Shocktober in Irvington 2017

October, or “Shocktober” as it’s known on the podcast, is a very special month for Tyler and me.  We are both HUGE horror film fanboys that celebrate the genre by, among other things, watching a horror film a day everyday in October leading up to Halloween.  In addition to watching horror films, Tyler and I like to attend a special annual event hosted by our friends over at the Obsessive Viewer podcast…”Shocktober in Irvington.”

Shocktober in Irvington is a one-night event held annually that showcases short horror films by local filmmakers.  After each film, the filmmakers are bought up onstage for a live Q&A.  One or both of us have attended the event for the last three years.  We even participated in Shocktober last year by premiering our short film “Date Night of the Living Dead.”  This year’s event was last Friday (10/6).  The previous three years had been held at the Irvington Theatre, but was moved to Playground Productions this year.  All proceeds are donated to the Irvington Historical Society.  Unfortunately Tyler couldn’t attend, but my wife and I were there.

There were four short films debuted at Shocktober this year.  The first of which was from J.P. Leck (or the “Shocktober OG” as he’s affectionately known as) titled “The Should Not Be.”  The short film is one part of Leck’s ever expanding multi-platform Elsewhere World universe.  The universe includes short films, books, radio plays, and soon comic books!  You can find the rest of the stories, including an Universe timeline, on Leck’s website.

The next two short films, “Sinesthesia” and “Solanum”, were products of Fair Creek Films as part of the 48 Film Project.  The 48 Hour Film Project is a contest where filmmakers are given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue, and have 48 hours to create a short film containing those elements.  Solanum even won “Best Cinematography” at last year’s Indy Film Fest.  The team from Fair Creek Films also premiered the trailer for their upcoming film “Anamnesis” (which I’m hoping will be shown at next year’s Shocktober because it looked AWESOME).

The last and longest of the short films shown at this year’s Shocktober in Irvington was Witching Season Films’ “They Live Inside Us.”  The film was inspired by the Stephen King quote, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”  This was the only film that the filmmakers were unable to attend and, therefore, there was no Q&A.

Despite my rant about the drive up to Indy on the last episode of the podcast, I really look forward to going to Shocktober every-year.  It is something my wife and I attend each year and I’m proud of Matt for having the balls to pull it off. Especially this year considering he had to organize the event, promote it, and find a new venue at the last minute.  Despite all of that, Matt, and his team, pulled off another great show.  I even got a sneak peak at some of the promo material for next year’s show.  Check ’em out!