Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Welcomes Spa-Con and Alan Howarth

Co-founded by former Haddonfield resident Tamara Glynn (Halloween 5), the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival has announced their 2016 lineup of screenings and special guests, headlined by composer and frequent John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth (Halloween 2-6, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China), as well as the first Spa-Con.

Read on for the full press release and then get your tickets here!

The Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute presents, the fourth annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, to be held September 22-25 at the historic Central Theater located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. This year, 2016 HSHFF Film Festival Pass holders get access to the 1st annual Arkansas Comic Con, SPA-CON.

Hot Springs, also known as the “Spa City” is surrounded by 7 lakes and 43 hot springs, it hosts museums, bathhouses, art galleries, and festivals.

HSHFF is noted for being one of the best festivals and a great place for aspiring, student, new, and independent filmmakers to rub shoulders with horror icons and Hollywood filmmakers.

The Festival Director Bill Volland and Co Director/Hostess Tamara Glynn will be in attendance during this four day event. Volland has worked as a set decorator, art director, production designer and producer for over 25 years, most noticeably on the hit television series Silk Stalkings.

Glynn is of course an actress best known for playing Samantha Thomas in 1989’s number one movie Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

Her involvement with the festival, not only brings in fans from all over the globe, this year she also leads her own half-hour special event, which includes her most recent appearance as the lead role in Patrick Rea’s award winning short, Howl of a Good Time. Filmed at last year’s festival, Glynn was awarded “Best Actress,” at the Cornwall Film Festival 2015 for her performance in Howl.

Volland and Glynn have also announced special  festival guests:

Marlon Schulman, Founder and CEO of the Horror Equity Fund will be discussing new and different ways for funding your next project (crowd funding, tax incentives, distribution…) Special Event on Saturday September 24, at 2:30pm, for more information, click here.

At 7pm, on Saturday September  24th, noted film composer, sound designer and special audio effects wizard Alan Howarth gives a special live performance. Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; he’s provided sound design and effects for POLTERGEIST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, many of the STAR TREK movies, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Coppola’s DRACULA, TOTAL RECALL, and STARGATE, among others. As a composer, Howard worked with John Caprenter on the scores for HALLOWEEN II and III, and took over the reigns for the soundtracks to HALLOWEEN 4, 5, and 6, as well as RETRIBUTION, THE DENTIST, and others. 

Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is an independent film festival, conceived with the idea that “filmmakers know films.” Inspiring and promoting talented filmmakers & artists, the festival provides opportunities for education, exhibition, networking, screenings and more.

HSHFF recognizes and promotes a variety of films in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres with categories for professional, and student. For a complete list of films, and event schedule, including a special screening of the worldwide, critically acclaimed short film Night of The Slasher, which is It is currently opening for Lights Out in select theaters nationwide.

Be sure to find the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival on Facebook here, and for more information on Spa-Con click here.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.