#30 – Don’t Let The Riverbeast Get You!
DIRECTOR: Charlies Roxburgh
CAST: Matt Farley, Kevin McGee, Sharon Scalzo
RUNTIME: 99 min
WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 SCREENING:
DATE: July 2nd, 2016
VENUE: The Royal Cinema
FORMAT: Digital Print
ORIGINAL POSTER ART BY: Leigh Young
MOTERN CINEMATIC UNIVERSE RETROSPECTIVE
DATE: April 18th, 2020
VENUE: Spectacle Theatre (via their Twitch.TV Channel)
In the third instalment of their regional horror movie cycle, Charlie Roxburgh and Matt Farley once again lampoon the tropes and traditions of low-budget B-movies by filtering them through their unique comic sensibility that skirts, but never falls into ironic mockery or condescending camp.
In Riverbeast, Farley portrays Neil Stewart, a disgraced tutor / rock ‘n’ roller who returns to his sleepy New England town in an effort to prove the existence of a local aquatic menace and also win back the heart of his ex-fiancée. Hilariously loquacious dialogue and ramshackle aesthetic quirks abound, and the whole production is remarkably couched in an air of wide-eyed sincerity that is guaranteed to incite fits of giggles from any audience with an affinity for the absurd. Concludes with perhaps the funniest sight gag in the history of film.