Chainsaw Pete, a fixture at Asylum Haunted Scream Park. All photos by Thoughtfly Films.
Chainsaw Pete, a fixture at Asylum Haunted Scream Park. All photos by Thoughtfly Films.

This weekend’s Fandom Fest has exploded so far beyond its original form that sometimes it’s hard to remember that it was originally a horror movie festival. Fright Night Film Fest is still a part of the event, but risks being overshadowed by the razzle dazzle of Fandom Fest’s celebrity lineup: Gillian Anderson, Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, John Barrowman and more.

(Earlier this summer we talked to Ken and Myra Daniels, founders of the event, about its history and future.)

Fright Night Film Festival is now in its ninth year, and this year features some local Louisville horror.

Louisville’s Thoughtfly Media Group is debuting its second film at this year’s Fandom Fest. In 2011, they premiered their first film, “Overtime” featuring TNA professional wrestler Al Snow, at the same event, where it won the “Best of the Fest.”

“Monsters Wanted” is the story of Rich Teachout and Janel Nash who invested their life savings to create the one-of-a-kind Asylum Haunted Scream Park here in Louisville. The documentary follows Teachout and Nash from day one of building until the last day of the season in 2011.

The title of the documentary comes from the help wanted ads that Nash and Teachout placed to staff the park. The ad reads:

This type of work is one of a kind. It takes a lot of physical & mental endurance which even many trained, professional actors can’t endure. But, any seasoned haunt veteran will tell you that the fun of haunting is well worth the effort! Haunting is an exciting & rewarding experience. There is no other venue that legally gives you the right to scare the hell out of innocent victims and get paid to do it!

According to their website, Asylum Haunted Scream Park now features four attractions at one fourty-acre site:

  •  DARKNESS FALLS ON ASYLUM – Haunted Trail with Indoor and Outdoor Scenes
  • ZOMBIE CITY: Mutation – Award Winning haunt, with a new and SCARIER storyline!
  • XTERMINATE: Zalien Attack – Fully interactive first-person shooting experience
  • CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS – Full Carnival & Freakshow with Games and Concessions

The park is located at 3101 Pond Station Road and is open from mid-September until Halloween. The park promises this year  to have shorter lines and be scarier than ever.

MONSTERS_ARTWORK_WEBThe documentary features scenes from the annual Zombie Walk on August 29 and scenes at Horner’s Novelty and Caufield’s.

Tickets for the movie are $10, and a day or weekend festival pass is also good for admission to this event. Purchase your tickets online here.

The movie starts at 8 p.m. in the Galt House’s Cochran Ballroom (RIVUE Tower, 3rd floor). Before that will be a meet-and-greet with the filmmakers and stars.  The first 50 people through the door will receive a commemorative Monsters Wanted poster.

Although there are events throughout this week, Fandom Fest kicks off on all gears on Friday at the Galt House and Convention Center. Pre-registration is closed, but tickets are available at the event. For a schedule and more information, visit their website.