The 2019 edition of the festival includes performances by John Waters and appearances by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
If you're a horror fan around Massachusetts, you obviously know of the Salem Horror Fest - a month-long celebration of the horror genre in the hometown of the Salem Witch Trials. This year, the festival takes place in the town of Salem from October 3 to October 27, with a whole host of premieres, parties, celebrity appearances, and live performances. This year's edition also features a mini-convention at Pickering Wharf called Haunted Harbor, at Salem Waterfront Hotel, where guests can attend parties, panels, vendors and celebrity meet and greets during the first two weekends of October. Horror fans, mark your calendars! The festival this year features appearances by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, John Kassir of Tales From the Crypt, Quinn Lord of Trick r’ Treat, Rachel True from The Craft, Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead), Amelia Kinkade (Night of the Demons), Jason Marsden (Hocus Pocus), Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge), and Maurizio Guarini (Goblin).
Festivalgoers can attend a one-man show by John Waters, private tarot readings with Rachel True, a performance of Dante’s Inferno with live score by Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, and many more photo-ops and screenings. The Salem Horror Fest screening schedule includes classic films like Attack the Block, The Blob, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Under the Skin, Ed Wood, Serial Mom, Trick r’ Treat, Trick or Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Funny Games, and The Strangers, as well as a marathon screening of all four films in the Critters franchise. But that's not all, this year's edition of the fest will premiere 14 films - more than double their 2018 lineup. Films premiering at the festival include Antrum, Daniel Isn’t Real, Horror Noire: A Black History of Horror, In Fabric, Joker, Mass Hysteria, Nevrland, Porno, Scream Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead, The Girl on the Third Floor, VFW, Villains and Zombieland 2.
You can check out the full schedule for the festival and also buy tickets here.