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[Review] Lady Usher (MidWest WeirdFest): Poe Gets a Lurid Modern Psychological Horror Update

Winner of this year’s MidWest WeirdFest Best Horror Film award, writer/director George Adams’ Lady Usher is an outré, warped modern reimagining of the Edgar Allan Poe story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” It’s a delirious psychosexual trip featuring solid performances and an auteur vision. Roderick (John Tupy) takes a break from college to […]

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[Review] Alien Abduction (MidWest WeirdFest): Experimental Short Film Takes Unique Approach Regarding an Encounter with Extraterrestrials

No matter the number of extraterrestrial contact documentaries you have watched in the past, the chances are good that you have never seen one quite like the short film Alien Abduction (2021). It hovers somewhere in the planes of the experimental, pop art, and the outré. AV Super Sunshine and Philomena, members of the Wisconsin […]

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Long-lost Found Footage Film from “The Revenant” Director World Premieres at MidWest WeirdFest

Director Kerry Prior, who helmed the 2009 horror film The Revenant, will see his previously lost 1999 found footage feature The Blare Rabbit Project receive its world premiere screening at Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest this March. Details follow in the festival’s official press announcement. A found footage feature film, thought lost for over 20 years, is […]

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Cryptids, Alien Abductees, and Reimagined Poe Are Among MidWest WeirdFest’s First Wave Highlights

Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest reliably features some of the most unusual, exciting, and entertaining narrative features and documentaries from around the world, and the fest’s first wave announcement for this year shows that the tradition continues. From Lovecraft and Poe to Mokele-Mbembe and far, far beyond, the first seven features announced are something to look forward […]

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MidWest WeirdFest Announces Indiegogo Campaign to Support the Festival’s Fifth Edition

Fans of cinematic delves into the paranormal, UFOs, cryptids, and the like should absolutely love what Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest has to offer. Each year, the fest features top-notch narrative and documentary features and shorts from around the world, and this year, the fest has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help continue its tradition of bringing […]

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[Review] Welcome to Helltown (MidWest WeirdFest): Bizzaro Horror Comedy Short Is Well Worth the Trip

With Welcome to Helltown, cowriters/codirectors Maxwell Frey and Dominic Reno have created an endearingly oddball portmanteau short film. The vibe is offbeat and the humor is quirky in this outing set in Helltown, Ohio, “Population . . . You!”. Toby Radloff — star of Killer Nerd (1991), Bride of Killer Nerd (1992), and Spirit Animal […]

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[Review] Prefigured (MidWest WeirdFest): Bound by a Mutual Mystery, a Group Seeks Answers from the Cosmos

Winner of MidWest WeirdFest’s Best Horror Short award, Zeshaan Younus’ Prefigured combines elements of both alien abduction and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. It weaves its spell slowly without a drop of blood or sensational special effects, nevertheless leaving viewers with a highly disquieting sense of eeriness. Scarlett Redmond (of the series My Haunted House and True […]

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Cryptids, UFOs, and the Paranormal: MIDWEST WEIRDFEST Announces Its Full Festival Lineup

MidWest WeirdFest — the cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird — returns to the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from March 6-8. Aficionados of supernatural horror films, paranormal documentaries, and offbeat, unusual film fare will find plenty to love in this fourth edition of the festival, which […]

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MidWest WeirdFest First Wave Announcement Features Cryptids and Creepiness Galore

MidWest WeirdFest— a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird — has announced its first programming wave for 2020. The fourth annual installment of the festival takes place March 6–8, 2020 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “MidWest WeirdFest is back with the type of cutting edge […]