Hollywood may dominate the national headlines coming out of Comic Con, be they promising trailers of Mad Max or posters for another bloated Blockbuster. But out on the floor, among the true enthusiasts, the appreciation of film and the role it plays in geek culture runs far deeper than waiting to be astonished by the next unnecessarily 3D cash grab.
The festival component begins on Friday with, appropriately, the beginning: two classic 1970s films adapted from the horror/sci-fi/noir/you-name-it imprint EC Comics. Before there was the HBO series and the subsequent spinoff films, there was 1972’s creepy and campy Tales from the Crypt (3pm), and its sequel, The Vault of Horror (4:30pm). Sunday kicks off with two prime slabs of WTF-were-they-thinking ‘50s and ‘60s films, The Horror of Party Beach (10:15am) and Ed Wood’s “masterpiece,” Plan 9 from Outer Space (11:35am).
In between is where the fans and modern DIY filmmakers get their chance to shine. Some to watch out for are Boston Underground Film Festival favorite My Name is Jonah (Sat, 4pm), cerebral award-winner sci-fi Found in Time (Sun 2:40pm), and crowd favorite Cowboy Zombies (Sat 2pm). Playing twice will be comedy-drama webseries LARPS: The Series (Sat 10:30am & Sun 4:15pm), and what-if comedy Dink (Sat 11:40am & Sun 5:20pm), who is blessed and cursed with the ability to see accidents before they happen.
The heart of geek culture is in participation, not just consumption. So while this weekend is sure to be filled with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice teasers and surprise announcements, for anyone who respects geekdom’s campy roots and appreciates a solid DIY ethic, Comic Con’s film festival will not disappoint.
BOSTON COMIC CON FILM FEST. FRI 8.8 – SUN 8.11. FOR SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS VISIT BOSTONCOMICCON.COM/EVENTS