Slashers, Superstitions, and (Questionable) Saviors Slated for the First Amazing Fantasy Fest

Buffalo, New York plays host to a new film festival dedicated to scare fare, sci-fi, and other genre fare offerings. The enticing first wave announcements follow in the official press release.

Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Johnny Gruesome) has announced the first wave of feature film selections for Amazing Fantasy Fest, the new genre film festival he founded to replace long running Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which ended last year after a decade. Sponsors for AFF include Uncork’d
Entertainment, filmmaker/author Kristen Skeet, and Dean Beltrano.

Amazing Fantasy Fest celebrates independent horror, sci-fi, action, animation, and experimental films. AFF runs seven days this September, Friday the 13th – Thursday the 19th at Dipson’s Amherst Theatre in Buffalo. Official Selections will screen the first six days, with “secret cinema” offerings on the last day reserved for seven-day pass holders. Submissions are still being accepted via FilmFreeway:

The Outlaw Cinema Award will be presented in memory of Ace Genovese, a Western
New York filmmaker and musician who recently passed away following a long illness. Genovese created The Outlaw: The Living Comic Book series, a popular staple of Buffalo Dreams. An award category has also been added for Best Canadian Film.

“Our first wave includes local features and features directed by out-of-town filmmakers
who have become known to our community over the years,” says Lamberson. “There is
definitely a feeling of familiarity and family among several of our choices.”

The First Wave Official Selections include three World Premieres and three New York
State Premieres. Lamberson anticipates announcing six additional features in addition
some retro titles and shorts.

World Premiere: Nickel City Tinseltown: The History of Buffalo, NY Filmmaking, directed
by Rochester filmmakers Adrian Esposito and Curt Markham. This documentary
examines the wave of indie films created by Buffalo area filmmakers over the last 15
years, particularly in the realm of horror.

World Premiere: Slasher Days of Summer, directed by Kristen Skeet, who co-wrote the
screenplay with producer Tyler Cheman; an 80’s style slasher film centering around a
murderous character known as The Woodsman. The film stars Alyssa Grace Adams,
Paul McGinnis, Chad Ridgely and Eugene Bofill. Skeet and Cheman are Western New
York filmmakers.

World Premiere: Florence, directed by Skip Shea (with Luigi Cozzi!): A woman
experiences a confusing journey into her own psyche and Dante’s circles of Hell while a
masked killer circles closer, pushing her to the brink of insanity. Starring Aurora Grabill.

World Premiere: First Person Savior, written and directed by Ramzi Abed, shot in
Pasadena and starring Rochester native John Karyus, is described as “An American
tragi-comedy birthed by video games, guns, poverty, metal illness and nature.”
Lamberson likens it to internal 70’s fare such as Taxi Driver and Joe.

New York Premiere: Voices Carry: a Canadian thriller written and directed by Derek
Lukosius about a man who becomes a prisoner at a BNB.

New York Premiere: The Pocket Film of Superstitions: United Kingdom filmmaker Tom
Lee Rutter’s surreal tour through the imagination features Caroline Munro and Lynn

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.