5th Annual International Horror & SciFi Film Festival: 10/15-10/18 Tempe, AZ

Three days of horror and scifi fun! Also a chance to see the sleeper hit film Paranormal Activity in Phoenix  (the film that scared Spielberg so much, see press release at bottom of post for more on that!)- Saturday, Oct 17th 5:00pm!

The film schedule is here. Tickets of various levels available here.


It’s Year 5 for Arizona’s Premier Genre Film Festival…
it’s the International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival 2009!

October 15 to 18 2009

Guest appearance from:
Judith O’Dea (Barbra – Night of the Living Dead) who will be inducted in to our Hall of Fame.
Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico – Starship Troopers) who will be inducted in to our Hall of Fame

MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Call 602-955-6444 for more information
The Festival returns to Mill Avenue in a familiar spot.  MADCAP Theaters (which took over the Harkins Centerpoint) is the new home of the IHSFFF and we are glad to be back in the City of Tempe.  The Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 15th with our Opening Night Event featuring a screening of “Starship Troopers” with a special guest appearance by the film’s star Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico).

Then on Friday, October 16th, we’ll be rocking 3 screens with some of the best in independent horror and sci-fi flicks. We’ll also be featuring the original “Night of the Living Dead” that night with a special guest appearance from Judith O’Dea (Barbra). Films will continue into the night, featuring retro and late night fare. Don’t forget about the party that night featuring the Gore Girl Competition. After all what’s a Festival, without a party.

On Saturday, October 17th the finest in independent Horror and Sci-fi feature and shorts will be continue to be screened as the competition films take center stage. In the evening we’ll be inducting Marilyn Burns into the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame and screening her classic film, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. Later that night will be the legendary, Saturday Night Costume Party featuring a cash prize costume contest. Bring out your best costumes.

Then on Sunday, October 18th the films continue to roll on three screens. More indie and retro titles will be scattered throughout the day. We’ve also got our Closing Night Film. Then we’ll close out the Festival with the Closing Night Party where we’ll give away the awards and put this baby to bed.

Come by each night for a beverage after you’re done seeing movies! The parties will be held conveniently inside MADCAP Theaters.

Friday Night Bash | 9pm to 1am
Kick off the Festival with a cold brew. Chat with other festival attendees and our fabulous filmmakers! Just a warning; pace yourself because the Festival is just getting started. Don’t forget about the Gore Girl Competition where the winners will be announced at 11pm.  The Gore Girl Competition is presented by www.ICanSmellYourBrains.com

Saturday Night Costume Party | 9pm to 1am
Costume Contest at Saturday Night’s Party at 11:00pm!
Wear your coolest costume to the party — the audience and judges will review those who’d like to compete. The big winner gets $100 and lots of applause! Anyone wearing a costume will receive a Flex Pass to four movies on Sunday.

Sunday Closing Night Party | 9pm to midnight
It’s time to close out another great festival with one last party. Join us for one last celebration before we put this baby to bed where we’ll also award the winning films.

Press Release and more on Paranormal Activity screening after the jump:


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Update 2: Now showing in Phoenix!!Paramount expands screening times for the film! More on ‘Paranormal Activity’ SF Premiere…

Update 3: Just spoke to Harkins Tempe 16 and they are having a showing this Thursday at midnight, possibly to add more….get your tix now!!

Update 2: We did it!! the Demand It worked, it is now showing in Phoenix, yeah baby!! go DEMAND IT for your city here.


*Starting 10/1*
Harkins Tempe
Marketplace 16
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Update: Paramount is expanding screening times based on good ticket sales! Courtesy of SciFiWire:

You don’t have to wait up until midnight to see the ultra-scary movie Paranormal Activity anymore. The film has been so successful running only at 12 a.m. that distributor Paramount has decided to give it earlier showings starting Oct. 9. Deadline.com reports that Paramount is pretty excited about the performance so far:

This doesn’t happen that often, so I don’t blame Paramount for crowing about its freakishly good numbers for Paranormal Activity, which will do $500K this weekend on 33 screens playing ONLY after midnight. That’s a $15K screen average for midnight business. Yikes! It did $150K Thursday and took in another $200K on Friday after selling out every theater.

MORE! Review courtesy of Rob and Brendan:

Our previous posts on the film here DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!!!!!!!!


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