Indy Horror Film Fest to rise from the dead Friday at the Egyptian

By Takia Simpson

DeKALB | The Indy Horror Film Festival has risen from the dead.

Closed since 2006, Spook Show Entertainment and Festival of Fright have reinstated the fest, which will take place March 5 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Inside there will be a conglomeration of dancing, paranormal activities and horrifying independent films, some of which are too frightening to be televised otherwise.

The IHFF was created as a sister event to the well-known Chicago Horror Film Festival, which first appeared in Chicago in 2003 and has successfully run for 12 consecutive seasons.

“I’ve been involved in the Chicago Film Festival for a while,” said Willy Adkins, owner of Spook Show Entertainment. “I recently took [the IHFF] over, my goal being to draw people out to support DeKalb.”

Along with independent films, guests will include members of the Illinois Ghost Hunters, including Jennifer Zappa, a psychic who will perform readings throughout the evening.

Approximately 11 hours of film will be shown. The selections have been hand-picked from over 200 independent films from all over the country. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the festival.

The frightening night will end with a free after-party, which includes special guests and filmmakers.

“It is great for networking,” said Adkins. “[Filmmakers] come from all over.”

Adkins also feels that the IHFF provides a rare chance for local film fans.

“It’s not often you get to come to such a scarce genre in DeKalb,” he said. “It will spice it up.”

Ticket prices are $10 for advance tickets and $12 at the door. Students tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Senior tickets are $8.