July 1, 2014

The Rumors are True: Hudson Horror Show IX is a Go!

After what felt like an eternity, the reality of the return of the Hudson Horror Show is finally beginning to sink in. The thought of having to continue on with my life without his biannual event was almost too much to bear. It really has become some of my most anticipated events of the year. It is true, it is making a comeback on August 9, 2014 at the Empire Cineplex (formerly Silver Cinemas) in my backyard of Poughkeepsie, NY. The show is quickly shaping up to be an amazing one, and if you are a fan of cult cinema, you will want to be here.

Before we get to the new show, let's recap it a little bit. Hudson Horror Show is a 12-hour movie marathon (and the premiere movie event of the Hudson Valley) that is comprised of five films (sometimes six), accompanied with a host of classic genre trailers. All of it is presented in 35mm, in all of its beat up glory. There are also giveaways, trivia, and a growing selection of merchandise vendors (everything from artwork, to t shirts, to toys, to movies, and more). It began way back in 2010 with a show that headlined with The Evil Dead and also featured Pieces and Zombie.

In the years between then and now, we have been graced with all manner of movies, from the mainstream like Army of Darkness and Day of the Dead, to Italian cult titles like Cannibal Holocaust and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, to the bizarre like Inframan, to the rather obscure like Gone with the Pope. Those guys go out of their way to put together lineups to seriously entertain a diverse audience.

Anyway, earlier this year tragedy struck. The longtime home of the marathon shutdown, to the point where they had begun dismantling the place. Fortunately, an investment group stepped in and brought it back to life. It upgraded the theater to digital, while retaining a 35mm setup. Now, after months of wondering, hoping, and praying, Hudson Horror Show is back in business!

This new show, their ninth(!), will feature six movies, along with their trademark trailer reels, the usual awesome vendors, and the promise of a good time with good people. The showing has been growing and growing, and if you want to go, get your tickets sooner rather than later, it is unlikely any will be available at the door. When you get your ticket rest assured you will be in for a good time. The crowds are always awesome, like minded, friendly folk, vendors are fans first, and everyone is ready to talk movies.

Now, for the announced portion of the lineup....

First up is Lady Terminator. This oddity from Indonesia is truly a sight to behold and I cannot wait to see it again.

Next we have early era slasher The Burning. This movie is not as well known as some of its counterparts, but it does have some notable moments, like a big daylight multiple kill, as well as actors Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, and Fisher Stevens, plus effects by Tom Savini.

The third of the announced films strays from horror, but is right in line with the shows cult and exploitation roots, Mad Max. The classic Mel Gibson, post apocalyptic action film from Australia. I am not going to lie, this is going to be awesome to see projected.

The final announced film takes us back to the the gritty, grimy days before New York City was cleaned up, it sinks us neck deep into the world of a damaged brain, a vicious killer who stalks his prey. The movie is none other than Maniac, starring Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro. This is going to be great on the big screen as well.

Now, carefully consider those four titles, plus two more secret ones and seriously consider where you are going to be on August 9th. For an added bonus, you cold be lucky enough to meet me! All right, scratch that, think about the movies, the vendors, and all the other legitimately cool folks who will be there. Do you really want to miss that? Didn't think so.

In all seriousness, Hudson Horror Show has grown into a much anticipated destination for many over the years. It's brand has grown tremendously and I am happy to have been there from the start, making numerous friends in the process. It is a daylong escape from the mundane, a day where you can be taken away by the movies . I truly look forward to them, not only for the movies, but for the community and I admit to being genuinely concerned for its future during he past few months of uncertainty. I am very happy to be reporting that it is alive and well, at least for now. Hopefully for years to come

Visit HudsonHorrorShow.com for more information and tickets.

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