Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Dave Made a Maze (2017, Bill Watterson)

Dave Made a Maze is definitely not your average horror fantasy comedy quirky 2010s movie. That’s for sure. Dave’s long suffering significant other, Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) comes home to discover that Dave (Nick Thune) has, well, constructed a fairly good sized maze in the middle of their living room. Dave instructs her not to enter, and to also call a friend or two for help. Naturally a bunch of friends show up and decide to journey inside to rescue him.

This movie has a cardboard minotaur, blood that shows up as confetti, and unique scenes that have you just have to witness to believe them. Although parts of the movie drag a bit, I was never bored and the movie has a very likable cast. Plus where else can you witness people turning into cardboard? None other movie comes to mind in that regard.

If it wasn’t for Shudder, I wouldn’t have even known this movie existed. Dave Made a Maze is funny, surprising and contains a lot of heart and love that was part of it’s existence. Definitely check this one out for a very unique film experience. Oh and a shotout goes to Adam Busch who plays Gordon and is one of the funniest characters in this movie.

Horrorfest 2016 Presents: They Look Like People (2015, Perry Blackshear)

What makes us human? How do we measure about the beasts and monsters of the land, creatures lacking knowledge and operating on instinct? Do Wyatt and Christian ever overcome their insecurities, their struggles as men, attempting to move forward in a hostile landscape? They Look Like People could describe someone puzzling if anyone they know is truly human, a person and not something masking their alien nature under a flesh suit. Once you consider this notion and unlock the doors of paranoia, life becomes terrifying.

While Christian attempts to make contact with Mara, someone who could aid him in moving forward, Wyatt struggles with reality. I love how twisted this film is at times, and yet it basks in moments such as three people getting drunk and having a good time, or two old buddies reliving glory days of old. Perry Blackshear has crafted a wonderful, frightening and modern day urban take on fear and anguish, fights to achieve clarity in a world lacking in solid ground to hold onto. Glance into the abyss yet don’t fall in or linger about. You might not like what you see on the other side.


Horrorfest 2015 Presents: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014, Ana Lily Amirpour)

There is an Iranian city named Bad City. It is not a great place to live and trouble abounds everywhere. In this wild west setting also lies a skateboarding vampire. If this appeals to you, well then this is your movie. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a magnificent and beautiful combination of different genres, all centered around horror and the western. Shot in glorious black and white, no less. This does have the feel of other dramatic films, and director Ana Lily Amirpour builds upon those influences to craft something unique.

The Girl (Sheila Vand) is a woman with no name. There are few insights into who she is or why she lives in a desolate place, yet we get a terrifying image of her nature early on. Arash (Arash Marandi) is the young man who falls under her spell, resulting a tender and dangerous romance-dangerous for him because of her predator nature. The scene with the two of them in her apartment is lyrical in a romantic sense: two lonely souls, bound together, which is how so many people connect in this world.


As much as I love this film the last act does kind of borrow/steal from another modern classic, Let The Right One In. However I prefer this film (it’s long title also amused me as much as it was intriguing). I rather enjoy that it’s an Iranian that gives us an exceptional feminist driven horror film given the nation’s culture. I also note this due to online friends encouraging myself and others to watch more films directed by women. This movie is a fine move in that direction.

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