With the exception of 2007’s 28 Weeks Later, it’s been a while since a skillfully made horror film has hit the big screen. This year’s Spooky Movie Film Festival will more than compensate for the glut of mediocre mainstream fare with a film for every freak: Paul von Stoetzel’s Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera, deconstructs the popular mythology depicted in films like 8 mm, while Vlog examines the repercussions of online media when a cyberstalker goes berserk on his favorite video blogger. Other notable films include the scarecrow movie Vanished Acres and Prombies!, a short film about the trials of being an undead adolescent. If none of those pique your interest, there are dozens more to choose from. Tonight’s lineup is a grindhouse double feature of Crushed and Brain Dead, plus shorts; see thespookymovie.com for a complete schedule.
THE FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH MONDAY, OCT. 20, AT CINEMA ARTS THEATRE, 9650 MAIN ST., FAIRFAX. $8-$10. (703) 978-6991.