What is August without vampires, chainsaws, blood and guts, cannibals and a killer bunny?
In Rosemont from Thursday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Aug. 23, the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (BCHFF), open to the public, will not only show classic horror films and guest panelists including writers, directors and actors, but will also debut two new films.
The festival will be held at both Muvico Theatre and the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center.
The BCHFF runs in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con, which will also be held from Aug. 20-23 at the DES on River Road.
The horror festival kicks off at 3 p.m. Aug. 20 with a showing of the “Tales of Halloween” anthology featuring films written and directed by Neil Marshall (“The Descent”), Lucky McKee (“The Woman”), Darren Lynn Bousman (“Repo! The Genetic Opera”), and Mike Mendez (“Big Ass Spider!”). Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a question and answer session following the screening.
The movie “He Never Died”, written and directed by Jason Krawczyk and featuring punk rocker Henry Rollins as an immortal cannibal, will be shown Sunday.
Also on tap for the festival are several films including the 1980s vampire classic, “Fright Night” with a screening and discussion to follow from writer and director Tom Holland. Holland's other movies include “Child's Play” (shot in Chicago) and “Psycho II”.
The new movie “Contracted: Phase 2”, described by festival officials as the “bloody sequel” will also make its debut at the festival.
Attendees will get a chance to watch what is described as a sadistic man in a bunny rabbit suit run rampant in the new movie “Bunny the Killer Thing” to make its premiere at the festival.
The full schedule of films, panels, events, and Bruce Campbell appearances, will be released in mid-July. All Wizard World Comic Con ticket holders will have access to the horror festival, space permitting.