You can either hide under the bed and shiver or face terror head-on by going out to the theater for the seventh annual NOLA Horror Film Fest, which runs from September 21 thru the 24th. Most screenings and events will take place at Castillo Blanco Art Studio (4321 St. Claude Ave.). However, Rare Form (437 Esplanade Ave.) will host an after-hours block of films on September 24 at 1 a.m.
Here's a taste of some of the movies that will be screened:
Long Live the King (Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m.): A feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong.
Ruin Me (Saturday, September 23 at 10 p.m.): In this film, Slasher Sleepout is a camping-in-the-great-outdoors version of an escape room event. Alex (Marcienne Dwyer) reluctantly goes to this killer camp with her boyfriend out of fun. Of course, the killings turn real.
Replace (Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m.): A beautiful young woman (Rebecca Forsythe) is horrified when her skin begins to rapidly age and crumble away. Even more terrifying is that she has to take other people's skin to replace her own. Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton plays a mysterious doctor, and one of the writers here is Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware).
In addition to the feature films, there will be blocks of horror and comedy shorts, as well as a writers' panel discussion.
Tickets for individual screenings are $10 ($8 in advance); full-day passes run from $20 to $40; weekend passes are $75; and full-festival VIP passes are $150.