Niagara Gazette

November 7, 2013

Movie screening at Buffalo film festival to benefit Niagara Falls cultural center

By Michael Calleri
Night & Day

Night & Day — In 1986, the horror comedy feature “Class Of Nuke ‘Em High” was a popular hit. Co-directed by Richard W. Haines and Lloyd Kaufman, the movie follows a group of students whose high school is next to a nuclear power plant, which results in the contamination of their favorite recreational substances and causes the kids to behave strangely.

Jump to the present day, and Kaufman, of well-known Troma Entertainment, is the solo director of a follow-up entitled “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1,” which was filmed in the Buffalo-Niagara region. The world premiere of the movie — billed as an “exclusive sneak preview” — is one of the highlights of the first Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which itself is a follow-up, to the successful Buffalo Screams Film Festival.

Director Kaufman will participate in a Q&A session after the showing of his picture at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday at the Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., in Amherst, which is the site of the Buffalo Dreams horror and fantasy movie festival. The screening of “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” will benefit the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, which is located at 1201 Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls. Kaufman will also be presented with the festival’s “Dedication To Indie Excellence Award.”

The festival, which is run by Buffalo filmmakers Gregory Lamberson and Chris Scioli, opens on Friday and continues through Nov. 14. The line-up includes 85 movies, most of them devoted to horror, science fiction, fantasy, and animation. There are 26 features and 59 shorts on the jam-packed schedule, with 13 productions made in Western New York, and 27 from international sources, including Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, the U.K., and Italy.

Special guests slated to be at the festival include directors, writers, and cast members such as Roy Frumkes, Brendan Steere, and Tracy Willet, all representing “Animosity.” Other guests will be Brett Kelly of “My Fair Zombie,” a musical comedy; Chicago’s Don Thacker of the cult film “Motivational Growth;” Simon Pearce, arriving from the United Kingdom, to screen his directorial debut “Judas Ghost,” and Jon Keeyes, who will be showing his thriller “Nightmare Box.”

Single ticket admissions are $8, with a $20 all-day pass and a $99 festival pass available. Complete information can be found at




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