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THE 2019 CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!

2019 marks the 20th season of the Chicago Horror Film Festival and we are hard at work to bring our fans the best indie horror films and entertainment!  We are excited to announced that our 2019 event will take place September 28th & 29th at the Chicago Comedy Bar!  We wish to express our greatest appreciation to the Comedy Bar for helping keep CHFF alive and thriving in Chicago!

Many more updates to come in the weeks leading up to our 20th season celebration!  May babes, booze and blood rain!

HOUSEWIFE OF HORROR - 2019 HOSTS!

Housewife of Horror and Mister of Horror to hose the 2019 Chicago Horror Film Festival!

Housewife of Horror is a Horror Television show local to Aurora, Illinois, airing on Western Suburban Stations and Worldwide on The Monster Channel!

Housewife of Horror features the Ghoulishly Glamorous Housewife of Horror, and the dapper Mister of Horror. Both are lifelong lovers of all things that give you that special thrill, go bump in the night, and make a different kind of person finally feel right at home.

The Housewife and Mister of Horror breath new life and adventure to the genre of Horror Hosting with their unique Glamour and Real Life Retro Charm.

Learn more about Housewife of Horror at: www.HousewifeofHorror.com

2019 Award Nominees

BEST FEATURE

  • FANG
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • GHOST BOX
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

BEST SHORT

  • IN HER SHOES
  • LETS BE FRIENDS
  • THE HUNTED
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BEYOND THE DOOR

BEST DIRECTOR

  • DAN O'BRIEN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • TONY WASH & B.A. LEWANDOWSKI - SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • VIDAR T. AUNE - CREAKER
  • AJMAL ZAHEER AHMAD - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • GIANCARLO ORELLANA - THE HUNTED

BEST WRITER

  • GIANCARLO ORELLANA - THE HUNTED
  • DAN O'BRIEN & MATTY AUSTIN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • RAY KERMANI & INES SWINTERS - IN HER SHOES
  • AARAN BIGGERS & JONAH OCUTO - DIAL M FOR MIME
  • DEAN YURKE - STAY OUT STAY ALIVE

BEST ACTOR

  • DUSTIN ARDIN - BIRTH
  • PARKER SMEREK - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • LEV HANDMAKER - DIAL M FOR MIME
  • DAN O'BRIAN - TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BRANDON WARDLE - STAY OUT STAY ALIVE

BEST ACTRESS

  • ROMY HEERE - IN HER SHOES
  • MAUREEN MIZENER - KEEP LOOKING
  • ISABEL SERRANO - BIRTH
  • WHITNEY MASTERS - BEYOND THE DOOR
  • SARAH NICKLIN - BATH BOMB

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • ALFREDO ROSE - THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • BRANDON MATTHEW LAYNE - MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • MIKE MARKOFF - BODY IN THE BATH
  • ADAM MICHAEL - SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • ERIC PAPUCCI - GHOST BOX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • SHANNA GOLDMAN - STEVE AND THE DEAD GIRL
  • MELANTHA BLACKTHORNE - FANGS
  • BAILY CASTLE - OPEN CASKETS: BAD SLEEP
  • JENNIFER LENIUS - RETURN TO SENDER
  • KRISTEN WALKER - THE BODY FARMER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

BEST EDITING

  • MY SOULD TO KEEP
  • INVASION
  • STAY OUT STAY ALIVE
  • TREAK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BATH BOMB

BEST SOUND

  • CLOWN COLLEGE
  • THE ESCAPE ROOM
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • BIRTH
  • BEYOND THE DOOR

BEST MUSIC

  • IN HER SHOES
  • MY SOUL TO KEEP
  • CLOWN COLLEGE
  • KEEP LOOKING
  • BODY IN THE BATH

BEST FX

  • LET'S BE FRIENDS
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
  • BIRTH
  • TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS
  • NECRO-SEXUAL

DIRECTORS CHOICE

  • FANG
  • LITTLE VOICE
  • IN HER SHOES
  • CREAKER
  • THE HUNTED

SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST

  • MISS IDA BY RAIN ZHENG
  • LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR BY CJ BARNES
  • KILLER LAWN GNOMES... FROM OUTER SPACE! BY CAMERON G. BOX
  • THE PERFECT FAMILY BY SARAH JO BRIMS
  • MOURNING MEAL BY JAMAL HODGE

*Award Winners will be announced at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented a certificate. Those not in attendance will be sent a digital certificate to print by email. Winners will also be posted on ChicagoHorrorFest.com within 48 hours of the close of the festival.
 
** Our Selection / Awards Procedure: Festival Director / Producers make official selections for the festival by vote. Official Selections are then screened/graded by 5 different judges and given an overall grade on a 10 point scale for each of the qualifying award categories (with the exception of the “Directors Choice Award”). All judges points are then added together to give it a grade. The top 4 films by grade points in each category are then considered an award nominee and listed on this page. The film with the highest grade in each category is considered and announced that category’s award winner at the festival. In the event of a tie for highest grade, the festival director and festival producer will vote on the tied films giving the majority vote the award. In the event that one of the festival production staff are involved in one of the films involving a tie, a 3rd party will be selected to vote in place of the production staff member involved.
 
**** The Festival Directors Choice Award nominees are the Film Festival Directors top 5 choice films of the festival. The Directors Choice Award is presented at the festival to the Directors favorite film of the festival. (Any film that the festival director is personally involved in at any level is not eligible for this award.)

2019 Official Film Selections!

Our 2019 Official Film Selections have been made!  Check out what films will be showing at this year's event below!

DISSOLVED; A GAME OF TRUTH

A No holds barred board game, revolving around telling the truth, has now been taken up by Gian Vander, an AA male hosting a reconnecting game night. But, with the past looming, and a dangerous hidden agenda in play...

Tonight, Honesty will NOT be the best policy.

**THIS IS A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE FILM THAT WON DIRECTOR'S CHOICE IN THE 2018 CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL.  THIS FILM IS NOT AWARD QUALIFYING**

THE UNCONVENTIONAL GOURMET

A woman stuck in the 50's searches for the perfect ingredients in the ultimate family recipe.

**THIS IS A SPECIAL SCREENING.  THIS FILM IS NOT AWARD QUALIFYING**

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

"Skeletons in the Closet" is the titular late-night, horror anthology television series featuring The Widow and her dead husband, Charlie.

CLOWN COLLEGE

A twisted dark comedy about a coed overcoming the memories of an over bearing father.

STAY OUT STAY ALIVE

Five friends are consumed by madness and greed after they discover an abandoned goldmine

GHOST BOX

We live in a time where technology is nonstop. Relying on devices to better fit our needs. We’ve reached a new age where impossibilities are in our grasp. Advancements in science have opened doors to spiritual connections. The feature film is a thriller/drama about Eve, young independent woman, turns to the paranormal to contact her recently deceased mother. With the help of her loyal co-worker and modern technology, she attempts to communicate with the spirit-world. Without considering the consequences, her journey spirals into a macabre experience she will never forget. 
What happens when the lines are blurred, and human obsessions attract the unnatural? 
How far would you go to make that connection? Feeling paranormally curious? 

BODY IN THE BATH

Two stoners find a body in the bath. Not knowing what to do for the best, they decide to bury the body, but it's at this point things become horribly out of control.

THE BABY FARMER

The mother of a giant larva must stop her psychotic captor from offering her child up to The Baby Farmer.

LET'S BE FRIENDS

Connor, the new kid in school, is a lonely boy whose only friend is a stuffed toy named Beadie. When Conner brings Beadie to school, despite his father’s warnings, a run-in with a bully leads to horrific consequences. Let’s Be Friends is an examination of masculinity and childhood behavior through the lens of fantasy horror.

STEVE AND THE DEAD GIRL

A necrophiliac looks for love amongst the living.

keep looking

As they move into their new apartment, a couple is confronted with strange happenings in their basement storage room.

INVASION

When Asher and Abby have the house to themselves for a night, things quickly take a turn for the worse when two masked killers show up and will only leave when the young couple is dead.

BIRTH

“Years ago, in the basement of the Ravencrest Hospital, a deal was made to spare the life of a young child. In exchange for his life, he must give up the soul of his first born, and the time has come for that price to be paid.”

IN HER SHOES

7-year-old June Kauffman is attracted by a pair of red children's shoes in a cemetery. The shoes lead her to an old crypt where she faces her worst fears.

BEYOND THE DOOR

Abel and Hedy have just recently suffered the loss of a child. Abel secretly blames Hedy for the tragedy and Hedy pretends that the tragedy never happened. They deal with their grief in very different ways both causing problems for the other. Abel deals with the loss by ignoring his wife and Hedy deals with it by continuing to prepare for the arrival of the baby. One day Hedy brings home a cuckoo clock to decorate the baby’s room, unbeknownst that the cuckoo clock has the ability to love and hate just like humans. The cuckoo clock tests the couple’s love by mimicking the presence of their deceased son and challenges them mentally. Abel and Hedy continue their abusive ways as if no one is watching, the only problem being someone is watching, and that someone has feelings that neither Hedy nor Abel are prepared to deal with.

EDGE OF THE WOODS

Two girls explore a wooded area that is ripe with mysteries and urban legend.

POPULATION ZERO

Hundreds of years into the future, after mankind has left Earth, what happens when we decide to return? Captain Paul Tadalan arrives on the Earth's surface to find the former home to humanity in ruins. In his exploration, he finds the new inhabitants of Earth.

CREAKER

A girl wakes up at night when her bedroom door creaks open.

OPEN CASKETS: BAD SLEEP

David is in the midst of an unusual dream. Or is he?

MY SOUL TO KEEP

Like many 9-year-old boys, Eli Braverman believes something menacing lives in his basement. When his older sister leaves him home alone one night, Eli discovers if this evil is real or all in his head. What Eli confronts may end up being far more terrifying than even his worst nightmare.

THE HUNTED 

Luke is a paranormal hunter who is able to communicate with the spirits of the undead. Claire is a recently turned lycanthrope on the run from the wolves who took away her humanity. And a vengeful spirit named Karen makes these two cross paths.

THE ESCAPE ROOM

"Escape Room" is an award winning film (best screenplay, best editing, nominated for best film, best music score and best acting) about a brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. The theme involves love, trust, teen issues and the importance of friendship. It is our hope to inspire audiences to pursue the idea of standing up for one another when confronted with adversities caused by a valued one.

RED WATER

Jane is home alone struggling through a breakup trying to distinguish between reality and her delusions.

SWEET DREAMS

What's done in the dark, haunts you in your dreams.

FURROW

Young farm girl LAURA accidentally releases unspeakable evil lurking in the swamps. It's now up to Laura that will evil raise again.

FANG

One night, one drug induced murder, turn local junkies Chloe Romero (Melodie Roehrig) and Joe Spencer (Theo Kemp) into criminals on the run. With no place to hide, they take a road trip to a distant relative's house, only to find they're not running from the law, but for their lives as they're stalked and hunted by creatures of unknown origin.

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS

A curious young woman, and the thing that beckons her.

RETURN TO SENDER

A woman is overcome by curiosity after coming home to find something very wrong about her house.

PALE BLUE EYE

Norma Redman, a schizophrenic surgical assistant haunted by her employer's evil eye, continues to hear his heartbeat after she murders him.

BATH BOMB

Beware the dangers of bath bombs....

LITTLE VOICE

After a little girl is ridiculed at the local talent show, she and her only friend construct a sweet revenge.

TRICK OR TREATMENT - HEALING OLD WOUNDS

Dr. Calman is a therapist who's clients have killer personalities. Trick or Treatment examines the healing that happens when we remove our masks. Featuring the horror worlds biggest stars together in group therapy. Starring Dan O'Brien and the puppets of Matty Austin.

dial m for mime

A young woman is faced with certain doom as she tries to escape the clutches of a very desperate, very creative, mime