Horror movie fans are loyal, says filmmaker Ron DiPrimio, of Vineland. He’s been dedicated to the genre since age 9, when he snuck out of bed to watch John Carpenter’s “Halloween” on TV.

“It’s the anticipation of the unknown,” said DiPrimio, 40. “It’s a thrill in life to be scared. That’s why people ride roller coasters.”

Now he’s bringing 11 hours of small-budget, independent horror films to the Landis Theater in his hometown, with the inaugural NJ Horrorfest Oct. 13.

“Horror conventions are huge across the country,” said DiPrimio, who makes a living as a computer technician. He believes his will be the first such festival in the state.

DiPrimio has made seven movies. His latest, a 15-minute short called “For Love of Zombies,” was shot in the Atlantic City area in 2010 and was accepted to several festivals in 2011. He received such support from fans at the festivals, he  decided to start a new one, to give more filmmakers the experience.

He has 80 submissions from all over the U.S., and as far away as Australia and Spain, he said. He will fit in as many films as he can in the 11 hours the festival runs. There will be no breaks, just film after film.

Physician honored

Gastroenterologist Divo Messori, 79, was honored as the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Physician At Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County’s 6th Annual Gala Friday, at The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor.

Messori and wife, Joann, live part-time in Wildwood Crest. Messori practices part-time in Flourtown, Pa. and obtained his New Jersey medical license to volunteer at VIM in 2008.

Art exhibit

Artist and illustrator Phyllis C. London, of Somers Point, has an exhibit opening Oct. 1 at "The Studio" at Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Avenue, Somers Point. Her husband, singer/songwriter Lew London, will entertain at a reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.  

The exhibit marks the one year anniversary of a partnership between Andrew Latz, owner of Latz's By The Bay and Kathleen Arleth, owner of Great Bay Gallery, to increase public awareness of local artists.

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