Fathom Fright Fest 2023 Kicks Off This September with ‘They Live’ 35th Anniversary Screening

Fathom Fright Fest is set to return on Sunday, September 3, with Fathom Events offering seven horror films for the 2023 Halloween season. This year’s lineup is chock full of anniversary screenings, including two classics from Horror Master John Carpenter.

Featured in this year’s event is a pair of classics from horror mastermind John Carpenter, with special anniversary screenings of “They Live” on September 3 and September 6, and “Christine” on September 10 and 13—returning to theaters as part of the annual Fathom Fright Fest lineup. Both films include a special message from the legendary director, made exclusively for Fathom Events.

Fathom will celebrate 50 years of “The Exorcist” with anniversary screenings on October 1 and October 4. Linda Blair stars in the head-turning possession hit that changed horror forever, as an innocent child beset by the ultimate evil, with Max Von Sydow and Jason Miller as the priests entrusted to save her. Each screening presents William Friedkin’s Extended Director’s Cut in stunning 4k—with newly restored and remastered picture and sound and featuring footage not previously seen in theaters, including an alternate ending.

Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” will celebrate its 20th anniversary with October 8 and October 11 screenings. Four friends embark on a quest to find offbeat tourist traps across the country—bringing them face-to-face with the murderous Firefly clan, whose house of horrors harbors an urban legend that is all too real—starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Walton Goggins, Bill Moseley, and Karen Black. Each screening includes an exclusive featurette by writer/director Rob Zombie, providing unique insight into his directorial debut and this cult favorite that almost didn’t see the light of day.

Rounding out the anniversary screenings is a pair of 60th anniversary screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on October 22 and 23. Starring Tippi Hedren, this avian nightmare tells of a beautiful socialite whose pleasant trip to Bodega Bay takes a turn when the local bird population begins to brutally attack the town’s residents. The film is based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier and also stars Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, and Suzanne Pleshette. Each screening includes an exclusive introduction by Leonard Maltin, discussing the iconic classic and the legendary filmmaker who helped it take flight.

Fathom Fright Fest will also host two single-night engagements for indie films “Shaky Shivers” and “Onyx The Fortuitous And The Talisman Of Souls.”

“Shaky Shivers” is the directorial debut of “Fast & Furious” franchise favorite Sung Kang. This horror-comedy is a modern creature feature and stars Brooke Markham and Vyvy Nguyen as two friends whose wild night at an abandoned summer camp gets a whole lot weirder when werewolves, zombies, and cultists arrive on the scene. Erin Daniels, Skyler Day, Herschel Sparber, and Jimmy Bellinger also star. “Shaky Shivers” will play on September 21 at 7 PM.

“Onyx The Fortuitous and The Talisman of Souls” is the feature film debut of the viral sensation Onyx the Fortuitous, an online persona created by writer, actor, and director Andrew Bowser. Aspiring occultist Onyx lands the opportunity of a lifetime when he is invited to attend a ritual at the mansion of his hero, Bartok The Great. However, Plans quickly go awry when Bartok’s true motives are revealed—sending Onyx into a supernatural battle for his soul. The film features performances by Horror icons Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. “Onyx The Fortuitous And The Talisman Of Souls” will play as part of Fathom Fright Fest on October 19 at 7 PM and 10 PM.

Tickets for the Fathom Fright Fest films are available for purchase via the Fathom Events website.

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