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September 26th, 2008


by John Coakley

Folks, these are anxious times. Financial giants are crumbling left and right, the election is barely more than a month away, and, worst of all, movie ticket prices continue to skyrocket. Even the usually sensible Film Forum is up to $11 a pop. But at least you’re likely to see something good there; the multiplexes offering the latest Dane Cook/Jennifer Hudson travesties are likely to charge you $12. Jeez. Washington Mutual goes under but Hollywood keeps plugging on like the proverbial post-nuclear cockroach.

So (as always) thank goodness for Coney Island USA. They are presenting the 8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival this weekend and it’s going to be a hoot, a holler, and a half. The Festival is chock full of eccentric artists giving you more bang for your buckā€”most programs feature a bunch of short films and a feature for a measly $6. And you can get corn dogs at Nathan’s beforehand. Nice.

Standing out from the cinematic crowd is Gothkill, reviewed here. It’s a film that both spoofs and celebrates New York’s Goth subculture by placing the soul of a mass murderer in the body of an unassuming college girl. The mass murder is played by none other than Flambeaux, the pyro(technical/maniacal) genius you may have seen recently on America’s Got Talent. Blood and boobs are both on display here so this one is not for the kids. But it has the word ‘kill’ in the title, so you probably already figured that out.


8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival
September 26-28, 2008
at Sideshows By The Seashore
12th Street @ Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
Gothkill: 9/27/8 @ 9pm
Get tickets herea>.

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