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Jeffrey Combs’ “NEVERMORE,” “PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG” and more coming to Sleepy Hollow Film Festival

Monday, September 30, 2019 | Events, News


One of the spookiest towns in the country is celebrating all things scary this month as the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival takes over its namesake village. They’ve got a stellar lineup of guests involved (plus a member of the RUE MORGUE team), so read on for the details!

The festival takes place Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13 at the Tarrytown Music Hall and Warner Library in Tarrytown (a.k.a. Sleepy Hollow), NY, easily accessible from New York City. Among those coming to town is Jeffrey Combs, who will be performing his acclaimed one-man show NEVERMORE—in which he plays Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli—on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. Combs will also take part in Dana Gould’s live stage reading of Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE on Friday, October 11 at 9 p.m.; others in the ensemble include Bobcat Goldthwait and MST3K’s Frank Conniff. Veteran makeup effects creator/designer Tony Gardner (ZOMBIELAND, the CHUCKY films, ARMY OF DARKNESS, DARKMAN) will be on hand on the 12th at 11 a.m. for a live discussion of his career.

RM’s Michael Gingold will give a free presentation on his latest genre-newspaper-ad books AD NAUSEAM II and AD ASTRA, which he’ll be selling and signing, on the 12th at 12:30 p.m. He’ll also co-host, with Temple of Schlock’s Chris Poggiali, the multimedia presentation HORROR ON THE HUDSON, covering the many fright films shot in Westchester County (GANJA AND HESS, FATAL ATTRACTION, BLACK SWAN, etc.), with filmmaker guests including Jeff Lieberman (SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER), on the 13th at 1:30 p.m. Two movies shot in Westchester, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS and NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, will be celebrated in A SALUTE TO DARK SHADOWS, in which franchise curator Jim Pierson presents an in-depth look at the making of those features, and joins star Kathryn Leigh Scott for a screening of HOUSE, on the 12th at 1 p.m.

There will be plenty of screenings as well, including a 20th-anniversary showing of Tim Burton’s SLEEPY HOLLOW, with special guest to be announced, on the 13th at 11 a.m.; the U.S. premiere of PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG, Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley’s documentary on the rabid Canadian phans of Brian De Palma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, followed by a screening of PHANTOM itself, with producer Edward R. Pressman, star/songwriter Paul Williams, star Gerrit Graham and filmmakers Ingram and Stanley on hand for a Q&A between the movies, on the 10th at 7 p.m.; a 25th-anniversary showing of Alex Proyas’ THE CROW, with a Q&A with producer Pressman and screenwriter David J. Schow, on the 12th at 10 p.m.; a 35th-anniversary screening of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER, accompanied by composer Harry Manfredini, on the 11th at 11:15 p.m.; Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce’s new supernatural chiller THE WRETCHED as the closing-night film on the 13th at 8:15 p.m.; and the classic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, with the world-premiere release of the restored original score CD, on the 13th at 5 p.m. There’s lots more in the lineup, so head over to the festival’s website for the full details!