About this time of year I start to get a little antsy. The heat is beginning to rise and I know it’s only getting worse. Staying inside is an option for a few days, but sooner or later I get the urge to just get out for the night and do something — anything! Invariably, I start wishing it were Halloween again… Cooling temperatures, the city begging to be scared and watch horror movies: Halloween is my favorite time of year!
Thankfully, the producers of this year’s “Phoenix Fear Con IV” know my pain and have decided to give us what we want when we want it. Phoenix Fear Con IV is providing the people of Phoenix with a rare opportunity to celebrate all the best points of Halloween five months early.
The Festival and convention — a half-day event including feature films, short films, horror vendors and more — is happening next Saturday (May 21st) at the Madcap Theaters in Tempe, AZ. Highlights include the North American Premier of the film “Eaters”, which has been touted as the best zombie movie since “28 Days Later”. Other films being screened include: “The Man Who Collected Food”, “Skew”, and a film I have been craving to view ever since its announcement — “True Nature”. In addition to the features, there will also be screenings for a slew of short films throughout the day.
The highlight that really hooked me was that Scream Queen Tiffany Shepis would be making an appearance. If you’ve ever watched a horror film, you’ve probably seen her. Shepis has appeared in 98 titles since 1996 — primarily horror films — including: “Night of the Demons” (co-starring alongside Edward Furlong) and voicing her character in the video game “Slumberparty Slaughterhouse”.
All these attractions make for a day of frightening fun. If you are thinking of attending, do yourself a favor and wear a costume, as there will be a costume contest with a first prize of $300. That could buy a lot of Pabst Blue Ribbon, who is incidentally sponsoring the event.
Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission, or $35.00 VIP with student discounts available at the box office. The event is also actively seeking additional vendors to fill spots: a perfect opportunity for local authors, filmmakers, screenprinters and any other local business to grab a booth and promote their products.
Visit the official website here: http://phxfearfilmfestival.com/
SATURDAY, MAY 21st 2011
730 S. MILL AVE