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Screening: Horror at FilmOut

San Diego’s LGBT Film Fest Conlcudes This Weekend

Credit: Well Tailored Films

Above: "Earthling" screens today at 1:45pm as part of FilmOut's focus on genre filmmaking.


FilmOut programmer talks about horror films.


Last week the "Fright Night" remake opened and tonight the vampire comedy "Bite Marks" (with a cameo by Stephen "Evil Ed" Geoffreys) plays as part of FilmOut's horror line up.

FilmOut, San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, kicked off its 13th season last weekend and concludes this Sunday night. This year the festival will showcase 60 films of all genres -- musicals, comedies, dramas, shorts, features, documentaries, and horror. Festival programmer Michael McQuiggan is a horror fan.

"We try to incorporate one or two horror films in to the festival every year," McQuiggan says, "So I'm really looking forward to seeing "Bite Marks" with an audience, which is a vampire comedy, and another film we're highlighting is "Earthling" which kind of reminded me of an early Cronenberg type film."

"Earthling" screens at the Birch North Park Theater today at 1:45pm. And McQuiggan is right in identifying it not so much as horror but as a David Cronenberg-like film in which there's just a creepy sense of unease.

McQuiggan has made the genre part of the festival based on the success of horror films at past festivals.

"Horror has done extremely well ever since we screened 'Hellbent,' 'The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror,' 'Socket,' and 'Zombies of Mass Destruction,'" says McQuiggan, "They've all done extremely well. They crossover well. We bring in a whole different type of audience including LGBT. So I'm psyched. Bring on more horror."

"Bite Marks," this year's other horror enrty, screens later this evening at 8pm. Vampires remain popular so "Bite Marks" should appeal to a broader audience. Plus, director Mark Bessenger displays a geek knowledge of his bloodsucker trivia in his film.

CARY: Vampires fear the cross.

VOGEL: Not in "Fright Night."

CARY: You have to believe in it.

VOGEL: Well trust me there's nothing I believe in more right now. They might not be able to get in anyway without being invited.

VOGEL: That didn't work in "Count Yorga."

CARY: Of course not that was American Pictures.

Bessenger will be at tonight's screening at the Birch North Park Theater. FilmOut concludes Sunday night with the drama, "The Green."

Complete film schedule is available at the FilmOut website.

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