A wrap-up of Wreak Havoc’s film festival
Halloween came a little early to the Triad. The fifth annual Wreak Havoc Horror Festival was unleashed Sept. 20-21 at RED Cinemas in Greensboro, showcasing a slew of independent horror features and shorts, including the latest Wreak Havoc short, the adaptation of Stephen King’s Uncle Otto’s Truck.
This marked the first year the festival was held at RED Cinemas instead of the Carolina Theater. Dan Sellers, the president of Wreak Havoc Productions, said the transition went well and looks like it will continue.
“There were a few hiccups here and there, but that’s to be expected in a new venue,” he said. “We’ll be working hard to have the kinks ironed out between now and next year.
“I don’t have any specific numbers as far as attendance goes,” he added, “but I can say the screening rooms were pretty packed, and financially this year was much better (than years past). The general reaction I received from most folks was very positive. People really responded to the changes we made and really dig the movie-going experience at RED.”
As Uncle Otto’s Truck was a Wreak Havoc production, it was (understandably) ineligible for awards consideration. The lethal list of this festival’s winners is as follows: A Doll Distorted won the Audience Choice Award, Michael Trainotti won Best Director for Nocturne, Emily Tynan McDaniel won Best Actress for The Ebbing, Dorset won Best Micro-Short, Alexis Maingaud won Best Musical Score for Blossom, and Filth won Best Production Design.
Many of the films received multiple awards: Artik won Best Feature Film and Best Actor (Jerry G. Angelo); Nervous Breakdown won Best North Carolina Film and Best Poster; Oscar’s Bell won Best Short Film and Best Cinematography (Sam Cronin); and the Aussie short Here There Be Monsters won Best Foreign Film and Best Special Effects.
For more information about the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Fest and Wreak Havoc’s other projects, visit the official website.