Dark Star, Bloody Disgusting to Host Free Virtual Film Fest with Secret Screening (Exclusive)

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Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting will unveil their latest acquisition as a surprise finale for a free Jan. 22 to 24 genre movie event to include pics like 'Dirty God' and 'Attack of The Demons.'

With COVID-19 shuttering cinemas and disrupting genre film fests, Los Angeles-based Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting have come up with a novel way to unveil their latest horror pic acquisition: feature it as a surprise secret finale to a free virtual film festival to run from Jan. 22 to 24.

The indie distributor and horror film website are betting genre fans will come to stream recent international horror offerings like PVT CHAT, Koko-Di Koko-Da, Jumbo, Attack of the Demons, Dirty God and Climate of the Hunter and then stay to view a still secret screening of the latest pick up from Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting's new joint brand label.

The free-to-watch programming aims to generate buzz around the upcoming announcement of the secret screening on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., leaving horror fans 24 hours to stream the pic. Tickets for the virtual fest will be available on a first come, first served basis via ticketing links on darkstarpics.com.

"Taking advantage of virtual platforms now available to us, we thought we’d have a little fun and give you a taste of the future and our exciting new collaboration with Bloody Disgusting. We’re beyond stoked for you to not just hear, but see our latest surprise acquisition!” Dark Star creative director Josh Goldbloom said in a statement.

The feature films that already screened at Sundance, Fantasia, Nightstream and Cinepocalypse will be streamed as part of the free virtual festival to be hosted on the Eventive platform.

The first release from the Dark Star and Bloody Disgusting label is the backwoods horror film Honeydew that stars Sawyer Spielberg, the actor and Steven Spielberg’s son in his feature performance debut.

The slasher pic written and directed by Devereux Milburn is set to be released in theaters in March 2021, with a VOD/digital and DVD release to follow in April.

Honeydew was originally supposed to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, but those plans got upended by COVID-19. It has found its audience via the Nightstream festival, as well as stops at the Rome International Film Festival and FrightFest UK.