Fans of the horror, fantasy and science-fiction film festival ShockerFest will have to enjoy the movies at home rather than in the movie theater this year.
The ninth annual Central Valley independent film festival will be shown on KAZV-TV (Comcast Channel 195, Charter Channel 14 and broadcast Channel 14) rather than at Riverbank Galaxy Theatres, as it has in the past.
Movies will be shown every night at 11 p.m. today through Oct. 31.
Festival founder George Baker said he made the move because of financial reasons -- Galaxy wanted to charge more and the festival couldn't afford the fee increase. Other movie theaters in the area couldn't meet the festival's requirements.
Baker hopes that more people ultimately will be able to see ShockerFest's 70 short and feature films. There's a potential audience of 1.5 million from Modesto to Merced and the Sierra foothills who have access to KAZV-TV.
"If you like horror, fantasy, sci-fi, this will be the best offering you can find in the valley," Baker said. "We have films every bit as good and sometimes better than what you can find on the Syfy Channel."
The shortest film is two minutes, the longest is just over two hours. Among Baker's favorites are feature films "Rage," airing Tuesday, and "H1N1 Virus X," airing Oct. 22.
"The sci-fi features are better than they've been for a couple of years," Baker said. "We've got some outstanding horror entries."
A panel of judges made up of filmmakers and film fans will choose award winners, which will have encore showings Oct. 30-31. Viewers also can e-mail in their favorites to KAZV-TV@comcast.net within 15 days after the festival; an audience choice winner will be announced sometime later.
Viewers also will have the opportunity to win prizes, including some music CDs by David Hess from the 1972 film "Last House on the Left" and some signed photos from Denice Duff of the "Subspecies" series of films.