Phobiafest celebrates our fears March 12-13

- Many of us have phobias. While many of us try to avoid these at all costs, an annual two day horror-themed event this weekend brings those fears up close and personal.

The Phobiafest celebrates all things we fear, from zombies to clowns to even spiders. The event is March 12-3 at MPI studios in Troy, which is located at 2040 Crooks Road.

PhobiaFest will feature a film festival with 12 Midwest premieres. One of those is from an MPI alumni -- "The Dark Below." PhobiaFest is the only place in the United States to see this experimental thriller before it is released in North America. "The Dark Below" contains only three spoken words and is set beneath a frozen lake as a woman struggles for survival while a serial killer hunts her from above.

Tickets for PhobiaFest may be purchased in advance here, or locally at Noir Leather in downtown Royal Oak. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $20 for a weekend pass. A separate ticket is required for "The Dark Below" premiere.

Visit www.facebook.com/phobiafest for more info.

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