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Watch cutting-edge flicks at the Boston Underground Film Fest

The Cambridge festival celebrates the strange, creepy, and bizarre of the film world.

A still from Medusa, a chilling Brazilian satire that screened at the BUFF last year.

The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) returns to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge for its 23rd installation March 22-26. What started as an all-night film marathon at the Revolving Museum in Southie is now an internationally acclaimed annual genre film fest featuring horror films and unconventional flicks of all kinds.

This year’s festival kicks off at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square with the world premiere of “The Unheard,” a Massachusetts-based thriller by Jeffery Brown and starring Lachlan Watson.

Other highlights of this year’s lineup include the East Coast premieres of “Divinity,” a retro sci-fi fresh off of its Sundance debut, “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster,” right off its SXSW premiere, and Czech film “Nightsiren.” Viewers can also see the New England premieres of Cornish “Enys Men” and environmental thriller “How to Blow Up a Pipeline.”


While BUFF has found its home in recent years at the Brattle, past screenings have taken place at venues like the Milky Way Lounge and Lanes in Jamaica Plain and Allston Cinema Underground. BUFF also hosts free advance screenings of fringe flicks throughout the year. Recent highlights have included “M3GAN,” “The Menu,” and “Knock at the Cabin.” Those interested can learn more on the festival’s website.

MovieMaker magazine called the BUFF one of the world’s 50 best genre film festivals in 2021 and Boston magazine named it the best film festival in Boston in 2018.

Tickets for individual screenings cost $15, or $12 for students and Brattle members. Festival badges cost $150.

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