The First Annual Haunted Garage Horror Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23 at The Gaslight Theatre in the Central West End, 358 N. Boyle Ave., St. Louis
For tickets: Visit: https://filmfreeway.com/HauntedGarageHorrorFest/tickets
On Friday night, two experts on horror films will present “Dead Talk” at 7 p.m. Coltan Schrivner, an expert on morbid curiosity and horror, will talk about “The Psychological Benefits of Horror.” Antonio Pantoja will speak on directing horror and the horrors of life after post production.
It will be followed by “One Must Fall,” a 2018 horror-comedy slasher set in the 80s about a woman wrongfully fired from her office job and forced to take on a temporary job on a crime scene cleanup crew.
The film festival program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and conclude with awards presentation at 8:45 p.m. A short horror film, “Face Mask,” which is not in competition, will be shown at 7:22 p.m. Saturday.
Micro Shorts Under !0 Minutes Selected:
Video Man by Peter Lundholm .
SMASHING by Kent Flaagan
Spin to Win Samantha Steinle
Intruder by Adam Mick Laughlin
Elegy for Unfinished Lives by Adam E. Stone
The Stop by Tom and Scott Hipp
One Nice Thing by Cory Byers
Chimera by Christian Wood
Short Films Under 59 Minutes
Safe Ride by Randy Rambeau
And The Darkness by Andrew Huggins
You Made Me by Ruben A. Sanchez
Cook with the Heart by Mike Hayhurst
Valentine Crush by Jamie Michael Wede
Mary by Khiray Richards
FRESH HELL by Ryan Imhoff and Matt Neal
A Savannah Haunting by William Mark McCullough
Massacre Academy by Mark Cantu
Student Film Selections
Last Bite by Ashley Seering
Abducted by Vincent Augusto
Packed Lunch by John W. Iwanonkiw
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 100 mile stretch to the west of the Mississippi has been a place of interest in horror film history. Unforgettable films such as Escape from NY, White Palace, and Up in the Air all have been filmed in this great midwestern state – Missouri. To honor a burning ember tradition of horror film’s place in our community, the guys from the Haunted Garage Podcast will be hosting Saint Louis’s first Haunted Garage Horror Film Festival this October!
The goal of this first year of our fest is to create a place where filmmakers of all levels can merge in a mutual love of the art of horror. Whether you are a film student or a seasoned industry professional, this festival is for you. In addition to screening student films and high budget, feature films, we have also recruited various film and horror experts to share their knowledge and stories of the trade. Among those in attendance will be Antonio Pantoja, the director of “One Must Fall,” who will share his experience on directing horror films, how to distribute your film, and post production costs. We will also be welcoming researcher and writer Coltan Scrivner, the leading expert in the science of Morbid Curiosity, to speak about the psychological benefits of horror and scary play.
Lastly, we are devoted to promoting diversity in filmmaking. We have selected trained judges from various parts of the country to provide a selection process that is fair and consistent for all film submissions. It will be our pleasure to welcome filmmakers of all races and genders so that we may all gain insight into horror filmmaking from all perspectives of human life.
We desire to turn Saint Louis and its surrounding counties into a safe, scary space where a diverse pool of horror content creators can meet, network, and learn – together.
May the best horror story win!
Awards & Prizes
Best of Horror “The Vincent Price”
$500.00 & Trophy *
(Only Feature Films are eligible )
Best Horror of Missouri/Illinois
$250 & Trophy *
(Illinois / Missouri Residents Only)
All categories are eligible for this Award
$250 & Trophy *
Best Student Film
Best Horror Short *
$100 & Trophy
Best Actor (Male & Female Role)
Best Sound Design
Best Practical Effects
Best Special Effects
Best Original Music
Best Writer/Screenplay (Jason C. Klefisch Award)
*Must be in attendance to accept cash prizes. Trophy’s will be sent at shipping cost to winners if not in attendance.Rules & Terms
• Short Films must be shorter than 50 minutes and longer than 10 minutes. Feature films
must be 50 minutes or longer
• We accept all foreign films as long as english subtitles are present, so long as they were created in the United States of America.
• Selected films will be screened in front of a Live audience
• We are not responsible for copyright infringement on your materials
• All submitters agree to the terms and conditions and to receiving marketing emails and
For more information, visit: https://shiftfilms.net
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.