Horror Movie Festival

Sometimes only the silver screen is large enough for all the terror.

Kilgore College’s first Horror Movie Festival is set for Oct. 25-29 in Dodson Auditorium, a cheap-ticket chance for a new generation to catch some of their favorite film frights and delights on the big screen.

Acting on a longtime goal for the auditorium, KC’s Ethan Herring and his venue staff set a date and compiled a list of their favorite horror films. Now, they’re calling on the public to help them narrow down the options from 20 to six ahead of this month’s still-to-be-determined film series.

“We are looking at closing the polls Oct. 18,” he noted. “That gives us a week to get all the paperwork finished for the licensing.”

Possible selections date back as early as 1954 with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” or as recently as Jordan Peele’s “Us,” released this year.

There are even a couple of family-friendly scares in the mix.

“We’re trying to get a diverse selection to give everyone a chance to see something they’d like to see,” Herring added. “Horror movies can be incredibly diverse. If you like suspense, there’s a place for that. If you’re like me and you like practical effects, there’s ‘The Thing.’ Or there’s comedy.”

Admission to the film series is $10 for a five-day, all-feature pass or $2 per film, per person. Visitors can also waive a single entry fee with a nonperishable donation to Kilgore College’s Student Food Pantry.

As of Tuesday evening, the top six contenders include “Get Out,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Beetlejuice,” “Scream” and “Shaun of the Dead” with “Psycho” and “Cabin in the Woods” close behind after 286 votes.

The list is likely to change between now and the close of polling (visit tinyurl.com/y5tpaxze to weigh in). Herring’s eager to get things rolling, whatever the final selections are.

“There’s just something about seeing a movie on a large screen in a dark room, especially a horror movie,” he said, and it’s been years or decades since some the film options have been available on the big screen. Among other things, the new event also gives Kilgore College the opportunity to show off quality of the equipment within its auditorium: “Sometimes sound systems add so much more than just a home TV speaker.

“We’re just trying to create a fun environment for our students and for our community to sit and enjoy movies.”

Box office hours at Dodson Auditorium are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 7. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 25-29 with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 27.


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