CRYPTICON Invades Seattle June 5, 6 and 7

Sean Smithson, Contributor

Hey all you Twitcher's. Sean "The Butcher" Smithson here just letting you know that next week brings the horror con extraordinaire CryptiCon to the Emerald City. It will be going down at Seattle Center June 5, 6, and 7. Yours truly will be heading up a cast reunion panel for John Carpenter's seminal scare flick THE FOG. We will have Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, Nancy Loomis, and Charles Cyphers on hand to take a walk down memory lane, and regal us with tales of what was a troubled shoot that begat a modern classic.

We will also be having a PHANTASM reunion panel with Billy Thornbury, Kathy Lester, Reggie "Regman" Bannister, and director Don Coscarelli, all attending to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the little film that could (and did!)

We will also be running a Scream Queen and Scream King panel, as well as others, and a lecture on "Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See And Probably Hasn't" again hosted by yours truly. Our guest list is formidable, the prices affordable, and I personally guarantee a good time will be had by all. To help assure that you, the fright fans, get as much bang for your buck as possible in these lean times. I will also be running a film program that will include some very sought after titles this year.

I am proud to present, in association with CryptiCon and IFC, a roster that will knock your socks off. At no extra charge we will be screening PIG HUNT (which I reviewed here), the new flick by director Jim Isaac and writer/producer Robert Mailer Anderson at 9pm on Friday June 5'th. It is currently seeking distribution, so this is a chance to see it before it becomes the cult classic I think it is destined to be. Be sure to stick around too, because at midnight we screen the sleaze fest that is BLACK DEVIL DOLL, from director Johnathan Lewis and Rotton Cotten Films.

Thanks to the generous folks at IFC, Saturday brings in PONTYPOOL from director Bruce McDonald at 5pm, which should bring the house down if word of mouth is any indication.

Then we finish with a bang Sunday at 11am with yet another IFC joint, DEAD SNOW, which is already making the fans who have been fortunate enough to see it go ga-ga as well.

That's not enough you say? Then be sure to check out our ancillary film programming happening after the dealers rooms close in the outer area where you will be barraged with film shorts, trailers, oddities, and some of the coolest micro-budget cinema the indy community has to offer. many of the filmmakers will be on hand to answer your questions up close and personal.

To add, Thursday June 4'th, at Seattle club Studio Seven, we will be having a launch party where you can drink, mingle, and groove to the tunes of the Reggie Bannister Band and horror rock headliners The Quintessentials. This is free to VIP ticket holders, and a mere 5 bones to the general public.

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