Morbido 2018: Festival Lineup and Guest List Announced!
It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year. In two weeks I will be returning to my happy place, CDMX, for the 2018 edition of the Morbido Film Fest.
As always mi Familia de Morbido have put together a top notch program this year. I look forward to seeing who will win the battle of the Giallo projects, the Onetti Brothers’ Abrakadabra or Mirada de cristal from Ezequiel Endelman y Leandro Montejano who will be at the festival this year. I also look forward to discovering and giving focus to the other IberoAmerican films during the festival.
International titles coming to CDMX include Lifechanger, The Ranger, the amazing One Cut of the Dead, Mandy, Starfish, Cam, Luz, Violence Voyager and the sensually dangerous Knife + Heart! There are many more titles in the mix, just that these ones in particular have stood out over the festival season.
The guest lineup is pretty strong as well. From a legacy standpoint Peter Medak, director of The Changeling, will be in town for a special screening of his film. Ashley Laurence from the Hellraiser films is coming to town. And Don Mancini, creator of the Child’s Play films is coming to the festival to celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary. You can bet we will see Chucky come to life and be present at the festival this year.
Locally, my friend Justin McConnell is coming with his film Lifechanger. I also get to hang out with Jenn Wexler and Heather Buckley again, who are coming with Wexler’s punk rock slasher The Ranger. Someone who I have not met yet but look forward to seeing at the festival is Jon Schnitzer, director of Haunters: The Art of the Scare, because his virtual reality project Flatline Experience will also play at the festival. It is also worth noting that Morbido has been running an Overlord themed haunted house in La Feria de Chapultepec, a local amusement park which guests will get to visit during the festival.
And as is always the case the festival sports another incredible poster for this year’s edition. Featuring a fierce battle between a jaguar and an eagle I look forward to swapping out last year’s poster for this one for the year long display cycle in my art gallery, aka. living room.
The complete press release is below this smashing poster.
Morbido Film Fest 2018 opens its 11th edition in Mexico City.CDMX, October 2018. Grupo Morbido’s CEO Pablo Guisa Koestinger presented all guest and programming for the 11th edition of Morbido Film Fest to be held from October 31st to November 10th.Special guests: Peter Medak, director of “The Changeling”; David Gregory, distributor of “The Changeling”; Ashley Laurence, actress of “Hellraiser” and “Hellbound, Hellraiser II”; Dominik Hartl, Austrian director of “Party Hard, Die Young”; Jon Schnitzer, director of “Haunters: The Art Of The Scare”; Jenn Wexler director of “The Ranger”; Heather Buckley, producer of “The Ranger”; Justin McConnell, director of “Lifechanger”; Avi Federgreen, producer of "Lifechanger"; Paulo Biscaia Filho, director of “Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains”; Paco Plaza, director of “REC” and “La posesión de Verónica”; Ezequiel Endelman y Leandro Montejano, directors of “Mirada de Cristal”; Camila Pizzo, actress of “Mirada de Cristal”; Seth Michaels, actor and producer of “St. Agatha”; Carlos Vermut, director of “Quien te cantara” and Nathalie Cohen, Italian graphic artist.To celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Child’s Play” we’ll have Chucky himself and Don Mancini, creator of Chucky.This year Morbido Film Fest 2018 venues will be: Cinépolis Diana, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Casa del Lago, Metro Zapata, Cinemanía, Centro de Cultura Digital and finally La Feria de Chapultepec joins this year.This year La Feria de Chapultepec sums up as a new venue for the festival, where there will be related events with some of the movies from our selection such as the documentary “Haunters: The Art Of The Scare” from director Jon Schnitzer which shows Haunted Houses culture in The United States.Schnitzer who is the creator of horror attractions, RV and Immersive Experiences for clients such as Tim Burton, Youtube Red Studios and TASCHEN Books, as well as produced ghost illusions in 3D for the first Barack Obama´s Halloween Party at The White House. Jon also directed and produced Flatline Experience, a reality virtual project that brings the audience the opportunity to become active participants on a experience that takes you close to death. This screening will take place next-door La nueva Casona del Terror with Morbido designed for this season. We will give a special tour to all our guests including Chucky for who we have a special surprise.To celebrate the 200 anniversary of Frankenstein (novel), Morbido Film Fest and Grupo Planeta have a special event at Biblioteca Vasconcelos where Pablo Guisa will interview the monster of Frankenstein to talk about his first 200 years. This event is free and will happen next Saturday November 3rd at 13:00 pm.Celebrating Morbido´s Day, next Sunday 4th of November, Casa del Lago, The Chapultepec Park opens its doors for different activities for all public such as: Puppetry´s play, Latin American witches legends, reading circles, short films screenings, we will be presenting “Cygnus” a new book and our already traditional AAA Lucha Libre show.As a part of its mission to spread horror, Grupo Morbido launched Morbido TV, Pay TV channel that can already be seen in Mexico and by the end of this month will opens its signal over South America in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Perú.Morbido Film Fest thanks support to Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Cinemanía, Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexicano, el Foro Cultural de Austria, el Instituto Italiano de Cultura, la AAA, el Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro.Latin American Feature Films Official Selection for this year are:AbrakadabraDir: Luciano Onetti, Nicolas OnettiCast: Germán Baudino, María Eugenia Rigón, Gustavo D`AlessandroArgentina| 2018 | 80 m | color |AnyaDir: Erik ZaválaCast: María Fernanda Tovar, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Ricky Gut Mad, Diana LeinMéxico| 2018 | 90 m | color |El Vampiro del LagoDir: Carl ZitelmannCast: Miguel Angel Landa, Sócrates Serrano, Eduardo Gulino, Abilio TorresVenezuela| 2018 | 102 m | color |Fiesta NiburuDir: Manuel FacalCast: Verónica Dobrich, Luciano Demarco, Emanuel Sobré, Carla QuevedoUruguay| 2017 | 71 m | color |InquilinosDir: Chava CartasCast: Danny Perea, Erick Elías, Gabriela Roel, Noé HernándezMéxico| 2018 | 92m | color |La Casa LoboDir: Cristobal León, Joaquín CociñaCast: Amalia Kassai, Rainer KrauseChile| 2018 | 75m | color | animaciónMirada de cristalDir: Ezequiel Endelman, Leandro MontejanoCast: Silvia Montanari, Anahí Politi, Erika Boveri, Claudio ArmestoArgentina | 2017 | 82m | color |Morto Não Fala (Nightshifter)Dir: Dennison RamalhoCast: Daniel de Oliveira, Fabiula Nascimento, Blanca ComparatoBrasil | 2018| 110 m | color |Rest of the world Feature Films Official Selection for this year are:CAMDir: Daniel Goldhaber, Isa MazzeiCast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid,EUA| 2018 | 94 m | color |Crisis JungDir: Jeremie Hoarau, Baptiste GaubertCast: Karim Tougui, Pauline Moingeon, Martial Le MinouxFrancia | 2018 | 70 m | color | animaciónDeadtectivesDir: Tony WestCast: Chris Geree David Newman, José María de Tavira, Martha HigaredaEUA | 2018 | 90 m | color |Haunters: The Art of The ScareDir: Jon SchnitzerCast: Shar Mayer, Donald Julson, Russ McKamey, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska,EUA | 2017| 88 m | color |One Cut of the DeadDir: Shinichiro UedaCast: Yuzuki Akiyama, Takuya Fujimura, Ayana Gôda, Takayuki HamatsuJapón | 2017| 97 m | color |LifechangerDir: Justin McConnellCast: Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Bill Oberst Jr., Elitsa Bako, Sam James WhiteCanadá | 2018| 84 m | color |LucidDir: Adam MorseCast: Billy Zane, Sadie Frost, Toni Beard, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Cristian SolimenoReino Unido | 2018| 86 m | color |LuzDir: Tillman SingerCast: Luana Veils, Jan Bluthardt, Julia Riedler, Nadja Stübiger, Johannes BeneckeAlemania| 2018| 70 m | color |MandyDir: Panos CosmatosCast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus RoacheEUA | 2018| 121 m | color |Mutafukaz (MFKZ)Dir: Guillaume Renard, Shojiro NishimiCast: Tay Lee, Mark Ryan Haltom, Ray Chung.Francia| 2017| 90 m | color | animaciónParallelDir: Issac EzbanCast: Ami Ameen, Martin Wallstrom, Georgia King, Mark O’Brien, Alyssa DiazCanadá | 2018| 104 m | color |Party Hard Die YoungDir: Dominik HartiCast: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Antonia Moretti, Alexandra Schmidt, Chantal Pausch, Marlon Boess, Markus Freistätter, Michael Glant SchnigAustria| 2018| 90 m | color |Puppet Master: The Littlest ReichDir: Sonny Laguna, Tommy WiklundCast: Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Michael Paré, Barbara Crampton, Udo Kier.EUA| 2018| 84 m | color |Quién te cantaráDir: Carlos VermutCast: Najwa Nimri, Eva Llorach, Carmen ElìásEspaña | 2018| 124 m | color |St. AgathaDir: Darren Lynn BousmanCast: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney HalversonEUA| 2018| 102 m | color |StarfishDir: A.T. WhiteCast: Virginia Gardner, Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft, Natalie Mitchell.EUA| 2018| 101 m | color |The ChangelingDir: Peter MedakCast: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John ColicosCanadá | 1980| 109 m | color |The Cleaning LadyDir: Jon KnautzCast: Alexis Kendra, Rachel Alig, Stelio Savante, Elizabeth Sandy,EUA| 2018| 90 m | color |The Man with the Magic BoxDir: Bodo KoxCast: Olga Boladz, Piotr Polak, Sebastian StankiewiczPolonia | 2017| 103 m | color |The RangerDir: Jenn WexlerCast: Chloe Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler,EUA| 2018| 77 m | color |TumbbadDir: Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh PrasadCast: Sohum Shah, Deepak Damle, Harish Khanna, Anita Date, Mohd SamadIndia,Suecia | 2018| 104 m | color |Un Couteau dans le Coeur/ La Daga en el CorazónDir: Yann GónzalezCast: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury,Francia | 2018| 110 m | color |Violence VoyagerDir: UjichaCast: Saki Fujita, Shigeo Takahashi, Naoki TanakaJapón | 2018| 84 m | color | animaciónVirgin Cheerleaders in ChainsDir: Paulo Biscaia FilhoCast: Kelsey Pribilski ,Elizabeth Maxwell, Ezekiel Z Swinford, Don DaroEUA| 2018| 94 m | color |What Keeps you AliveDir: Colin MinihamCast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaacCanadá| 2018| 98 m | color |Mórbido will also present on its selection a total of 64 shortfilms divided by 9 theme blocks of 17 different countries.