A Grim Fairy Tale at The Visual Arts Center
This October 20th's James River Film Society's Third Thursday event at Richmond, VA's Visual Arts Center, showcasing a Halloween double feature with Giovanni Furore's "Pickman's Model," and Virginia native Stan Winston's "Pumpkinhead."
The event, free to the public with a horror trivia contest and bonus Halloween treats, brought together horror buffs and geeks alike to do what they do best: indulge in the finest of horror film.
"Pickman's Model" is a short Italian film by Giovanni Furore. The film, shot in 2007, is a depiction of the story by H.P. Lovecraft about a deranged artist by the name of Pickman. According to commentator Phil Ford of Richmond Macabre, the film was Furore's first as a director. For this fact Furore was critical--but that very fact makes the film all the more impressive. Take the suspenseful camera angles in the scenes where the main character nervously recounts his run-in with the infamous Pickman to a friend as his reflection interchanges with his feared antagonist in the mirror. An even better tactic of suspense is Furore's ability to contain the actual art of Pickman from the viewer's eyes as it's relentlessly described. That is, until the very, un-inevitable end.
The crowd shared laughs during silly dialogue by the dirt bike greasers and the trivia round hosted between films by Bobby Morgan of Geeks of Doom. Fangoria and Richmond Macabre provided prizes.
Doc Gillespie of Hollywood's former Goblin Market had "Pumpkinhead" props and photographs on display, including molds of the monster's head for the film. Gillespie also provided commentary during the film and was available for all or any inquiries on the film after the showing.
The James River Film Society will continue to have film showcases on every third Thursday of the month in Richmond, VA.