Shaun Luu Horror Fest: June 13-14

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Going on its 5th year, the Shaun Luu Horror Fest has raised over $10,000 between the American Cancer Society and The Golisano Children's Hospital. Typically, the fest is a one day long marathon of horror movies and music. This year we added an extra day for just the movies with a small community yard sale at The Palace and a day of bands at The Westcott Theater, creating our biggest benefit/fundraiser to date. The 5th annual Shaun Luu Horror Fest will be the biggest horror film/ music fest of it's kind ever in the United States. There is no other event that includes 8 films, 13-14 bands and a community yard sale. The fest is also the only such type that mixes horror movies and music where all proceeds, (after expenses) are donated to a local community non-for-profit in honor of a fallen friend to many, Shaun Luu.

Saturday June 13 at The Palace Theatre is a day long film festival featuring very rare 35mm film prints of horror/cult films. This film fest will feature the Upstate New York premiere of the highly anticipated horror/comedy movie called "BLACK DEVIL DOLL." (2007) All films are being screened on original 35mm film prints unless stated otherwise. While the movies are playing fans can visit any number of collectible yard sale attendees that will be selling mostly rare records, CD's, t-shirts, movies, posters, food, coffee and toys.
Film schedule:

All ages matinee 1pm - 4:30pm only $8.
Ghostbusters 2 -
Monster Squad - very rare 35mm print

Adult evening screenings. 16 and over only starting at 5pm - ? $15

Or $20 for both the all ages matinee and adults only. This pass is good for anybody over 16 years of age.
5pm - Local shorts featuring The Thing remake trailer and Monster Squad 2 trailer.

5:30pm - ? film list in order of screening:
Black Devil Doll - Digital Projection
Deep Red - Dario Argento
City of the Living Dead -(AKA Gates of Hell) Rare UNCUT European 35mm film print with Dutch Subtitles
The Warriors
Cannibal Ferox - Restored UNCUT print. First ever Upstate NY screening to this Grindhouse Cannibal classic
The Thing - John Carpenter

Sunday June 14 at the Westcott Theater is a day long music festival featuring 13-14 local and national bands creating the biggest single day hardcore/grindcore music event since Hellfest. This is an all ages music event. 21+ with valid ID to drink alcohol. Doors open at 1pm show starts at 1:30pm - 11pm. Only $10

Here is the confirmed lineup so far:
ED GEIN ( First appeance in over 2 years

Saturday June 13 (movie/ collectible yard sale event)
The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13206

Sunday June 14 (music event)
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

This is a fundraiser
To raise money for an amazing cause and to honor and remember Shaun Luu. Anybody who is into good causes, cult movies, collectible yard sales and good hardcore/grindcore music is invited.

The Shaun Luu Horror Fest is an annual music/movie festival held in memory of Shaun Luu. Shaun passed away in June of 2005 (at the early age of 23) after a fight with brain cancer. Shaun was an amazing guy who was a big part of the Syracuse, NY hardcore/metal community. He sang for Word As A Virus and was a constant face in the crowd at pretty much every kind of show around here. He meant a lot to a lot of people and the fest is our way of remembering him and giving something back.

All the money (after expenses) made gets donated in Shaun's name to fight cancer. The first few years of the festival, donations were made to the American Cancer Society. Last year we decided that the money should stay local so we set up a few funds at University Hospital/Golisano Children’s Hospital in Shaun's name. One of the funds is to support brain cancer treatment and research at University Hospital, one fund is to get some new games and things for the activity room on the cancer ward in the children’s hospital, and the last fund is to raise money to build a new nurses station in the new children’s hospital that will be marked in memory of Shaun.

The Shaun Luu Horror Fest is a benefit/memorial that incorporates Shaun's love of both horror/b-movies and hardcore/punk/metal/doom etc. It's always a good time, for a good cause. Come out and have fun!

Movie Details:
Ghostbusters 2: Ivan Reitman 1989
Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasm slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana's baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed? Written by David Thiel {}

Monster Squad: Fred Dekker (1987)
12-year-old Sean Crenshaw and his best friend Patrick are die hard monster fanatics. Along with their friend Horace (nicknamed Fat Kid), junior high tough guy Rudy, Sean's kid sister Phoebe, and little Eugene they come together and talk monsters. But when Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, and The Mummy come to their small town to get an amulet to control the world, Sean leads his friends into action to protect their town from the forces of evil. Written by

Black Devil Doll: Shawn Lewis (2007)
A young vixen finds herself hurled into an odyssey of forbidden sex and unspeakable violence after an innocent evening dabbling in the occult. What started as a simple child's game has now become a fight for her life! What is this evil that she has summoned from beyond? And why does it have a fro? What kind of horrific acts will she be subjected to? And what price will her super-hot, half-nude friends have to pay? But more importantly, how much Caucasian blood will have to be shed to stop ... the BLACK DEVIL DOLL?!" Five naive young women are sexually abused, and tortured by an evil jive talking ventriloquist doll possessed by the spirit of an executed African American militant death row inmate. Who will survive? What will be left of them? Will their virginity be intact? It's Chucky meets DOLEMITE. Written by Shawn Lewis

Deep Red: Dario Argento (1975)
Considered by many to be Dario Argento's first masterpiece, Deep Red recalls his first hit, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. British star David Hemmings (Blow-Up) plays an American jazz pianist who witnesses a brutal, bloody murder from afar and turns detective to find the killer. Kooky Italian journalist Daria Nicolodi (Argento's wife and co writer on Suspiria) joins him as comic relief and tepid romantic interest, but the real costar is Argento's high style: gliding camera, razor-sharp editing, and gorgeous but gruesome set pieces. The story is convoluted, to say the least--plotting was never Argento's strong suit and the unnecessary exposition often drags the film down--but his vivid, horrific imagery is perfect for a thriller driven by haunting memories. --Sean Axmaker

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD: Lucio Fulci (1980)
In the small New England town of Dunwich, a priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery which somehow opens the gates of hell allowing the dead to rise. Peter, a New York City reporter, teams up with a young psychic, named Mary, to travel to the town where they team up with another couple, psychiatrist Jerry and patient Sandra, to find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead all over the world will rise up and kill the living. Written by Matthew Patay {}

The WARRIORS: Walter Hill (1979)
New York City. Home to 7,000,000 people, they work, play, and have fun by day. But at night the city is run by ruthless street gangs such as; The Furies, The Boppers, The Hi-Hats, The Lizzies, The Turnbull AC's, The Gramercy Riffs and The Warriors. One night at an all gangs meeting, the leader of the Riffs, Cyrus, makes a speech and creates a plan to unite all the gangs of the city. If all the gangs were united under one they would be strong enough to overpower the police, but suddenly Cyrus is shot and a gang called The Warriors are framed by Luther, leader of the Rogues. Now they have to return to Coney Island, escaping from 20,000 policemen and 100,000 sworn enemies. They got one way out. They got one chance. They've got one night. THE WARRIORS Written by Giancarlos Calderon

CANNIBAL FEROX: Umberto Lenzi (1981)
New York grad student and anthropologist Gloria, her brother Rudy, and their friend Pat, travel to a remote part of the Amazon jungle to find and disapprove the local theory of cannibalism among the local tribes when they run into something far worse: a cruel and sadistic, streetwise drug dealer, named Mike Lawson, and his partner, Joe, hiding out in the jungle from murder and drug-dealing charges back in New York and whom are presently using the docile natives to mine for emeralds and harvest coca. When the crazed Lawson kills a few natives, including the daughter of the chief, just for his sadistic enjoyment, the warriors turn against their masters and subject the two dealers and three grad students to the most horrific torture and murder for their crimes using their own harsh law of the jungle. Written by Matt Patay

THE THING: John Carpenter (1982)
In the midst of the Antarctica snowfield, the scientists and workers of a small American research base are shocked when a helicopter begins to circle their camp, chasing and shooting at a dog. When the helicopter is destroyed and the passenger's are killed by accident, the dog is let into the base and the American's begin to wonder what has actually happened. The helicopter is discovered to be of Norwegian make, and probably linked to the Norwegian base not too far from their own. Helicopter pilot J.R MacReady (Kurt Russell) offers to travel to the Norwegian base and find out what has happened. On arrival, he finds that the place has been totally destroyed. He also discovers a mangled body that looks as though it was once that of a person, which he brings back with him to study. It is only then that the clues begin to add up; the dog morphs horribly into a strange creature that attacks the researchers. They manage to fight it off, but the base's doctor has come to a conclusion: an alien with the power to transform and take the appearance of anybody else is amongst them. Who is infected already, and who can be trusted? J.R MacReady sets out to find the answers to exactly that. Written by Tomius J. Barnard

Sponsored by:
The Westcott Theater:
T-Shirts and Black Devil Doll:

For more information go to the below Web sites:

Or call 4364723 or e-mail for questions regarding the movies.

Aaron Jenkins at for questions regarding the bands.

TAGS: Shaun Luu Horror Fest:, Westcott theater,Palace theater eastwood,American Cancer Society,Golisano Children's Hospital
EDITION: The Eagle

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