Updated: Mar 24, 2019
The Towne 3 Cinemas, nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, will play host to a list of veteran and up-and-coming local and international horror filmmakers, eager to share their grisly works of art with a fresh and frothing audience. The festival seeks to spotlight innovative storytelling with an eye on traditional means produced in high-quality fashion.
Included in the first announcement is The Quiet Room Bears, written and directed by Lee Howard, the film offers us a glimpse into a sinister landscape packed with horribly disfigured teddy bears and a gruesome, matriarchal entity that racks up the body count. In the film Water Horse, done by veteran filmmaker couple Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple, the short weaves a chilling, fever dream tale involving the sudden appearance of an abandoned boat which turns the last day of summer into a mother’s nightmare. Filmmakers from both The Quiet Room Bears and Water Horse will be in attendance to present their respective films and participate in a Q&A sessions afterwards.
Also playing at DPFF’s inaugural run, and making its Silicon Valley premiere is the wildly fun short Atomic Ed, written by Cyril Delouche and Directed by Nicolas Hugon, and starring Oscar Lesage as Ed, a young man who rises up to defend his friends against a humanoid monster.
DPFF is also proud to announce a special screening of 1987’s The Lost Boys, a Bay Area seminal favorite starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne West and Corey Feldman. Local film enthusiasts will know how The Lost Boys not only put Santa Cruz on the map, but how it changed the way vampires are portrayed, thus paving the way for franchises like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight Saga..
We're following that up later in the festival with a screening of 1979's remastered horror fantasy Phantasm, Don Coscarelli's cult classic that spawned a franchise, starring everyone's favorite: The Tall Man, starring Angus Scrimm, Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury.