Horror film festivals to chase away the boredom

In 2020, the year of COVID-19, a lot of events have been cancelled. But many horror film festivals are holding strong.

We all know the feeling; Marchtober has been long and dull, and even our favorite public events aren’t there to help. But, there are still a handful of horror film festivals on the horizon in the next few months, and most have come up with ways to encourage social distancing.

Beyond Fest – This year’s festival will be held at Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair, California, from October 2 – 8. The festival includes a salute to David Lynch.

Screamfest Horror – The 2020 edition of  California’s Screamfest will be their 20th, and will run October 6 – 16. This year’s event will be held drive-in style at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, with opening night featuring Hulu’s Books of Blood (based on Clive Barker’s anthology). More info can be found on their website.

LA Horror – LA is the home of this film festival, and the dates this year will be October 22 – 25. This is LA Horror’s first festival, and you can view the official selections here.

Atlanta Horror – Celebrating their 14th year, Atlanta Horror film festival will hold their 2020 event outdoors at Art & Industry from October 15 – 17.  Visit their website for information and tickets.

Horror Film Festivals

Horror Film Festival in NYC at Cinepolis (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

NYC Horror – This year’s festival is scheduled for December 3 – 6 at Cinepolis Chelsea. You can watch their website for updates between now and then.

Shriekfest –2020 marks the 20th festival in LA, and the 4th in Orlando. Previously announced dates were October 1 – 4 in LA, and November 7 in Orlando, but the website does not currently have updates.

Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In Festival Joe Bob Briggs will host this festival, described as part drive-in film festival, part horror anthology and part Halloween haunt.

Films will primarily show at drive-ins in Southern California, with the possibility of pop up screenings, and Joe Bob will provide pre-recorded commentary. For more information, visit joebobshaunteddrivein.com.

Are you a horror film festival-goer? Tell us which fests are your favorites in the comments section.