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It’s October, so if you’re not thinking about your Halloween costume, you’re doing it wrong. Anyone in dire need of inspiration should head to the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. The weeklong fest opens tonight with Excision, a flick about a high-school student who “retreats into her demented erotic fantasies of flesh, death, and salvation.” Hell yes! Then there’s Chained, the psychological thriller directed by Jennifer Lynch (David’s daughter) and starring Vincent D’Onofrio. Leave this one to the seasoned horror fans, and not only because it’s rated NC-17 for incest. The real stand out may be the Tribeca audience favorite Resolution, which begins as a buddy comedy before it veers into something far more fucked up. Granted, few of these films will provide direct inspiration for your upcoming Halloween party—but maybe they’ll drive you to pick a costume that’s actually scary instead of dressing up like another goddamned character from your favorite Wes Anderson film.
The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs Oct. 10-18 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Individual tickets $11.50. thespookymovie.com. (301) 495-6720.