Ghouls on Film

Old-school schlockfests collide with new-wave splatfests at the sixth annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, four days of more than 30 fanciful flicks and gory chicks.

Join special guests, actors Lance Henriksen and Charles Cyphers, for autographs and Q&A sessions following screenings of their films -- James Cameron’s classic Aliens and John Carpenter’s underrated paean to pea soup, The Fog, respectively. Then stick around for the Gore Girls Contest to see which cadaverous contestant best combines the putrid with the pulchritudinous.

The mind-blowing and brain-eating blitz begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14, with the screening of Drones, a comedy about an office slug who stumbles upon a universal threat to the planet. See more films, such as the anime futuristic thriller King of Thorn, in which a virus takes over Japan, or Ashes, a story about zombie origins.

Oct. 14-17, 2010
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Nicholas Gerbis