Blumhouse VP Ryan Turek will give the opening night keynote address at the Peabody Essex Museum following the Salem Haunted Happenings Parade. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Turek will also host a Q&A with Cassandra Peterson live-onstage before a screening of the film!
Horror icon and legend Cassandra Peterson will host a 30th anniversary screening of her film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark at the opening night reception of Salem Horror Fest following the Salem Haunted Happenings Parade. With opening remarks from keynote speaker Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions VP), the evening program will also feature a panel discussion diving into the history and legacy of the world's most famous horror host! A pre-screening VIP reception will be offered for a very select few to meet and talk with Cassandra Peterson before the festivities begin.
A group of well-meaning teens comes face to face with a hunger-dumb Tarman and a horde of acid rain zombies after a toxic gas leak reanimates the dead at a medical supply warehouse. This punk rock, horror-comedy spinoff of The Night of the Living Dead features the first instance of brain-eating zombies.
Scream Queen and VHS workout legend Linnea Quigley will take on Salem Horror Fest this October. She has starred in more than one hundred horror films including The Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, Graduation Day and Silent Night, Deadly Night), written three books, recorded two albums, released her own horror-themed workout video, and has been an animal rights activist since the 1980s. Don't miss your chance to party with her in the Halloween capital of the world!
Justice wields a mop in this landmark of DIY punk production from the shameless world of Troma. While fleeing a group of bullies, 98-pound weakling, Melvin Ferd, stumbles into a vat of toxic waste. This transforms him into the Toxic Crusader— a monstrous superhero who is hellbent on vanquishing the feckless and corrupt evildoers of Tromaville.
Horror legend and professional stuntman Kane Hodder returns to Salem! As featured in the new documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, he has made long career out of portraying some of the most prolific killers in Hollywood history - most notably Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series.
Ready to burn those candy calories? Salem Horror Fest will offer a series of horror workouts to exorcise those demons. Join Alejandro for a one hour aerobic class and meet scream queen Linnea Quigley in your best zombie attire. All ages and fitness levels are welcome!
The women of FunDead Publications perform a selection of horror tales from their collection of scary stories as featured in One Night In Salem, Entombed In Verse, Shadows In Salem, O Horrid Night, and Night In New Orleans. This reading preludes a screening of the New England premiere of Scary Stories: A Documentary.
CinemaSpection is a film discussion podcast independently produced in Salem, MA and hosted by movie nerd duo Tim and Corinne Luz. We examine, critique, analyze, mock, or otherwise appreciate movies. From classics and cult films to the newest blockbusters, we might not like them, but we saw them and have something to say.
George C. Romero, son of legendary director George A. Romero, will join Salem Horror Fest for a special one hour conversation with Daily Dead editor Jonathan James. Romero will speak about his twenty years of experience in the film industry, life with his father, and continuing the Living Dead legacy as he gears up for production on The Night of the Living Dead prequel Rise of the Living Dead.
Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers - more schooled in horror-film cliches than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers - must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive.
Ice Nine Kills will debut their new record 'The Silver Scream,' jam-packed with post-hardcore songs inspired by your favorite horror movies! Go behind the music as the band reveals stories and anecdotes about recording in the studio, paying homage to their killer idols, and the ideas that led to the new concept album. Preview the entire record and be the first to see the world premiere of their new music video!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.