Eastern students and their friends and family came together for this year’s Fear Fest on October 28 in Buchanan Hall. Fear Fest is an opportunity for local filmmakers to come together and celebrate local work in the horror genre.
The night held many films that were all tinged with the eeriness, darkness, and in some cases even a sense of the humor that the season inspires.
“Horror is my favorite genre so it's neat to see everyone play in that sandbox,” said alum Brandon Carter, director of the third place winner The Hundred Voices of Harry Hoffman.
There were ghosts, vampires, and even a clown for good measure. It was an opportunity for the filmmakers and those excited to see their films to come together and celebrate the spirit of Halloween together. There were musical acts and spoken word poetry to dividing the different short films.
Student Anna George won the night, coming in first place for her film Beauty, an artistic and dark look at appearance and the stifling tenants of style, with Hiccups, a comedic short directed by Michael Poyner coming in second.
“I think the filmmakers are getting better every year. For me, the best part of this year's Fear Fest was that, apart from being involved in a film or two, I wasn't too involved and I got to come to Fear Fest as an audience member,” said Carter.
The crowd was closely invested throughout the night from the films to the music acts, with assistant professor of digital filmmaking Jon Barr doing a magic act at the end of the night. It was another successful year at Fear Fest bringing a crux to the season.