NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (PRESS RELEASE) – Panic makers and creatures of the night – film fans and filmmakers alike – gather for a week-long onslaught of thrills, chills and kills at Kansas City’s annual horror hangout – Panic Fest.

Panic Fest, now in its 8th year, is a renowned horror, thriller, sci-fi movie festival hosted at Screenland Armour in collaboration with Recently named one of the 25 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the world in 2020 by Movie Maker, Panic Fest has made its name on premiering huge hits like “What We Do in the Shadows” and cult favorites like Elijah Woods’ “Maniac” remake. Panic Fest is also a Fangoria Approved fest, giving it a certain level of prestige that genre aficionados will appreciate.

The latest, greatest, and grizzly genre offerings. Up-and-coming auteurs of the arcane and unknown. Audiences will gasp and be amazed and appalled. Panic Fest is the pinnacle of genre festivals featuring over 70+ films and we are proud to bring you our short film showcase and feature film announcements along with some special guest appearances and podcasts!


After Midnight (Guest TBA)ArtikBeyond the Woods (with Brayden DeMorest-Purdy and Nina Werewka)Blood on Her NameBlood QuantumThe Cleansing HourColor Out of SpaceThe DareDecember Vol. 1 (with AJ Bowen and Dominic Saxl)Disappearance at Clifton HillEat Brains Love (with Rodman Flender)Extra OrdinaryEvil Dead 4K (Hosted by Film Society KC)Frozen 10th Anniversary (with Adam Green and Joe Lynch Movie Crypt Podcast Live)GreenlightHardware (NC-17) (with Joe Lynch and Nightmare Junkhead)James Vs His Future SelfKindred Spirits (Guest TBA)The LodgeA Night of Horror: Nightmare RadioThe New EndThe Other LambThe Perished (with Paddy Murphy and Joe Lynch)Puppet Killer (with Lisa Ovies)PornoThe RoomRock, Paper and ScissorsRot (with Beth Crudele)Scare Package (with Aaron B. Koontz)Sea FeverThe Soul Conductor (with Mikhail Kurbatov)SwallowThe Swerve (with Dean Kapsalis and Tommy Minnix)Two Heads CreekUncle Peckerhead (World Premiere – with Matthew John Lawrence)VFW (Hosted by Fangoria)VHYes (Hosted by Forever Bogus and Magnetic Magic Rentals)The Vice Guide to Bigfoot (Zachary Lamplugh and Brain Emond)To Your Last Death (with Jim Cirile)


PREVIEW NIGHT BLOCK (Jan 23)(((75 mins)))Allergic OverreactionBlack MassBest Friends ForeverShe Must VanishThe UnseenMerger

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE BLOCK #1 (Jan 25)(((90 mins)))Night of the ShooterLet Me PlayHellevateNight CrawlSee You On the Other SideAmberPepperImagine a WorldFeeder

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE BLOCK #2 (Jan 25)(((90 mins)))Lane 9Go BackKiller ConfidenceHaunting of PottersfieldSwipeNight OwlsHere There Be TygersHotelPathosis

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE BLOCK #3 (Jan 25)(((90 mins)))Conspiracy CruiseSafe StatesMomma Don’t GoBuffalo & TroutDaughter of DismayA Noise That CarriesMateoThe BurdenThe Animator

SPECIAL GUESTS:Adam Green (Hatchet Franchise, Frozen)Joe Lynch (Mayhem, Point Blank Remake)AJ Bowen (You’re Next, Frontier, Deathcember)Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirring)John Pata (Dead Weight, Gags the Clown, Pity)Rodman Flender (Director Eat Brains Love)

and many more – over 100 filmmakers and special guests!

PODCAST SHOWS:– The Movie Crypt Live (Fangoria with special guests)– Nightmare University (Fangoria with AJ Bowen)– Generation Why Podcast + Crimelines (with Gangland Wire podcast)– Cult Podcast (true crime comedy)– Nightmare Junkhead (90’s Nightmare with Joe Lynch)