The Maine Halloween Horror Film Festival began from the multiple Halloween film screenings that I attended at the Railroad Square Cinema. After a few years of various programming, the Halloween shows had been put to rest. Sadly, the screenings had met with low attendance and a loss in revenue for the cinema. In 2007, I decided to change all of this.
Films belong on the big screen. Any fan of cinema is well aware of this. Some of my most memorable outings have been going to watch my favorites on the big screen, long after I missed their original release. The experience of seeing a film on the big screen is immensely different than watching a DVD on your television (yes, even you with the 70 inch TV… also, I hate you).
The purpose of this yearâ€™s festival will be to play films that we all know and love. I won’t be taking submissions for new films in any way. Iâ€™ve decided to start small and gradually turn this festival into the monster it can become. There are plenty of years left to extend the festival, include special events, performances, vendors, bands, tattoo artists, and any other activity our collective minds can conjure. By adding a little bit each year, I can maintain some form of control over this mess Iâ€™ve made for myself!
This is going to be a lot of fun. I know that many of you will be looking for updates in the coming months, and I will make sure to get you new information as soon as it is available. One of my first tasks will be looking for sponsors, so if you know of any businesses or other entities that would be interested in sponsoring this festival, let me know. There will also be a way to donate to the festival in the coming weeks, if you feel the urge.
Thanks for your support and keep spreading the word!