Macabre Faire Film Festival Returns January 12th-14th

If you need a respite from the bitterness of winter, come to the macabre side where they do, indeed, have cookies! The Macabre Faire Film Fest is a judged film festival where fans can enjoy independent films that embrace the Strange-ifical, Weird-ifical, Horror-ifical, Sci-fi-tastical, Fantastical and Macabre-licious. Now in its sixth year of being superbly spooktacular, with their twelfth event throughout that time, the Macabre Faire returns to Long Island, New York, this weekend, Friday, January 12th through Sunday, January 14, 2018, with all of the ghoulish glory happening at ye olde stomping grounds, the Clarion Hotel Conference Center off Veterans Highway in Ronkonkoma.

An exciting festival full of lighter fare – where not every film screened is a bloodtastrophe – Macabre Faire has always offered up an immense amount of diversity, and has become a hotspot for many up-and-coming, talented filmmakers in the Northeast. A regular at the festival, Manny Serrano of notes: “For filmmakers in New York, Macabre Faire is the first stop on our festival run every year. Nowhere else can you find a festival so diverse and extravagant. Going between three screening rooms, several panels throughout the weekend, and capping it off with a black-tie Red Carpet event. It’s like having a haunted slice of Hollywood here on Long Island.

This year’s boisterous schedule of events includes film screenings galore, a midnight hour comedy roast with Angie Hansen, Red Carpet Awards Dinner Gala, a live performance from Highway Robbery, Audience Choice Awards, a multitude of workshops and panel discussions, a zillion different guests, and so very much more. If you are wondering, indeed it is true, all of the nominated films are being screened throughout the weekend!

Guests include the likes of Director Katherin Hussein (Simon Says), Director Thomas Ryan (The Gift), Writer/Producer-Tom Bragg (Photokill), Writer/Radio Show Host Joseph B. Mauceri of, Producer/Actor-Lowrie Fawley (Coming Home), Panelist Edwin Pagan of, and so very many more, superbly talented folks.

Most importantly, films screened at Macabre Faire include both short (including short shorts and student shorts), as well as feature-length flicks. This year’s roster includes well beyond three dozen unique and diverse selections, including Deviant Behavior; Carmen’s Hamburgers; Murder in the Woods; The Sin Reapers-Halloween; Photokill; The Gift; The Ningyo; Santapocalypse; Born of Sin; Of Mice and Men; Sparkleville; The Lurking Man; It Happened Again Last Night; Let’s Play Dead Girl; The Moose Head Over the Mantel; Red Sweater; A Peculiar Thud; Redneck Zombie; Justice Served; The Madame in Black; Gnaw; Flesh of Brigitte; Creatures of Whitechapel; The Snowman’s Hat; The Claire Wizard Thesis; Alfred J. Hemlock; Hablar Con Los Muertos (Speak With the Dead); and many, many more.

For those more inclined toward knowledge, there will be a veritable host of workshops and panels including Festival Submission Do’s & Dont’s; Horror Screenwriting; Filmmaking On a Budget; SPFX & Makeup; Latin Filmmaking; The Art of Cinematography; Prop Building; and Women in Horror. Worthwhile to any filmmaker looking to get in edge in a competitive industry! 

Long Island’s own Newsday has termed the festival “Sundance with fangs!” and who would want to miss that? If you are a native Long Islander or someone who enjoys anything wicked coming your way, then head out to the Clarion Hotel at 3845 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, this weekend for a phantasmic good time!

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