Friday, April 28, 2017

Chattanooga Film Festival 2017: AGFA presents - The Zodiac Killer

Once again, I was able to return to the Chattanooga Film Festival with Mass Listeria!  I love cinema in all of its forms, so the Chattanooga Film Festival is one of my favorite times of year because I spend four days being surrounded by movies and fellow film lovers!  To get a sense of why I love the Chattanooga Film Festival so much, read my post from the start of my coverage of the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival (found here)...every word of it still holds true!

We already did an overview episode on Mass Listeria (found at, but for the next several episodes of The Gargyle Podcast, I'll be providing reviews of each of the films that I saw individually.  Up next in my coverage of the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival is:  The Zodiac Killer, presented by the American Genre Film Archive

I'll be providing the description of the films provided in the Chattanooga Film Festival program and trailers via YouTube, when available.  The descriptions and trailers of the movies might let you know what they are about, but if you want to know what I thought of them...well, you are just going to have to give the podcast a listen.

The CFF program description for The Zodiac Killer, presented by the American Genre Film Archive,
If you've ever wanted proof that the world is insane, you've found it.  Produced and directed by Tom Hanson, who had previously owned a chain of Pizza Man restaurants, The Zodiac Killer was made with one goal in mind: to capture the real-life Zodiac Killer.  That plan didn't work.  Instead, we got the most outrageous and compelling "tabloid horror" vortex in the history of planet Earth.  And beyond.  Did you know the Zodiac Killer wore Groucho Marx glasses while stalking his victims?  Did you know the Zodiac's pet rabbits commanded him to kill during black mass rituals?  You won't get insight like this watching a David Fincher movie.  But you WILL get it while watching The Zodiac Killer.  Balancing cinema verite grimness with outta-this-world absurdity, this movie is an ultra-bizarro time capsule that features authentic recreations of the Zodiac's crimes contrasted with dialogue such as, "Why are evil people allowed to live, but innocent rabbits must die?"  During theatrical screenings in San Francisco, Hanson and actors from the movie constructed in-theater "traps" to lure the killer from hiding.  These included a raffle with a motorcycle as a prize.  Because even the Zodiac needs to get around.  AGFA is beyond excited to provide a brand new 4K transfer of this crown jewel from the Something Weird archive.  Next step: capture the Zodiac Killer.

I saw 21 feature films, short films, partial films, or live shows during the Chattanooga Film Festival!  So, be sure to check back soon for more of my CFF coverage!  And if you enjoy movies, conventions, comics, games, cartoons, Star Wars, horror, or just about anything sure to keep coming back for all things geekery!!  In the meantime, follow me here, on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube and be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes and/or Google Play for more geek coverage!

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