Midsummer Scream is just around the corner folks! That’s right the annual Halloween festival is returning to the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th to give Halloween and horror fans a look at what is coming this fall.
Guests will be able to come face to face with their favorite fears, ghost, goblins and more with an expansive show floor crawling with cosplay, vendors, and experiences. What is more, HorrorBuzz will have a very special place that you will want to visit.
THE SCREAMING ROOM Presented by HORRORBUZZ
HorrorBuzz and Midsummer Scream invite you to sit back, relax, and be scared to death. Enter The Screaming Room. This isn’t just any convention screening room. Here in an abandoned movie theatre, recently discovered during by the Midsummer Scream team, a creepy clan of ushers will present an astounding collection of original horror shorts to suit every taste.
The films being presented have been carefully selected from hundreds of entries from filmmakers around the world. There will also be special presentations including special programming blocks presented by Etheria Film Night, BuzzFeed Unsolved, Scary Endings, and Legendary in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the iconic Halloween Film, TRICK R’ TREAT!
Below is a full listing of the scary movies you can see at the biggest Halloween Celebration of the summer. We have spooky movies, scary shorts, gory flicks, and family friendly programming right in the middle of the day.
Saturday, July 29th
It’s opening day of Midsummer Scream! While the freaks are flooding the show floor come to the mouldering sanctum of the Screaming Room and get your wits scared out of you.
TPA VIDEOS – 11:00 AM
Relive Halloweens past with the gold standard of haunted walkthrough videos as Rick West shares hand picked moments from the best mazes in the world.
SCARY ENDINGS 11:45 AM
Clowns and werewolves and aliens, oh my! The independently produced web series Scary Endings offers bite-sized bits of horror from the best up-and-coming filmmakers in the industry. Every story a new scare, each short offering a new surprise; this is the perfect start to your scary day at Midsummer Scream.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN – 1:00 PM
Celebrate the spookiest time of the year as we share a delightful assortment of Halloween themed short films. Bring the candy corn, this one will have you screaming “Trick or Treat!”
- The Witching Hour
- The Cute Girl’s Guide to Halloween
- Halloween is Cancelled
- Spooky Breakups
- Long Drive Home
FAMILY FRIENDLY – 2:00 PM
Are the kids getting grumpy on the show floor? Parents, take a break! Bring the kiddies in for a Screaming Room block that is sure to please even the littlest of ghosts and goblins.
- The Green Ruby Pumpkin
- A Dark Night at the Wrong House
- The Nightmare Cows
- Last Halloween
- Ghosts On The Wall – Deathrope
- Rainbow Girl
- The children, the coffee and the real horror.
- Beware The Jesterman
LAUGHTER is the best POISON 2:45 PM
Laugh till it hurts as the Screaming Room presents horror comedy shorts built to curl your toes and tickle your funny bone. Blood, gore, and hijinks will ensue.
- Nothing Happens
- The Barber’s Cut
- Fowl Play
- Frank The Ripper
- THE DEATH OF THE INVISIBLE MAN
- That’s My Boy!
- The Weed Whacker Massacre
PAINT THE SCREEN RED – 3:45 PM
All of the blood and guts you can possibly pack into a short film burst from the screen in a sanguine shower of gore. These short films are not for the faint of heart.
- Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
- Girls Night
- Dark and Stormy Night
- Studded Nightmare
ETHERIA FILM NIGHT BLOCK – 4:45 PM
A celebration of women in the horror and sci-fi genre, Etheria Film Night hosts a specially selected assortment of the brilliant work done by the scariest, most talented ladies in the industry.
EARWORM (Tara Price)
IMPACTUS (Kathryn D. Moeller)
A KNOCK AT THE DOOR (Katrina Rennells and Wendie Weldon)
SCRATCH (Emma Bell)
FROM HELL SHE RISES (Ama Lea)
After the screening, Etheria FIlm Night founder, Heidi Honeycutt will lead the filmmakers of the shorts in a special Q and A session.
FOLKLORE FRIGHTS – 6:00 PM
Old Wive’s tales, superstitions, and urban legends that dwell in the dark recesses of our collective psyche some alive as we honor the terrifying legacy of folklore in horror with brand new short films.
- The Creep
- The Night Circus
Sunday, July 30th
The second day of Midsummer Scream is here and another full day of terrifying films are waiting! Get in early and enjoy terrifying TPA walkthroughs.
TPA VIDEOS – 11:00 AM
Hung over from the Queen Mary thing? Get in early, grab a coffee, and come sit in the morbid sanctuary of the Screaming Room as Rick West shares hand-picked moments from the best mazes in the world.
BUZZFEED UNSOLVED 11:45 AM
Ryan Bergara is the “world’s worst detective.” Shane Madej is a “half hearted ghost hunter.” Together, they cover the paranormal and unusual crimes on Buzzfeed Unsolved. Meet them at Midsummer Scream as they show clips from recent investigations and talk about making the show.
FANTASTIC FEARS – 1:15 PM
The Screaming Room takes a turn into the bizarre and surreal world of fantasy. Here there are no rules and the horror shorts have a mind of their own.
- Hidden Devil
- Tip-Toe Past The Witch
- The Headless Nun
WTF 2:00 PM
A grab bag of the most absurdly entertaining horror submitted to Midsummer Scream. All bets are off as this spectrum of splatter slithers off the screen to entertain the most jaded of horror fans.
- Screeching River
TRICK R TREAT- 3:00 PM
One of the best Halloween films ever made is celebrated with a special screening of clips curated by writer/director Michael Dougherty. Look back at what made this the cult classic it is, and enter the raffle for a special gift from Legendary Films!
SLASHER – 4:15 PM
If horror didn’t have slashers, what would we run from? Come enjoy original short films that celebrate those who cut to the heart of the matter. Blades and blood, folks. What’s not to love?
- In the park
SUPERNATURAL SCARES – 5:30 PM
The time has come to explore the unknown. Face your fears as we close out Midsummer Scream with a selection of original horror that delves into the uncanny and ghostly realm.
- Your Date Is Here
- Yes Dear…
- The Clapper
- Wicked Conclusions
Specially curated by HorrorBuzz.com, The Screaming Room aims to give convention goers a new and terrifying place to see the best new horror shorts coming from some of the most exciting filmmakers in the industry today. We invite you to join us in the Screaming Room, if you dare.