What Randy Granstrom has in mind is a little party for a few hundred of his closest friends. Which is why he's putting together the first annual Killer Valley Horror Film Festival.

What Randy Granstrom has in mind is a little party for a few hundred of his closest friends. Which is why he's putting together the first annual Killer Valley Horror Film Festival.

"It's going to be a big thing," he says.

The new indie-film festival for horror buffs 18 and over is coming Oct. 14 to Vibes in Medford with a day's worth of low-budget fright flicks. Eight have been accepted so far, all but two from Southern Oregon. Directors will introduce their movies.

"That way I don't have to do it and have somebody throw a tomato at my head," Granstrom says.

Granstrom started watching horror films at age 5, even though they terrified him. Later, turned off by mindless sequels with gratuitous blood but little narrative, he drifted away from the genre.

"Nobody was trying to be the next John Carpenter or Sam Raimi," he says.

He came back to horror as a fan, a writer and an actor. He's been in the low-budget films "My Name," "We're Here," "Dead City," "Don't Tell."

"I knew about other filmmakers that were out there," the 36-year-old writer, director and filmmaker says. "This way we can showcase our skills, see the work of others and share ideas."

He will show a trailer of his new short film, "Rise," at the festival, although the picture won't debut until some continuity work is done.

"We're thinking about pulling a Bruce Campbell and re-shooting some scenes," he says.

That would be B-movie icon Bruce Campbell, the actor and author who now makes his home in the Valley. Campbell's latest horror flick, "My Name is Bruce," in which Granstrom and several pals worked, is slated for a fall DVD release (tag line: "Bruce leads a posse of dim-witted residents of Gold Lick, Oregon, in search of Guan-di, the Chinese god of War. Be afraid").

When he wasn't busy running Rogue Productions, a firm that casts and makes commercials, Granstrom has been in more than a dozen films, videos and commercials in the last couple of years. He was Capt. Apple Jack in a Kellogg's TV commercial and had a role in "Dead City," a zombie picture from Medford's Dangerous Films scheduled for a fall release.

The festival is slated for 2 to 9 p.m. (hours may change to accommodate more films). Admission is $10, $6 if you're in costume. Prizes will be awarded. Visit www.killervalleyhorrorfilmfestival.com, or e-mail randybg1@charter.net.

Only one film is of feature length, with most being shorts of 30 minutes or less. Noxious Trinity will screen the new "Play With Me."

"They have some extreme gore and nudity," Granstrom says. "That's why it's an 18-and-over event."

"We're Here to Wreck Everything," director John Foote's zombie-filled foray into a movie/music video amalgam, will debut. It's set in Medford.

"It's so well done," Granstrom says. "John worked in Hollywood for 10 years. "His films have a very professional look." For a hint — but no footage yet — visit www.mentalfilms.com.

"It's got great music and action and some of the best editing I've ever seen," Granstrom says.

Local firms Mental Films and Records, Magic Man and Dan McCloy's Noxious Trinity Productions ("Dead Girls") have each anted $25 for a booth, and more booth spaces remain.

Granstrom grew up in Medford, went to Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon and Florida State University, majored in broadcasting and worked in radio and for Visio, then a Microsoft subsidiary, before moving back to Medford three years ago and settling down to writing and acting.

He thinks he has an answer to the horror genre's Big Question: What is it about this stuff that gets us?

"If you've been on a roller coaster, or almost hit by a bus, you get it," he says. "Every day our lives is blah blah blah. Something different gives you a jolt. Fear and humor are hand in hand.

"It makes me feel like that kid again."

Reach reporter Bill Varble at 776-4478 or e-mail bvarble@mailtribune.com.