What is Horror Film Roulette?

Created by Erik Steele, Terri Steele, and Brandon Mata, HORROR FILM ROULETTE is an annual horror film competition based in Metro Detroit. Filmmakers have four (4) weeks to create a five-minute horror film that will be entered into our contest.

THE CATCH? Each team must create their films based on a genre they spin on our roulette wheel. They will not know what genre they will receive until the beginning of the competition. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest news and event information.

The Genres

Horror Film Roulette Genres


-Emphasizes the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters.

-Relies on mental, emotional and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle the audience.

-High tension environment/situation; Provides an overall unpleasant, unsettling, or distressing atmosphere.

-Could include sociopaths, stalkers, hallucinations, falling into madness, phobias, mind tricks, etc.

Examples: The Shining (1980), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Blair Witch Project (1999)


Includes a NON-HUMAN creature such as vampires, werewolves, water monsters, mummies, wendigos, tree monsters, goblins, trolls, chupacabras, etc.

Examples: Dracula (1931), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Tremors (1990)


Anything that comes back from the dead.

Includes the undead/corpses that are reanimated.

Examples: Night of the Living Dead (1968), 28 Days Later (2002)


-Manifestations or events attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

-Events can include hauntings, strange happenings, curses, possessions, telekinesis, etc.

-Could include ghosts, demons, entities, or other spirits, etc.

Examples: The Exorcist (1973), Paranormal Activity (2007)


-Antagonist uses a sharp object to cut, torture, and kill their victims.

-Weapons could include knife, machete, axe, chainsaw, sword, claws, etc.

-Movies include large amounts of blood.

Examples: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980)


-Uses scientific advances or futuristic settings as a source of fear.

-Events can include invasions, experiments gone wrong, non-zombie viruses, rogue technology, time travel, etc.

-Could include aliens, robots, mad scientists, rogue technology, etc.

Examples: Aliens (1986), Cloverfield (2008), The Human Centipede (2009)

The Genres

Horror Film Roulette Genres

The Wheel

Genres are chosen by spinning the WHEEL OF HORROR. The Kickoff Event occurs this year on September 12th, and each team is given the opportunity to spin the wheel. The space the wheel lands on determines that team’s genre for the competition. All teams will have four weeks to complete the film.


Horror Film Roulette Showcase

Films must be submitted for Horror Film Roulette by 11:59pm on October 10th to be a part of the competition. The top film submissions will then be viewed at our Showcase Event which will occur by the end of the month. The films are viewed, judged, and the winners of the competition are selected. First prize will receive $500, a trophy, an assortment of horror goodies, and bragging rights for the year!  

Horror Film Roulette Screening

Solari & Co.

This year’s primary sponsor and provider of the first place $500 cash prize is Solari & Co. Check out their website or visit their store near Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights for all your jewelry and engagement needs. They will be providing deals and discounts to to anyone who attends the screening!

In the news

Watch the 2022 interview with Charlie Langton from Fox 2 News on our page!

You can also watch the 2016 & 2017 WXYZ interview below.