If the post-Christmas, pre-New Year's Eve limbo gets down, the strange, annual horror show known as Zed Fest will definitely reinvigorate the celebration-starved brain. Founded by North Hollywood indie filmmakers Ed Stephens and Wendy Medrano in 2008, Zed Fest honors the very best — or worst — of low-budget-amateur horror and sci-fi. Following a buildup series of informal screenings and festival events, this Saturday's climactic finale, held at the Burbank's Banshee Theater, is guaranteed to provide an orgiastic overdose of thoroughly weird cinematic entertainment.
"We started it because there are so many different film festivals around town, but it seemed that no one could get any horror stuff featured at any of them," Medrano said. "There are so many people around Hollywood making their own films — and these movies should be seen — that finally got Ed and I got so upset we just decided to see if, maybe, we could do it ourselves."