On a slightly overcast Saturday in mid-May, 400 horror film fans from all over the tri-state area descended upon the Poughkeepsie, NY area for the thirteenth glorious installment of the Hudson Horror film festival. Six films, all on 35MM, were shown to the dual-theater crowds in alternating order and accompanied by HH’s trademark drive-in quality trailers of B- and C-movie goodness (The Awakening, 11 Harrowhouse, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI and Halloween III: Season of the Witch among other gems). Chris Alo and his merry gang of horror film aficionados covered all the bases that give Hudson Horror its charm and appeal with this edition: Exploitation (Dolemite!), Classic (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Glorious Sequel (Jaws 2) and “New” Classic (Night Breed). And in continuing with the tradition, two “mystery” movies were shown to the audiences as well…..two killer films that we’re not allowed to talk about. No, seriously. Divulging the mystery movies, even AFTER the festival, would result in immediate excommunication from all future Hudson Horror experiences. As Mr. Alo puts it, if you were not in the audience when the mystery movie was shown then “it didn’t happen.” This is serious business, folks.
HNN’s own Larry Dwyer and myself were lucky enough to be on hand on Saturday May 14th to take in all of the wonderful vendors and special surprises that Hudson Horror XIII had to offer. In addition to the films, special guests from the Jaws universe Louis R. Pisano (co-author of Jaws 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel), JAWS prop and memorabilia collector Chris Kiszka and The Dark Crystal puppeteer Bill Diamond were on hand to greet fans and take pictures with the crowds. It was an awesome day to be a horror fan, made even better by Chris Alo’s birthday the day before.
HNN will definitely be in attendance for Hudson Horror XIV next winter; in the meantime, Hudson Horror will once again invade the Alamo Drafthouse on October 8th for a horror triple feature (titles yet to be announced). See you there!