Luna’s script mostly salutes 1980s-era slaughterhouses such as Friday the 13th,
although when it comes to the catty interplay between several queenly
crew members, Luna may have also been influenced by Kevin Williamson’s
snarky screenplays for the Scream sendups. Luna handles this
body counter’s death scenes with a straight face (barbed-wire
beheadings, anyone?), but he allows the cast to occasionally wink at
the campy material, with little-unknown thespians Adam Kitchen, Daphne
Khoury, Todd Jenkins, Allyn Carroll and Richard Curtin scoring best—if
only because their characters linger the longest. By the way, Luna pops
up briefly as a fatality at a gas station, while co-producer Melissa
McCurley plays a librarian who delivers the movie’s best laugh line:
“What the Dewey Decimal?”
Fright Flick runs Sunday, Oct.
12, 3:15 p.m., immediately followed by a question-answer session with
the filmmakers. The B-Movie Fest, which will unspool 12 features and
many shorts, runs Friday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Saturday, Oct.
11, noon to 1:30 a.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 to 8 p.m. Admission
choices range from $25 for the weekend, $10 per day or $5 per movie. An
awards ceremony at the Westcott takes place Sunday at 7 p.m., with free
admission. For information, call 652-3868.
Auteur theory in action: A crew member (Natali Jones) confers with her director (Richard Curtin) in Fright Flick, running Sunday at the Westcott Theater during the B-Movie Festival.