Yup, we’re doing something pretty horrific. Bloody Disgusting has teamed with Wizard World to launch the first ever Wizard World Horror Fest, held in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Cons in select cities, beginning in Philadelphia, June 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
I’ve secretly been programming the event with Josh Goldbloom, founder and artistic director of The Awesome Fest, with whom Wizard World has previously collaborated on the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. The tour will feature special guests Q&A’s, horror icons, film premieres, repertory event screenings, meet & greets with actors, writers and directors and more. It’s going to be insane.
Wizard World Horror Fest weekend all access passes are now available at a cost of $50 with individual screenings and ticket prices to be announced later. Additionally, all Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia weekend (4-day) and VIP ticket holders will have full access to all Wizard World Horror Fest events!
Kicking off on Thursday, June 1st and running through the 4th, the lineup for the first stop, Philadelphia, will include anniversary screenings of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with special guest Kristy Swanson, The Monster Squad with stars Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert, and perhaps the most insane screening of A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors of all time!
On Saturday, June 3rd at Underground Arts, the festival will host the ultimate Dream Warriors celebration including a live commentary and 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! Tickets for this show are $20 and go on sale at 1 p.m.
This is just the initial announcement as there are some huge surprises in the works!
The festival will also host the U.S. Premiere of Dark Signal executive produced by Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”, The Descent, Doomsday, Dog Soldiers), 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), and IFC Midnight’s 68 Kill starring “Criminal Minds'” Matthew Gray Gubler, which received its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
Stay tuned for more screenings, events, special guests and panels which will be announced in the coming days.
“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.”
The 2017 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.
Single tickets schedule will be released on Wednesday, May 17th. All-access badges are on sale now for just $50.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)
D: Fran Rubel Kuzui | W: Joss Whedon
A flighty teenage cheerleader learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires.
THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987)
D: Fred Dekker | W: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
D: Chuck Russell | W: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger – who stalks his victims in their dreams – learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.
DARK SIGNAL (2017)
D: Edward Evers-Swindell | W: Edward Evers-Swindell, Antony Jones
The spirit of a murdered girl returns with the message for the staff of a local radio station.
68 KILL (2017)
D: Trent Haaga | W: Trent Haaga
A hard-working man’s inability to say no to beautiful women gets him in trouble when he agrees to steal $68,000.
SUPER DARK TIMES (2017)
D: Kevin Phillips | W: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
The ’90s-set feature follows two teenage boys as they attempt to cover up a gruesome accident.
FOUND FOOTAGE 3D (2016)
D: Steven DeGennaro | W: Steven DeGennaro
A group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.