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The product of the Dr. Frankensteinian mind of creator and producer Jeff O’Neil, the festival features everything from a tribute to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” featuring a number of its stars to a costume contest, podcasting, merchandise booths, horror-themed events and more. It’ll creep into the Spotlight Theater in Moline Sept. 14-15, with show hours of Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“If you like horror movies as much as I do, this is everything you would want in a festival,” O’Neil said. “There are going to be a lot of fun things to do!”

The event coincides with the 45th Anniversary of the classic horror film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and will feature celebrity guests Ed Neal, John Dugan and Teri McMinn, all of whom appeared in the film.

“What horror movie fan doesn’t love ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’?” O’Neil said. “We’d been trying to get a few of the folks from the movie for the festival, and realizing it was the 45th anniversary wanted to do something special for fans.”

Other celebrity guests include Wyatt Weed (Predator 2 and Star Trek), W.F. Bell (The Walking Dead and Rob Zombies 31), Bobby Ray Shafer ( The Office and Psycho Cop), Laila Haley (Sinister 2), Marlena Midnite (Midnite Mausoleum), and more, signing autographs and offering photo-ops (individual rates and costs may vary).

In addition, Saturday Midwest Monster Fest is hosting a Independent Film Festival. Top films presented at the event are eligible to win awards. Horror themed cosplay contest will be on Saturday as well with prizes.

On Sunday of the event, Midwest Monster Fest will also hold an F/X Challenge where participants will compete to show off their best horror makeup skills for celebrity judges Wyatt Weed and Laila Haley.

A Horror Pinup contest is also scheduled for Sunday, and prizes for both contests will be awarded.
Over 40 vendors will attend the show, offering a wide range of products including collectibles, books, comics, movies, toys, food, beverages, and more. Several panels will also take place throughout the event.

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Tickets for the event can be purchased online at and at Co-Op in Moline and Wake Brewing in Rock Island. Prices are $15 for a one day pass, $25 for weekend passes, and $60 for V.I.P. Limited to only 30.


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.