Horror Movie Festival

Jump-scare classics, comedy and even some family-friendly frights: there’s an eclectic mix of films on the schedule for Kilgore College’s first Horror Movie Festival.

There were more than 700 votes cast in Dodson Auditorium’s online poll for the upcoming series as film fans chose their top six of 20 options for the slots in the horror-fest being spearheaded by KC’s Ethan Herring and the team at the venue.

The five-day event kicks-off Friday evening in Dodson with one scary movie nightly in addition to an all-ages matinee Sunday afternoon.

According to Herring, watching the online poll there were some eleventh-hour shifts in which films led the pack of possible features for the festival.

Ultimately, “Beetlejuice” (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice) was the top choice with 67 votes followed by Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” at 64. The original “Nightmare on Elm Street” garnered 58 votes, and there were 53 for 2017’s “Get Out” followed by “Scream” at 49 and the Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) with 48 votes.

The final selections range from PG to R. Tickets for the Oct. 25-29 film series are $2 per screening or $10 for an all-movie pass – Dodson’s box office is open all week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A donation to Kilgore College’s Student Food Pantry also earns a single entry ticket.

Showtimes are:

• Psycho (R) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

• Nightmare on Elm Street (R) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

• Hocus Pocus (PG) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

• Beetlejuice (PG) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

• Scream (R) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28

• Get Out (R) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

Souvenir t-shirts will be available for purchase, Herring noted, including a “kilGORE” version and a ‘Ranger Things’ homage to the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Quantities are limited.

For more information, contact Herring at 903-983-8635.

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