OK, after many traffic problems, 01flux and caliban made it down here just in time to join zombiedip and myself, as we met up at karzon's place. A night of Lovecraftian horror ensued, as we watched 'Creature of the Mist' (which was so-so) and a bunch of shorts (culminating in 'The Music of Erica Zann', a Lovecraftian opera...and yes, just as horrible as you might think. Goddess, it was terrible. Lovecraft was not meant to be sung, apparently...at least not by human voices.). We also got to see "The Resurrectionist", which starred our friend gravesme, and it was even better than he made it sound. Absolutely great.
A late-night of laughter and computer games led us into our second day, where a new group of shorts brought us 'Six Shorts In Moonlight', easily some of the funniest bits I have seen in forever, and definitely the best of that block. As usual, Eric and I were making quiet comments to each other and giggling, and we were joined by the rest of the group. The people behind us were just as bad, and I think we got each other laughing at times. Someone finally bitched about it and we all shut up, but afterwards, we discovered that our 'partners-in-crime' were actually the filmmakers of the 'Six Shorts', so we had to get a picture (speaking of which, I need to mail it to them). A break for lunch brought us back that night to watch Uzumaki, which was fucking incredible, and Dagon. The Howie awards were that night as well, and they went to S.T. Joshi, who's done incredible amounts of Lovecraftian research, collecting, and writing, and Stuart Gordon, writer/director/producer, who had done Dagon, as well as other Lovecraft movies and plenty of other movies. Now, I'm a huge movie nut (as everybody knows), and I have loved Gordon's films for 15 years (check his resume here), so I was sure to get a handshake as he walked by.
Later that night was a concert by "The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets" (who show that Lovecraft CAN be sung), the only Lovecraft-inspired punk/ska band in the world. They may be obscure to the rest of the world, but to Lovecraft nuts, they are stars. Ten years they have been playing together, and still going strong. New security procedures at the Canadian border, though, kept their gear from arriving, so the festival staff managed to scrape together enough gear for them to pertform. Needless to say, the sound wasn't perfect, but it was excellent anyway, and everyone had an abolute blast, band and audience alike. Hell, we even got Stuart Gordon to come down and rock out with us all, and you could tell he was having a ball. Afterwards, I approached him for a picture, which he was happy to give. He almost seemed surprised that someone wanted it, which only honored me more...man, that was my highlight for the whole thing.
Sunday was a quick trip back for the 'secret screening', which turned out to be the Night Gallery episode 'Camera Obscura', folowed by 'The Dunwich Horror', which everyone knew was so campy it hurt, and which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We spent the rest of the day hanging out at the house, watching movies, and of course, Eric and Steph left out today.
All in all, a wonderful weekend.