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THE HAUNTED GARAGE HORROR FESTIVAL: FULL LINEUP NOW AVAILABLE October 5th, 6th, 7th 2023



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**FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR THE HAUNTED GARAGE HORROR FESTIVAL: FULL LINEUP AND SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE**


**St. Louis, MO** – September 8, 2023 – The anticipation is building as we inch closer to the spine-chilling extravaganza of horror, gore, and Halloween delights at the Haunted Garage Horror Festival! We are thrilled to announce that the final preparations for this year's event are in full swing, and we have unveiled the full lineup and schedule to make your blood run cold.


**Event Details:**

- **Date:** October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2023

- **Venue:** Hi Pointe and Backlot Theater, St. Louis, MO


**Trunk to Treat Kickoff on Thursday:**

The festival kicks off on Thursday with the Trunk to Treat event, followed by a double screening of "Candy Crucible," a short feature created by a talented group of young filmmakers. Their film not only delves into witch history but also celebrates the Halloween spirit and, of course, candy. Thursday's main feature is the spine-tingling anthology film, **"WORST LAID PLANS,"** brought to you by Christopher G. Moore, Jeremy Herbert, and John Hale III. This anthology takes you on a horror-filled vacation you won't soon forget.


**Friday Night Highlights:**

Friday starts with a thought-provoking Q&A session with **Dr. Athena Aktipis,** the acclaimed author of "The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer." Dr. Aktipis explores the intersection of cooperation theory, social psychology, theoretical evolutionary biology, and cancer biology. Her podcast "Zombified" is a captivating exploration of vulnerabilities to everything from parasites to monstrous algorithms. Meanwhile, the Backlot Theater screens Thursday's features and shorts, including "Black Mold" and "The Astral Woods."


**Saturday, a Day of Horror Delights:**

Saturday is packed with excitement, featuring more guest speakers, including filmmaker **Patrick Rea**. The student film showcase takes center stage, followed by additional short blocks and the feature films **"American Meltdown"** and **"Wolf Hollow."** Don't miss the chance to meet filmmaker **Mark Cantu** during the screening of "Wolf Hollow," a tale of survival against a family of werewolves, while "American Meltdown" explores the dark side of survival in contemporary America.


**Live Performances by Freddy VS:**

Join us for electrifying live performances by the local Horror Alt Rock Band, **Freddy VS,** a female-led band known for their fusion of metal, punk, alt-rock, and nods to horror icons. They will set the stage ablaze with their haunting tunes. The festival's climax includes an award ceremony and a closing night party you won't want to miss. Stay tuned for more details!


THURSDAY FILM LINE UP:

LAST YEARS WINNER "CHEST" + Q&A [5:30-7pm]

LAST YEARS WINNER "VIRAL" + Q&A [7:15-7:45pm]

Worst Laid Plans (showing with "The Discarded")+Q&A (if filmmakers are in attendance) [8pm-9:30pm]

"MOPAR FROM HELL SHORT FEATURES #1 "THE BIG BLOCK CHEVY BLOCK" FEATURING "Some Visitors & Food Poisoning " with Q&A with filmmakers in attendance after each (44-45 MIN SHORT BLOCK) [9:45-11:00]



FRIDAY FILM LINE UP:

HAUNTED GARAGE PRESENTS THE CANNIBAL CANNONBALL OF SHORTS "FRIENDS, FOES & FORDS BLOCK" #1: "Sick" = 8:44 "Vacancy" = 11:11 "The Queue" =11:15 "THE Herp" = 7:03 [4:30-5:30pm]

MOPAR FROM HELL SHORT FEATURE BLOCK #2 "THE HEMI HELLBOUND BLOCK" FEATURING: "The Curtain Call Gang" & "Smiley" Q&A if filmmakers are in attendance [5:45 PM-6:45 PM]

BLACK MOLD (showing with Fax Repair and You)+Q&A with John Pata [8:15PM-10:00PM]

ASTRAL WOODS (showing with "Party's Over") Intro with HG Staff No Q&A [10:15-11:45 pm]


SATURDAY FILM LINE UP:

THE FEATURES THAT DRIPPED BLOOD STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE "No Good Deed" = 9:54 "After Hours" = 6:06 "Leave No Trace" = 15:29 "Noman" = 16:00 "The Basement" =8:46 "Pizza By The Slice" "Dream Loop" = 7:14 "Trick or Treat" = 3:36 [10:15-12 pm]

HAUNTED GARAGE PRESENTS THE CANNIBAL CANNONBALL OF SHORTS #2 "PONY CARS FROM PURGATORY": "Company" = 4:45 "Meanwhile" = 4:98 "Good Friday" 2:39 "Cart Return"=3:42 "Enter The Room" 15:00 [1:30-2:30 pm]

HAUNTED GARAGE PRESENTS THE CANNIBAL CANNONBALL OF SHORTS BLOCK #3 "THE VANISHING SHORTS FROM BEFORE THE FEATURES BLOCK" "The Discarded"=5:18 "Fax Repair and You" = 5:09 "Party's Over" = 5:50 "The Candy Crucible" = 10:40[3:30-4:30 PM]

"American Meltdown" (showing with "Downsizing") + Q&A with Andrew Adams, Nicolette Sweeney [4:45-6:30]

WOLF HOLLOW (showing with "Haunting the Hunted") + Q&A with Filmmaker Mark Cantu [6:45-8:30 PM]

3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED GARAGE HORROR FEST AWARD CEREMONY 8:45-10-10:30 PM


*Speaker times announced on the EVENTIVE page soon!



**Our Unwavering Partner:**

We are proud to announce that Stray Rescue STL remains our main partner, supporting our shared passion for all things spooky and the welfare of our four-legged friends.


**Get Your Tickets Now:**

Various ticket options are available, and you can reserve yours today at [Haunted Garage Horror Festival Tickets](https://www.hauntedgaragehorrorfest.com/tickets). For a complete list of festival features and more information, visit [Haunted Garage Horror Festival](https://www.hauntedgaragehorrorfest.com).


**Connect with Freddy VS:**

For more information about the electrifying Freddy VS, check out [Freddy VS on Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/freddyvsband/?hl=en).


**Media Inquiries and More:**

For interviews, sponsorship opportunities, and press credentials, please contact Travis Brown at Travis.Brown@hauntedgarage.net.


Don't miss your chance to experience the ultimate Halloween horror festival! Get your tickets now and prepare for three nights of terror, thrills, and unforgettable memories at the Haunted Garage Horror Festival.


*Stay spooky, stay safe, and see you there!*


### About Haunted Garage Horror Festival:

The Haunted Garage Horror Festival is an annual celebration of all things horror, Halloween, and the macabre. Featuring a diverse lineup of feature films, shorts, guest speakers, and live performances, the festival promises to immerse attendees in a world of terror and delight. For more information, visit [Haunted Garage Horror Festival](https://www.hauntedgaragehorrorfest.com).


### About Stray Rescue STL:

Stray Rescue STL is a dedicated animal rescue organization committed to saving and rehabilitating stray animals in the St. Louis area. Their mission is to lead the way toward making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection. For more information, visit [Stray Rescue STL](https://www.strayrescue.org).



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