Panic Fest Returns With Films to Thrill and Delight

Published by Pete Dulin on

Horror, sci-fi, and thriller film fans gather once again for Panic Fest, the annual film and live event festival running from January 24-30 at Screenland Armour in North Kansas City. More than 60 films will be screened at the theater including blocks of short film showcases. Moviemaker Magazine recognized Panic Fest as a 25 Bloody Best Genre Fests of 2020. Looking at the diverse range of films on the slate, it’s easy to see why. Here’s a peek at a few of the many films lined up. 

Color Out of Space, based on a tale by author H.P. Lovecraft, stars Nicholas Cage in a town that is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic.

The Room revolves around Matt and Kate, who buy an isolated house. While moving, they discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. But, since Kate has had two miscarriages, what they miss the most is a child.

Eat, Brains, Love is a laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly romantic, zombie road trip movie filled with heart – and brains.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find tells the story of a recently widowed young mother will go to any lengths to protect her children as she seeks the truth behind her husband’s murder.

Panic Fest also features live events and podcasts. Attendees may purchase a Live Event Badge that offers all-access to live events, including podcasts and movies with special guests.

Generation Why, Crimelines, and GangLand Wire Podcast co-host a live podcast focused on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, and true crime. 

Fangoria presents The Movie Crypt Live with a special 10th anniversary screening of Frozen. Celebrated genre filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch host this filmmaking podcast described as “audio film school” by both aspiring and working artists alike.

Fangoria and horror genre professor Dr. Rebekah McKendry, one of America’s leading horror genre experts, unite for Nightmare University. Dr. McKendry and a notable genre industry expert explore a specific element of the horror genre. Each show feels like a lively university class discussing horror history, key players, and important films. 

90’s Nightmare Hardware (NC-17), hosted by Joe Lynch (Mayhem, Point Blank) and Nightmare Junkhead, examine the year 1990 and its contributions to horror before diving into the NC-17 cut of Richard Stanley’s Hardware.

A live script read of Halloween 3D, the unmade sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween series, is another can’t-miss event. 

Tickets and fest passes for live events, podcasts, and films are available at

Pete Dulin

Pete Dulin is a Kansas City-based writer who covers food, craft beer, wine, and business. His work has appeared in Zócalo Public Square, NPR, Feast, The Kansas City Star, River Front Times, Visit KC, Flatland, The Boston Globe, Thinking Bigger, and many other publications. He is the author of Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, and KC Ale Trail.