Horror in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE - The 11th annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival takes place today through Sunday, Oct. 21 to 24.

In addition to its traditional spooky film fare, this year's festival also includes the popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour, a live-action "Zombiethon Battle" and an opening night screening at the VMA Arts & Cultural Center that will feature the "high definition world premiere screening" of the newly restored 1960 classic horror film, "The Fall of the House of Usher."

The screening is part of the Opening Night Spooktacular, where tickets are just $5 - or free if you come in costume.

Screenings will take place throughout the weekend at the VMA, the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, the Barrington Public Library, and the Providence Public Library. All library screenings are free to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission for screenings at the Bell Street Chapel is $10.

In all 50 films have been selected for the Horror Film Festival and include works from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines and the United States. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so audience members will have a chance to meet, ask questions, and even network with them.

Other highlights:

The Zombiethon Battle takes place Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence.

It's presented by the Society of Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Local members will provide a demonstration of some of the many activities practiced by the SCA, including both heavy and light armored combat and for this year's Horror Film Festival: a Zombie Battle Royale

Free to the general public.

H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour, Friday, 3 p.m.

The tour departs from the John Brown House, 52 Power St., Providence

Howard Phillips Lovecraft is Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author. His "Providence stories" (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for the walking tour, which lasts 90 minutes.

Tickets are $17 and include a ticket to the Horror Festival. (401-861-4445 or http://www.film-festival.org/HPLovecraft10.php)

Advance ticket sales for screenings and special events are available through www.RIFilmFest.org. Student, group, and senior discounts are also available but only in advance.

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