Tom Atkins to Receive Achievement in Acting Award at NYC Horror Film Festival


A few weeks ago FANGORIA was proud to announce that horror icon Sean S. Cunningham was to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival, running November 12th – 15th at Times Scare (669 8th Avenue and 42nd Street). Well the tricks and treats don’t stop there.  Now, it is our pleasure to confirm that on Saturday, November 14th, veteran genre star Tom Atkins will be receiving the Michael J. Hein Award for Personal Achievement in Acting.

Atkins has been acting since the early ’60s, and during his career has brought to life some of the most memorable characters in the horror genre. From his battle against vengeful spirits in John Carpenter’s THE FOG to becoming a zombie killer in NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, Atkins has the ability to transform into any character he portrays. However, it is his fantastic performance in the infamous cult favorite HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH that will always hold a special place in many genre fans’ dark hearts. Atkins also appeared in Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK,  William Lustig’s MANIAC COP, George Romero’s CREEPSHOW and TWO EVIL EYES as well as Patrick Lussier’s MY BLOODY VALENTINE remake and DRIVE ANGRY.

Amongst the features being shown this year at the NYC Horror Film Festival (see previous titles here) are the November 12th fest openers MOST LIKELY TO DIE, directed by Clive Barker protégé Anthony DiBlasi (DREAD, MISSIONARY, LAST SHIFT), and the IFC Midnight release of Tara Subkoff’s #HORROR. The latter stars Natasha Lyonne of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Chloe Sevigny. Other highlights will include a special showing of Cunningham’s landmark FRIDAY THE 13TH; the local premiere of MODEL HUNGER, directed by FANGORIA’s very own Debbie Rochon; and Russian filmmaker Pavel Khvaleev’s hypnotic III. In all, 14 features and 34 shorts will unspool.

For its 14th edition, the New York City Horror Film Festival will be held at Manhattan’s Time Scare, a venue perfect for those that love the macabre. Fun fact for you history buffs out there: before Times Scare became a leading year-round fright attraction, the building was once a crematorium in the 1920s. Times Scare is also home to a state-of-the-art haunted house and a fully stocked bar made of skeletons. For the full list of NYC Horror Film Festival screenings and ticket info, go here.

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Adam Lee Price
Adam Lee Price has an intense love of horror films and has since being a child. This love of horror has led him to focus on a career in writing films for the next generation of genre fans. Adam has recently completed writing his first feature length horror screenplay entitled THE MASQUERADE. Now, he looks forward to the next chapter of his life working alongside great writers in the horror industry and at FANGORIA Magazine.
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