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NEPA Horror Fest screens ‘Pet Sematary’ with star Miko Hughes at Circle Drive-In on June 25

NEPA Horror Fest screens ‘Pet Sematary’ with star Miko Hughes at Circle Drive-In on June 25
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From a press release:

On Saturday, June 25, the NEPA Horror Fest and Scranton DIY Punk Collective will host 2022’s scariest summer celebration, Spooky Summer II, from noon until midnight at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City.

During the day, the bi-annual (June and October each year) NEPA Horror Fest combines a punk rock flea market with dozens of alternative visual artists and live music performances from local, regional, and touring acts, as well as celebrity meet and greets. At night, feature-length and independent short horror and cult classic films will be presented on the drive-in screen.

The headlining feature film this year is the 1989 supernatural horror classic “Pet Sematary,” directed by Mary Lambert and adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The movie follows the tragic story of the Creed family and a mysterious cemetery that leads to the beginning of an unthinkable evil to return again and again.

Today, it was announced that the screening will include a special meet and greet with one of the film’s stars, Miko Hughes, who played young child Gage Creed who is brought back to life by the titular cemetery. Hughes is also known for his roles in “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), “Apollo 13” (1995), “Spawn” (1997), “Mercury Rising” (1998), and “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” (1994), as well as his recurring role as Aaron on the television show “Full House” from 1990-1995. The meet and greet will take place on the grounds of the Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) prior to the film screenings at a time to be announced.

The second feature film is the 1980 classic camp nightmare “Friday the 13th,” produced and directed Sean S. Cunningham. Its plot follows a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered one by one by an unknown killer while attempting to reopen an abandoned summer camp.

Additionally, the festival is partnering with American film production and distribution company Severin Films to feature its third movie, the 1980 cult film “Night of the Demon,” directed by James C. Wesson. The story centers on an anthropologist who, along with a group of his pupils, embarks on an expedition to prove the existence of Bigfoot in a rural region of Northern California, only to be stalked and systematically slaughtered by the creature. In November of 2021, Severin Films issued “Night of the Demon” for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring a 2K scan from the original film elements, which were previously alleged to be lost.

Daytime festivities will occur from noon until 8 p.m., with film screenings beginning shortly after. Discounted tickets, which are $10-$30, are on sale now until Tuesday, March 1 via Eventbrite. After March 1, admission cost will go back up to regular price. Tickets will also be available at the box office the day of the event, cash only. Vendors, musical performers, and sponsors can sign up now to be a part of the event. For the most updated information, application forms, and ticket prices, visit

Read NEPA Scene’s 2021 interview with NEPA Horror Fest founder Bobby Keller and Scranton Punk Rock Flea Market & Zinefest organizer Jess Meoni here.