Underrated Character Actor Bruce Campbell Ushers In Gore
By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter
The public is invited to attend Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival August 18-21 featuring horror films, a game contest, celebrities, audience interaction and panel discussions along with 15 horror. The fest will be held in conjunction with Comic-Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and the Carmike Muvico Rosemont 18 theaters.
Campbell and a slew of artists will watch the movies with audiences and judge the best ones during the festival.
The festival kicks off with the movie “Don't Breathe” by director-producer-writer Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) and produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Alvarez and star Stephen Lang (“Avatar”) will be in attendance. The film will be released to the general public August 26.
Closing night will feature the premiere of “Siren”, a feature adaptation of the segment "Amateur Night" from the 2012 horror anthology "V/H/S", with director Gregg Bishop and star Chase Williamson in attendance.
Sponsored by Shudder and Bloody-Disgusting.com, the festival features more than movies.
Campbell’s “Last Fan Standing” game show will be featured along with actress Barbara Crampton as host to a 30th anniversary screening of “From Beyond” along with her new film, “Beyond the Gates”.
"You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” said Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
“Last Fan Standing” is a quiz show based on sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and superheroes. Four fans selected from the crowd will be put through their paces by host Campbell, battling through speed rounds and a nerve-wracking final confrontation until only one remains. The game show will be held at the Convention Center at 3 p.m. Friday, August 19 and 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20.
The festival also features a 25th anniversary screening of the time-traveling metalhead slackers, “Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey” with director Peter Hewitt in attendance, along with Death himself, William Sadler.
Last year hundreds attended the Campbell horror fest not only enjoying the films, but the question and answer sessions with Campbell and celebrities. During these Campbell gave advice to future movie producers on how to get started and what works. He also gave new insights into the making of films, characters and costumes.