One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest kicks off again this October and Daily Dead is proud to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. Although the Halloween season is still lurking on the horizon, there's already plenty to get excited about for the next Salem Horror Fest, as we're thrilled to share the news that this year's keynote speaker will be Blumhouse Productions' Ryan Turek.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for much more coverage of the Salem Horror Fest in the coming months, visit their website for more information, and read the official press release for more details on the keynote speaker announcement:

Press Release: Salem, MA - Ryan Turek, accomplished horror expert and studio executive at Blumhouse Productions (Halloween, Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare) will be a keynote speaker at the second annual Salem Horror Fest. Turek will address the current state of horror and what it reveals about our society in a kickoff event on Thursday, October 4th 2018 following the Salem Haunted Happenings Parade.

“I’m absolutely honored to have been asked to come out to the Salem Horror Fest. I’m looking forward to speaking about a genre that I live and breathe, talking with folks who enjoy it with as much passion as I do and seeing some cool movies at the fest,” Ryan Turek said.

Turek recently wrapped production for the upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween at Blumhouse Productions which just received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and nominations in three other categories for Jordan Peele’s Get Out. He also co-hosts the Shock Waves podcast, and has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial horror pursuits such as co-founding and where he served as managing editor. Last year, he helped launchSlashback Video, an art installation recreating the experience of going to the video rental video store with the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank California.

“Few things are as scary as starting your own business. Ryan has proven it’s possible to align success with passion and vision while still pushing the conversation forward. His experience and insight are enormously significant, making him a powerful champion for the horror community,” said festival director Kay Lynch.


Salem Horror Fest will continue its cultural exploration into the horror genre with a two-week program of film screenings, speaker events, parties, podcasts and special events in the Halloween capital of the world running Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 14th, 2018. Visit for more information.

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