PHILADELPHIA —A landmark appearance by NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS director Chuck Russell plus special screenings of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER with special guest Kristy Swanson, THE MONSTER SQUAD with stars Andre Gower & Ryan Lambert highlight the schedule as the lineup of films featured in next month’s Wizard World Horror Fest in Philadelphia has been set.
Russell, who also directed THE BLOB, THE MASK, THE SCORPION KING, ERASER and more, will join NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Heather Langenkamp for a live commentary of DREAM WARRIORS followed by an acoustic performance by Don Dokken! After the performance at Underground Arts, the festival will host a midnight screening of 1988’s THE BLOB! Chuck will be available for autographs & photo ops at Wizard World Comic Con (his first convention appearance ever!) on both Saturday & Sunday.
In addition to the previously announced films, the festival is excited to announce the Philly premieres of BETTER WATCH OUT (previously known as Safe Neighborhood) and LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR starring Marilyn Manson.
All screenings will be held at the Nutter Theater (Room 114 of the convention center) unless otherwise noted below. Programmed by Josh Goldbloom, founder and artistic director of The Awesome Fest, with whom Wizard World has previously collaborated on the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival and Brad Miska (co-founder of Bloody-Disgusting), the festival will feature special guests Q&A’s, horror icons, film premieres, repertory event screenings, meet & greets with actors, writers and directors and more.
The schedule is as follows:
7:00 PM – Better Watch Out
D: Chris Peckover | W: Zack Kahn
On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.
9:00 PM – Monster Squad (Introduction and post screening Q&A with actors Andre Gower & Ryan Lambert)
D: Fred Dekker | W: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.
Noon – World of Death Shorts Program
Horror short film selections from around the globe, curated by Tony Wash of Bloody-Disgusting.
1 PM – Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Q&A with Kristy Swanson following the screening)
D: Fran Rubel Kuzui | W: Joss Whedon
A flighty teenage cheerleader learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires.
3:30 PM – 68 Kill (Philadelphia Premiere)
D: Trent Haaga | W: Trent Haaga
A hard-working man’s inability to say no to beautiful women gets him in trouble when he agrees to steal $68,000.
5:45 PM – Dark Signal (U.S. Premiere)
D: Edward Evers-Swindell | W: Edward Evers-Swindell, Antony Jones
The spirit of a murdered girl returns with the message for the staff of a local radio station.
9:00 PM – Special Wizard World Horror Fest Event At Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dream Warriors (Featuring Live Commentary w/ Heather Langenkamp & surprise guest & a live performance by Don Dokken)
D: Chuck Russell | W: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger – who stalks his victims in their dreams – learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.
11:00 Don Dokken performance
12:00 Midnight Screening THE BLOB (1988)
D: Chuck Russell | W: Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont
Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path.
$19:50 Tickets are $19.50 and on sale here: www.undergroundarts.org/event/1486310-don-dokken-nightmare-on-elm-philadelphia/
11:00 AM – Let Me Make You a Martyr
D: Corey Asraf, John Swab | W: John Swab, Corey Asraf
A cerebral revenge film about two adopted siblings who fall in love, and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father, Starring Marilyn Manson.
1:00 PM – Super Dark Times (Philadelphia Premiere)
D: Kevin Phillips | W: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
The ’90s-set feature follows two teenage boys as they attempt to cover up a gruesome accident.
3:30 PM – Found Footage 3D (Philadelphia Premiere)
D: Steven DeGennaro | W: Steven DeGennaro
A group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage. Winner of Bruce Campbell Horror Festival, Chicago 2016!