My intention was to screen three independent horror films; "Gallery of Fear", "The Turnpike Killer" and "The Orphan Killer". We ended up not being able to screen "Turnpike Killer" due to some unforeseen circumstances, but the other two films were shown.
I was very fortunate to have, in attendance, several people who were involved with the making of two of the films. Alan Rowe Kelly, actor/director/producer in "Gallery of Fear", as was well know horror actress Raine Brown. Tom Burns, sound editor for "Gallery of Fear" was also on hand. Alan Rowe was kind enough to say a few words after his film was shown.
Nik Taneris of New York Horror Film Productions was on hand as well, along with modern horror icon Manoush. Even though their film "The Turnpike Killer" was not shown, I am grateful that they were there. I am very proud to know these people and to call them my friends.
The venue was great. Cafe Z is a restaurant in Union, NJ, and I have known the owner, Patricia Inghilleri since the third grade, and she was a very gracious hostess, providing movie snacks such as hot dogs, popcorn and candy. The movies were screened in "The Lounge", which is a speakeasy type bar/lounge in the back of the restaurant. The films were screened on four flat panel televisions simultaneously, which allowed for excellent viewing no matter where anyone was sitting.
Overall, I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback and complements I received on the event. I was very humbled that people who are fans of horror, and also people from the horror film industry were so positive about the event. Based on this success, I am very much looking forward to scheduling a similar event.
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