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Hudson Valley to Host Hometown Horror Festival

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 20, 2003

Watching horror films has been an American tradition for many years. This Halloween, fans of horror films can get their fix at Hudson Valley Community College's "Shocktoberfest: A Hometown Horror Film Festival."

The two-day festival, which features local horror film makers Joe Bagnardi of Watervliet, Bruce Hallenbeck of Kinderhook, and Jeff Kirkendall of Latham, will begin at noon on Thursday, October 30 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 31. A panel discussion with the three film makers will open the event at noon on Thursday in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium. Films will be shown from 2 p.m. to midnight on Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. All films will be shown in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. Admission is $1 per day. For more information, call 629-4TIX.

Five full-length feature films, all produced locally, will be shown as well as six short films. The feature films include: "Shadow Tracker: Vampire Hunter," "Temptress," "The Edge of Reality," "Vampyre," and "Blood of Werewolf."

Feature Movie Descriptions

"Shadow Tracker: Vampire Hunter" - From the death-infested jungles of Vietnam 30 years ago to a rural upstate town, Shadow Tracker stalks his most evil and sadistic prey ever - a war buddy turned into an unstoppable vampire beast who leaves a grisly trail of destruction and horror unparalleled in its savagery.

\"The Temptress\" - Jeff Kirkendall\'s latest film, the movie was produced entirely in upstate New York, and several actors who appeared in his past short films are in this one. Actresses Mary Kay Hilko and Amy Naple, who play Rose and Angelique, respectively, are also stars of the cult vampire epic "Shadow Tracker: Vampire Hunter."

"The Edge of Reality" – An anthology, the three stories included are: "Dead Man," "The Maze," and "The Quarry." "Dead Man" is a tell-tale heart type story that proves some days you just can't keep a good man down. "The Maze" is about a man who comes face to face with his own worst enemy - himself. "The Quarry" is a Bigfoot story.

\"Vampyre\" - Inspired by the 1932 masterpiece "Vampyr" by Danish filmmaker Carl Dreyer, this film is a macabre and brooding tale of an 18th century village on the edge of destruction and plagued by a grim and abominable horror. The village has little hope of survival until a strange and mysterious man, with profound visions, returns home to again battle the demons he faced there as a child.

"Blood of Werewolf" – A three-part anthology, the film includes: "Blood Reunion," "Old Blood," and "Manbeast." In "Blood Reunion," a writer, recovering from his failed marriage, returns to his old home town and encounters a horrifying creature bent on killing all that crosses its path. In "Old Blood," a young woman who yearns to be different, wants her friend to help her. But what price will she pay? A man is pursued by two bounty hunters in "Manbeast."

Movie Show Times

Thursday, October 30
2 p.m. Shadow Tracker: Vampire Hunter
4:10 p.m. Green Eyed Monster (short film)
4:50 p.m. 3 To Murder (short film)
6:15p.m. Star Quest Destinies (short film)
7:05 p.m. Night Therapy (short film)
7:40 p.m. Temptress
9 p.m. The Edge of Reality
10:30 p.m. Vampyre

Friday, October 31
11 a.m. FANGS (short film)
12:05 p.m. Blood of Werewolf
1:25 p.m. Starquest (short film)

Hudson Valley Community College, located at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.