The 2nd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina this October 26-28, featuring more than 40 independent films from around the world, culminating with a special Showcase screening of the new sequel The Houses October Built 2 as the closing film.
We are especially excited to bring this film to our festival, not only because we are huge fans of the first Houses, but also because a third of the new film actually takes place on the Outer Banks, North Carolina, where the Halloween Film Festival is happening. Though the Outer Banks scenes were not filmed locally, it is pretty great to see our small island area represented in such a prominent way on screen.
Houses director and co-star Bobby Roe tells Halloween Daily News exclusively, “I’m excited that The Houses October Built 2 will be part of the Halloween International Film Festival at the end of this month. These movies have always been a love letter to Halloween and haunted houses above anything else. So the audience of HIFF is a perfect place to watch this adventure together. And even more of a bonus is the third acts takes place in the Outer Banks.
“I was born in South Carolina, so the coast of the Carolinas has always been special to me growing up and the remote location of the Outer Banks was the perfect spot for the finale because of it’s remoteness and mystery.
Roe said he originally tried to set the finale of the sequel more specifically in Kill Devil Hills (where the film festival takes place), but thought people “wouldn’t believe that a city had that badass of a name.”
He added, “Unfortunately, we did not actually shoot in the Outer Banks for production purposes but at the end of the day, it is a big part of our lore, and The Blue Skeleton lore will only get bigger.”
All of the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival screenings will once again be shown at RC Theatres in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, just down the street from where the Wright brothers flew the first powered airplane in 1903, from Thursday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 28, followed by the 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 29.
The Houses October Built 2 will be the final film shown at the festival, a special non-competition Showcase Screening with screening scheduled for Saturday night, Oct 28.
In the original film, which is currently available on Netflix, a group of friends go out in search of the most extreme haunted house attractions in America and end up finding more than they were looking for. Roe co-stars with an ensemble cast including Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe, and Jeff Larson.
The sequel, written by Andrews and Roe, picks up the five haunted-house enthusiast friends a year later, still trying to recover from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton — a group who takes “extreme haunt” to another level. They decide to face their fears in order to move on and go back out on the road to find more haunted houses, but signs of the Blue Skeleton of course start appearing again.
Presented by OBX Entertainment, this event is sponsored by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Gallop Funeral Services Inc., WOBR Pirate 95.3, the Outer Banks Sentinel, Access Design & Print, and Halloween Daily News.
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