Pennsylvania boasts a wide array of festivals specializing in mainstream, genre, and niche films. For over ten years, one such happening, the Eerie Horror Film Festival, has screened hundreds of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films, and has featured numerous celebrity guest appearances, including Pittsburgh notables Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) and Tom Atkins (Halloween III). The annual event takes place every October at the historic Warner Theatre, a majestic, 2,250-seat movie house located in Erie, PA. With Halloween lurking just around the corner, the festival will once again offer fans a frightful weekend full of movies, panels, workshops, and vendors.
Each year, the Eerie Horror Fest calls on filmmakers from all over the world to submit finished films for screening and competition. They also encourage writers to submit horror, sci-fi and suspense screenplays to the Eerie Horror Fest Screenplay competition, which awards prizes for the best scripts. From Oct. 17th through Oct. 19th, the non-profit festival will roll out independent works from the US and around the globe, including the Singapore anthology Afterimages, the Canadian feature Bloody Knuckles, the paranormal docu-thriller Please, Talk with Me, and shorts from countries such as Brazil, Australia, Spain, France, and the UK. Youth filmmakers aged 10 to 17 will present their creations during a student film program, and a local and regional program will showcase two selections – Blink of an Eye and The Bone Garden – that were produced in or near Erie, PA. Representing Pittsburgh is the rom-com My Date With Adam, a girl-meets-robot story that won the 2013 Steeltown Film Factory screenwriting competition.
Guests can also enjoy a live performance from the group Here Come the Mummies!, attend an acting seminar with TV actor Richard Hatch (Battlestar Gallactica), sit in on a lecture from Erie paranormal team A.P.G./E.C.P., or meet a varied list of stars that includes Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior), and WWE wrestler The Boogeyman, as well as cast members from Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow 2. In addition, the festival will recognize the Best of the Fest by handing out awards in a variety of categories, including best feature film, best short film, best student film, best short screenplay, and best feature screenplay.
Doors for the Eerie Horror Fest open at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 17th. Tickets are $20 for a Friday or Saturday pass, $15 for a Sunday pass. Weekend Passes are $30, and VIP Passes are $50. Separate tickets are necessary for the Here Comes the Mummies! show. Tickets are available for purchase at the Eerie Horror Fest website.