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October 15, 2007
Horror film fest to debut in Sac

Tim Meunier got tired of traveling to film festivals in Los Angeles and elsewhere to meet his horror demands. Those events lacked the character of film festivals that Meunier had attended in Sacramento.

"What I like about local film festivals is that they're very interactive," says Meunier, 28, citing the Sacramento Film & Music Festival in particular. Like that annual event, Meunier's inaugural Sacramento Horror Film Festival, running Friday through Sunday, will feature live bands and Q&A sessions along with short- and- feature-length films.

Horror films are as plentiful as black cats in October, when studios are rolling out such titles as "30 Days of Night" and "Saw IV." But the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, at the Colonial Theatre on Stockton Boulevard, will offer personal touches that multiplex horror movies cannot, its founder says.


"You can meet the Candyman, an icon of horror," Meunier says of actor Tony Todd (pictured at left), who embodied the urban legend in the 1992 film. Tony Moran, who played Michael Myers in the original "Halloween," also will appear at the festival.

Costumes are encouraged, and programs will carry themes. Friday night's lineup will unspool under the banner "The Vomit Show," complete with paper sickness bags for all patrons. These might actually come in handy during the feature film "Neighborhood Watch," which Meunier says is the most gruesome film he's ever seen.

"We dare people not to to use them," Meunier says of the gross-out party favors.

So, if that's the kind of challenge you've been waiting for, advance tickets are available at R5 Records. For more information on the festival, just click here.

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