The Independent Film Festival Boston is a force to be reckoned with. Spanning across the Boston area and taking over the Brattle, Coolidge Corner, and Somerville Theaters, this fest is world-class cinema bright right to our front doors. Though they focus on the best independent films, a certain number of horror and genre films are bound to be included in the programming.
Of note, this year I strongly encourage you to check out:
The Tribe. I’ve been singing this film’s praises ever since it knocked me on my ass at 2014’s Fantastic Fest. This is by no means a horror film, rather it is a dialogueless art-house film that shows the horrors that humans are capable of committing. It is immensely difficult to watch, but also one of the most impactful cinematic experiences I have ever had in my life. If you like films that make you work for access, films to change your life, and are prepared to need a stiff drink afterward, do not miss this.
They Look Like People. I have not yet seen this film, but am completely smitten by the description on the IFFB site: “Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.” Naughty shape-shifters and a troubled soul? Sign me up!
Deathgasm. I am sold on the name of this film alone. Playing the late slot on a Saturday night at the Brattle Theater, Deathgasm promises to be one of the more fun and less egotistical films of the festival. Again, this is not a film I have seen yet myself, but dark comedies starring metal heads, filled with splatter are squarely in my cinematic sweet-spot. The excellent reviews for Deathgasm from South by Southwest left me chomping at the bit to see this one.
With IFFB’s eclectic and carefully chosen programming there are bound to be films I am leaving out of this very short list. And I did not even attempt to scratch the surface of their stellar shorts programs. Check out their schedule online, buy your tickets early, be sure to find a drinking buddy for after The Tribe, and don’t miss The Independent Film Festival Boston!