Lights, camera … DIE!

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Zombies, vampires and more zombies – oh my … For things that go bump in the night, look no further than the Halloween Horror Film Festival. Nine short horror films, all made by Mississippi directors, will be screened at the festival this Friday at the Link Centre.

Bonafide spooks
The Halloween festival is a sequel to last year’s Tupelo Underground Film Festival. Writer-director Glenn Payne and pal Heather Roebuck approached Daniel Lee, the director who oversaw last year’s celebration, about celebrating locally made horror films. Lee put this Halloween event in Roebuck and Payne’s hands.
“We want to showcase Mississippi filmmakers,” Payne said.
This will be the world premiere for all nine shorts.
Payne is premiering his own movie, “Blackout.”
It’s about zombies, but it’s not a follow-up to his 2009 film, “A Zombie Movie.”
That film was about the laughs, but “Blackout” brings the thrills.
“It’s a real, legit, scary zombie film,” Payne said.
Daniel Lee is offering up a new zombie movie, “River City Dead.” Other selections include “Peripheral” by Ken Calloway, “Korn Harvest” by Russell Fox, “Elixir” by Jason Palmer and “The Runaway” by Andrew Colom.
“I’m really excited about watching them,” Payne said. “We have a lot of different styles.”
Those looking for a preview can head to the festival’s Facebook page, where a few trailers are posted.
There will be several Q&A sessions for audience members to ask the filmmakers about the shorts.
Anyone with an interest in horror movies or Mississippi artists should enjoy the films, he said.
“I hear all the time at film festivals that there’s a hotbed of talent in Northeast Mississippi,” Payne said. “That’s what started this.”

Halloween Horror Film Festival
What: Nine short horror movies by Mississippi filmmakers Ken Calloway, Andrew Colom, Russell Fox, Daniel Lee, Jason Palmer, Glenn Payne, Michael Williams, Seth Wilson, April Wren
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Link Centre
Cost: $5
Info: or (662) 690-4011
Extra: Costumes welcome. None of the films are rated, but they’re all considered PG-13-ish. Check out trailers on the festival’s Facebook page.

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