Thursday Night Terrors / Vullo’s top V
The five most memorable moments in Terrors’ history, according to its creator
Peter Vullo, creator of Thursday Night Terrors
Photos by Stephen Gabris
Dead Alive, August 2016: It was the one that started it all. Terrors debuted with Peter Jackson’s film, and that night changed my life in a very real way. No one—especially not me—saw it coming. We managed to sell out that show and had to, unfortunately, turn people away. To say I was surprised by what unfolded is an understatement.
Return of the Living Dead, October 2018: Some of the Terrors’ crew conspired to make masks of my face to hand out to the whole audience and surprise me with them while I was giving my introduction. Those masks still pop up regularly. Jason Voorhees himself, C. J. Graham, even signed one while he was at the theater for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
Working with Nickel City Con: Through collaborating with them, we’ve been able to bring special guests to our screenings. In the early days of Terrors, I would have never imagined we’d eventually have people like An American Werewolf in London’s David Naughton. It’s a dream come true for a horror fan.
Burial Ground, April 2019: Not many people had seen this absolutely bonkers Italian zombie movie before we screened it. It could’ve been a blast, or it could’ve been a bust. The movie ended up playing like a rock concert—the kind of screening I hoped would happen back when I was first thinking of starting Terrors.
Surprise visits: This is a personal one, but I sometimes get surprised by the people who show up. For instance, my college English professor, Dr. Caine, showed up to our screening of Videodrome with her husband. I hadn’t seen her in years. Another time, my sixth grade teacher, Mr. D., showed up for Chopping Mall. I never know who will show up next, but I know it’ll be memorable.