Chew On This: Film Fest Plans 4 Days Of Fright
By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter
In addition to a special 30th anniversary screening of “Fright Night” (1985), a "cannibal” brunch followed by the movie “Cannibal Holocaust” (1980), and a special screening of “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002), the new Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival set for Aug. 20-23 at Muvico Theater in Rosemont will also feature several film premieres.
Festival officials unveiled their final four-day movie schedule this week. Wizard World’s Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival coincides with Comic Con, also Aug. 20-23, to be held at the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center in Rosemont allowing attendees to participate in both events.
"You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters," celebrated actor and host Campbell said recently. "I'll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week.”
Event director Josh Goldbloom said the festival features, “vampires, psychotic breakdowns, cannibals, killer dogs, contagious diseases, mummies, bad decisions, and easily the most evil half man, half bunny rabbit of all time.”
Opening night features the film “Tales of Halloween” with shorts from independent horror filmmakers and featuring actors Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Greg Grunburg, Lisa Marie and more.
Closing the festival is the movie premiere of “He Never Died”, a movie about a social outcast thrust out of his comfort zone when he can't contain his violent past.
Campbell will be host to panel discussions following many of the movies.
The packed movie lineup begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 with the opening night “Tales of Halloween” with cast and crew appearances, followed by a 10 p.m. showing of the “Hellions”.
“Fright Night” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday followed by a question and answer period with writer and director Tom Holland. At 9:30 p.m. “The Pack” makes its North American premiere and at 11:59 p.m. “Dude Bro Party Massacre 3” will be shown.
The Saturday, Aug. 22 movies include “Sandynapse” at noon with panel discussion with the cast and crew. “Some Kind of Hate” will be shown at 3 p.m. followed by “Body” at 5 p.m. and “Bubba Ho-Tep” will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion with Campbell. “Contracted: Phase 2” will be shown at 9:30 p.m. followed by the 11:59 p.m. premiere of “Bunny the Killer Thing”.
Sunday Aug. 23 Eli Roth will introduce “Cannibal Holocaust” at noon followed by the showing of “Nina Forever” at 2:30 p.m., “Sun Choke” at 4:30 p.m. The event closing film is “He Never Died” to be shown at 7 p.m.
Screenings are free for Comic Con badge-holders.