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<i>Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon</i> screens this year at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon screens this year at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival

Fright nights

Sacramento Horror Film Festival

The Sacramento Horror Film Festival should get everyone’s heart racing—think of it as a warm-up to the scariest night of them all. This year’s fest, which takes place Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13, at the Colonial Theatre, includes a screening of the 2006 cult classic Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and—bonus!—the film’s star Nathan Baesel will also be in attendance. Also on the bill: the 1976 timeless favorite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yes, it’s time for fans and virgins to do the time warp yet again. Costumes, of course, strongly encouraged. There’ll also be short films and an awards ceremony. $30-$40 for a three-day pass, single day tickets are $15-$25. 3522 Stockton Boulevard, C.D.

The ghosts of Sacramento past

The Haunted Fort

It’s Sacramento’s oldest structure, so it’s not too surprising that there are a lot of ghost stories involving Sutter’s Fort. On October 25 and 26, tour docents dressed as the spirits of early Sacramento pioneers will lead The Haunted Fort evening tour program, sharing stories of their lives—and deaths. It’s a great chance to explore the fort when it would otherwise be closed. Tours start every 10 minutes; ghost hunting with electromagnetic field probes and night-vision cameras optional. 6:30 to 9 p.m., $6-$8. 2701 L Street, (916) 445-4422, J.M.

American horror story live

Callson Manor

Remember the 1979 film The Amityville Horror? You only wish these haunted houses were that cheery. Located in Roseville at the Placer County Fairgrounds, Callson Manor is freaking scary—better-bring-your-heart-meds scary. This year, get spooked every Friday through Sunday (and a few Thursdays, too) between October 4 and October 31. Owned and operated by a professional animatronics-prop designer, the Manor employs professional set designers and movieworthy special-effects and makeup artists. There are three haunted houses in all, as well as a courtyard featuring Zombie Paintball, a tarot card reader and some nightmare-inducing thing called “Chainsaw Alley.” Gulp. 7:30 to 10 p.m., $26-$60. 800 All America City Boulevard in Roseville, R.L.