Aaron B. Koontz,
Co-created and co-produced by the Austin-based director Aaron B. Koontz, the 1980s-influenced horror-comedy anthology Scare Package offers seven gory stories that pay tribute to and poke fun at the genre’s many tropes and conventions. Koontz directs Scare Package’s wraparound story, “Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium,” which follows the workplace misadventures of a video store clerk as he must meet the demands of his oddball manager and avoid the ire of a disgruntled customer. Koontz also directs the closing segment, “Horror Hypothesis,” which serves as a memorable introduction to Dustin Rhodes’ masked maniac the Devil's Lake Impaler. Austin native Emily Hagins contributes the opening segment, “Cold Open,” about a stock horror film character who is not content with his lot in life. Austinite Chris McInroy’s “One Time in the Woods” finds a group of friends embarking on an ill-fated camping trip. The other segments are directed by Courtney and Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, comedian Baron Vaughn, and Knives Out costar Noah Segan. Scare Package will screen 10:15 p.m. Dec. 7 as the Other Worlds Film Festival Under Worlds Centerpiece Film at the Galaxy Highland 10. Aaron B. Koontz previously directed the Austin-shot chiller Camera Obscura and is currently finishing work on the western The Pale Door, which both features Noah Segan. Austin native Emily Hagins made a name for herself at age 12 when she made her directorial debut with the horror film Pathogen. She has since directed the features The Retelling, My Sucky Teen Romance, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, and Coin Heist. Chris McInroy previously directed the shorts We Summoned a Demon, Death Metal, and Bad Guy # 2.
Aired: Dec. 5, 2019.