Wizard World is teaming up with the online horror genre website, Bloody Disgusting to launch the first ever Horror Fest, a horror festival ran in conjunction with the normal Wizard World Comic Con. Multiple cities are planned to be a part of this new endeavor in the future, but so far the first city and only one announced thus far, is Philadelphia, Pa for the June 1st thru 4th show.
Programmed by Josh Goldbloom, founder and artistic director of The Awesome Fest, with whom Wizard World has previously collaborated on the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival and Brad Miska (co-founder of Bloody-Disgusting), Horror Fest will feature special guests Q&A’s, horror icons, film premieres, repertory event screenings, meet & greets with actors, writers and directors and much more.
“The launch of the Wizard World Horror Fest signals a new destination for fans of the genre at many of our Wizard World shows,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “They will have the opportunity to celebrate the great history of horror by meeting some of the all-time greats and viewing classic films while keeping up with the latest developments and experiencing the fabulous, creative work that is a hallmark of this vibrant entertainment form.”
Special movie screenings will run through out the weekend and feature guest host, including screenings of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER with special guest Kristy Swanson, THE MONSTER SQUAD with stars Andre Gower & Ryan Lambert, and perhaps the very best screening of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS ever, with a celebration including a live commentary & Q&A with franchise star Heather Langenkamp followed by a very special acoustic show from Don Dokken, lead singer of the iconic rock band Dokken, who performed the infamous hit single “Dream Warriors” on the film’s soundtrack. Horror Fest also says to expect many more surprises & special guests throughout the event. This special show will be held at Underground Arts and tickets are a separate price at $20. To get tickets to this event follow this link – https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1486310
The festival will also host the U.S. Premiere of DARK SIGNAL executive produced by Neil Marshall (GAME OF THRONES, THE DESCENT), and the Philadelphia Premieres of SUPER DARK TIMES (straight from its celebrated Tribeca Film Festival screening), FOUND FOOTAGE 3D (winner of the jury prize at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival), & IFC Midnight’s 68 KILL starring CRIMINAL MINDS Matthew Gray Gubler, which received its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. More screenings, events, special guests, and panels will be announced in the coming days.