Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Hit Vegas This Weekend

The first annual Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Supernatural kicks off Friday, Sept. 9, at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The event will feature competition screenings of animated and live-action shorts, as well as features and filmmaker showcases.

Among the toon shorts scheduled to send a chill down the funny bone this weekend are Shon Stewart’s The Bad Night Light and Tim Farrell’s E-mail, as well as Miles Nurse’s live-action/animation blend, Your Key to Sexual Safety.

There’s a little bit of stop-motion animation to be seen in Dinosaur Valley Girls, one several films to be screened in a Friday afternoon tribute to schlock director Donald F. Glut. Other titles include Glut’s late-night cable favorites The Mummy’s Kiss, The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula and Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood.

Saturday’s program includes a lineup of films from B-movie maestro Ted Z. Michaels, including The Corpse Grinders, Mark of the Astro Zombies, Orgy of the She-Devils and Dimension in Fear.

On Sunday, the fest will screen Robert Hall’s Lightning Bug, an acclaimed dramatic thriller about a young boy who dreams of being a Hollywood special effects makeup artist but is held back by the real horrors of his dysfunctional home life and the love of a girl who can’t let go of small-town existence. Laura Pepron from TV’s That ’70s Show co-stars.

There will be parties each night at 10:30 in the Plaza Hotel. The festival’s official website can be found at www.movienationfestivals.com.