Festival Guests 2017



 Joseph Scott Morgan

Morgan has appeared, for the past 4 years, on both Headline News and CNN as the on-air forensics expert. Morgan has commented on the cases involving Oscar Pistorius, Robin Williams,Jon Benet Ramsey, Jodi Arias/ Travis Alexander, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ariel Castro, and the Zodiac Killer, just to name a few. Joseph was featured regularly on the hit HLN program “After Dark”. He can currently be seen every Saturday night appearing on “How NOT to Kill Your Husband” which can be found on Discovery ID. During the last 14 months of Nancy Grace’s tenure at HLN, Joseph appeared 54 straight weeks concluding in November 2016. In January 2017 Joseph appeared as the forensics expert on the CNN primetime special “Jon Benet Ramsey: What Really Happened”. Morgan, along with Vinnie Politan won a Southeastern Regional Emmy in June of 2017 for WXIA 11 Alive coverage of the Justin Ross Harris/Hot Tot Car case.
In 2013 Morgan was named “Georgia Author of the Year” for his memoir entitled “Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator”.

This is a special event 10.00 admission, festival pass holders enter free.


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 Episode title: “That Darkly Shining Abyss”

An interview with Jospeh Scott Morgan, a veteran medicolegal death investigator who now teaches forensics at university level. This is the piece we will be showing at the festival. We also take a look at the changing landscape of serial killings in general, including an interview with Joshue Zeman, co-producer of the A&E series “The Killing Fields”. The majority of the episode is dedicated to a gripping interview with Jospeh Scott Morgan, who not only gives us some of the ins-and-outs of death investigation from the forensic aspect, but also gives a compelling, deeply personal interview about how his daily experiences with death in all its forms changed him forever. After seeing this interview, the viewer will never again look at death investigators are the mere cold, analytical characters portrayed all to frequently by Hollywood.

with special guest Keith Schulenberg show creator and executive producer


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Bob Sheen

Bob is the newest member to a famous Hollywood lineage extending from his Grandfather
Martin, his Uncle Emilio and his father Charlie. At seven years old he wrote and directed his first short film entitled, ‘The Rake”. He drew his inspiration from urban myths that have inspired many you tube clips. The Rake is one of them that follows the path of super
villains like Slenderman.



Erik Fleming

Fleming was previously co -executive producer of TLC’s Texas Cheer Moms and The Psychic Next Door. He worked on The Surreal Life, was a director/producer on America’s Funniest Home Videos,and a producer on Bravo’s Queer Eye for The Straight Girl. He directed the indie features My Brother the Pig (Scarlett Johansson,Eva Mendes)and Bad Trip (Kevin Connolly) He was also one of the writers on Help Up (Jamie Foxx). Other film projects include American Eve about an early 20th century chorus girl who had an affair and was murdered by her jealous husband.


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Deborah Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Part V.

Voorhees’s 40-minute short “CATCHING UP” will screen at the festival and has inspired her next feature film. The List, a horror comedy that is in pre-production. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival”


Guest host Brian Steward, Artist, Writer & Photographer.




Some past festival guests & what they have to say about HSHFF:

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Alan Howarth – From scores to special sound effects, from Halloween stalkers to STAR TREK, Alan Howarth’s electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films of the ’80s. Alternately wearing the hats of both composer and sound effectsman, Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; he’s provided sound design and effects for POLTERGEIST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, all the STAR TREK movies, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Coppola’s DRACULA, TOTAL RECALL, STARGATE and many more… As a composer, he’s scored all or part of all the HALLOWEEN films, composed music for RETRIBUTION, THE DENTIST, and others.



Marlon Schulman

Founder & CEO HEF
“Funding/Investing in Horror Doesn’t Have to be a SCARY Experience – Only the Project Does.” ™



Tyler Mane, Actor/Producer Mane Entertainment

Tyler is best known for his roles as,  Sabretooth, Wolverine’s foe, in the big-screen version of the Marvel comic “X-Men” and playing the iconic role of Michael Myers in the last two Rob Zombie remakes of  “Halloween”.

“What a great weekend of networking and screenings and sharing our love of filmmaking! We came away from the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival feeling like we suddenly had a much larger family. Can’t wait to get back!!”

-Tyler Mane- Actor


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Jeff Burr, Director

A legend in the horror genre. Jeff’s credits include, “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”, “Stepfather II”, “Straight Into Darkness,” “Pumpkinhead II” and many more.

“Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is all about the filmmakers, as a filmmaker it’s one you don’t want to miss.”

-Jeff Burr- Director



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Leslie Easterbrook, Actress

The Devil’s Rejects , Police Academy and Halloween


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Eileen Dietz, Actress Exorcist/Constantine/Planet of the Apes…

The Demon who possesses Regan in The Exorcist, also the Emmy-winning Helter-Skelter where she was one of the Manson Gang.

“I have been a guest speaker at many, many film festivals and I gotta tell you all, The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival 2013 was !!@!$&!!ing fantastic. I had such an awesome time. Every short film and feature were of the utmost quality and so much fun as were the Filmmakers with whom I made lasting friendships.  I can’t say enough about the fantastic hosts. the incomparable Tamara Glynn and the always gracious and organized Bill Volland. I cannot wait for October to see everyone again.

-Eileen Dietz- Actress


Ted Hatfield

Ted Hatfield, Special Marketing for Regal Cinemas, Edwards Cinemas, and United Artists Theaters.



Jeff Burr, Director

A legend in the horror genre. Jeff’s credits include, “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”, “Stepfather II”, “Straight Into Darkness,” and “Pumpkinhead II and many more

“Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival is all about the filmmakers, as a filmmaker it’s one you don’t want to miss.”

-Jeff Burr- Director



Patrick Rea, Writer/Director

Patrick is a festival favorite, officially selected for his short films the past 2  years, he recently directed one (“Howl of a Good Time”) during the film festival. Filmmakers and festival goers had a chance to participate in the production. “Howl of a Good Time” will premier at the 2015 film festival.

HSHFF and CREW were honored and would like to thank everyone who participated in the film, to see the teaser for “Howl of a Good Time”

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David  Schmoeller, Writer/Director

Crawlspace (1986), Ghost Town (1988) and Catacombs (1988) for Empire Entertainment and the cult classic Puppetmaster (1989) (V) for Paramount Pictures one of the most successful franchise horror films ever made…



Justin Beahm, Writer/Director.

“Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival (HSHFF) is a celebration of genre cinema by filmmakers for filmmakers. Located in one of Arkansas’ most treasured historic regions, HSHFF places special emphasis on education, in addition to showcasing quality independent motion pictures.”

-Justin Beahm- Fangoria Magazine


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Renea Geerlings, Actress/Producer

“We had such a great time at last year’s event, and I’m thrilled to co-host the 2014 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival with Tamara! I can’t wait to share our excitement for, and love of, the genre with each and every guest!”

– Renae Geerlings – Actress


Tim Edwards, Music Composer for Film & TV.


Bart Mast

Bart Mastronardi, Professor of Cinematography at the New York Film Academy.


Frank Sorrentino, Actor



Felissa Rose, Actress

Angela in the cult film Sleepaway Camp


John Thomassen, Actor 


John Burton, Scareologist


Bill Volland & Gene Sive

Gene Sive, Director of Photography and Vampire Hunter



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 Jim Brennan,  Producer/An American Terror

“Hot Springs Horror was one of the festival highlights for “An American Terror”. Although we screened at many festivals, very few reached out to us in the personal way that HSHFF did. It was a refreshing dose of humanity in year of often impersonal interactions. They had a great line up in a fantastic environment.”

-Jim Brennan-  Producer



Lesleh Donaldson, Actress

Running” playing Michael Douglas’ daughter Andrea Andropolis, “Happy Birthday To Me,” “Friday the 13th TV Series“, “Tales of Poe”


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Eric England, Writer/Director

A native of Arkansas CONTRACTED” & “MADISON COUNTY”.



Andy Van Roon,  Chairman/GM of FILM-COM

Financing & Distribution Market, an international film, television and documentary market focusing on projects in development that need completion funding or newly completed projects seeking distribution.



Alan Rowe Kelly, Director and genre star

15 years in the horror industry and Executive Producer of SouthPaw Pictures, he has produced and directed 4 features, most recently “GALLERY OF FEAR”

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the exciting panel of guests at the 2013 Hot Springs Horror Film Festival”

Alan Rowe Kelly- Director

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HSHFF would like to thank all of our guests past and present.


Network and educational opportunities are available. .