October is quite the season for Horror Film Festivals. No matter where you are on the globe, you can find a film festival featuring plenty of horror films near you. The latest which hits the weekend of October 21 through October 23 is meant for all the freaks who love horror films, like you. The Freak Show Horror Film Festival comes into Orlando, Florida for a weekend filled with amazing selections for its 11th year.
Started by Robert J. Massetti of Fear Film Studios, international genre films will come together to celebrate independent horror and allowing the artists to showcase his or her films. The even allows for filmmakers to network and help gain visibility across the industry.
The entire weekend is hosted by Scott Tepperman from Ghost Hunters International on SyFy Channel. The festival will be screening at Premiere Cinemas 14 at the Fashion Square Mall.
The opening night screening will be of The 6th Friend which is produced by mostly female filmmakers. The red carpet that evening, which will be the east coast premiere, will see the filmmakers attending. Accompanying the film will be David H. Jeffery‘s short Girl #2
The following are the films being showcased over the weekend.
The 6th Friend
Directed by Letia Clouston
In this slasher film with a paranormal twist, six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in a psychedelic from her drug dealer, who sticks around to join in their fun. Drugged and disoriented, the girls’ special night quickly becomes a dark, foggy nightmare of blood and violence. Five years later, the girls gather together once again in hopes of rekindling that close friendship that they once had, only to find themselves being hunted by who, or what, they do not know.
Directed by Ryan Gregory Philips
Josh and Isabel Harris, after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel’s health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home.
Directed by Colin Adams-Toomey
Eleven-year-old Peter Rowland has just moved with his mother to the town of Brackenvale. There he meets Maggie, a mysterious girl with whom he shares an instant bond. As Peter settles into his new life, he realizes something is wrong in the town. He is plagued by nightmares, and the scary things from his imagination are becoming more and more real with each passing night. With Halloween coming soon, Maggie and Peter discover something frightening waits in the woods near Lost Creek. They must band together to face their fears, and uncover the dark secret of Lost Creek before it’s too late…
Directed by Sevé Schelenz
What starts out as the last hurrah on the closing night of an infamous small-town strip club, quickly turns into a night of bloodshed when a crew of coal miners shows up and with them a deadly contaminant. Former baseball player and current club owner, Blue Jean Douglas has decided to hand over her bar to a new owner and leave town for good, but her plans are thwarted when she discovers the magnitude of the epidemic that has been unleashed. With victims piling up, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to protect her family, her friends and her bar before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.
Night of Something Strange
Directed by Jonathan Straiton
Teenage friends out for Spring Break get unexpectedly detoured to an isolated motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.
Land of Smiles
Directed by Bradley Stryker
A Young Backpacker is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the object of a sociopath’s obsession.
Directed by Chris von Hoffman
Drifter centers on a pair of outlaw brothers, Miles and Dominic Pierce, in a post apocalyptic desert wasteland. They are on their way to kill the man who murdered their father however their mission takes a drastic detour when their car is hijacked causing them to take shelter in the eerie town of Deml. The
brothers quickly discover the town is inhabited by a family of cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor, Doyle. Now they must fight for survival to escape the town.
Freak Show Horror Film Festival also features of slew of short films. Some notables include Brentwood Strangler starring FearMaker Adam Yeend, Crshn On U, and Hidden Daylight among many more.
Weekend passes are currently available for sale and are incredibly limited. Grab them while you can. Individual block tickets can also be purchased online as well as at the box office.