It's taken a while to write this, I think this is rewrite #3. Going for the short form this time. Had a really good time at the Film Festival. Portland as usual is the kind of city I enjoy. Good food, interesting buildings, a metro system that works, and a distinct lack of mountain cedar. Did my usual wandering, raided Powell's City of Books (Oh, my credit card bill). I also went over to the Oregon Maritime Museum and Movie Madness Video. Then, Friday night was time for the Fest...
As usual it was mostly feature films for me. So after saying hi to people
I know, I found a seat for 'Necronomicon: The Book of Hell'. A flick from
Argentina, that I've been wanting to see since I first heard about it.
Movie about one of the copies of the Necronomicon that HPL said was kept
at the Biblioteca Nacional in Buenos Aires. Creepy book tale (which
themed to be a theme for me this year). Lots of fun, low budget but
it worked well for me. Then again, crazed book folks hit a special note
with me. Hoping it gets an international release. Next flick was 'The
Rules of Ruin', another forbidden tome book, this one from Mexico. Also
creepy, it didn't hang together quite as well as Necronomicon, but it was
enjoyable. Again, hoping for a wider release (and a physical copy for me).
Saturday started with 'Carbload for Cthulhu' a signing event, with bagels
and Voodoo donuts. (I had a quarter of 1 donut due to the evil diabetes,
was good but not worth sugar coma). Met some more friends, met a number
of new authors and bought a bunch of books. Then was the HPLHS presentation
of 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' as a radio play. As a card carrying member,
I had to get a front row seat. Then was dinner, sushi with pals, then back
to see 'Hammer of the Gods', a Canadian wilderness horror flick. The same
people did 'Black Mountain Side' a few years ago, which blew me away. This
was different, jarring spikes of horror, mixed with general 'oh crap this
will end badly'. Really enjoyed it, will be staying out of the Canadian
wilderness. Last flick for Saturday was a Japanese adaptation of 'The Shadow
Over Innsmouth'. Was enjoyable, if a little slow. But it's one of those
things I'd probably never get to see again, so glad I went.
Sunday started with more wandering and talking. Some folks had their
wedding at the HPLFF, and they opened it to anyone who wanted to attend.
Cody Goodfellow presided, I highly recommend getting married by a crazy
Cthulhu cultist if you are of the inclination.
Movies were Clark Ashton Smith adaptations, one from 'Night Gallery' and two
by Richard Stanley, 'Mother of Toads' (which I've seen a few times) and 'The
Sea of Perdition', which isn't a direct adaptation, just using some themes
and going off a really cool landscape he found in Iceland. Richard Stanley
did a Q/A which was really interesting, he's a very quirky dude. I then
hit my one shorts block, the NSFW set. Definitely was not safe for work,
or sanity. Will never look at lobsters or mirrors the same way again.
*wink* Final flick was 'Corpse' based on the King in Yellow mythos of
Robert Chambers. Very psychedelic, multiple timelines that were kind of
hard to keep up with, and IMHO needed a bit of editing, but it really got
the creeping insanity of Carcosa (not Carcosa Corp). And with that, my fest came
to a close.
*looks up* Yeah, this is the short form. I can get wordy really bloody
easily. As I said, I had a blast. Saw a number of friends, made a bunch
of new ones. Was already wishing it was time for the next fest before I
got to the airport the next day. Many Thanks to Gwen and Brian Callahan,
along with their eldritch minions for putting on one hell of a fest.