HorrorHound Weekend/Film Fest (H2F2) is the largest horror convention in the U.S. We have been the recipient of multiple Rondo Awards (voted on annually by fans) for best horror convention as well as NUVO Magazine’s 2016 Cultural Vision Trailblazer Award for our support of independent filmmakers. H2F2 (an IMDb recognized event) was also named in Cinema Runner's "Indie Horror's Secret Seven", where HorrorHound was named the most influential brand in indie horror. Further, Lloyd Kaufman (President and founder of Troma Entertainment) officially recognized H2F2 for supporting independent film. Beginning humbly in 2007, our shows have grown to over 30,000 guests. Our venues include Indianapolis, Indiana in September and Cincinnati, Ohio in March. We have also done one-off shows in other locations such as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio.

Over the years, HorrorHound has played host to significant events such as:
- Clive Barker’s personal screening of an in-process version of Nightbreed: Uncut http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/15566/see-nightbreed-uncut-for-the-first-time-ever/

- Jamie Lee Curtis’ only horror convention appearance, raising money for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (promoted on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”) http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201211/faq.html

- Nightmare on Elm Street Original Cast Tribute to Wes Craven https://twitter.com/robertbenglund/status/641991741369794560

- Horror Host’s Tribute to Vampira hosted by Daniel Roebuck as Dr. Shocker (largest assembly of horror hosts ever … at the time)

- The Monster Channel launched at our event in 2011 as part of “100 Years of Horror”

HorrorHound Weekend has been featured on multiple Travel Channel shows such as “Toy Hunter”, “Making Monsters”, and “Paranormal Paparazzi”. HorrorHound Weekend was also featured in the documentaries Fantasm: A Convention Documentary and The Night She Came Home (about Jamie Lee Curtis’ appearance) for the 35th Anniversary Edition release of Halloween.

HorrorHound Weekend includes the HorrorHound Film Festival, which is becoming infamous for being among the first places horror/dark sci-fi fans can see new films. Films such as The Hole in the Ground, Hereditary, Summer of 84, Terrifier, Blood Fest, Camp Cold Brook, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, The Devil's Candy, Maniac (remake), Let the Right One In, Turbo Kid, It’s in the Blood, Lake Eerie, Martyrs (original), Tales of Halloween, Murder Party, Old 37, Funhouse Massacre, Found, and the aforementioned Nightbreed: Uncut made their early, or premiere, screening at HorrorHound.

Filmmakers and cast members are often in attendance to support the screening … Lance Henriksen (Lake Eerie, It’s in the Blood, Millennium After the Millennium), Joe Dante (Camp Cold Brook), Tom Atkins (Polybius), Robert Englund (Funhouse Massacre), Ethan Embry (The Devil's Candy), Robert Kurtzman (Lake Eerie, Funhouse Massacre), Kane Hodder (Old 37, To Hell and Back), Danielle Harris (Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn), Michael Ironside (Turbo Kid), Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Michael Biehn (The Victim), Anne Bobby (Hanover House), Harry Manfredini (The Days God Slept), etc.

In 2012, HorrorHound Film Fest teamed with Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) for Elvira’s Horror Hunt, a film festival competition that resulted in the winning feature and short having a gala screening at the historic Vista Theater in Hollywood. The films selected for the competition were screened first at HorrorHound Weekend.

Our celebrity guests have often commented on how much they enjoy their experience at HorrorHound Weekend. It was this reputation that led Jamie Lee Curtis to choose HorrorHound for her one and only convention appearance as well as Clive Barker for choosing us for his first screening of Nightbreed: Uncut.

"Best" Awards: Feature, Short, Director, SFX, Actor, Actress, Cinematography

HorrorHound LTD. is hereby granted to the right to utilize any excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Film Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless HorrorHound LTD. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening projects entered.

Overall Rating
  • April Phillips

    What an honour to be selected for this top genre festival - fabulous communication and friendly team. I so wish I could have attended in person - next time!

    December 2019
  • Justin Wayne

    The communication was great, the awards look awesome, and how can you beat 2 free passes to not only the film festival but also the HorrorHound Convention as well???

    October 2019
  • We want to thank Jason Hignite and everyone at HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival for the opportunity to showcase our film "How to hold a cloud to the ground". The event keeps getting bigger! Would love to work again with the festival in the future.

    October 2019
  • We want to thank HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival for all their engagement and efforts and hope they will continue the great job. Hope to see you again in the years to come.

    September 2019
  • Matthew Dunehoo

    I am the writer and director of our feature that screened at H2F2 Indy this month, and I attended the festival along with another member of the cast.

    Firstly, communication was excellent. The atmosphere was welcoming. Dr. Conty generously provided insightful feedback on our film and there were a couple of nice mixers for filmmakers which is essential for a festival worth traveling to.

    We arrived on Friday in advance of the screening and passed out 3x5 promotional notecards to festival attendees, we handed out about 350 cards and tried to spread the word before our screening. Our feature played at midnight in the Westin hotel, adjacent to the convention center. We all thought midnight on the first night of the festival would be a perfect time to screen.

    There was no signage outside the screening room itself so if you just stumbled into the hallway you wouldn't know there was a film playing anywhere. I'd hoped for a formal Q&A as feedback from those in attendance is so important, but we didn't get the opportunity. There were about 30 people in attendance. It surprised me. I'm not saying we have an AMAZING film, but I think a mixture of things hurt our chances to have the best screening possible.

    Since the festival itself shuts down at 10pm, any screenings after that take place at a venue that's a considerable walk from the main exhibition hall. We assumed many of those in attendance at the convention would be staying at the hotel and up for a midnight show. When we were exiting the building, there were hundreds of costumed conventioneers partying out front of the building. I guess whatever late night revelry was happening around the screenings was more alluring that a midnight movie.

    We are thankful for being selected, 100%. We are thankful to those who attended our screening. But in the end I could only score the fest three stars for value due to what ultimately felt like a kind of bummer slotting at midnight, some distance off the beaten path of the fest itself, with little signage or too obvious effort of the staff to get bodies into the theater. Maybe a thousand people read about our film and decided they weren't interested in attending. And in that case nothing the fest could do would have helped. But I couldn't help but feel that if we'd been programmed nearer the convention or between 3pm-8pm, we might have had a wider audience engagement. Who knows. These are points for the festival to consider for whatever they're worth, take em or leave em. We CERTAINLY appreciate even getting the chance to play.

    Maybe the film component of the fest could be hyped a little harder, maybe at least the later showings, offsite, after the convention itself is closed for the day? We realize that not every show can play primetime. We kind of thought midnight Friday WAS primetime for a horrorcon, but our movie is a first feature and not "traditional" horror, and maybe not even "traditionally" good. Who knows...

    September 2019