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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After 664 submissions from 61 countries the finalists for Wicked Shorts 2018 have been selected! Join Salem Horror Fest for a two hour showcase of short horror hosted by the Brooklyn hip hop goth collective Monsters On the Horizons.
Alfred J Hemlock
Director, Writer, Producer: Edward Lyons
Co-Writer: Melissa Lyons
Co-Producers: Lucas Newton, Robert Raymond
When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock.
Country: United Kingdom
Director: James Moran
Writer, Producer: Cat Davies
Jack loves a bargain. And he loves sheds. When he buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts to build his dream shed, he and long-suffering wife Helen find they’ve got more than they bargained for: a killer shed with an appetite for blood. As the body count rises, and the shed’s ferocious appetite grows, Jack is faced with a horrifying dilemma.
A Father's Day
Country: United Kingdom
Director, Writer: Mat Johns
Producer: Chris Lane
Today is special. Apocalypse or not.
Unexpectedly reunited with his daughter amongst the ruins of the world as they knew it, a father is determined to make this day special, even if they are already dead.
Director, Writer: Miklós Felvidéki
Producer: József Fülöp
A petty thief takes shelter in a rundown apartment building to hide from the policeman chasing him. But none of them expects what awaits them inside...
Director, Writer: Joel Caetano
Producer: Mariana Zani
Holy Saturday is a day of burning the Judas Doll ... do you have courage?
Director, Writer, Producer: Kevin Landry
A strange Romanian trying to enter Canada is confronted by an overzealous custom officer and his curiously cooperative colleague.
Country: United Kingdom
Director, Writer: Ethan Evans, Sean Toshach
Producer: Jack Tebb
A secluded young boy unintentionally enters the magical world of his television, only to discover a darker truth to the happy facade.
Director, Writer, Producer: Jethro Massey
Co-Producer: Kévin Rousseau
It’s a big day for Joseph, his family is taking him on a trip to the Smile-Rite® toy factory for his twelfth birthday. And everybody knows that when you turn twelve, that’s when you become a man…
Trauma Industries is a science fiction film set in a 1950s propaganda inspired dystopia. Shot on 35mm, the film was made only using the techniques of the era.
Director: Michael Oshins
Writer: Kevin Kennelly
Producer: Ken Morris
It’s Halloween and Wendy doesn’t have anything to wear. She must rely on her own ingenuity and help from her imaginary friends to make a costume and join the other kids for Trick-Or-Treating.
What Is Hidden in Snow
Director, Writer: Loïc Gaillard
Producer: Jonathan Hazan
From the moment he found out about his wife's infidelity, Alexandre, 35 years old started to dwell on his wrath. He is obsessed by one single idea : to kill her to make her pay for her betrayal. At his wit's end he goes to Simile's office, a company that will help him make his project come true...
What Metal Girls Are Into
Director, Writer, Producer: Laurel Vail
Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.