Scary Film Day at Atlantic City Cinefest Oct. 14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The fifth annual Atlantic City Cinefest, presented by the Downbeach Film Festival, will feature a celebration of scare with the screening of three New Jersey horror films.
The Showroom in the Golden Nugget Atlantic City will host the event beginning 12:30pm on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Atlantic City filmmaker Keith Vaile’s Azrael will kick off the fright fest, a local film about the angel of death.
Another South Jersey film, Ticket to Hell, will follow, written by Ed McKeever and Kevin Orosz. The premise of this alarming adventure directed by Evelle Mitchell follows two horror fanatics from Jersey that use their lottery winnings to hire their favorite late night horror host to appear in a new documentary. Things turn hellish on this journey through South Jersey’s Pine Barrens and the infamous Ten Acres, starring Orosz, Jeremy Sless, and Ryan Loughney.
The world premiere of The Meat Puppet, directed by Joe Valenti and written by and starring Keith Collins, will act as the finale of the event. The film’s focus is Andrew “Drew” Shelton – a handsome, wealthy playboy with a voracious craving for human flesh. His favorite dish is beautiful women, whom he kills, prepares, and cooks to perfection. Unbeknownst to his guests, the lavish dinner parties he throws are catered by his latest victim, and also the forum for who will be the next dish du jour. The intensity increases with a cat and mouse game between Drew and a suspicious detective who has a hunch something isn’t right. The question arises if the cold-blooded killer is really who he seems to be, or if he’s just the Meat Puppet for an even more sadistic mastermind. Collins expressed the individuality of the psychological thriller, saying his piece is “the kind of horror movie that you don’t see anymore – it’s a great story with great characters.” The Meat Puppet is sure to satisfy its audience’s appetite for horror.
Tickets are $5 for a single show, $10 for the trio. Prefacing the three films will be a block of shorts beginning at 11am.
— Casey Harper