Salem Horror Fest To Celebrate ‘Women With Guts’ at the New England premiere of SXSW hit ‘Tragedy Girls’

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To overcome fear, we must first understand it. Salem Horror Fest * Sept 21 – Oct 15

SALEM, Ma. – Salem Horror Fest today announced a celebration to honor women in horror at the New England premiere of SXSW hit Tragedy Girls directed by Tyler MacIntyre on Thursday, October 7 at Cinema Salem. The screening will be paired with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood featuring a Q&A with the film’s stars Lar Park Lincoln and man behind the mask, Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees) moderated by The Faculty of Horror’s hosts Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati.

“Women have always been an integral part of horror, as actresses, directors, writers, producers, thinkers, and creators, but are often relegated to the sidelines,” said Rue Morgue editor Andrea Subissati, who co-hosts The Faculty of Horror podcast with Alexandra West. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Salem Horror for some terrific events to highlight and celebrate women who love scary things,” West added.

Following the unanimously positive response at the 2017 SXSW Festival, Variety called Tragedy Girls “one of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in ‘Scream’s’ long wake.” The film stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two social media-obsessed high school serial killers who use their online show to turn their small town into a frenzy.

‘Women With Guts’ is in partnership with Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery and Rue Morgue Magazine, which is set to release ‘Women With Guts: Horror Heroines in Film, TV, and Print’ on June 1, 2017now available for pre-order. The celebration will also feature a reading by FunDead Publications, stand-up comedy by Kylie Alexander, a musical performance by Scary Mary, and a midnight paranormal investigation with Shari Marie DeBenedetti from Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters.

Salem, Massachusetts has a complicated history when it comes to women, but today enjoys the leadership of the city’s first woman mayor and police chief. “Everyone knows Salem is the place to be for October, but it may surprise people to know how big of an operation it is behind the scenes. Our police chief, tourism director, and project manager are all amazing women. We’re lucky to have them. And believe me, it takes not only guts, but brains and a whole lot of heart to keep Salem a safe, welcoming, and fun destination,” said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.

“The horror genre is a reflection of societal fears and anxiety; something Salem knows a little too much about. Ever since I was a little gay boy, have always admired the last-standing glamour of a killer Final Girl – hoping that someday I could be as tough as her,” said festival director Kevin Lynch.


Tragedy Girls

Women With GutsSalem Horror Fest partners with Rue Morgue Magazine to celebrate women in horror for the New England premiere of SXSW hit Tragedy Girls! The screening will be paired with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood followed by a post-credit Q&A with the film’s stars Lar Park Lincoln and man behind the mask, Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees) moderated by the The Faculty of Horror hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West.

[x_accordion_item title=”ABOUT SALEM HORROR FEST”]Salem Horror Fest is the city’s first-ever festival of fear, presenting four weeks of screenings, parties, exhibits, concerts, panels, and celebrity appearances in the Halloween capital of the world! To overcome fear, we must first understand it. #KnowFear[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”ABOUT TYLER MACINTYRE”]Originally from Alberta, Canada, Tyler is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a double major in Film Studies and Psychology, Ryerson University with an MA in Media Production and the American Film Institute Conservatory with a MFA in Film Editing. Over the last ten years, he has worked in many production and post-production positions in both the Canadian and American media industries – primarily as director, writer and editor. Credits include Tragedy Girls and the upcoming horror film Patchwork.[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”ABOUT THE FACULTY OF HORROR”]Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night. Subscribe to The Faculty of Horror through iTunes, Stitcher or via RSS. The Faculty of Horror will host their first-ever live podcast recording on Sunday, October 8th featuring a double feature screening of American Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. [/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=”ABOUT CINEMA SALEM”]CinemaSalem is more than a film-lover’s movie theater; it’s also a café, an art gallery, an art house, a live music venue, and a home to one of America’s largest all-documentary film festivals — all steps from the world class museums, restaurants, historic sites, theatre companies, art spaces, and shops that make Salem’s downtown so fun and vibrant.[/x_accordion_item][x_accordion_item title=” ABOUT COUNT ORLOK’S NIGHTMARE GALLERY”]Prepare for a delightfully creepy journey down the eerie exhibit halls as you discover characters from the darker side of cinema represented by life-sized reproductions made by Hollywood Special Effects Artists. Celebrity meet & greets with Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder will be held at Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 from 3-6pm.[/x_accordion_item]

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