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Help Celebrate The Second Annual Happenstance Horror Fest: The Most Beautiful of the Bloody from around the World

Coming up in the very near future is a sinful shindig in the Northeast  dedicated to shedding light on Horror filmmaking, the culture, and the community. The Happenstance Horror Fest was created by filmmaker and hardcore genre fan, George James Fraser (Stained Glass and Bloodbath Productions), alongside producer and pal Kevin Whittier.


The festival was initially created out of Fraser’s desire to share his first horror short, Happenstance, with friends, fans and contributors. Additionally, he hoped to give other movie makers a place to showcase their work. This year on June 13th in Haverhill, Massachusetts (at Chunky’s Cinema and Pub), the brainchild of lifelong horror fan Fraser will celebrate its second anniversary.

The Happenstance Horror Fest hosted works by some noteworthy filmmakers in its inaugural year to a sold out crowd.  Luchagore Productions, Katie Bonham, and Andy Stewart were only a few of the creative contributors. 

This year, Film Fest Director Fraser promises a bigger and better celebration of all things Horror. The fest will, of course, screen films from some very gifted up-and-coming filmmakers. But it will also feature panels, raffles, fire dancing, sword swallowing, alcohol, debauchery and pub grub readily available. Special guests will include Diane Pimentel of Dark Angel SPX and model Hakk Wylde.

Festival attendees will be able to vote on five different film categories for award recognition:

  • Best Death Scene
  • Best Actor
  • Best FX
  • Best Score
  • Crowd Favorite Awards

The following Three Major Categories will be voted upon by a select panel consisting of filmmakers, enthusiasts, bloggers and authors:

  • Best International
  • Best National
  • Best Local (New England)

Submissions for Short Films are luckily still being accepted. Entires are only $10 until May 10th!  You have until May 31st to submit. Fees increase slightly after May 10 to $15 per entry. Trailers of the real and fake variety will also be considered for the low low price of $1. Check out the complete list of rules and details at

My excitement and the potential I see for HHF is great. Fraser is a very gregarious and passionate member of the Horror family. He’s well known, liked, and respected. I’m almost certain the Happenstance Horror Fest will be the focus of legend and lore, establishing itself as a valid and celebrated addition to the Film Fest circuit — one which wholeheartedly embraces and values Indie Horror, fledging filmmakers, and the fans.

Tickets for this exciting event can be purchased here:

Even if you aren’t available to attend, you still can support the worthy cause. The Fest is looking for people to help donate prizes for raffle items, promote the festival, and/or become a sponsor (contributing money or resources). If you’re able to help out, simply message them via their Facebook page.

This endeavor is a shining example of what Indie Horror and its loyal lovers can achieve.  Every little bit helps, is appreciated and could possibly make way for a new Horror Maestro to show their wares.

Also, be sure to check out the teaser trailer for Fraser’s newest short film, My Little Miracle

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