Friday 21 July 2000

FearCon V

Phoenix Fear Film Fest, also known as Phoenix FearCon, is an annual one day horror film festival and convention in Arizona run by Jim & Chris McLennan from Trash City, which is consistently strong on international and independent film.

2012 saw Fear Fest move to the UltraStar Cinemas in Scottsdale for its fifth year. Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson and Tiffany Shepis were special guests.

Winners were present to collect two of the three awards: Jay Lee for Best Feature (The House with 100 Eyes) and Bianca Luedeker for Best Short (I Want to Be Tom Savini). The audience favourite award went to All Men are Called Robert.

The convention side of the event grew exponentially in 2012 with a second theatre kept busy throughout the day, along with other activities both inside and outside the theatre. You can relive all the fun at the Phoenix FearCon website.

Here are all the films that were shown at Phoenix FearCon V, with film titles linking to my reviews and the IMDb pages added for reference, where possible.

To mark the occasion, I also asked both special guests to select two films each from their respective filmographies for me to review. Tiffany Shepis picked The Hazing and The Prometheus Project. Fred Williamson declined, staying in character as the Hammer to explain that everything he's in is automatically worth reviewing, so I picked a couple myself: One Down, Two to Go and Original Gangstas. I've included links to those reviews and IMDb pages also.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Holding 2011 6 5 Susan Jacobson IMDb
The House with 100 Eyes 2011 5 5 Jay Lee & Jim Roof IMDb
Inbred 2011 5 5 Alex Chandon IMDb
Zero Killed 2012 4 4 Michał Kosakowski IMDb

All Men are Called Robert 2010 6 5 Marc-Henri Boulier IMDb
Cargols! 2011 5 6 Geoffrey Cowper IMDb
A Cruel Tale: Return to the Dream 2012 4 5 Andrés Vidal Alarcón IMDb
Familiar 2012 6 6 Richard Powell IMDb
I Want to Be Tom Savini 2011 6 5 Bianca Luedeker IMDb
Juan y la Borrega 2011 6 5 J Xavier Velasco IMDb
Refugio 115 2011 5 5 Ivan Villamel IMDb
Velvet Road 2011 5 5 L Gustavo Cooper IMDb
Whom God Helps 2012 5 5 Louis Mansfield IMDb
Zombeer 2011 4 4 Drew Griffin IMDb

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