In today's Horror Highlights, we take a look at Free Fire events at SXSW, a COMET network March contest, and the announcement of Shriekfest Orlando.

Free Fire at SXSW: "Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and writer/director Ben Wheatley joined SXSW press and attendees yesterday for paintball, explosions, BBQ lessons, and other ill-advised activities at Austin's Stunt Ranch to celebrate A24's FREE FIRE. The out-of-control film received an appropriately outrageous event ahead of the sold-out US premiere at the Paramount, where the audience went wild for Wheatley's action-comedy."

Synopsis: "Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody -- and biting critique -- of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone's got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control."

Directed by Ben Wheatley, Free Fire stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor; also starring Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor, Tom Davis, Mark Monero; with Patrick Bergin. A24 will release the film in theaters on April 21st.


Shriekfest Orlando: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES- Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/scifi film and screenplay competition has announced its expansion. Denise Gossett, festival Founder and Director says "I am so excited to bring my beloved film festival, Shriekfest to the city I consider my home town: Orlando, Florida! Every film submitted to Shriekfest will now have the chance to screen in two different cities! Shriekfest's mission has always been to help get talented filmmakers exposure and now we'll have two cities to accomplish this goal!".

Shriekfest Los Angeles is currently celebrating its 17th year and what better way then by giving birth to Shriekfest Orlando!

Shriekfest Los Angeles will take place October 5-8, 2017 and Shriekfest Orlando will take place October 21st, 2017!

For more information on the Shriekfest Film Festival, sponsorship opportunities, schedules, and more, visit or contact festival founder and director Denise Gossett at Shriekfest is also on Twitter and Facebook."

Win a Prize Pack from COMET TV: "It’s March Movie Bad… Bad… Badness only on COMET TV!

Whether you love the 1980’s classics like The Amityville Horror or prefer your March marathon with a side of cult-tactic goodness like Troll 2 or Planet of the Vampires, COMET TV has you covered!

COMET, the newest & obviously coolest Sci-Fi Network has been showing the best in fun cult classic films and television shows! If you haven’t checked it out, you’re missing all the fun!"

Prize Details: (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive (1) prize pack from COMET, including:

  • (1) Limited Edition COMET TV Door Basketball Hoop & Ball
  • (1) Pair of Alien Green Sunglasses
  • (2) COMET Temporary Tattoos

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the subject “COMET March Prize Pack Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am EST on March 23rd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

"Each household is only eligible to win 1 COMET Insider's Prize Pack to Giveaway via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."