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.