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:

[download pdf]

Phoenix, AZ (September 23, 2009) – The 5th Annual International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival has announced this year’s spooky slate of films to be shown during the festival from October 15-18 at MADCAP Theaters. Among those films is Paranormal Activity, which has been garnering a lot of buzz as the film that scared Steven Spielberg.

In the same vein as The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity is a terrifying supernatural thriller featuring shocking footage of a demonic haunting. Katie and Micah were enjoying a happy, carefree life. Their future looked promising until bizarre events began occurring at night. Katie was no stranger to paranormal phenomena – she had been stalked by a malevolent entity since childhood, and she feared that it had followed her to their new home. They purchased a video camera to find out what was happening at night as they slept. Over the course of three weeks in September & October of 2006, they ran nightly surveillance and captured indelible proof on home video, which has been edited into the feature film. This film has the internet buzzing, not only because it is being hailed as the scariest movie in years, but because Steven Spielberg was so sure his copy of the film was haunted, he returned it to Dream Works studio in a garbage bag.

Fantastic Fest 2008 winner Yoshi Nishimura, whose film Tokyo Gore Police was shown at last years festival, is back with Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, the craziest, bloodiest spin on the high school love triangle ever, bursting with mad scientists, dismemberment, hallucinations, and lots and lots of arterial blood spray. This movie tells a tale of two schoolgirls who pine for the same boy, Mizushima. On Valentine’s Day, new student Monami gives him a box of chocolates. But Monami isn’t just a new student, she is also a vampire, and the chocolates contain her blood. But Mizushima already has a girlfriend, Keiko. And she has a mad scientist dad who turns her into a Franken-Keiko Monster made of pieces from the corpses of her classmates. As we all know, this kind of Vampire vs. Frankenstein conflict can only be solved by fighting, beating, stabbing, chewing, clawing and a showdown high atop Tokyo Tower.

On the science fiction side, the 2009 International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival will be showing Eyeborgs, a sci-fi action-thriller that contains over 650 high quality, state-of-the-art visual effects and intense action sequences to rival the biggest of Hollywood productions. In the wake of another devastating terrorist attack the United States passes the ‘Freedom of Observation Act,’ a law requiring all communications and surveillance cameras to be constantly monitored and creating EYEBORGS, mobile robotic surveillance units that can track suspicious persons wherever they may try to hide. But what few realize is the Eyeborgs do more than just watch. Adrian Paul, (Highlander) stars as an agent for the Department of Homeland Security whose investigation into a series of strange deaths leads him to question the system.

The 5th Annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival will be held October 15-18 at MADCAP Theaters, which will be a haven for horror and sci-fi movie lovers during the three day festival where more than 30 films will be screened continuously throughout the weekend. The festival will also include festival parties, a costume contest, a gore girl pageant and discussions with filmmakers and directors. Special guest this year include Judith O’Dea, known for her role as Barbara in the George A. Romero 1968 classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead; Marilyn Burns who played Sally in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; and Casper Van Dien, who is best known for his role as Johnny Rico in the 1997 science fiction classic Starship Troopers.

Tickets are also now available on http://www.horrorscifi.com. Prices start at just $10 for single showings. Flex Passes good for four films are $25 and VIP Full Festival passes are just $100 with discounts available for students and seniors. All ticketing will enable guaranteed seating for ticket holders.

For more information please call the Phoenix Film Festival at 602.955.6444 or visit http://www.horrorscifi.com. This is an event that should not be missed, horror sci-fi movie lover or not.

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