The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival is back and spookier than ever. With an array of science fiction films, two days of free afternoon programs for the kids, a Date Night of Terror, two filmmaker forums, H.P. Lovecraft walking tours and more, the festival has something to offer to everyone, except maybe the person who shows up in the first scene.
From a dizzying 600 submissions, 69 films were chosen for the 15th annual festival. The films represent 19 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, Spain, Japan, Hungary, Israel, France and Brazil.
Here are some highlights of this week's events:
Wednesday, October 22nd:
Come experience the chilling documentary on the infamous Lizzie Borden. The documentary, "Lizabeth: A Victorian Nightmare," will be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of the film, a Q&A will follow with Lee-Ann Wilbur, owner of the Lizzie Borden House and Bed & Breakfast in Fall River. Stefani Khoori, editor of the Literary Hatchet, a magazine devoted to horror, paranormal subjects and other dark material, will also join the discussion.
Thursday, October 23rd:
On Thursday, Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, will take part in a free-flowing forum discussing filmmaking in the state. The discussion will take place at the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center in the Roger Williams University library at 10 a.m.
Take spooky to the next level at the Bell Street Chapel Theater with the Annual Horror Festival "Thursday Night Spooktacular" and enjoy critically acclaimed short films from around the world.
Friday, October 24th:
Science fiction fans, this is your night. Begin the evening with a 6:30 p.m. sci-fi double feature of "Worm Free Society" directed by local filmmaker Raja Samaroo (USA); and "Time Lapse" directed by Bradley King (USA) at the Bell Street Chapel Theater.
If the double feature ends and you're not ready to end your night, stay at the Bell. A package of chillers and thrillers begins at 9 p.m. Or, grab your significant other and make your way to the Paff Auditorium, for "Date Night of Terror" starting at 7:30 p.m. Couples will enjoy half-priced tickets, and costumed guests will be eligible for a special drawing of tickets to the 2015 RIIFF, as well as receive half off the ticket price. (No double-dipping for couples in costume!)
Don't look under the bed, but do come to the afternoon screening. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., a program of memorable short films entitled, "Don't Look Under the Bed: Fantasy Tales With a Twist From Across the Globe," will kick off another afternoon at the Paff Theater.
Later in the evening, the Paff Theater will honor horror mastermind Stephen King by showing two films. The first short film, "Graduation Afternoon," was adapted from one of King's short stories. After that is the festival premiere of "Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary," a 1989 film that was made from King's novel.
If the thought of a Stephen King film is enough to keep you up at night, catch two special blocks of horror at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26th:
As any horror fan will know, you will want to stay 'til the end. The first horror film ever made in Israel takes you on a journey to a post-apocalyptic world where biological warfare has gone wrong, leaving four survivors to fend off the infected, mindless killers in hopes of surviving. If you're interested in discovering how the story ends, the show begins at 4 p.m. at the Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum.
Following the screening, the 2014 Horror
Festival Awards for Excellence will be announced with a closing
H.P. Lovecraft Tours and Screenings:
Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m. & Sunday, October 26 at noon
The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House Museum and lasts 90 minutes. The H.P. Lovecraft tour will conclude with a screening of short films influenced by H.P. Lovecraft on Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m and Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m. Both H.P. Lovecraft tour screenings will take place at the Providence Public Library Theatre, 150 Empire Street, Providence.
General Admission for screenings is $10 per person. Festival 5-packs
are available at $40 (good year-round and at any RIIFF film event).
For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, click here.
Group Discounts can be arranged in advance by calling the RIIFF office at 401-861-4445.