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Phoenix FearCon VSince 2006, Phoenix FearCon has presented the valley’s biggest hardcore horror themed event and film festival. This year is their fifth show and they are changing venues to UltraStar Cinemas in Scottsdale and planning a full thirteen hours of fear-flicks, fiends, monstrous merchants and movie-themed mayhem.

Highlights of this October’s festival will include special appearances by actors Fred Williamson (From Dusk til Dawn) and Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons), a Zombie Runway Fashion Show, a live podcast of Dr. Diabolic’s Traveling Roadshow & Fun-time Variety Hour, Deadly Delia’s Dozen models and zombie hunters and of course an ominous offering of macabre movies.

The films featured at the Phoenix FearCon V will include:

Full-Length Features:

  • The Holding [UK]
  • The House With 100 Eyes [US]
  • Inbred [UK]
  • Zero Killed [Germany/Austria]

Short-Films:

  • Cargols!
  • Familiar
  • I Want To Be Tom Savini
  • Juan y la Borrega
  • Refugio 115
  • Tout Les Hommes S’Appelle Robert
  • Velvet Road
  • Vuelta al Sueno – Un cuento cruel [Return to the Dream – A cruel tale]
  • Whom God Helps
  • ZomBeer

The show will also include Fear Factor games, performances by Provocatease and will wrap up with a concert by Creepsville666. Phoenix FearCon co-founder and director Chris McLennan took a moment away from her busy preparations to answer a few questions for Nerdvana about FearCon V.

It looks like you have a ton o’ freaky fun crammed into to this year’s show. What’s the “don’t miss” event to kick the festival off on Saturday?

It’s all fun and awesome! I would say the Don’t Miss event would be the Zombie Fashion Show and The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Panel Discussion, followed by the Arizona premiere of Inbred by Alex Chandon – long awaited!

Which FearCon event(s) are you most looking forward to?

Looking forward to seeing the Live Action Plants vs Zombies, I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be anything other than hilarious and I love the Zombie Fashion Show – I’m really anxious to see our new Hostess with the MostessBecky B” take on her role as the Joan Rivers of Horror – that is something to look forward to.

Becky BThe Zombie Runway Fashion Show has become a signature event at FearCon. Is there still time for models to sign-up?
I think they’re all full up at the moment, but always room for next year!

Which films are you most excited to showcase this year?

We were really impressed with the films we have selected this year. And we’re very excited about Inbred by Alex Chandon; we’d been hearing rumblings about it for a couple of years and we’re thrilled that the director wanted to showcase its Arizona premiere at our event.

What can you tell us about your vendors at this year’s event?

There are Amazing vendors this year, many fine artists, schools, charities including Shanti’s 2nd Chances who help folks with HIV/AIDS, Studio Hadra and his graphic novels, Victor Moreno and his awesome caricatures, Tom Deadstuff and his er… dead stuff made from recycled OTB [Off Track Betting] tickets, Custom Funeral Cars by KAOS, Custom Coffins, zombie cupcakes by Kiki’s, Jewelry designers, Dept. of Zombie Defense stuff, Deadly Delias Zombie Hunter models and so many more. You have to come to the FearCon and see for yourself.

Is local horror host(ess) Becky B going to be the MC for the entire show?

Becky B will be there for photo ops at the FearCon Wall, she’ll be interviewing folks on camera with her razor sharp wit and banter and she will be the MC for the Zombie Fashion Show – that’s something to see.

People love to come to FearCon in costume. What’s the craziest outfit you’ve seen?

Last year we had a life size Gargoyle and an eye popping Steampunk[er] that was fabulous!

Do contestants need to sign-up in advance for the Costume/Scream Contest?

Contestants will have the opportunity to sign up for the Costume/Scream Contest at the event. There will be a sign up board with the Volunteers at the Will Call area.

What: Phoenix FearCon V
When: Saturday, October 13, Noon – 1:00am
Where: UltraStar Cinemas (9090 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale Pavilions [101 & Indian Bend] How: Tickets

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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