Later this month sees the second iteration of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Fest–PUFF for short, hitting Drake’s Proscenium Theater in Center City with a stellar program running Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1st. Sponsored by horror blog Arrow in the Head, the fest kicks off with a screening of Natasha Kermani’s dreamy sci-fi film Imitation Girl, followed by a post screening Q&A with the director and an opening night reception. The night then closes out with a screening of Terrifier, which has a very timely premise about a twisted killer clown.
Friday, September 29th you can check out the slasher comedy Tragedy Girls, described as “a mix between Mean Girls and Scream,” which sounds a bit like one of my favorite TV shows Scream Queens starring Deadpool‘s Brianna Hildebrand and X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Alexandra Shipp. Friday’s late night movie is Assholes, directed by Peter Vack. I reviewed the film for its run at the Fantasia Film Fest, and is best described as mumblecore on acid with a third act that has to be seen to be believed.
Saturday, September 30th promises screenings of the “stylish, mind-bending serial killer thriller,” Charismata, with a post film Q&A with the director, followed by Ruin Me, a film about “an immersive horror game in the woods.” Sunday, October 1st closes out the fest with Rift, an Icelandic supernatural drama, shorts and a secret screening TBA. Peep the full schedule below and get tickets here.
Thursday, September 28
7:00 – IMITATION GIRL: A mysterious young woman materializes in the middle of the southwestern desert.
9:00 – Opening night party and Legacy Award ceremony with Arrow in the Head
9:30 – TERRIFIER: A maniacal clown named Art, terrorizes three young women on Halloween night.
Friday, September 29
7:00 – Spotlight Feature: TRAGEDY GIRLS: Mean Girls meets Scream. Starring Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Dark Phoenix). Prom-themed party with prom shots for 21 or older.
9:00 – Bizarre Block: Experimental and disturbing films from around the world.
11:00 – ASSHOLES: “A micro-budget cross between Salo and The Squid and the Whale.” — IndieWire.
Saturday, September 30
2:30 – TBA
4:30 – Saturday Shorts: 90-minutes of short films.
7:00 – CHARISMATA: Psychological horror about a police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders.
9:30 – RUIN ME: Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive.
Sunday, October 1: Local programming
1:00 – RIFT: Two men in a secluded cabin are haunted by their dead relationship.
3:30 – 100 ACRES OF HELL: When ex-pro-wrestler, Buck Severs, travels to an abandoned wildlife preserve with his friends for a “bro’s weekend,” they become the targets of a deadly manhunt.
5:30 – Local shorts and awards
8:00 – CLOSING NIGHT FILM (TBA)