Chicago Horror Film Festival

2017 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 22-24 2017

Our 2017 Venue

6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

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"Nosferatu" Live Accompaniment By Jay Warren At The 2017 Chicago Horror Film Festival!

July 8, 2017

The Chicago Horror Film Festival is honored to welcome Chicago's foremost silent film organist Jay Warren, who will provide LIVE original score accompaniment to the 1922 silent horror film classic "Nosferatu" on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the beautiful Patio Theater!

This is the first time in CHFF history that a silent film will be accompanied by a live composer!

"Nosferatu" - In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

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July 1, 2017

Hello Horror Fans! We have been hard at work sorting through this years film submissions to find the best in independent horror to present to you at this years event!

Chicago Horror Film Festival returns to The Patio Theater for our 2017 and we are all geared up and excited to build the best CHFF to date!  What better way to start off the season, than to offer our fans an awesome discount to get your tickets early!

Tickets for the 2017 Chicago Horror Film Festival are now on sale! We are happy to offer an earlybird weekend pass special for only $25 until July 7th at 10pm CST or to the first 50 tickets are claimed, whichever comes first! (Standard Weekend Pass cost is $35 Online or $45 At Door) Visit our website and get your tickets now!!


September 26, 2016

The 2016 Chicago Horror Film Festival is now a wrap and a huge success for the producers, filmmakers, theater and fans alike!

We experienced record-breaking attendance and more horror films than ever before!

Festival director Willy Adkins wishes to thank all of the filmmakers who submitted to our 2016 season and the greatest thanks to the filmmakers who came to experience the festival first hand.  A major thanks to Eddie, Mark, Ivan, Charles, Ahmed, Melissa and all other Patio Theater staff for saving the Chicago Horror Film Festival from possible extinction.  CHFF is like a child to me (and also it's founder, Jason R. Davis) and you have kept it alive and growing.  Also a huge thanks to Dennis Wolkowicz for his everlasting support of CHFF and the Chicago film community in general.  

Thanks to our 2016 Host, Actor Shannon Brown for his outstanding work all weekend.  Ron Fitzgerald for his dark and sticky brand of entertainment.  Major thanks to Anita Nicole Brown for her help with production, box office and talent management.  Thanks to our Spook Show Girls and Breaking Fate Fellas for keeping our guests entertained from the moment they walked in the door.  Thanks to our vendors and special guests.  Thanks to Cassie Balazic Photography for doing photos at the event (coming to our website / facebook soon)!  Thanks to David Carlson for his hospitality and offerings to our staff and crew.  And a huge thanks to Mark Goles who has put in major efforts to our production from booking, to promotion, sound, projection and putting in the extra effort to keep our filmmakers and guests happy.

And now, a big congrats to our 2016 CHFF award winners!  To see the award winners visit our new 2016 History Page by CLICKING HERE!


Willy Adkins
CHFF Festival Director
Breaking Fate Entertainment


Candie's Harem - 2016 Official Selection!

September 22, 2016

Faux Pas Films presents a throwback to whodunit films with an added sex appeal to spice it up. Candie is a woman who knows what she wants in the romance department. She just doesn't want it from one person. Everything is going great until her lovers start dying off around her and she is forced to try and discover who the killer is before it's too late. Candie confides in her friend Paul who is having problems himself being in an abusive relationship his boyfriend, Kevin. Together they will experience terror as they watch their worlds unravel. 

Animator Philo Barnhart - 2016 Special Guest! (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc.  His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!

Artist Geo Alderson - 2016 Special Guest! (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Geo Alderson is an artist from the Chicago area who sees herself as a part within this universe of beautiful dirt. Her philosophy is that a viewer can find immense beauty in any visible point whether or not others see that point the same way; it all depends on the eye of the beholder.  She often deals with themes of finding beauty and spirituality in nature and decay.  She loves dark and macabre images.  Geo is an artist of many media, she has worked in several types of painting, drawing, photography, digital design, printmaking, sculpture, film, and more.  She first became known as the creator of Dollfaced Horrors, dolls that bring cute and creepy together in an unusual combination of dark beauty.  Her work has been seen in Chicago's Nineteen Hundred and One Gallery, at the Geneva Fine Arts Fair, the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Morpho Gallery, Arterie Fine Arts Gallery, the House Café , and elsewhere.  Geo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

To learn more about Geo, visit her website at:

Charles D. Moisant - 2016 Special Guest (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Charles D. Moisant, is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. Some of his works currently in production include 'Zombie Annihilation’, where Doctor Zarvin is working with local heroes from Chicago to save the world from zombies; 'Danni and Dayna in Dino World' in which two Woman: IDA DANNI, a modern day military refueling pilot, and Dayna Onli, an African-American woman from Chicago 1902, are trapped 65 million years ago. Working against them are intelligent dinosaurs, lizard people, and the Atlantians a space-faring race who are stealing the world’s only major resource: Magik; and 'Thunder World' a story about three giant robots and a giant monster learning how to work with each other and saving the world, which is being written by him and Doug Rice of Dynamo Joe.


Gothic Illusionist Ron Fitzgerald - 2016 Special Guest

September 13, 2016

We are excited to welcome back CHFF legend, Master Ron Fitzgerald!

Ron Fitzgerald has performed from Hollywood to Hong Kong and beyond with his live Gothic Illusion show, acting in films such as “MAGUS” and hosts dark, unforgettable events! Master Fitzgerald has worked in the Performing Arts, Theatre, Television, and Film throughout his career. He’s a man that believes “Strange is Beautiful”. His stage show features dark/edgy illusions, strange Magic,  cool music, and a mad magician who looks like the front man for a rock band. Imagine David Bowie, not David Copperfield. It’s been described as a kind of Gothic Illusion or Horror Magic.”

Might we see some death-defying stunts at the Chicago Horror Film Festival this year?  You will just have to attend to find out!

To learn more about Ron Fitzgerald, visit his official website:

Dinner Date - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Two middle-aged singles on their first date bond over a shared interest at an exclusive restaurant.

Do Not Disturb - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Two detectives, a husband and wife, a hooker, and a kidnapping are thrown into this LA crime blender. This modern Hitchcockian thriller with Fincher tones, is a tale of lies and confusion.

And The Devil Makes Three - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Tasked with packing up the belongings of a deceased grandmother, two friends venture to a house nestled deep in the woods. Isolated from the outside world, strange noises, lights in the forest, and mysterious locals plague the pair as they begin to wonder if something else may be lurking in the woods at night.

Peelers - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Former baseball player Blue Jean Douglas is closing down her small town strip club and leaving for good. The last night of official business has finally arrived and with that, an evening to remember. Having handed over ownership of the bar to a shrewd, old tycoon known as Chromagnum, Blue Jean is eager to move on to the next chapter of her life. But her plans are not so easily attained when a group of coal miners show up and with them a deadly contaminant. What starts out as a last hurrah for the infamous strip club, turns into a blood bath as infected bar patrons become increasingly violent. With time running out, Blue Jean steps up to the plate to try and put a stop to the spread of destruction before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

Those Among Us - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Two men living in isolation kidnap, torture and kill seemingly innocent victims for their own sadistic pleasure. But all is not what it appears to be in this gritty short horror film.

The Last Junkie On Earth - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

During the zombie apocalypse a heroin addict runs out of drugs and must choose between waiting safely in a motel room until the rescue team arrives or risking her life searching for drugs outside.

Eveless - 2016 Official Selection!

September 8, 2016

In a dystopian future, Chromocorp takes over and genetically modify humans to no longer recreate. Two men rise up to change their fates, and in doing so, might change the course of the future.‚Äč

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