The spooky season is fast approaching, and with it comes the full lineup of the 2018 Salem Horror Fest! The Witch City has fast become the capital of Halloween and a beacon of creepy vibes for any horror fan. So it only makes sense that Salem hosts a horror film fest with a killer lineup. And boy does the Salem Horror Fest deliver.
The festival opens on October 4th with a keynote address from Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek, and an opening night screening of David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018)! The other highlight of the festival’s opening will be a 30th Anniversary showcase of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) with Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson!
On top of all that, the festival will feature fantastic guests and curated horror collections focusing on underlying social themes. Viewing horror as a way to work through social fears is the central theme of the festival, in keeping with the city of Salem’s overall socially conscious approach to its terrifying — and tragic — past.
Here’s the official press release:
Salem Horror Fest returns with the 30th anniversary screening of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark with Cassandra Peterson, the premiere of Sony’s Goosebumps 2, and an opening night showcase of the new Halloween film from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Studios on Thursday, October 4th 2018.
For two weeks, Salem Horror Fest will host a series of screenings, lectures, podcasts, parties, premieres and celebrity appearances that focus on themes of social fear and cultural anxiety throughout the haunted and historic downtown district.
EARTHDOOM centers around a weekend of eco-horror with films that include The Return of the Living Dead, The Toxic Avenger, Day of the Dead, and Creature From the Black Lagoon with appearances by George C. Romero, son of legendary zombie director George A. Romero, scream queen and horror workout star Linnea Quigley, and the last surviving member of the Universal Monsters, Ricou Browning.
WEEKEND OF THE WITCH explores mystical feminist themes in Suspiria, The House of the Devil, Death Becomes Her, The Witches of Eastwick and Rosemary’s Baby with a live podcast by The Faculty of Horror, and academic lectures about Hell, lady killers, and social resistance.
The program will also feature a lineup of premieres that include Blood Fest, Sex Madness Revealed, Scary Stories, Wolfman’s Got Nards, St. Agatha and The House of the Seven Gables with introductions and Q&A sessions from those involved.
The festival runs Thursday, October 4th through Monday, October 15th at CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum, Opus, BitBar and Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery. Salem Horror Fest is sponsored by TJ Lynch Realtor, Rue Morgue Magazine and Daily Dead.