Hey Northwest horror fans, this Saturday, April 21, brings us the 2nd annual installment of the BoneBat “Comedy of Horror” Film Festival. The schedule includes 21 short films and a trio of features that combine comedy and horror. All three of the full-length films are making their Seattle premieres. In between rounds of zombies, monsters, and mole men, there are two sets of live music, one from Kirkland rappers Death*Star and Duval metal heads Burning of I.

Did I mention that you can drink? What goes better with both frights and laughs than beer? BoneBat is sponsored by local microbrewery Mac and Jacks, and takes place at The Big Picture Theater in Redmond, which features a full bar for all of booze needs. That’s my kind of spirituality.

Horror comedies always sound like a good proposition, but are tricky to pull off. For every Shaun of the Dead or The Selling you wind up with a dozen tepid knock offs. All of the features here look solid. I’ve been tenting my giddy little fingers and giggling like an idiot waiting for Monster Brawl for some time now. Horror luminary Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St.) even pops up in The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue.

The fest kicks off at 2:00PM on Saturday with a block of shorts, and Gord and Steve from the BoneBat podcast will play host throughout the day. Below are trailers for all three features. Check out the website for more info and a complete schedule of events, including all of the shorts. This is going to be a good time.


Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one’s lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda.

Monster Brawl

Set in the tradition of a Pay-Per-View main event, comes a grotesque and hilarious fight to the death featuring a cast of eight classic combatants in all. Along with their colorful managers, these Monsters compete in visceral bloody combat in the ring to determine the most powerful monster of all time.

The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue

Marion and Jarmon Mugg have never had to work very hard. They’ve never had much responsibility, and no one has ever put any expectations on them to perform or achieve, well… anything.

But two years ago their mother died, leaving them the brownstone apartment building that has been in the family since its days as a speakeasy during Prohibition. In that short time, their slacker ways have run the building into the ground. The tenants are moving out, no one but them and their friends drinks at the bar on the ground floor, and the building’s pets are going missing. If all that isn’t enough to make them sit up and take notice, there’s also a good chance that a monster is living in the basement.

The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue is a horror/ comedy that explores what happens when a terrible situation is dropped into the laps of the two people least equipped to deal with it. The Brothers Mugg can either step up to the plate and finally grow up, or they can wait and clean up the mess as a mysterious creature eats every living thing in the building, one by one.

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