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ActionFest bloodies up Asheville this weekend

on April 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

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.

Tags: ActionFest, Asheville film events, Comin' At Ya, Gareth Evans, genre film festivals, The Aggression Scale, The Day, The Raid

Responses to ActionFest bloodies up Asheville this weekend

  1. Trevor says:

    Every fight movie fan should see The Raid. It’s easily the most expertly choreographed, creatively shot orgy of violence these old eyes have seen of recent. There’s a few inventive gore gags peppered throughout, and a cool electro-score that really complements all the pummeling going on. And, oh, what a dizzying amount of thugs get their comeuppance over the course of the movie. I was but one of a gang of fourteen curmudgeonly men who took in this flick before gorging on a feast of Korean BBQ, and we were unanimously satiated even before we got to the meat.

  2. Feedback says:

    I wonder why they don’t bring this to Toronto – especially considering that it’s programmed by people FROM Toronto. Surely, it would be a guaranteed smash hit.

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