What: Miami Beach Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
Who: Fans of Horror & SciFi
When: Fall 2013
The Lincoln Road Mall is planning the Miami Beach Horror Film Festival. The Mall is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach. Spanning over 15 city blocks and close to many affordable hotels as well as luxury resorts, the Mall makes it easy to get to every screening and seminar without a rental car. The Regal Cinema and Colony Theater – the planned home to our movie screenings – are both just moments away.
With over 2000 hotel rooms within walking distance to this year’s Film Fest, we’re confident you’ll find planning your South Beach adventure a breeze! Miami International Airport is just 12 miles away and Miami’s Metro Bus Service offers the Airport Flyer from the plane to the beach for just $2.35 per guest. Passengers hop on a 40-foot bus complete with luggage racks and offering free WiFi. Rides run every 30 minutes from 6am-11pm. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride which includes stops along Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall, and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach — site of the city’s top nightclubs.
We will preview upcoming feature films, provide sneak peeks at some hot new games and open up to the top television, media and motion picture studios who bring scary movies to life! Our Artists Alley will feature Hollywood’s most important talents in Special Effects and Monster Movie Make Up and give you a chance to see exactly how they create the guts and gore that thrill film audiences around the world.
We are compiling a full roster of featured artists and exhibitors who promise to make next year’s Film Fest a success. Our planned closing ceremony Monster Mash will attendees the opportunity to compete in the horror costume contest with top prizes given in ten separate categories. Recreate your most memorable character from Science Fiction or Horror or dream up new and thrilling costumes from your darkest dreams and get ready to strut your stuff at the Final Bloody Battle.
It Will Be a SCRE4M!
In 2013, Miami Beach Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival celebrates the SCREAM FILM SERIES. Fans of the Horror and SciFi genres will gather at the Miami Beach Convention Center and at participating local cinemas to attend screenings of a unique film series by the legendary American film director Wes Craven of the SCREAM series who’s credits also include:
Last House on the Left 1972
The Hills Have Eyes 1977
Stranger in Our House 1978
Swamp Thing 1982
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
The Serpent & the Rainbow 1988
The Last House on the Left 2009
Director Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven is best known for his work in American films as a director, producer and occasional actor. Gaining notoriety for directing and writing in the horror and slasher genre, Craven is credited with bringing some of our darkest imaginings to life in the form of Freddy Krueger and Ghostface, the two most memorable characters in modern horror. Born in the midwest, his masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from the esteemed Johns Hopkins University prepared him for a brief tenure as a college professor.
The Last House on the Left
Craven’s first Hollywood movie was The Last House on the Left, an iconic slasher film that he wrote and directed in 1972. Inspired by an Ingmar Bergman film The Virgin Spring, this first foray into exploitation/horror was considered so very violent that it was marketed with the tagline,To Avoid Fainting, Keep Repeating ‘It’s Only a Movie, It’s Only a Movie…’ Censored in many countries, the original 91 minute film was seldom seen in it’s entirety because many versions removed controversial sexual situations and acts of brutality.
Miami will host a special screening of The Last House on the Left hosted by Wes Craven and a panel of crew members, cast mates and critics who will share their insights on exploitation films and provide a historical and cultural context for this important work.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
An immediate commercial success in 1984, Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street kicked off one of horror’s most memorable franchises with actors John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund as the razor-gloved killer Freddy Krueger. Satirizing the low budget horror films of the era, Craven mocked the conventions of teen promiscuity leading straight to an encounter with a slasher – a trope audiences found so appealing in John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978. The hapless victims of Elm Street feared that if they fell asleep, they would be killed in their dreams.
Miami will host a series of screenings and panel discussions about horror films with celebrity guests from some of your favorite thrillers. At the culmination of next year’s convention, we will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Wes Craven for all of his efforts in haunting our every dream!