On Saturday, Oct. 20, prepare to have your soiled pants scared right off when Creative Loafing Presents: Reel Terror 2012 — a one-day film festival celebrating the local horror scene, and the many brave souls who risk their lives and finances in pursuit of their dreams. Reel Terror includes panel discussions with area filmmakers, celebrity appearances, screenings of scary movies that are shot throughout the Tampa Bay area and Florida, an awards ceremony, and much more.
What: Creative Loafing Presents: Reel Terror 2012
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. - Midnight
Where: CL Space, 1911 N. 13th St. #W-200, Tampa, FL 33605 (In Historic Ybor Square, Above Spaghetti Warehouse)
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at the door
Don't Go On the Trail
After Hellady Marie James, is raped and murdered, she comes back to life seeking revenge on any and everyone that walks the trail.
United States presidential candidate Brian Sizemore is having a killer time.
The Housewife Slasher
When a young girl is murdered in cold blood, the investigation leads two detectives (Howard Washington and Adam McManus) into the heart of suburban America, where no one is who they seem and everyone is a suspect. Who will be the next victim of the slasher!
Rock Bottom Creek
When a stressed couple (Steve Balewicz & Chantal Blue) decide that a weekend road trip could revive their battered courtship an unpredictable series of luckless mishaps turn a reserved town into a personal hell.
When an interview threatens the popularity of an entertainer, he decides to create a new act.
In this loving homage to Italian zombie films from the 70s and 80s, specifically those by Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci (with musical inspiration provided by Fabio Frizzi), a medium reunites a family with their departed loved one, literally, as his undead corpse wreaks havoc on them all.
"Stiffed" tracks a birthday bash gone wrong. Justen and Johnny were young, naive and greedy. They unfortunately suffer the consequences of their bad character when they both arrive home to find a mysterious lurker in their midst. "Stiffed" is the Jersey shore meets Halloween.
Throwback to 70's grindhouse films about a killer targeting women from an escort service called "Tasty Chicks". A detective is tracking the killer and trying to protect the women before another girl ends up dead, but it appears that someone is not what they seem to be.
4 people wake up in a shack surrounded by woods, with no clue how they got there; realize they are being hunted-and plan their escape.
2:00-2:45 p.m. — Reel Projections LIVE!
Reel Projections hosts Joe Bardi and David Russell turn their snarky senses of humor on the horror genre.
3:00-3:50 p.m. — Don't Go On the Trail screening
4:00-4:45 p.m. — I've Seen Dead People: Real-Life Ghost Stories
Niely Cornacchia from The Ritz, John Bell from Tampa Theatre, and Matthew Kaiser from Tampa Bay Paranormal Society share true tales of haunted Tampa landmarks.
5:00-6:30 p.m. — The Housewife Slasher screening
6:45-7:30 p.m. — Beware: The Success of an Indie Horror
Beware director Jason Daly returns to Reel Terror and delves deeper into the making of his film, its successful run on Showtime, and the possibility of a Beware franchise.
7:40-8:55 — Short Films
9:00-9:50 p.m. — Just One of the Boys
Brooke McCarter (Lost Boys, The Uh-Oh Show) hosts a Q&A on all things Lost Boys, working with the legendary Herschell Gordon Lewis, and the modern Vampire genre.
10:00-11:30 p.m. — Rock Bottom Creek screening
11:35 p.m.-Midnight — Awards Ceremony