Today is a good day to be a fan of cinematic badassery in the Southeastern United States. ActionFest 2012 kicks off tonight in Asheville, North Carolina, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The ass-kicking commences tonight at 8:30 with the regional premiere of Solomon Kane, and continues through Sunday. While they aren’t showing any films this year that technically qualify as horror (at least none they’ve announced), there will be plenty to keep my Rue Morgue-loving ass planted in my seat and my bloodthirsty eyeballs glued to the screen. Besides screenings of Astron 6’s Manborg and a restored version of the 1981 3D spaghetti western Comin’ At Ya!, we’ll also get to punish our peepers with the violent post-apocalyptic thriller The Day, Gareth Evans’ much-heralded The Raid, and the bloody home-invasion yarn The Aggression Scale. For a full schedule and details about each film, go here.
I’ve been to ActionFest every year since its inception in 2010, and I can honestly say that it’s one of the coolest film events in the region. Besides the non-stop, onscreen ass-kicking, there’s a live stunt show where people set themselves on fire and pretend to kill each other, and there’s even a guy who flies over the parking lot with a freaking jet pack. Other film festivals don’t have that. And did I mention that ActionFest’s official tagline is “The film festival with a body count”? Sold, amigos.