Last night I took a trip down Gerrard Street in Toronto, away from the busy downtown core. There’s not a lot to do on Gerrard and there’s not a lot to see, but if you’re patient and ride the streetcar to 1035 Gerrard St. E., you will find one of the coolest theatres in town. The Projection Booth.
The interior of the Projection Booth looks like it may have been decorated by blind ascetic monks and the theatre may be be as cold as a coffin, but don’t worry, that’s not why you’re here. You’re here for the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the $2.50 bag of popcorn, and most importantly, you are here because the Projection Booth will show films that no other theatre in town will show. For those of us that have had our fill of wand toting teenagers and superhero origin movies, this is a godsend!
On this particular night, thanks to Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground, I was able to attend an event like no other event I had ever attended before. Two hours of short horror films, up on the glorious big-screen. I wasn’t sure exactly how much to expect from a prolonged viewing of shorts, after all, I particularly enjoy getting happily lost in a feature length film for a few hours. Imagine my surprise when the evening was not only good, but excellent.
Little Terrors Volume 2 consisted of a wide variety of horror shorts of different subject matter, style, country of origin, run time (6 – 21 minutes), you name it. If you are a fan of horror then you would have had a blast. Since here at the maven I try to focus on the best of the best, I will only discuss a couple of the shorts I watched, although it should be said that the majority of them were quite enjoyable. Remember, if you find yourself watching a short that you don’t particularly like, don’t worry, it will be over soon.
For me the highlights of the program had to be Geoff Redknap’s ‘The Auburn Hills Breakdown‘ and Jerome Sable’s ‘The Legend of Beaver Dam‘. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you too much about these short, as the surprise they punch is probably why I found them so enjoyable.
I think that Auburn Hills caught the entire audience off guard. A clever script combined with the knowledge of how to make an effective film on a, presumably, very small budget must be the secret to Auburn Hills‘ success. I have to hand it to the actors as well, they did a great job.
Now on to Beaver Dam. This has to be the most innovative film, short or feature length, that I have seen in a long time. Also, if you are a fan of Sean Cullen, he is fabulous as the bullying scout leader/camp counselor character. Again, the less you know about it, the more pleasurable the experience will be, but if you need a sneak peak, check out the trailer below.
I’m going to make it a point to be in the audience next month when Little Terrors – Volume #3 is put on the big screen. If you’re a fan of horror and looking for something interesting to do then get your butt over to the Projection Booth in September and add Little terrors (http://www.facebook.com/littleterrorstoronto) or the Projection Booth (http://www.facebook.com/ProjectionBoothEast?ref=ts) to your Facebook account to keep an eye on the date.
It’s gonna be scream!