Horror happenings are going on all over the country now that it’s October, and one that caught our eye is Damnationland in Portland, Maine, which is celebrating its fifth year showcasing terrifying new Maine-made short films and highlighting the dark arts of independent filmmaking from New England’s haunted figurehead state.
We got the news from director Corey Norman, whose 80’s-style slasher/monster movie Tickle, from Bonfire Films, is on Damnationland 2014’s lineup. It stars Casey Turner, Andrew Lyndaker, Sean Carmichael, and Dennis J. Healy.
We all know how 80s horror movies start: a babysitter and a little boy alone in a house. When things go bump in the night, are they the imagination of a scared little boy, or is someone—or some thing—in the house with them?
About Damnationland 2014
Portland’s State Theatre proudly hosts the world premiere of seven short Maine-made films as part of an annual showcase titled “Damnationland: The Way Life Should Bleed.” The program—in its fifth year—presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories, leaning toward visions that are surreal, comedic, and artful, while still providing scares, shocks, and surprises.
This event is the first of many screenings, and the program will travel to other theaters around Maine. More information about each screening can be found on the Damnationland website.
Damnationland 2014 is produced by Portland residents Allen Baldwin, Eddy Bolz, David Meiklejohn, and Charlotte Warren, and it showcases new films from Maine filmmakers living in the greater Portland area. Jenny Anastasoff (Portland), Barry Dodd (Gorham), Jason M. Bosch (Portland), Ranin Brown (Portland), Corey Norman (South Portland), and Tasty Dude Films (Portland) each directed their own short films, and Through the Door Productions (Biddeford/Portland) created seven short-short films that play between each film, all screening together as one uninterrupted program lasting around 90 minutes.
The world premiere will begin with an opening reception at 7pm and includes live music, mingling with the filmmakers and casts of the films, and merchandise for sale. Before the films start, performance artist Aquarius Funkk and ensemble will warm up the crowd with an original piece about corporate hunger and greed. Then at 8pm the program will begin, followed by a talkback from the filmmakers, moderated by the producers. While these films are not rated, they do contain strong language and depictions of violence and therefore may not be appropriate for younger children or sensitive viewers. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $5 for students. Information about purchasing advance tickets can be found at the State Theatre website.