by Michelle SwopeSalem Horror Fest, one of the coolest genre festivals which appropriately takes place every October, is presenting a hybrid festival this year due to the ongoing pandemic. The in-person portion of the festival is in full swing right now and the virtual festival will kick off on October 22nd. This year’s fest includes an impressive lineup of feature films, including films from local filmmakers and a short horror film section, as well as live events.
The creators of the WNUF Halloween Special have a wildly fun new feature playing this year’s Salem Horror Fest. What Happens Next Will Scare You is a horror comedy written by Jimmy George and Chris LaMartina and directed by LaMartina. The film stars Melissa LaMartina, Rachel D. Wilson, Kalima Young, Kathy Carson, Troy Jennings, and Johnny Marra. What Happens Next Will Scare You is an Official Selection of the virtual portion of Salem Horror Fest and will have its East Coast Premiere October 22nd through October 31st.
The entire cast does an excellent job of portraying interesting, believable characters, some of whom take the job of presenting the scariest video ever made very seriously, and others who seem to only be interested in pranking the overwhelmed and overworked Editor. One video shows an over-the-top, very funny Sasquatch attack during a traffic stop. Another video follows a mean girl vlogger who loves to make videos about herself but ends up cursed and disfigured.
The most hilarious video tells the story of a haunted teddy bear which an antique shop owner acquired under questionable circumstances. When the teddy bear destroys the shop when the owner isn’t around, he calls in a couple of paranormal investigators who are clearly a parody of Ed and Lorraine Warren. In a hysterical, laugh-out-loud scene, the couple attempt to perform an exorcism on the teddy bear, which doesn’t exactly go as planned.