Tucson Terrorfest brings 4 days of horror with convention & film festival

The Tucson Terrorfest Horror Convention hits 191 Toole for the fourth year and the Horror Film Festival takes over the Screening Room for its 13th year, bringing experiences and vendors to local genre fans.

The event will run from Thursday to Sunday. The film festival schedule includes 10 standalone movies along with shorts and a VHS night. 

On the convention side, Tucson TerrorFest director David Pike said there will be more than 30 vendors at 191 Toole in Downtown.

“We have films by local independent filmmakers but also international ones,” Pike said. “I’m also excited for the 35th anniversary screening of ‘They Live’ and it’ll be great to see it on the big screen.”

The film festival will begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a showing of “Sweet Dreams,” which will be followed by a showing of “Eight Eyes” at 9:30 p.m. On Friday, there will be the a showcase of short films at 7:30 p.m. and VHS Horror Night will begin at 10 p.m. 

The showcase is dedicated to showing shorts by Tucson filmmakers. Submitting a short film is free and it must be more more than 15 minutes long. Submissions of downloadable video files must be sent to [email protected] between noon Thursday and noon Friday. The showcase will be hosted by Miss Baltimore Bombshell and The Wolf. The filmmakers who submit their shorts have free admission to view their films on the big screen. 

The showcase will be followed by VHS Horror Night, which is a free event, said Pike. They will be playing “Dead Heat.”

“We do this for free so if people want to drop in and watch it and decide that it isn’t their thing, they didn’t lose their money,” Pike said.

“Deep Red” will be shown on Saturday at 11 a.m. and more shorts will be played at 1:30 p.m. for Horror Shorts: Everyone Needs a Good Scare. They will also show John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness” at 4 p.m.

“One other thing I’m excited about is that we’ll be showing ‘Dracula’ — the one with Bela Lugosi,” Pike said.

At 9 p.m., bands Couch $urf, Angelfood and Guttertown will be playing live. All ages are welcome and there will be a costume contest with a $100 prize for the best scary movie character costume. Doors open at 8 p.m. 

Sunday’s showings include “Nightmare Castle” at 11 a.m., “Cryptids” at 1 p.m., “I’ll Crush Y’All” at 3 p.m., “Abruptio” at 5 p.m. and “They Live” at 7 p.m.
“People are even saying ‘I’ll Crush Y’all’ is the best horror movie of the year,” Pike said. “We have a very solid film schedule this year.”

People who are interested in purchasing passes, the festival offers only 50 passes. They are available to purchase while they last. Tickets for general admission to each film is $8 while entry into the convention is $10. More information available in their website.