This Kansas City film festival was voted one of the best genre fests in the country

James Olstein Panic Fest
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Panic Fest

To experience the newest in spine-tingling scares without leaving the metro, check out Panic Fest (, an annual horror film festival that runs each January at Screenland Armour in North KC. Theater co-owners Adam Roberts and Tim Canton founded the event in hopes of giving Kansas City the genre festival they wanted as teenagers.

“We were thinking, ‘We don’t have anything like this to do [film] premieres or show weird, independent films or have guests,” Roberts says. “It’s these 20 or 30 films from around the world that we really believe in.”

Since Panic Fest began in 2013. Its programming has grown to include live podcast recordings, a short film showcase and even a live reading of the woefully reviewed Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. Movie Maker recently recognized the event as one of the 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests of 2019.

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