The horror (film) scene will heat up in Boise this October with the launch of the Idaho Horror Film Festival on Oct. 16-18 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, and the Idaho Horror 48 Film Competition on Oct. 10.
H48 is a scarier version of the i48 Film Competition and Festival that happens each spring. For the i48, filmmaker teams are given a genre, a scrap of dialogue and a prop and must write, cast, film and produce a short film in 48 hours. H48 works the same way, except the genre is all horror all the time.
Participants will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise, to receive their assignments. Drop off is at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the same location.
This is a way to support, promote and showcase the local film scene in Boise, says festival director Molly Deckart.
The H48 shorts (between 3 and 6 minutes long) will screen on Oct. 18 during the Horror Film Festival. The festival will show a mix of national and local horror films, although the lineup is not set yet, and there are more surprises to come, Deckart says. Stay tuned for details, ticket and pass prices, parties and other related events.
A highlight will be a screening of 1989’s “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” with actor Don Shanks, who played Myers to mark the 25th anniversary of the film’s release. You’ll see the film and get a chance to participate in a Q&A, photo and autograph session with Shanks.
The lineup and other details should be set and ready to announce by the official Festival Mixer from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Whisky Bar, 509 W. Main St., Boise. Plus, you can sample some signature cocktails made exclusively for the Idaho Horror Film Festival. The mixer is free to attend.