The World’s 15 Bloody Best Genre Fests, 2018

12. Macabro // Mexico City, Mexico // August 2018

Headed up by the mighty director Edna Campos, the only woman currently at the reins of a premiere Mexican genre festival, Macabro is the country’s first, and biggest, of its kind, “one that’s run with passion and imagination and shouldn’t be missed,” says a panelist. With the backing of the Mexico City government, Mexican Film Institute, and other key institutions, Macabro delivers master classes and guided tours through the surrounding area’s hotspots on top of its stellar film exhibition. Past guests have included terror titans like Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, Stuart Gordon and more, and special screenings have been, when silent, accompanied by live piano performance, or even held in the Panteón de San Fernando graveyard.

Attendees watch entertainers spill their guts at the Macabro Film Festival. Photograph courtesy of Macabro Film Festival

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  1. Marie Parks

    May 6, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I feel like this is not a complete list of the best genre fests! some of these are all genre fest with a horror event thrown in. What about my favorite one Shriekfest? I’ve been submitting and involved with that fest for years now and they treat everyone great! The fest director is the best I’ve ever met!

  2. Elijah Taylor

    October 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Solid list, but missing the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is a huuuuge oversight. One of the best genre film festivals in Europe since 1983! One of the few festivals I’ve been to worldwide that truly has unique, internal festival culture. Really fosters a sense of community.

    Other stuff worth mentioning includes:
    Shockproof (Prague)
    Next Fest (Los Angeles)
    PUFF (Philadelphia)
    Telluride Horror Show (Telluride, Colorado)

  3. Clarissa Jacobson

    October 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Missing Nightmares FILM FEST!!!

  4. Jay Kay

    October 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I felt it could have had more members to the panel more diversity of people who head to the larger fests as well as the rest. Of course there will be interweaving festivals but this list primarily focuses on larger ones but does not include many of the fests who r in the mid part of the US among other things.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m Not putting down what this article is and contains. For me, it’s not a piece that shows festivals that are on the rise or in the tier below many of these. Have nothing but respect for panel and the writer. No doubt more incarnations to come … 😉

  5. Mr. Ghost

    October 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Who knew there are so many fests dedicated to horror. Excited to have these in my conscious reservoir to keep up with their output in the future.

  6. Tom Luca

    October 16, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Loved reading this, especially seeing Roger Corman, Larry Cohen(THE STUFF), Michael Moriarty(Q THE WINGED SERPENT), Adrienne Barbeau(ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) and more recognizable memorable greats in film. Thanks for sharing!

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