Annabelle comes home… to Salem for a special visit! In celebration of the Annabelle Comes Home - Advance Screening at CinemaSalem, Warner Bros. is sending the real Annabelle doll to Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery for a limited engagement - one day only! Tour the incredible gallery of monsters and pop into the Vault of Horror screening room for a refresher course on The Conjuring Universe!
In a tiny California town, high school students discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town's sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
Directed by Chuck Russell
1hr 35m | Rated R
Salem Horror Fest is thrilled to present this exclusive opportunity to shape your future and reveal more about your past and present in a private tarot reading with Rachel True.
Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot and the camp doctor lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
Directed by John Carpenter
1hr 35m | Rated R
The Faculty of Horror podcast will return to Salem Horror Fest for a third annual live show. Following a double feature screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Under the Skin, hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West will provide insight and analysis focused on the latter film released in 2013 featuring Scarlett Johansson.
Produced independently in Toronto, Ontario, The Faculty of Horror podcast offers deep discussions about classic and contemporary horror films from an academic perspective.
In the new documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, actor Mark Patton revisits and reveals the monsters that lied within the closet of Hollywood throughout the eighties.
Rachel True is a badass witch. You probably know her most as one of the stars in The Craft and Half-Baked, but when she’s not forecasting your future over a deck of her own designed tarot cards or calling out the racist exclusion from convention reunions, she can be found as a talking head in the very excellent documentary Horror Noire: The Black History of Horror now streaming on Shudder.
Film critic Michael Gingold has been writing about genre cinema for over 30 years. Growing up in New York in the 1980s, his obsession with horror movies led him to taking his scissors to local newspapers to cut out and collect ads for just about everything he came across. Mainstream, indie, arthouse, grindhouse, you name it.
Happy housewife Beverly Sutphin has a charmed life - a beautiful suburban home, a successful dentist husband, and two normal teenagers. However, when one of her son's teachers speaks disparagingly of the boy at a parent-teacher conference, Bev runs the instructor over in the school parking lot. Suddenly she has an insatiable taste for murder. Six homicides later, the cops get wise to her crimes.
Directed by John Waters
1hr 35m | Rated R
This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.
After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius, who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.
Few people have had a career as long and prolific as Adrienne Barbeau. Starring in notable films such as The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Back to School, Cannonball Run and the Academy Award nominated Argo, Barbeau has also found a home in television with roles on Maude, Carnivale, Drew Carey, Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, General Hospital, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy and Dimension404.
She is also the voice of Catwoman from the Batman the Animated Series and originated the role of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease for which she was nominated for a Tony. John Carpenter super fans may also remember her as the voice of the computer from The Thing.
Prolific voice actor and iconic horror host John Kassir is coming to Haunted Harbor at Salem Horror Fest for a 30th anniversary celebration of Tales From the Crypt! Kassir is also the voice of Buster Bunny (Tiny Toons), Meeko (Pocahontas), Elliott (Pete’s Dragon), and hundreds of other credits in TV, film and video games including Rick and Morty, Earthworm Jim, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy, CatDog, Hercules TV series, Eek!stravaganza, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
Thackery Binx returns to Salem! Jason Marsden plays the cursed black cat in Hocus Pocus. You may also remember him as Eddie Munster (The Munsters Today), Rich Hawke (Step by Step), Dash X (Eerie Indiana), Young Clark Kent (Superman: The Animated Series ) and Nelson Burkhard (Full House).
He is also the voice of Max (A Goofy Movie, En Extremely Goofy Movie), Haku (Spirited Away - English Version), Mungo (Tarzan), The Flash (Young Justice), Chester McBadBat (The Fairly OddParents), Richie Foley / Gear (Static Shock), Nermal (The Garfield Show), and Michael (Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue) with hundreds of other credits that include DuckTales (2017), The Lion Guard, The Legend of Korra, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Batman, Kim Possible, Loonatics Unleashed, W.I.T.C.H., Xiaolin Showdown, Justice League, Jungle Cubs, Extreme Ghostbusters, and Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
Maurizio Guarini, founding member of the synth-horror group GOBLIN, will be making his Salem debut performing a live score to DANTE’S INFERNO.
Edward Parker is shipwrecked on a remote island presided over by the mysterious Dr. Moreau. Edward discovers his host is conducting genetic experiments, and presiding over a race of half-human, half-animal hybrids, including the alluring Panther Woman and the sage Sayer of the Law. The island has become its own society, with Moreau as its god.
In this tale of a killer canine, man's best friend turns into his worst enemy. When sweet St. Bernard Cujo is bitten by a bat, he starts behaving oddly and becomes very aggressive. As Cujo morphs into a dangerous beast, he goes on a rampage in a small town. Stay-at-home mom Donna (Dee Wallace) gets caught in Cujo's crosshairs on a fateful errand with her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro). Stuck in their tiny car, Donna and Tad have a frightening showdown with the crazed animal.
Withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother at home. When strange occurrences start happening around Carrie, she begins to suspect that she has supernatural powers. Invited to the prom by the empathetic Tommy Ross, Carrie tries to let her guard down, but things eventually take a dark and violent turn.
After a serious car crash, novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes, who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie brings him to her remote cabin to recover, where her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers Sheldon is killing off her favorite character from his novels. As Sheldon devises plans for escape, Annie grows increasingly controlling, even violent, as she forces the author to shape his writing to suit her twisted fantasies.
When Johnny Smith awakens from a coma caused by a car accident, he finds that years have passed, and he now has psychic abilities. Heartbroken that his girlfriend has moved on with her life, Johnny also must contend with his unsettling powers, which allow him to see a person's future with a mere touch. After shaking the hand of aspiring politician Greg Stillson, Johnny sees the danger presented by the candidate's rise and resolves to kill him.
Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.
Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Co. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, the woman she replaces breaks down and accuses the company's female directors of witchcraft. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio's hidden underground chambers.
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Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders—each, as he views them, a towering work of art—that define his “career” as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.
THIS IS THE LONGER DIRECTOR'S CUT, WHICH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE WHEN THE FILM GOES INTO WIDER RELEASE, AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE UNDER 17.
This group of sultry, Satanic burlesque dancers from Salem MA will shake, shimmy, and shank all night long. Guaranteed to electrify and horrify any crowd. Following screenings of Rosemary's Baby and St. Agatha. This party is co-hosted by IT'S GONNA GET WEIRD.
Set in the 1957, an unmarried, pregnant conwoman seeks refuge in a southern convent where she is forced to atone for her sins. Protected within the confines of what first appears to be an ideal environment to raise her child, Mother Superior’s house of God descends into terror as the nuns inflict psychological warfare and brutal violence upon their unholy captives.
This lecture will explore a variety of the genre’s depictions of hell, and how those cinematic depictions correspond with contemporary belief systems of sin, punishment and justice.
Using an array of contemporary and classic horror films, this presentation will explore how the horror genre has become a space where the beautiful and the grotesque comingle to create meaningful and unique cultural narratives of resistance.
Join Daily Dead and Salem Horror Fest for an afterpaty tweetup at Salem's local barcade. Get together with fellow horror fest fans for drinks, video games, and witch-related trivia played from the comfort of your smartphone - whether you're partying in Salem or witnessing from afar.
When it was released in 1987, The Monster Squad was deemed a failure by critics and was, according to the box office, a film no one cared about. But over the last three decades, word of mouth has turned this sleeping hit into a cultural phenomenon.
Over the course of its three volume run, Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories introduced children to gothic tales of terror with notoriously ghastly illustrations making them the most banned books of our time. This documentary follows the author’s son, Peter Schwartz, in an exploration of the collection’s legacy, folklore, and many controversies with interviews from iconic children’s authors R.L. Stine, Debbie Dadey, Bruce Coville, and Q.L. Pearce.
Filmmakers from the upcoming horror-comedy Mass Hysteria will speak about the making of their new film currently in production from First-Name Films. Mass Hysteria highlights Salem's unique position as a vibrant, modern community steeped in history. Set over the course of Halloween Eve, the films centers around a group of historical re-enactors who are falsely accused of witchcraft.
More than 30 years after The Monster Squad was released, Andre Gower comes to Salem to premiere his new documentary Wolfman's Got Nards about its legacy and making of the film. A child actor staple in the 1980s television landscape, Gower has made appearances on The Twilight Zone, A-Team, Mr. Bellvedeire, Night Court, Remington Steele, Knight Rider, and T.J. Hooker.
You might think Salem’s weird, but the city’s weirder than you think. That’s what author J.W. Ocker discovered when he moved to the strangest city in the country during its strangest season for his book, A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem. It’s not a straight line between a bizarre 17th century tragedy and Salem’s place today as Witch City, Halloween Town, and constantly conflicted. Drawing from his own personal experiences, his research, and his interviews with everyone from street performers to the mayor to, yes, plenty of witches, J.W. Ocker tells the real story of how Salem got so freakin’ weird…and why he hopes it never changes.
Presented by J.W. Ocker
J.W. Ocker is the Edgar Award-winning author of strange travelogues Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, A Season with the Witch, and the Grimpendium books. His latest book is Death and Douglas, a Halloween mystery novel about a boy, his funeral home, and the killer who keeps filling it. Ocker’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, CNN, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and other places people stick writing. Visit him at oddthingsiveseen.com.