Outer Banks Halloween International Film Festival Preview

Posted By on October 26, 2016

HalloWeek has officially begun, with a full week of Halloween events for all ages happening throughout the Outer Banks, but the real treat this weekend is the first ever Halloween International Film Festival, taking over R/C Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills for three days with more than 30 independent films of various genres from around the world, presented by Halloween Daily News and OBX Entertainment.


The festival kicks off this Thursday, Oct 27, with the Made in NC short film block featuring Official Selections that were all shot in our home state of North Carolina, including the world premiere of the found footage thriller File #27959, which was filmed entirely here on the Outer Banks, screening at 4:15pm and to be followed by a Q&A with director Rob Jenkins.

Additional NC-shot films in this block include Possession, Dark Heat, Misread, Watch, Pocosin, and Don’t Let the Light In.

The feature length Official Selections for Thursday, Oct. 27 are also all filmed in North Carolina, including Hank vs. The Undead, a horror comedy.

 A very different look at the zombie apocalypse, One Last Sunset Redux stars The Walking Dead actresses Addy Miller and Dahlia Legault, and is scheduled for 5:30pm.

We are also thrilled to host the exclusive world premiere screening of the thriller You Found Me, starring former Penthouse Pet of the Year Taya Parker and Elissa Dowling (Tales of Halloween), at 7pm on Thursday.

The final film of our opening night will be a special Featured Selection (non-competition) screening of the sci-fi adventure Sol, filmed entirely on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The official After Party on Thursday night will be hosted by the Jolly Roger Restaurant, where you can murder your favorite Halloween songs at Scaryoke.

Day Two of the festival on Friday, Oct. 28 begins with the feature length ghost story In April, a haunting road trip from Canada.

The Horror/Sci-fi short film block on Friday afternoon includes Comic-Con International Judges Choice WinnerMonsters starring Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of an Empire) and Ione Skye (Say Anything), in addition to Synesthesia, Flashlight, Night of the Deadly PuppetThe Cleansing Hour starring Heather Morris (Glee), Heart’s Desire with director Gabriel Gran in attendance, and the world premiere of Mandrone.

Official Selections in the feature length category on Friday night include Shadow of the Missing, starting at 5pm, with director Jamie Lee Smith in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

Filmed in Alabama, the southern gothic anthology Paranormalice will be screened at 7pm.

Friday night’s showcase Featured Selection will be a special screening of the international award winning short film Night of the Slasher, a “single take” horror homage with an ironic and heartfelt twist.


Friday night’s official After Party at the Outer Banks Brewing Station will also include two special bonus screenings of a pair of “fan films” inspired by horror classics, with Enjoy The Show paying homage to American Psycho at 10:30pm and The Haddonfield Memorial Tapes giving a new take on the Michael Myers Halloween mythology at 11pm.

Day Three begins on Saturday, Oct. 29 with the International short film block, including the U.S. premiere of Bad Acid from the United Kingdom, plus Candy Skin and Waste of a Fall from Canada, and the documentary-thriller hybrid Frank the Ripper, which was shot in New York by Emmy nominated Canadian filmmaker Ian Johnston.

After a trip up north and overseas, we step back in time to the old west in the period thriller Times Like Dying, filmed in North Carolina, with actor/producer Anthony Reynolds (The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, The Red Road, Prisoners, Red Dragon, Fantastic Four) in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Saturday continues with the blind date nightmare I’ll Have Another, with actor/director Bill Brock in attendance as well.

Horror returns on Saturday afternoon with a short film block that includes Chateau Sauvignon: terroir, Sticks, and Killennial.

If it’s seasonal treats you’re looking for, you will find it starting on Saturday evening with the Halloween short film block, showing The Halloween Spirit, The Halloween Girl, and a trio of horrors from The Witching Season online series, including Killer on the Loose, Not Alone, and Princess.

The final Official Selection of the festival is the feature length throwback Halloween horror film The Barn, featuring genre legend Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, The Return of the Living Dead, Silent Night Deadly Night), which takes place on Halloween in 1989 and introduces audiences to three new icons of fear in Hallowed Jack, The Candycorn Scarecrow, and The Boogeyman.

The festival concludes with a final showcase Featured Selection screening of another Halloween horror movie that also celebrates the late ’80s with wicked fun, as Honeyspider wraps up the event with a spooky feature length bag of treats filmed entirely in North Carolina.

The official Film Festival After Party on Saturday night moves to Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head, where there will be dueling DJs spinning dance hits into the night and Halloween costume contest with a $100 cash prize for the winner.

Additional showtimes are listed below!

All Festival film screenings will be shown at RC Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.

Tickets are on sale now for just $12 for a single day of screenings or $30 for all three days of the Festival, available at the box office at RC Theatres KDH Movies 10, and online at MovieTickets.com.



The first Halloween International Film Festival is happening in conjunction with HalloWeek on the Outer Banks, featuring a week of Halloween events throughout the area, anchored by the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes on Oct. 30 at Kelly’s in Nags Head, and also including Wanchese Woods Haunted Trail, Halloween ComicFest at Earth 383, Trunk or Treat at the YMCA, Spooky Sips Wine Tasting Welcome Party at Sweet T’s, the Exotic Erotic Ball at Outer Banks Brewing Station, and Scaryoke nightly at the Jolly Roger.

Sponsors for this event include Halloween Daily News, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Outer Banks Sentinel, Pirate 95.3, Dixie, 105.7, 98.1 The Score, Access Design & Print, Jolly Roger, RC Theatres, Hilton Garden Inn Kitty Hawk, Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, and Dare County Arts Council.



Thursday , Oct. 27
Official Selections:

1:00pm – Made in NC Short Film block
– THE TRANSGRESSOR trailer (World Premiere, filmed on Outer Banks)  [3 min]


– DARK HEAT  [7 min]

– POSSESSION  [23 min]

2:00pm – HANK VS. THE UNDEAD (filmed in NC)  [1:32]

3:30pm – Made in NC Short Film block

– WATCH  [5 min]

– POCOSIN  [5 min]

Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers

– MISREAD (filmed partly on Outer Banks)  [3 min]

Followed by Q&A with director Kaitlin Suggs

4:15pm – FILE #27959 (World Premiere, filmed on Outer Banks)  [40 min]

Followed by Q&A with director Rob Jenkins

5:15pm – ONE LAST SUNSET REDUX (filmed in NC)  [1:20]

7:00pm – YOU FOUND ME (World Premiere; filmed in NC)  [1:44]

Featured Selection:

9:00pm – SOL (filmed on the Outer Banks, NC)  [1:46]

Friday, Oct. 28
Official Selections:

1:00pm – IN APRIL (Canada)  [2:00]

3:00pm – Horror/SciFi short film block
– MONSTERS  [13 min]

– SYNESTHESIA  [13 min]

– FLASHLIGHT  [7 min]


– MANDRONE (World Premiere)  [15 min]

4:00pm – HEART’S DESIRE  [8 min]

Followed by Q&A with director Gabriel Gran

4:30pm – THE CLEANSING HOUR  [19 min]

5:00pm – SHADOW OF THE MISSING (UK/US)  [1:26]

Followed by Q&A with director Jamie Lee Smith

7:00pm – PARANORMALICE  [2:00]

Followed by Q&A with cast and crew

Featured Selection:

9:30pm – NIGHT OF THE SLASHER  [12 min]

After Party free screenings at Outer Banks Brewing Station:
10:30pm – ENJOY THE SHOW  [16 min] 11:00pm – THE HADDONFIELD MEMORIAL TAPES  [16 min]

Saturday , Oct. 29
Official Selections:

1:00pm – International short film block
– BAD ACID (U.S. Premiere; UK)  [18 min]

– CANDY SKIN (Canada)  [18 min]

– FRANK THE RIPPER (Canadian filmmaker)  [10 min]

– WASTE OF A FALL (Canada)  [6 min]

2:00pm – TIMES LIKE DYING (filmed in NC)  [23 min]

Followed by Q&A with actor/producer Anthony Reynolds

3:00pm – I’LL HAVE ANOTHER  [23 min]

Followed by Q&A with director Bill Brock

3:45pm – Horror short film block

– STICKS  [18 min]

– KILLENNIAL  [10 min]


4:30pm – Halloween short film block




– NOT ALONE  [9 min]

– PRINCESS  [17 min]

6:00pm – THE BARN  [1:36]

Featured Selection:
8:00pm – HONEYSPIDER  (filmed in NC)  [1:15]

Please note that all showtimes are approximate. Screenings and programming events are subject to change without notice. 


Halloween International Film Festival - Oct. 27-29, 2016


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