Monster Exclusive: Phoenix Fearcon VIII 2019 – Sun Studios, Tempe Arizona

We were recently gifted the extreme pleasure of attending the 2019 Phoenix Fear at Sun Studios in Tempe, Arizona. With such a wide variety of options and amazing horror content, the Fearcon was an absolute blast. There were so many fantastic things to choose from including films, filmmakers, panels, celebrity guests, performers and much, much more.

The Phoenix Fearcon VIII was an incredibly energetic and immersive event. There was a stacked array of vendors, along with nearly every kind of horror-themed items you could ask for. Fans were likely to go broke, turning out their pockets for all the wonderful, worthy merchandise available. It was a really excellent spread – enough to keep you occupied the entire duration. 

There were some fantastic musical performances by Aurelio Voltaire and the heavy metal horror band Chiron. The legendary locals, The Phantoms of Phoenix, were also in attendance, delivering a truly awesome set. However, it was the band Agents of Lust who seemed to steal the spotlight. They gave two jaw-dropping live performances and a spontaneous parking lot show that seriously slayed.

Phoenix Fearcon VIII put on a very diverse screening of horror shorts, with a few local directors in attendance. A talented panel of filmmakers answered questions following the screenings and was very informative. They dished out some really sound advice for anyone looking to step into the indie business.

A handful of the short films were very well done, including Undead in the West, Static Kinship, Casulos/Cocoons of Outer Space, and Lion. The 2019 feature film She Never Died also made its Arizona debut, and trust us when we say that this film is going to take the independent horror scene by storm, just wait and see. There was even a screening of the infamous 1970 film I Drink Your Blood, and a rare reunion of four of the original cast members, including Rhonda Fultz, Elizabeth Manor-Brooks, Tyde Kierney, and scream queen Lynn Lowry (uncredited).

Film awards went as follows, 

Best Film: She Never Died,

Best Director: John Woodruff, Animal Among Us, 

Best Short: Athena, Christian Stahl,

Best Local Short: Static Kinship, Adolfo Navarro,

Audience Favorite: Undead in the West, Tony Noyes,

Best Venue: Sun Studios

Special guests also included the legendary former professional football player turned actor, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, and beloved genre legend Ken Foree. Both gentlemen were charming and exceedingly inviting – I highly suggest meeting them if you get the chance. They even did a panel on the history of African American’s in Horror with indie filmmaker Dineta Willians-Trigg and Thomas A’mal. Listening to them tell stories from their past and watching them interact was absolutely priceless. It was, in my opinion, the highlight of Fearcon.

“An Intimate Evening with the Vampire of History” was a terrific and in-depth look at the history of vampires, by Brent R. Myers. Another great panel came from local author and filmmaker, Craig Chenery, focusing on his life and career in horror. The Zombie fashion show was quite exquisite and exciting, and the Uniporicorn Theater is something you just have to see to believe. 

The Phoenix Fearcon VIII was definitely a homely and horrific experience. With so many different options to choose from and cool things to do, it was impossible not to have a bloody good time. It had a little something for everyone and we’re biting our nails in anticipation of the next event. Thank you for having us. 

Posted by Donovan Smith

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