Fast becoming an annual December tradition, the popular horror film festival Hudson Horror Show roared into the Empire South Hills 8 theaters in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, December 3rd. This represented the 14th installment of the bi-annual fest, and once again it was a complete sell-out. Since the facility upgraded their amenities a couple of years ago (more comfortable seating = less seats per room), Chris Alo and his awesome group of volunteers work overtime making sure that both theaters (yes, they now show all films on the bill in glorious 35MM in two separate theaters!) are well taken care of and all attendees are treated equally as awesome. Myself and Larry Dwyer were once again lucky enough to partake, and came away as satisfied as ever.
Horror film fans from around the tri-state area descended upon Poughkeepsie, NY for the twelfth installment of Hudson Horror Show on Saturday, December 12th. Similar to the eleven festivals before it, Hudson Horror XII delivered big time for the capacity crowd with both an impressive selection of horror films (shown on 35 MM film, as always) and a killer array of vendors. This marked the festival’s first time spreading into two theatres, both showing the same slate of movies but at alternating times to allow the film reel to be moved to the other theatre’s projector. As has become customary with Chris Alo and his awesome group of helpers that volunteer countless hours and days to Hudson Horror’s success, the wild selection of vintage trailers, trivia contests and overall upbeat atmosphere made for an absolutely brilliant experience. The lineup included Demonoid (presented by Vingar Syndrome), festival favorite Stunt Rock, the underrated Friday the 13th Part 2, Halloween 2 (dubbed one of the best slasher movies ever by Mr. Alo), along with a 35-year(ish) anniversary screening of massive cult hit The Warriors. There was also a mystery movie, continuing with the Hudson Horror tradition. However, any who attend are sworn to secrecy (though I will say that this particular movie would please the fans of a certain HBO horror series from the early ’90s). read more
Hardcore horror film aficionados descended upon the city of Pouhkeepsie, NY, once again on Saturday, June 13th for the eleventh installment of the tri-state area’s most glorious and scream-tastic horror film festival, Hudson Horror Show. Fans of the fest and the folks that work tirelessly to make it happen twice a year were treated to a full slate of movies ranging from the cult-ish (Madman) to the under-appreciated (Ms .45) to the downright iconic (Jaws).
Hudson Horror Show 11 also featured a couple of cool attractions, perks only for the enthusiastic attendees: a chance to take a picture with Jaws shark prop “Bruce” (along with an original barrel used in the film) and a meet-and-greet/film Q&A with Madman actors and filmmakers Gary Sales, Tom Candela and the Madman himself, Paul Ehlers. Bill Diamond (Monster TV Network, The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock) was also on hand to greet the film-goers.
All of these treats, along with the always-satisfying selection of diverse vendors, added up to an enjoyable and successful (tickets sold out in less than an hour, a new record!) installment of Hudson Horror. HNN’s Sean McLaughlin and Larry Dwyer were once again on hand to take in the terror-filled ambiance and munch on some popcorn while viewing all of the 35MM goodness. While we’re not at liberty to divulge the identity of the “mystery movie”, we can say that vampire fangs were passed out at the door, and that it was an ’80s flick starring some horror (and Hollywood) heavyweights. And of course, another Hudson Horror staple, the horror and exploitation film trailers, were again a big hit. Our favorites were April Fool’s Day (how long before THAT’S on the festival slate???) and ’70s slasher gems To the Devil a Daughter and Meatcleaver Massacre. Yes, just a few days after his passing the legendary Christopher Lee was well represented at Hudson Horror XI. read more
Hudson Horror triumphantly returned to Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, August 9th for its ninth exciting installment. A change in ownership for the Empire South Hills 8 theater (formerly the Silver Cinemas) and the new owner’s commitment to convert all projectors to digital left the status of one of the most popular horror movie festivals on the east coast very much in doubt. But Hudson Horror head honcho Chris Alo and his loyal band of film fanatics persevered, and managed to secure a slot for film fiends to view more classics in all of their 35MM glory. “We thought we were done…..but now we’re back!” Alo gleefully exclaimed to the packed house ready to view two mystery movies (sorry, we were sworn to secrecy….alright, they were Mystery Movie 1 (1977) and Mystery Movie 2 (1982)) along with Indonesian hidden gem Lady Terminator, The Burning, the original Maniac, and the 35th anniversary screening of Mad Max. And as usual, the original trailers for classic ’70s and ’80s flicks amused and horrified the crowd, highlighted by Child’s Play, Eye of the Tiger and Nightmare Honeymoon. Vendors offering everything from rare DVD’s to LP’s, masks to custom art lined the lobby and hallway of the theater. Bill Diamond (Monster TV Network Great Space Coaster) and Ron Chaney (grandson of Lon Chaney, Jr.) were on hand to announce plans for their next project, a faithful adaptation of the lost Lon Chaney film, London After Midnight. They will be launching an Indie Gogo campaign in the next few days. Once again, HNN’s prolific Larry Dwyer and myself were on hand to enjoy the hijinks and take the pulse of the horror aficionado community. Par for the course for Hudson Horror, everyone went home happy and had their cinematic blood-lust satiated. We can’t wait for Hudson Horror 10, which will be a momentous achievement for Alo and the rest of the gang! read more