The GenreBlast Film Festival is entering its sixth year of genre film goodness. A one-of-a-kind film experience created for both filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate genre filmmaking in an approachable environment, it has been described by Movie Maker Magazine as a “summer camp for filmmakers.”

Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing several movies from this fest, based in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. This year, there are 14 feature films and 87 short films from all over the world. Weekend passes are only $65 and you can get them right here.

Nasty (2022): A very simple premise: “The weird girl in class invites the hottest guy in school to her fruity dinner party.”

Paige Dillon’s Nasty, however, looks incredible and if you’re someone who doesn’t like to watch people eat, it’s going to upset you to no end.

There are gross meals, bloody teeth, pears being turned into sacrificial Mr. Potato head-type beings, food going on peoples’ faces, food spit into peoples’ faces and a horrific final repast. Maybe save your meal until way after.

In her director’s statement, Dillon said, “On set, we finished shooting early and laughed all day. Everyone walked away having had one of their best student-set experiences. I am so proud of myself for cultivating an environment that was simultaneously productive and fun; everything I believe filmmaking should be.”

While the end to this feels too fast from the set-up, I definitely think this deserves more time. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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