Even if you love a good zombie apocalypse movie that starts with a viral outbreak, nobody really wants to catch a virus. Thankfully, the folks behind the annual Phoenix FearCon will ensure we can all be scared s**tless – safely – this Halloween season, as the 9th Annual Phoenix FearCon and Film Festival will be entirely virtual this year.
The screamfest starts Friday, October 16 and continues through the end of this horrifying year. Guests who will be interacting with fans virtually include Jay Michaels, host of the program Terror Talk on Terror TV; Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker; actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell); and Lynne Lugosi, granddaughter of Dracula actor Bela Lugosi.
Fans can learn the tricks of the terror trade in a variety of panels including “How to Bring a TV Series to Life” with Bates Motel show developer Russell Rothberg; “Blood and Gore” with FX designer Elizabeth Piper S.; and “Playing with Monsters: Video Horror Games” with Patrick Hickey, Jr., author of the book Minds Behind the Games.
And let’s not forget the films. This year’s festival includes a slew of new features including X-rated gory grindhouse throwback Back Road; Bad Candy, a collection of Halloween stories as told by fictional radio DJs in New Salem; and suspense-thriller Murder Bury Win. Performances by fetish performance art troupe The Agents of Lust and horror host Count Smokula round out the ghoulish good times.
All access passes to the 9th Annual Phoenix FearCon and Film Festival cost $25 and can be purchased at phoenixfearcon.com.