clear that this film was much like a cross between 1408 and Grosse Point Blank with a slight dash of The Shining.” 15 Min. 2009
Rating: 6/10
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Alice Jacobs is Dead
Alice Jacobs is Dead is a different kind of zombie film that illustrates how open this genre is for new ideas. Instead of a world plagued by the threat of ‘the infected’, we see war torn streets and dilapidated structures two years following the end of the outbreak...The only major complaint I can make about the film is that it is too short!” 21 Min. 2009
Rating: 8/10
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Next up is the feature, I Didn’t Come Here to Die with the opening short, An Evening with My Comatose Mother. It is worth noting that nice reclining seats at the Plaza Theatre made watching several hours of films even better than it normally would.

An Evening with My Comatose Mother
The ‘haunted house’ is a clique of the horror genre that has been used time and time again; however, most are not nearly as original as An Evening with My Comatose Mother.” 33 Min. 2011
Rating: 6/10
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I Didn’t Come Here to Die
A group of young people stranded in the woods and the promise of death and chainsaws. This couldn’t sound more like the setup for some generic 1980s slasher flick. It also seems plausible that this setup could produce a Final Destination type supernatural film. Writer/Director Bradley Scott Sullivan defies these cliches and produces a refreshing yet simple indie horror film.” 85 Min.
Rating: 8/10
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The evening ended on a high and very unexpected note. Alas, we had to evacuate the theatre for the evening for the fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show were clawing at the doors.

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