[Event preview by Charles Cassady, Jr.]
The point is, that one should be properly skeptical whenever the spirit of "optimism" prevails in Cleveland. Commonly it's a setup for things just going bad again. So why not this weekend escape when, I dunno, "EbolaFest" downtown turns out to be one of the city's less better ideas, and set your destination on a place a safe distance from the North Coast.
How about Erie, Pennsylvania? Right over the border, the Keystone State Metropolis is the site of the Eerie Horror Fest, a Halloween happening that, in 2014, marks its milestone 10th anniversary.
Guests at the Eerie Horror Fest include Oscar-caliber actor Eric Roberts (who recently acted in LUX IN TENEBRIS, an indie shot-in-Cleveland picture), Australian-born villain specialist Vernon Wells (THE ROAD WARRIOR, CIRCUITRY MAN, INNERSPACE), Richard Hatch (PRISONERS OF THE LOST UNIVERSE, TV's original Battlestar Galactica), and cast mini-reunions from DAWN OF THE DEAD and CREEPSHOW II.
There will also be a Friday-night concert from an all-mummy band, memorabilia vendors, a horror-genre screenplay contest, and an abundance of screenings of macabre shorts and features from all over the world (including animation), and, for VIP pass-holders, an acting workshop with Richard Hatch. Suddenly LeBron coming back doesn't sound like such a big deal anymore.
The Eerie Horror Fest happens at the lovely Warner Theater, 811 State St. in Erie, on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission ranges from a $30 all-access pass (not counting workshops and the mummies concert), to individual one-day admissions of $20 to $15. It also incorporates workshops and screenwriting contests.
For full information about the Eerie Horror Fest, go online to the new URL www.eeriehorrfilmfestival.com