Reviews by Participating Filmmakers and Writers.
(Originally posted in FilmFreeway.)

“MoH is a fantastic event for horror filmmakers! Lowry and Shiva do a great job championing the films that play here and maintain great relationships with the filmmakers (they post promotions for all of the films on their social medias even after the festival has ended, and often have other resources lined up to help indie filmmakers). 2023 was my third year presenting at MoH (short films in 2021 and 2023, and a screenplay in 2019) and I already can’t wait for 2024. It’s so great that Central VA has an event like this to champion horror-specific filmmakers. If you live in the area and have a film, I can’t recommend submitting to MoH enough!”

- Adam Lapallo, Filmmaker


“The Magic of Horror is everything I want from a film festival. I'm so honored they selected our trailer, "The Day IT Came." Right from the start, I had a good impression. The judges provided fantastic feedback via email, and the organizers gave a discount code for lodging. Unfortunately, I could not attend, but the online presence was so good that I felt I was there. They promoted everyone's movies on social media and their website. They also had the award ceremony in person and online, which was great because my family and I could watch it remotely. Even after the festival wrapped, the organizers still showcase selections from current and past festivals. Thanks to The Magic of Horror's online presence, I now have a list of all new shorts and features I want to check out. On their website, they even have links to where to watch many of their winners, nominees, and selections; that is so cool! Communication was also above and beyond what was expected. The hosts have an unparalleled love and passion for the horror community, and I can't recommend this festival enough. It would be a privilege to attend this festival again as a filmmaker or fan; hopefully, next time in person.”

- Walter Bender, Filmmaker


“The Magic of Horror team are knowledgeable and passionate about the film industry. They run a very organized and fun festival and competition; and their communications with and support for participants is top notch. They definitely earn and deserve five stars across the board!”

- Michael Hogan, Screenwriter and Artist


“An absolutely stellar festival. We were so honored to have won Best Feature Screenplay for “Soul Passage.” Amazing communication and the fest pivoted flawlessly with a very entertaining and well put together virtual awards show. Hope to see you next year!”

- Patrick Mediate, Screenwriter


“One of the BEST film festivals I have ever experienced. Professionally run. Great communication. Passionate about the art of storytelling.”

- Joseph DiFrancesco, Screenwriter


“Great communication and organization, thank you from team “Ash and Bone”!”

- Harley Wallen, Filmmaker


“Networking should be a 0 but that's entirely Covid's fault, despite that the team behind Magic of Horror managed to put together a really fun live screening on their YouTube channel instead so I've got to give them 5 stars all around. Rarely do you get such great communication with the organizers and all their hard work and passion for horror was clearly evident. Shame that it couldn't be a live event this year, but I'll definitely be submitting again in the future and recommend you all do the same.”

- Alex Cassun, Filmmaker


“This festival was fantastic and extremely humbled to have even been nominated for a short put together just for fun with a few friends. Absolutely fantastic and supportive staff, charming venue, and overally lovely and welcoming experience meeting other horror filmmakers in Virginia and around the country!”

-Dylan Trail, Filmmaker


“It was an honor for my screenplay “Eggs In The Attic” to be selected as a finalist and to be surrounded by so much talent. The festival was top notch. Everything from beginning to end. Great people run this festival, you can see the passion in them!”

- Jason Capirchio, Screenwriter


“Sincerely, what a fantastic festival! It’s very informative and nice that, beyond the physical festival, they provide detailed feedback about your film. However, being there in person was truly great, getting to network and be a part of the film community in the Richmond area.”

- Justin Moriarty, Filmmaker


“It always helps when your short wins, 'Best Film', but beyond that, it's clear that The Magic of Horror is a fantastic festival run expertly by Shiva & Lowrie who obviously love the genre as much as I do. I only hope that a future project is selected so I can attend the festival in person. Thank you to Magic if Horror and for all the love you've given to, 'Upstairs'.”

- Philip Trow, Filmmaker


“These folks are awesome. They were helpful and made sure during the pandemic everyone was taken care of. The online awards show was as good or better than the TV broadcast major ones. I would deal with them at any time! Awesome, just plain awesome!”

-Ray Biddle, Filmmaker


“So thankful that my short script GUISE was selected as a Finalist. Looking forward to submitting in the future!

_Paul Grammatico, Screenwriter


“Our experience at the Magic of Horror event was genuinely outstanding. The organizers curated a fantastic program featuring an impressive array of films, and the venue itself was uniquely fun! A heartfelt thank you to Lowrie and Shiva who passionately supported and championed our film. I eagerly anticipate submitting my work to this event again and am sincerely grateful for the chance to showcase our film this year. A warm thank you to the entire team for creating an unforgettable experience!”

- Chris Schrack, Filmmaker


“Very fun day-long festival with lots of local flavor from Richmond, Virginia. The festival directors were easy accessible and quick to answer questions. Fun group of people in attendance. Good times!”

- Todd Densmore, Filmmaker


“Had an amazing time attending this festival and having my film ‘Tiny Shaman’ screen. Met a lot of great filmmakers and writers. This has been one of my favorite festival experiences yet.”

- Jude Bertrand, Filmmaker


“Great genre festival! The horror community in Virginia was in desperate need of this! Thank you for giving Succubi Scry it's best screening to date in such an awesome venue. I look forward to returning with our next project. Keep up the good work!”

- Derek Silver, Filmmaker


“It was an honor having our film's (Violet Butterfield: Makeup Artist for the Dead) poster win an award for Best Movie Poster at Magic of Horror! Even though we weren't able to attend in person, the communication was great, respectful, and informative and the festival lineup looked amazing!”

- Brooke C Cellars, Filmmaker


“Thank you for selecting The Russian Doll Trailer Best Trailer Category. Overall Rating 5 Stars. Keep up the good work supporting Indie Films. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms”

- Cynthia Bergen, Film Producer


“The Magic of Horror was a very well laid out festival. The communication from the organizers was top notch!! Nice work guys.”

- Conrad Schapansky, Filmmaker


“The festival organizers were very friendly and offered useful feedback on my script.”

- Kevin McGuiness, Screenwriter


“I was honored to be a part of this festival with its "Give Us Your Worst" competition this year. The festival is very communicative with those selected, especially during the pandemic this year. I highly recommend this festival!”

- Nolan Schmidt, Filmmaker

“We'd like to say a massive thank you to The Magic of Horror for awarding us with 'Best Trailer' - amazing trophy! Really good communication and online presence.”

-TIS Films, Filmmaker


“This was a cool festival...and a bit different than typical. Although the live event is postponed due to Covid - the organizers put together a very nice virtual event. My film was named as a finalist. I am very pleased.”

- Pete Jacelone, Filmmaker

“The Magic of Horror is awesome and really magical! We are so grateful to be chosen by the team! Thank you so much!”

- Antonio Tong, Filmmaker


“Great communication, and incredibly supportive of their filmmakers. I wish I was able to attend, but I'm very grateful my film "Cameo" screened and picked up an award for best actress. I'll be submitting future work for sure!”

- Ryan G Kelly, Filmmaker


“Out of all the festivals my film Belfast 1912 was selected for, Magic Horror had the best feedback and communication. The amount of effort that goes into their review process and the awards show is phenomenal, really excited for MoH 2022! :) Highly recommend submitting!”

- Dominic O’Neill, Filmmaker


“This was a fun festival. There were plenty of opportunities to network with other filmmakers and it was an enjoyable experience. The festival was ran really well and we were proud to be a part of it. We hope to be a part of it in the future.”

- JoeBert Entertainment, Filmmaker


“So honored to win Best Short and Best Cinematography. Wish I could attend, but the staff made me feel like I was there. Awesome fest!”

- Niels Bourgonje, Filmmaker

“This is literally one of the coolest festivals I have been apart of. The feedback that they give is fantastic and it helps a lot with the perfection of a story. I can't wait to submit again!”

- Clemente Esparza III, Filmmaker


“Incredible festival, great organization and execution with an attentive and knowledgeable staff. It was a pleasure and honor to be part of it!”

- Luigi Scarpa, Filmmaker


“This jawnz is run by the most thoughtful people! Awesome communication!”

- Billy McAfee, Screenwriter


“Best trophies, best logo, best artwork and they even have T shirts! The Magic of Horror ROCKS!!!”

- Jonathan Zarantonello, Filmmaker

“Very well done online option for those who were unable to make it. Highly appreciate the score cards. I'm gonna enter again.”

- Glenn Lissner, Screenwriter

“Lowrie and Shiva did a great job communicating with all the film entrants and are genuinely passionate about the suspense/horror film industry. THANK YOU for the excellent screening of "The Exorcist Book," and Best Actress Finalist and award for Best Editing. We really enjoyed the Firehouse Theatre venue too (first time there). “

- Caroline Tetschner, Filmmaker

“This was a wonderful event, with some of the nicest organizers. There were also plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded creatives. I would love to submit again, and hopefully attend in the future!"

- W. Trent Wilstead, Filmmaker


“Awesome festival, great communication, and wonderful selections. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!”

- George Dibble, Filmmaker


“Online contest only, so didn't rate the in-person attributes. Met deadlines, provided useful feedback, performed as promised. I wish all contests ran this smoothly, and it was their first year.”

- Jefferey Howe, Screenwriter

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