The Boston Underground Film Festival is back for its 21st year, announcing its big 2-1 with an amazing poster and trailer. Its poster boasts a demonic bunny and its trailer adopts a nostalgic VHS aesthetic that many horror fans know and love. From this promo to its killer lineup, this looks like a festival you won’t want to miss.
One of the pillars of this year’s festival is the screening of Penny Lane’s documentary, Hail Satan?. Her film documents the rise of The Satanic Temple, the role of religion in Western society, and the true goals of this group. They aren’t just a religion; they are a political movement. Lane’s documentary wants to set the record straight. Lane will be at the festival for a Q&A, as well as TST co-founder Lucien Greaves.
The festival boasts an exciting and diverse lineup of films. They’ll screen the queer giallo film, Knife+Heart, wartime musical Canary, documentary about Boston’s underground scene Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, and more.
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BUFF will also honor horror director Sarah Jacobson with a double feature of her 1997 feature debut Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore and her 1993 short film, I Was A Teenage Serial Killer. Each were recently restored in 2K by the American Genre Film Archive. On closing night, the festival will screen what they describe as “Lucas Heyne’s Sundance-smashing porn-drama-cum-true-crime tragicomedy,” Mope and the Swedish disaster film, The Unthinkable. Both are the first feature films for each director.
They’ve also announced their full line-up of short films, with titles such as I Owe You One Banana and Two Black Eyes, Water Horse, and Rust in Peace. They have seven categories, which span genre and subject: New England Horror Shorts, Midnight Shorts, Comedic Shorts, Animated Shorts, Sci-fi Shorts, Shorts Premiering with Feature Films, and Music Videos. You can check out the full list of films here.
Boston Underground Film Festival comes to Harvard Square from March 20 to March 24. Festival passes have sold out, but individual film tickets are on sale now. While you be heading to the festival? Which movies have you the most excited? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!