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Children of the Corn actors John Franklin (left) and Courtney Gains (right) will be guests at Eerie Horror Fest 2022

From Wednesday October 5th

It’s almost that time again for the Film Society of Northwest PA to hold their annual Eerie Horror Fest; a spooky event that pays homage to some of the most popular horror and underground films.

“It’s four days of short and feature-length horror films submitted from around the world,” described Erika Berlin, executive director of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, “including screening of the silent film classic Nosferatu and a live organ performance, play and video production demonstrations, Workshops, an industry panel and a pitch competition.”

This year, the four-day event returns to the historic Warner Theater. Berlin, an event organized by volunteers, is quick to praise staff like Margaret Dioudonne for making the complex weekend run smoothly. “Festival director John C. Lyons expands the development aspect of the festival for filmmakers,” Berlin noted. “Last year we invited two teams of filmmakers to demonstrate sample pitches and get feedback from a panel of industry experts. We’re expanding that this year. In addition to accepting completed film submissions, we accepted ideas – the first 5 pages of a script and a pitch deck – and invited the selected filmmakers to present those ideas to a panel of industry experts.” She also highlighted panels such as “Building Your Visual Brand”. , moderated by director and photographer Carter Smith.

A bang (or should we say a silent scream) kicks off a very special screening of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. The cult film is accompanied by the recently installed Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ. Pipe organist Ron Rhode will accompany the film in the style heard at release. Berlin described the film and accompanying experience as “a masterpiece of early horror for everyone to enjoy. Organist Ron Rhode will play the distinctive original score with drama and improvisation; his performance makes it more than just a live score film.” On the scene almost a decade before Bela Legosis Dracula, this influential German Expressionist horror film directed by FW Murnau stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. Its creation served as the basis for the 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire. Tickets for this special screening are available separately or as a bundle with festival passes.

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Some of the other main events this year are:

  • Thursday 6 Oct – Hellbender screening with John Adams and Toby Poser by Wonder Wheel Productions (The deeper you dig, Halfway to Zen). Hellbender is the top rated horror film of 2022, with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Friday October 7thchildren of the corn Film screening with commentary by actors Courtney wins (Back to the future, the Burbs can’t buy me love), John Franklin (The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return), John Philbin (Point Break, Return of the Living Dead)and director Fritz Kirsch (Tuff Turf, Into the Sun)
  • Saturday October 8 – Screening of swallowed and Bugcrush with director CarterSmith (The ruins, Jamie Marks is dead) and actor Mark Patton (A nightmare at 2 Elm Street, swallowed, Scream, Queen! My nightmare on Elm Street).

Eerie Horror Fest has been running for 15 years and gives the city of Erie a behind-the-scenes look at some of Hollywood’s fan favorites as well as local films, with panel discussions featuring directors, actors and others involved in filmmaking.

This is also a great opportunity for other creators in the Erie area to network with filmmakers and other guests to help grow the film community. Participating vendors such as Clown Candy Art, All Things Spoopy and Eileen Green Farms will be in attendance to cater for this annual party that horror nerds can’t stop raving about.

This year, the pitch competition will be in full swing, giving creators the chance to submit their horror ideas and synopses to win great prizes. As always, Erie looks to its aspiring and ambitious writers and directors to keep the flow of the arts flowing.

On October 5th, venture through the spooky doors of the Warner Theater where ghouls and goblins will party the night away and have a spooky time.

Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Nosferatu from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. // Warner Theater, 811 State St. // All-Access Fest Pass Advance Purchase $105; Premium All-Access Fest Pass $132 in advance; Nosferatu Movie and Party Package $45; Nosferatu Movie $30 // Visit for tickets and more info spookyhorrorfest.com

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