“House of Hope” to screen at Dark Carnival Film Fest

House of Hope will make its festival debut at the 4th Annual Dark Carnival Film Festival this November. The three-day festival, which features indie horror films from around the world, will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, November 19th through the 21st. Master of ceremonies is none other than Monstervision host Joe Bob Briggs. Other special guests include indie scream queens Deneen Melody and Tiffany Shepis, the Men of MuscleWolf, and the hosts of Atomic Age Cinema.

The festival kicks off Friday the 19th at the Bloomington Playwrights Project with a Carnival Costume Party and the first series of screenings. The festival continues at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre on Saturday the 20th, with screenings scheduled from noon until well after midnight. Saturday’s schedule also includes an awards ceremony and tattoo contest. The festival concludes at the Buskirk-Chumley on Sunday the 21st, with House of Hope closing the screening series.

Weekend Passes are now on sale for just $20 ($25 at the door). Click here to see a lineup of all the selected films, and click here to see a complete schedule of events and screenings.

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One Response to ““House of Hope” to screen at Dark Carnival Film Fest”
  1. Scott says:

    The festival was a huge success! Attendance was up over last year and it looks like Dave Pruett and company (including yours truly) will be doing it again next year. Stay tuned for more about Dark Carnival 2011.

    The films were awesome this year. I especially loved the misogyny exploitation flick “The Taint,” the Christian exploitation flick “Satan Hates You,” and the truly fucked up and surreal animated short, “Liquid Memories.”

    “House of Hope” had a decent-sized little crowd (maybe 40 or 50 people?) and they all applauded when the movie was over. There were some gasps during the movie as well, so that made me proud. A couple of people later told me how much they enjoyed the movie — can’t ask for more than that, can I? I’m very glad the movie finally had a public premiere after all these years (shot in 2002, never finally finished until this year).

    I also have to say the other highlight of the festival was the participation of the masked horror hosts from Atomic Age Cinema. These guys walked around the festival like some sick versions of Magic Kingdom characters and did some remarkable and hilarious skits in-between the screenings. Saturday night they put on a live fireshow and we got to see Baron Mardi in full-body paint and nothing but a thong. A truly special evening. I’m talking with these guys about getting in on their action. They’re ready to take things to the next level, and I want to help them get there if I can.

    Stay tuned…