By Nicole Fitzgerald
What: B-Grade Horror Fest
When: Monday, Oct. 30, 4 & 8 p.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
But with the addition of a matinee screening to this year’s 5 th annual horror fest, Monday. Oct. 30 at MY Millennium Place, a few lucky horror fans might still attend one of Whistler’s largest filmmaking traditions.
Five years ago, only the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s Filmmaker Showdown reigned. However, in the shoulder season space between mountain biking and skiing, Heavy Hitting founders Chili Thom and Feet Banks decided to come up with an excuse to put dormant cameras to good use and the Heavy Hitting B-Grade Horror Fest was born.
"Whistler a pretty good town for
filmmakers, each year there's the 72
hour contest, which is a crazy mad rush, the
classy and polished Whistler
Film festival, and us-a chance to have fun and
cover your friends in fake
Blood,” Banks says from his car on his way home
from shooting his own festival film with Thom. “It's a very well-rounded scene
and the quality of local films is just getting better and better."
The festival was first hosted at the Garibaldi Lift Company, then moved to MY Millennium Place in the festival’s second year to accommodate the crowds. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, upwards of 10 to 15 filmmaking teams will showcase B-grade horror films. (There is still time to enter films. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 20.)
The 15-minute-or-less films are produced in the style of the 1950s and 1960s horror film genre made famous by classics such as Devil Girl From Mars and Door to Door Maniac. B-grade horror movies are anything but standard Hollywood flicks. B-grades are all about making a film on a nickel and dime budget and packing in as many horror film clichés as possible, such as zombies, aliens, monsters, murderers, blood, guts and, always an audience favourite, token nudity.