Secrets of the Dead Short Horror Film Festival NYC
Death looms over our lives as both a definite certainty and as the deepest mystery. While the scientific community, such as it is, has not (yet?) developed a technique for effectively exploring this terrain, cinema dares traverse dangerous and otherwise un-chartered realms.
Secrets of the Dead will screen “Blood Countess” by Fred H. Berger of Propaganda Magazine, the pre-eminent American gothic-publication of the 1980s-90s, in addition to Jeffrey Wengrofsky’s short film on Jack Terricloth (Peter Ventantonio, 1970-2021), of the World/Inferno Friendship Society, the notorious Brooklyn-based punk-cabaret band. The program also includes another eight films chosen from an international call for entries on Film Freeway (see below) as well as live music by The Strange Walls on both dates (10/29 and 11/1). Now in its ninth year, Secrets of the Dead is hosted and curated by Jeffrey Wengrofsky.
Secrets of the Dead 2021 includes ten short horror-related films, each less than twenty minutes in duration: “Blood Countess” by Fred H. Berger (US), “The Plan” by Gigi Burgdorf (UK), “Forgotten” by Herb & Joe Cremer (US), “Patricia Sterling” by Drew Fuller (US), “Cook with the Heart” by Mike Hayhurst (US), “With Momentum” by Flaccid Knob (Nadja Kurz, Germany), “Murder Pool” by Mara Powell (US), “DDD” by Eric Unusual (US), “Your Houseplants are Screaming” by Benjamin Roberds (US), and “Jack Terricloth is Alive and at-Large in Gotham” by Jeffrey Wengrofsky (US). Ticket revenue will go to support Film Noir Cinema.