Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will fill up Starlight Cinema at the second Taupo Halloween Film Festival on October 28.
Two cinemas will show 12 short films and fiendish filmgoers are encouraged to dress up for the event.
A third cinema will be turned into a walk-through haunted house in the style of Spookers.
Organiser Joel Corbett said the films shown will be horror comedies and suitable for children 13 years and older.
“We’ve got a couple of films from Nui, one from Lake Taupo Christian School, a few from Auckland and Christchurch and a some from overseas,” he said.
Dismembered bodies, a haunted carpark and a reanimated teddy bear will all feature.
“We’ll be showing a murder mystery with every type of Halloween monster involved. There will be ghost films and we’ll also have the much-anticipated sequel to The Silent Assassin which featured at the last festival. People loved that one.”
The aim of the event was to inspire people to get out there and get their story ideas on film, Corbett said.
“Seeing your film up on the big screen is a such a rush.”
Corbett said cameras and filmmaking tools were becoming cheaper and more accessible.
“We’ve seen teams from two years ago now investing in things like DJI Steadicams, which have hugely increased the production quality of the local filmmaking,” he said.
“A few of the guys from a few years ago are now editors for SKY TV and others are pursing film in places like Hollywood.”
Corbett runs Corbie Film, which creates animation, corporate videos, and short films.
“Corporate events and promotion videos are my bread and butter, but my passion is in telling stories.
“I’m a huge believer that people that work in the field of their passion should take on a passion project every year.
“It gives you a chance to be fearless and try things you’d usually shy away from.”
Tickets to the last festival sold out so keen theatregoers should get in quick, he said.
* Taupo Halloween Film Festival: October 28 at Starlight Cinema, 7pm-10pm. Family friendly comedy horror films. Tickets $20 from Starlight Cinema until they sell out.