You might think the Halloween season would be the peak time for festivals devoted to horror and fantasy films, but these fests actually seem to be year-round perennials. Here are a few worth checking out, if you live in the area:
- NEVERMORE: Running February 22 through 24 at the Carolina Theatrein Durham, North Carolina, this fest offers a mix of new and old feature films and shorts. Highlights include a 35 print of Daro Argento’s 1982 masterpiece TENEBRE (seldom screened in uncut form in the U.S.), a revival screening of HIGHLANDER, and a screening of SHROOMS, the scary Irish film that went over so well at Screamfest in Hollywood last year.
- THE 33RD ANNUAL BOSTON SCIENCE-FICTION FILM FESTIVAL: Screening at the Somerville Theatre Sunday and Monday, February 17 and 18, this year’s fest is themed “The Future is Passe” and will include older films that depict a future radically different from the one we ended up with, such as A BOY AND HIS DOG. Learn more at the official website.
- OMEGACON: Scheduled for March 14 through 16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, this convention has a guest list including Ray Park (X-MEN, THE PHANTOM MENACE), Richard Hatch (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), Ben Bova, and more.