This weekend, Friday October 8 - Sunday October 10, Horror Films and the Paranormal collide at the 1st Annual Haunted Horror Film & Paranormal Investigation Festival at a real haunted house, The Cambre House, in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Imagined as a horror film festival by day, and a paranormal investigation by night, the haunted horror weekend serves to promote emerging horror filmmakers and showcase paranormal investigators that stretch across the United States and the UK.
The founders of the 1st Annual Haunted Horror Film & Paranormal Investigation Festival, filmmakers and podcasters Erick Kaslov and Larry Sands, wanted to have a platform to showcase horror filmmakers who are “making a killing” in their field and shine a light on emerging paranormal investigation groups and comes complete with on-site vendors.
The location for the event will be a real life haunted house, The Cambre House. Set in the picturesque town of Nauvoo, IL. The property boasts more than 20 secluded acres overlooking the Mississippi River and historic Mormon Springs, a natural mineral spring. The house is on the National Historic National Historic Register of Historic Places, built in 1867 by French Icarian cabinet maker, Adolphe Cambre. The property is currently owned by Rebecca Williamson, granddaughter of Relly and Lois. She is dedicated to preserving the house and sharing it with the public. But the creators of the festival aim to utilize The Cambre House to it’s fullest potential. From The Cambre House website, “Built on a limestone bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, with a mineral spring running underneath the property, we have a trifecta of energy! There is an overwhelming sense of peace here with a many layered history from Indians, a stagecoach route, and an unmarked grave.” “We met Rebecca on our Something About The Unknown Podcast, co-hosted by Paranormal Investigator Heather Escalera, we interviewed her about her real live haunted house and some of the haunting that have occurred there,” said Larry Sands. “As soon as we wrapped up the interview I called Larry and said he have to do this…” added Erick Kaslov. And that could very well be the mic drop of the 3 day festival. Unless you include screenings from horror filmmakers, Q&A panel discussions and an award ceremony that includes awards for the Best Kill and Best Final Girl/Guy. For those that aren’t familiar with the term Best Final Girl/Guy, it’s the one who lives to see the credits roll, meaning they live until the end of the movie. In case you are wondering…
The filmmaking line-up includes established filmmakers; The Adams Family, who have a new movie “HELLBENDER” out in 2022 and will be distributed by horror powerhouse Shudder Films, The Johnson Brothers and Daniel Benedict all participating in special Q&A’s and screenings, to up-and-coming horror filmmakers who have submitted their feature films and shorts from across the globe.
“We have had 24 horror films that have been accepted to the festival this year. For us being a first year festival, that is amazing! We also have Paranormal Investigators and Mediums from California (Maryam The Medium), Philadelphia (Blackbeak Pararnormal), the United Kingdom (Sprit Vision Paranormal Research) and locally (Traveler Moon Paranormal) that will be apart of special screenings and Q & A panel discussions about what they do best.” “Travelers Moon Paranormal will also lead a real paranormal investigation of the Cambre House during the second night of the festival,” co-founder, Larry Sands, says regarding the festival. “We always wanted to have a platform to combine the things we love, horror filmmaking and the paranormal, the Cambre House” added Erick Kaslov. “Our tagline for the festival is ‘Come For The Horror Films, Stay For The Haunts.’ By day the it’s a horror film festival, by night it is a Paranormal Investigation, lead by a local paranormal investigation group Travelers Moon Paranormal. Which will be a very intimate investigation, with around 15 festival goers, happening on Saturday, Oct. 9 starting at 7 pm. This will a great fun time, and, to be honest, a little spooky.” Sands add
“Every one of our special guests, whether it’s filmmaking or the paranormal, we have met through our podcasts, The Something Something Podcast, that’s our filmmaking podcast, and The Something About The Unknown Podcast, our paranormal podcast. Some of the special guests will be at the festival, others will appear via Zoom due to scheduling,” said Erick Kaslov.
As a final thought, Larry Sands says, “There is something for everyone who likes horror and the paranormal at this festival. This is our first year, it will only get bigger. Plus it takes place during the most spookiest time of the year, October.” We couldn’t agree more.
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