It takes an incredible amount of heart, time and resources to create an independent film, but two at TerrorConRI stood out to me most. Honorable mention goes to “The Creed” (Facebook page for film HERE), wherein the hilarious plot consists of whatever horrible music you listened to as a preteen comes back to haunt you as a demon.
The best film I viewed, and had been looking forward to since attending Rock and Shock 2013, was “Fantasm” (Facebook page for film HERE). Kyle, the protagonist of the documentary and the Director of it, did an interview for Fan-Culture.org, which you can read after the page break:
FC: What inspired you to want to make this film?
Kyle Kuchta: All through high school, I was able to attend horror conventions. Or, at least, I was able to attend one a year. But I graduated high school, went to college, and wasn’t able to go to these shows anymore. So the doc stemmed from wondering why I was missing these shows so much. And then, as I started filming, it became clear that I missed feeling a part of a community. So the film started out as a simple “what is a convention” short, and then turned into a 55-minute love letter to horror conventions.
FC: What is your favorite story or event from this film?
KK: Every convention was a great time, but the story I’ll always remember (though not my favorite moment by any means) was the last convention we filmed at, HorrorHound Cincinnati 2013, my cameraman Evan and I got stuck driving in blinding, whiteout conditions right as we crossed into Ohio. It was midnight, we couldn’t see the guardrails or the semi-truck in front of us. Our headlights were just shining on the white blanket of snow in front of us and even though we were only driving 20mph on the highway, it felt like 80mph. Probably one of the scariest moments of my live.
FC: What do you hope to accomplish by having a wide audience view this?
KK: I hope that non-horror fans can sense how important community is for fans of the genre, and hope they can push past the stereotype of the horror fanatic. I hope to represent the horror fan’s excitement and love for the genre and for other people, and I think that shows. It means a lot to appropriately represent the type of person I am and the type of people that attend these conventions. Horror catches enough flack as it is, I just want to represent it for what it really is.