Oculto Horror Film Fest to expand to El Paso, honor actor Doug Jones

The Oculto Horror Film Fest celebrates its fifth anniversary and El Paso debut on October 13-14 in the Philanthropy Theatre by celebrating one of the leading creature actors in horror — Doug Jones.
Jones will take part in a Q&A at 6 pm Friday, October 13 before a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth at 7 pm.

The versatile Jones will receive Oculto’s Lifetime Achievement Award at 9 pm Saturday, October 14 in the Philanthropy Theatre inside the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre complex.

The Indianapolis-born Jones, 63, has played various creatures, monsters, and ghouls in more than 50 films and television series, including del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Mimic. Other notable credits include movies Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2, Mystery Men, Batman Returns, and Adaptation, and TV series Star Trek: Discovery and What We Do in the Shadows.


The festival continues at 5:30 pm Saturday, October 14 with a screening of the 1986 horror cult classic Chopping Mall, which will be narrated Mystery Science Theater 3000-style by Juarez comedy podcasters Leyendas Legendarias. The Oculto 2023 Official Film Selections program at 7 pm features 18 shorts by filmmakers from around the region and world. Jones will receive Oculto’s lifetime achievement award at 9 pm that day, All events are in the Philanthropy Theatre.


Tickets are $30 for one day, $50 for both days, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.com.


The nights at the Oculto Film Festival are longer than the rest, so we’re waiting for you for a meet & greet with Doug Jones. Meet us at @mesastreetgrill for a free drink if you show your festival ticket!

However, that’s not all! The day’s festivities will crescendo atop the Plaza Theater at the enchanting Sky Garden, where an afterparty will evoke a sense of euphoria.


Cabe Tejeda, Oculto Horror Film Fest, 915-383-8295, ocultofilmfest@gmail.com

Doug Pullen, El Paso Community Foundation, 915-533-4020, dpullen@epcf.org

Rudy Vasquez, El Paso Community Foundation, 915-533-4020, rvasquez@epcf.org