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Vancouver Horror Show Unveils Lineup For Its First Ever Hybrid Event

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | Events

The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival (VHS) is back and ringing in its fourth year with a brand new hybrid event! Read on for full details!

The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival  (VHS) will be kicking off its fourth year as the beloved local festival moves to a hybrid event in 2021 — both live and virtual! With online programs set to run October 27th through to November 7th via TicketSpice for terror on-demand, VHS Live will kick off the festival at Vancouver’s Scotiabank Theatre – 900 Burrard Street – on Tuesday October 26th. The full VHS 2021 Hybrid Event lineup includes 46 short films and three feature-length films from 12 different countries — all of which will be available as part of the virtual programs. 11 film blocks this year include shorts, features, a Sci-Fi block and a Rated R block.

Last year, VHS made the pivot to online programming as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival director David Taylor works as a Registered Nurse at St.Paul’s Hospital and has been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor says that “as VHS moves forward, we won’t look back. While it’s important for us to have a safe and responsible in-person event this year, we do not want to lose the online portion of the festival. Last year we were able to share our programming with folks from all over the world and the response was so great — it’s hard to imagine we will ever stop incorporating the on-demand portion of programming.” Virtual attendees are encouraged to “get scared…from home!” Viewer’s will have a chance to weigh-in with an Audience Choice Award and to test their mettle with nightly trivia about each program following the screenings.  

The online platform will also host The VHS Screenplay Table Read Series via Zoom. VHS ticket holders are invited to attend live table reads where professional actors will perform a reading of the top selected short screenplays. A panel of industry experts will weigh in on the screenplays and offer notes to the writers. This provides the writers a chance to workshop their pieces and ask questions of the actors, directors, and festival experts. Festival attendees will receive an inside look at how things move from page to stage. 

Tickets for Short Blocks, Feature Film presentations, and the Table Read Series are available now at:

Rocco T. Thompson
Rue Morgue's Online Managing Editor, Rocco is a Rondo-nominated writer, critic, film journalist, and avid devotee of all things weird and outrageous. He penned the cover story for Rue Morgue's landmark July/Aug 2019 "Queer Fear" Special Issue, and is a regular contributor to Screen Rant, Slant Magazine, and other cinema-centric publications.