The Little Film Festival That Could Is Building Up Some Major Steam!

On the anniversary of it’s fourth year the Rivera Maya Film Festival (RMFF) is kicking ass and taking names. With over 50 films under it’s belt it’s demanding some major attention and attracting A-listers such as Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and in the past the festival has recruited Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Hudgens and Christian Slater, just to name a few.

Despite the big names RMFF takes place far from the glitz and the glammour of Hollywood in the tropical flat lands of Southern Mexico; where the people are as interesting and unique as the films on display. Though all fifty have their own charm, there are three horror gems that caught my eye, Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh), Burying the Ex, and Cub.

Goodnight Mommy (Severin Fiala, Veronica FranzAustrian) caught my attention because it’s so visually striking. No need for smoke and mirrors this film gives a stark, rural, intimate type of scare, a scare that hits home, the worst kind of scare, the family secret.

Synopsis and trailer below:

“In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust.”

Cub (Jonas Govearts) just seems like a full fledged blast! We’ve all been waiting for a movie like this, a scare that combines quiet creepiness, destitute landscape, yet all the fun of blood and gore. I have a feeling this one will have a mass appeal with the hipsters and the hard cores. Win-win if you will.

Synopsis and trailer below:

“Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster…and he does.”

 I don’t know if Burying The Ex (Joe Dante) (Starring Anton Yelchin of Hearts In the Atlantic and Like Crazy) is being labeled as a horror comedy, but if it’s not it should be. This is not a knock on the film, on the contrary, I feel this is a fun thrill ride anyone can enjoy. You’re probably not gonna see too many deep issues tackled in this one but it’s okay, relax, live a little!

Synopsis and trailer below:

“When Max (Yelchin) learns that his new live-in girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene) is controlling and manipulative, he is afraid to end the relationship. However, fate occurs and Evelyn is killed in a freak accident. A couple months have passed and Max meets his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario). The new romance gets tricky when Evelyn comes back from the grave and insists on continuing their once relationship by all means.”

I know what you’re thinking, “This all sounds well and good but I can’t stand subtitles!” I’m with you, but remember a scream needs no translation!

The River Maya Film Festival opens today and runs through the 29th of April, enjoy!