With Hallow’s Eve around the corner, here is a look at 13 horrific film festivals to get you in the ghoulish spirit. These gory and terrifying festivals are from across the U.S., the Wales and England.
1.) Screamfest Horror Film Fest
Oct. 14-23 Beverly Hills, California
Known as the “Sundance of Horror,” this festival premiered such thrillers as 2007’s Paranormal Activity. This year the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Screamfest is the one of the largest and longest running horror film festivals in the U.S.
2.) Fear Fete Horror Con & Film Fest
Oct. 16-19 Biloxi, Mississippi
Fear Fete features the best indie horror films from around the globe and is located on the gulf coast at the MS Coast Convention Center. They host a convention with celebrities, host panels, workshops and more. At night Fear Fete hosts parties and a Zombie Pub Crawl.
3.) Eerie Horror Film Festival & Expo
Oct. 17-19 Erie, Pennsylvania
At the historic Warner Theater in downtown Erie, The Eerie Horror Film Festival has been uniting filmmakers and screenwriters with other industry professionals since 2004. They have hosted world premieres and guest appearances by Alice Cooper, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest and others.
4.) RI International Horror Film Festival
Oct. 20-26 Newport, Rhode Island
Hosted by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, this cinematic festival of horror celebrates 15 years this October. This year the festival hosts the world premiere of the first Israeli made horror film, Another World. There will also be a costume competition during the “Date-Night of Horror.”
5.) Tuscon Terror Fest
Oct. 23-25 Tuscon, Arizona
The Tuscon Terror Fest, showcases independent horror films and shorts from around the world. At Tucson’s art house cinema house, the Screening Room the festival will host Q & A’s, new horror films as well as vintage horror movies.
6.) Bram Stoker International Film Festival
Oct. 23-27 Whitby, England
This festival began to honor Bram Stoker’s influence on horror literature and film. In 1890 Bram Stoker visited the local library in Whitby where he happened upon the name Dracula. This film festival celebrates 6 years this fall and hosts a “Children’s of the Night,” an “1880’s Night” and a Vampire’s Ball.
7.) Freak Show Horror Film Fest
Oct. 24-26 Orlando, Florida
Independent horror filmmaker veteran and owner of FEAR FILM Studios, Robert J. Massetti, created the Freak Show Horror Film Fest. A “FREAKY” award is given for outstanding achievements in 9 categories. The award was designed by Special FX makeup artist Barry Anderson, who worked on Day of the Dead and Jeepers Creepers.
8.) Knoxville Horror Film Fest
Oct. 24-26 Knoxville, Tennessee
The Sixth Annual Knoxville Horror Film Festival showcases seven feature horror films this year, which will be preceded by themed short films. The only horror film festival in East Tennessee features indie horror feature films and shorts from the U.S. and around the world. A ceremony and costume party will close out the festival at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville.
9.) Phoenix Fearcon
Nov. 1-2 Phoenix, Arizona
This year at Phoenix Fearcon, a long lineup of actors in AMC’s The Walking Dead will attend. Amongst them include Theodus Crane, also a world heavyweight in the Chinese form of kickboxing, child actor Kyla Kenedy along with other professional actors and zombie doubles.
10.) Abertoir Wales’ International Horror Festival
Nov. 11-16 Ceredigion, Wales
In West Wales the Abertoir Wales’ International Horror Festival hosts its ninth annual festival. This year’s festival pays tribute to the 1980’s and the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act. There will be a short film competition and throwbacks to Gremlins, A Bay of Blood and Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead.
11.) New York City Horror Film Festival
Nov. 13-16 New York City, New York
It is one of the largest film festivals honoring horror and science fiction. This year at the 13th annual NYC Horror Film Festival Angus Scrimm, of the Phantasm sequel, will be receiving the lifetime achievement award and Norman Reedus star of Walking Dead will be presented with the Michael J. Hein Award for Personal Achievement in Acting.
12.) Buried Alive Film Festival
Nov. 22-23 Atlanta, Georgia
From the founders of Gorehound Productions and Atlanta Horrorfest, the Buried Alive Film Festival celebrates eight years this fall. Their aim is to promote underground filmmaking and provide Atlanta with the best in independent horror cinema. At the Joysticks Games Bar the festival will host an opening night party.
13.) Another Hole in the Head
Dec. 5-14 San Francisco, California
If you still desire horror films after Halloween and the Day of the Dead, go to San Francisco’s 10th annual Another Hole in the Head. Hosted by SF Indiefest, this three-week festival features horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy features and shorts from around the world.
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