World War Tree: The Evil Dead

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by Andre Couture 

This month in the fantastic world of the largest film archive known to man and Washingtonians (Scarecrow Video), we’re celebrating Earth Month by showcasing films that feature nature in an unrelenting standoff against humankind, to varying degrees. This time we’re visiting the 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead.

The story might be familiar to most of you, otherwise it’s simple to re-cap since Evil Dead has been referenced so many times and parodied. We follow a group of kids on a road trip to a lightly mentioned cabin in the woods belonging to someone renting it out for an unmentionable low price. They stay in the cabin long enough to discover an evil presence and accidentally awaken it. They must fight the evil in order to survive the coming sunrise, but this evil is almost impossible to see until it takes a body captive. Read More

World War Tree: Little Otik

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by Melanie Reed

For Czech director Jan Svankmaier, the objects of daily life often play a stronger role than the characters — enlisted to serve as symbols of man’s Id. In this world of unlimited symbolism and potential animation, it’s not surprising that this auteur of stop-motion/live action animation is drawn to children’s stories like Alice, classic allegorical stories like Faust, and folktales like Little Otik (Otesanek). Read More

SHRIEK Women of Horror: The Cell

the cellStats on The Cell (2000)

Body Count: 2 people

Nudity: one female body builder, one female corpse

Major protagonists: female and male

Villain/Antagonist: male

Major actors: Jennifer Lopez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vince Vaughn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Director: Tarsem Singh, a.k.a. Tarsem

Writer: Mark Protosevich

Does it pass the Bechdel-Wallace test: Nope! Two named female characters have a conversation just between them, but they talk about a boy most of the time. Read More

Three Days Of The Triffids: A World War Tree Marathon

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by John S

Day of the Triffids was adapted three times: once in 1963 as a theatrical film, and twice as a BBC TV mini-series in 1981 and 2009. And what a difference modern technology and an actual budget makes! More on that later. For now, we’re off to the Triffid races. Fasten your seat belts.

The 1963 version opens with some narration about how the world is filled with many different kinds of plants. “Some of those plants are carnivores,” our snooty narrator intones, “and ‘carnivore’ means ‘meat-eating’!”-clearly assuming those of us watching have not made it past third grade. Our story opens with our hero, Dr. Bill Mason (Howard Keel), recovering from some eye surgery that has left his face wrapped in bandages. Bad timing because a meteor shower of epic proportions is set to happen that evening-and Bill is going to miss it because his eye bandages won’t come off until the morning. Sucks to be Bill. Read More

NFFTY Presents: Five Under 25


by Kyle Seago

Over the past 10 years, over 1,000 young directors have showcased their cinematic creations at NFFTY – the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. At NFFTY, we take pride in knowing that we are providing an avenue for many first-time directors to showcase their work on the big screen for the very first time. Many NFFTY alumni have gone on to successful, prolific careers in the film industry and others have used their experience being in the festival to jumpstart similar visual arts endeavors.
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