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NEPA Horror Film Festival expands with celebrity guests, vendors, and more in Scranton on Oct. 8

NEPA Horror Film Festival expands with celebrity guests, vendors, and more in Scranton on Oct. 8
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From a press release:

It has been announced that the NEPA Horror Film Festival will present “13 Short Films 2” on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Ale Mary’s in downtown Scranton, expanding the event this year to include celebrity guests, Q&A panels, vendors, and even stand-up comedy.

The night will begin with a meet and greet and autograph session with Felissa Rose Esposito Miller (“Sleepaway Camp,” “Return to Sleepaway Camp,” “The Perfect House”), Beverly Bonner (“Basket Case,” “Frankenhooker,” “Brain Damage”), and Joe Bob Briggs (“TNT Monstervision,” “Casino,” “The Stand”) from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Vendors will include Stephanie’s Night Gallery, RM Music & Movies, Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine, and more.

The Short Film Festival kicks off at 8 p.m. and includes an intermission at 9 p.m. with stand-up comedy from Dan Hoppel and Beverly Bonner. “Banjo” will screen at 10 p.m., and “City of the Dream Demons” will play at midnight, though times are subject to change.

Founded by filmmaker and comedian Bobby Keller, the NEPA Horror Film Festival began in October of 2015 with an event called “13 Short Films” at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains. It was free and screened horror films from all around the world, including three locally made films. It was a successful night with over 100 attendees. Since then, the festival has done a handful of screenings at Ale Mary’s (126 Franklin Ave., Scranton), specializing in screening shot-on-video low budget cult classics from the 1980s and 1990s.

​Some of the feature-length films screened in the past include John Wintergate’s “Boardinghouse” (1982), Todd Sheets’ “Zombie Bloodbath” (1993), Todd Jason Cook’s “Death Metal Zombies” (1995), John and Mark Polonia’s “Feeders 2: Slay Bells” (1998), Austin Bosley’s “Dismembering Christmas” (2015), and Ryan Logsdon’s “Agoni” (2015).

For more information, visit or see the Facebook event page.

Photo by Jess Meoni