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2018 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 28-30 2018

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2018 Official Film Selections!

Our 2018 Official Film Selections will be announced very soon! This season's festival is packed with more than 80 films over 3 days! Stay tuned for all the dirty details!

ONE-ARMED RABBIT

A fallen, fighter pilot awakes in the desert. She soon realizes she is not alone, or is she?

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LEAF BLOWER MASSACRE 2

After witnessing the brutal murders in the Ravenswood area, two detectives step upon one of most prolific serial killer in history.

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UNINVITED

A couple finds themselves fighting for their lives after an uninvited guest arrives.

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THE FOURTH WALL

A struggling private investigator follows a trail of disturbing video tapes left behind by a masked psychopath in order to track down a missing girl.

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IT'S DAVE

After Jim, a regular office employee, runs into his old friend Dave at a grocery store; his life spirals into an intense, anxiety-driven nightmare.

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BREAKING WHEEL

A grieving woman desperately hunts for her fiance, who vanished under abrupt and mysterious circumstances.

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SENSES

When an abused woman in a dead end relationship reaches a breaking point, a supernatural force grows within her and begins killing off everything she hates — including herself.

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DEVIL'S NIGHT

A group of kids get into trouble messing around with a local legend on the night before Halloween.

its kind of a throwback to " Are you afraid of the dark" but with blood.

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MATRON OF HONOR

A bride wants everything to be perfect on her big day - but when Megan arrives at her salon appointment, her bridal party is already gone and her stylist is not who she seems to be. By the time Megan notices that something is off, it might be too late.

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REVISIT

A lost woman revisits the sins of her past in her family's vacant home.

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SAFE

Three masked intruders break into a Woman's home to retrieve an item from her safe. But what they get is much more than they bargained for.

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PARALYSIS

Diana, a young mother, fears what comes in the night.

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HEAD TRIP

A mysterious driver with an even more mysterious cargo commits a gruesome act

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BLOODY GLOVE BOX

A psychopathic robbery killer wearing a hoodie is now fleeing in the city and committing crimes constantly. At this moment, a man wearing a hoodie is carrying a girl in red. When all the traces in his car reveal that he is the murderer, he is killed by the girl. It turns out that the girl is the killer.

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THE LIFT

A woman driving a ride share car gets more than she bargained for

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PERSONAL DEMONS

Pandora’s party-girl lifestyle lands her in rehab… again. The actress becomes tabloid fodder, and producers are reluctant to hire her. The sole role she’s offered is in a low-budget horror movie. When her aunt dies, Pandora inherits a Victorian mansion and retreats there to study her lines. It seems that Aunt Elinor dabbled in magic, according to a local yokel. A mysterious incantation in the script unleashes a vengeful demon. He’s hell-bent on seducing the not-so-innocent Pandora, who can resist everything but temptation. With the help of her dead aunt, Pandora desperately fights for her sobriety, her sanity, and ultimately her very soul.

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ALL LIGHT WILL END

Young, successful horror novelist Savannah Martin’s new book is taking the genre by storm. Her father, the police chief of her small hometown, investigates murders and foul play too grim for their bucolic life. As she and her friends settle in for a relaxing weekend at her childhood home, the dark secret at the crux of Savannah’s success stirs in her dreams and seeps into her reality. Amidst sexual tensions and fireside stories, Savannah’s despondency and her father’s case collide with gruesome and horrifying reveals, leaving little distinction between the subconscious and reality.

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OPEN CASKETS E03: YOUR TURN

In this episode of the anthology series, Open Caskets, Chelsea rushes home with stomach trouble, but that's just the beginning of her troubles tonight.

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IN A MOMENT

Matt Peterson looks for love with a mysterious partner on the internet while a gang of small town criminals travel through the countryside looking to make fast cash by means of home invasions. 
Matt's life is filled with pain and this flicker of love in his heart may be the only thing left to save himself. He's prepared to not let anything stop him by any means necessary.

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BAD HOMBRES, BEST MEN

A fake mariachi wedding band has a disturbing way of ensuring newlyweds remain together forever. . .

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HERE WE COME

A man battles through what is real and what is not during an evening.

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RED WHITE & BOO

Shortly after a woman leaves work on Halloween night, something unexpected is waiting for her...

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PEOPLE DIE IN THIS MOVIE 

A short student film about 5 teenagers who have to put aside their differences to make it out of spring break alive.

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THE LAST STOP

A pest exterminator meets his worst nightmare.

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FEAR NO EVIL

A boy faces fear.

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FETCH

Did Anyone call a cab? 
Natasha is forced to catch a cab service after running late to go out with her friends. Will this be the cab from hell? 

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HIDE IN THE LIGHT

An adventurous group of friends dare to break into the abandoned orphanage and quickly find themselves trapped and fighting against unnatural forces.

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NOWHERE MIND 

Ivan performs experimental meditation to induce out-of-body experiences that might allow him to escape the clutches of a mysterious illness. A chance encounter with two old friends may provide him with an unexpected route to a cure.

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NETFLIX & CHILL

After months of flirting and texting, a young guy finally gets the message he's been waiting for: the girl of his dreams invites him over. Her parents are gone for the weekend and she’s down for a romantic night on the couch. As the night progresses, one guy hoping to get lucky finds out that there's more at stake than his virginity.

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BELOW DECKS

A young woman moves onto a sailboat in an effort to leave behind her traumatic past.

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FOREWORD

A famous author is struggling to finish his next novel and discovers a postcard he has mailed to himself from the future warning of an upcoming danger.

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DEADLY DAMSEL

When two of the cities worst super-villains kidnap a city councilmen, its up to the Deadly Damsel to save him before the curtains fall.

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EMIKO

An affable caretaker watches over a deeply ill young woman only to discover a far more sinister force revealing itself.

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KNOCK KNOCK 

When trouble comes knocking, the last place you want to be is home alone...

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INSIDE THE HOUSE 

It's best to keep your eyes open when you're home alone.

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FATHER'S DAY

A boy, raised to be evil, grows up to get his revenge...

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ZOMBIE BITES WEREWOLF 

A hapless werewolf is bitten by a zombie on the day of a full moon. High jinks ensue.

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BIRTHDAY 

An abusive nurse wanders through the halls of a nursing home. She integrates her salary by secretly selling prescription drugs to junkies and stealing from the most vulnerable patients. The only thing she hates more than her job is old people...

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FACELESS 

A story about a woman who wears a mask to hide her depression/Insecurity, But she soon realizes she must find the strength to escape its clutches before it traps her forever.

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SCREAMING AT STARS 

On one of their first dates, Lilly and Craig gaze up at the night sky. Craig affectionately tells Lilly about star light, how the mere act of looking into the cosmos is a kind of transcendence. Craig a brilliant young scientist will soon be embarking on a another kind of transcendence. He has discovered how to travel to parallel dimensions. The achievement proves to be quite lucrative and the young couple find themselves basking in newfound affluence. Good looking, romantic, funny, and now wealthy; Craig is the man of Lilly’s dreams. But as Craig spends more time working on his interdimensional traveling device, his habits, demeanour, and even his memories begin to change. Lilly begins to question if the person sleeping next to her at night is the same Craig she fell in love with. Is it the same Craig at all? As Lilly desperately tries to understand what reality her boyfriend is now in, she becomes lonely and isolated, loosing sense of her own. Lilly’s tormenting thoughts and Craig’s apathy toward her fears, force Lilly to question everything she knows about her boyfriend, herself, love and existence. Lilly decides the only path to solace is a path of death. 

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BALLOON

Penny and her therapist battle her phobia of balloons through psychological experimentation. However, it's not the balloon itself... it's the clown-like serial killer it represents.

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DARK NIGHT 

Unable to control her feelings, this obsessed student wants to express her feelings to her professor. But when she's rejected, she decides that if it's not her, it's no one 

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THE NURSERY

When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an angry, evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey in THE NURSERY.

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JAGGED LITTLE PILL

Trapped in a small closet, a young woman is psychologically tortured by an unknown stranger. Blaring music designed to unhinge her and photos and pills slipped under the door are her only contact with her capture. Will she remain strong enough to survive?

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RAVE PARTY MASSACRE

On the eve of an abandoned hospital’s demotion, evil walks its empty corridors to the pulsating echo of 150 beats per minute. It’s 1992, an uncertain time of uprising, of violent revolution against the so-called New World Order. When Rachel, Branson, and others attend an illegal rave party held in the facility, they encounter the malevolent presence lurking within. A hallucinogenic drug nightmare infused with illicit partying and forbidden sex, these young ravers will soon discover the murderous world of the DeadThirsty.

Formerly Titled "DeadThirsty"

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A BRILLIANT MONSTER

*NO SYNOPSIS PROVIDED

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DAEMONRUNNER 

Demon hunters track down and subdue a possessed girl. They use brutal force and killer technology to exorcise the demon and blow it back to Hell.

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LUNCH LADIES  

Two burnt out high school Lunch Ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp's personal chefs.

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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.

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MUSE 

A painter's life is forever changed when a mythical and deadly spirit from Celtic lore (a Leannán Sí) becomes his muse and lover.

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the new world horror 

The New World Horror tells the story of eight strangers who find life turned upside down when a group of right-wing political extremists release a demonic virus from hell. It's Night of the Living Dead-meets-Evil Dead as the survivors band together to fend off the approaching End Times.

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BLOODLINES

Vincent  Castiglia  paints  in  human  blood.  The  haunting,  yet  beautiful,  images  are  of  human  bodies  in  various  forms  of  decay.  The  reasons  why  Castiglia  began  painting  in  blood  are  explored  in  this  emotional  rollercoaster  ride  portrayed  on  film.    Margaret  Cho,  who  commissioned  Vincent  to  paint  her  portrait  in  her  blood,  is  interviewed  in  the  film  as  well  as  celebrities  Gregg  Allman,  Damien  Echols,  Kerry  King  and  Gary  Holt  of  the  heavy  metal  band  Slayer,  record  executive  Michael  Alago,  and  numerous  others  including  filming  in  the  studio  and  museum  of  legendary  artist  H.R.  Giger,  who  designed  the  iconic  creature  for  the  Alien  movies.

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THE BALL 

A girl awaits her boyfriend to take her to the town ball when a sinister force stops her departure.

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PROXY KILL 

A survivor of violent crime descends into a world of murder and lies when he partners with a woman claiming to be his confidant for her own nefarious gains.

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THE CAMPUS 

A man's debt to the devil is passed to his estranged daughter. Now she’s trapped in a never ending cycle of terror, as she’s killed over and over, each time losing a piece of her soul.

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OCCAM'S RAZOR

Set in 1851, a post-mortem photographer is called into a small community where dozens of children have mysteriously died. He soon realizes the spirits of the deceased are trying to communicate to him, leading him to uncover the town’s dark and twisted secret.

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FROM THE DEAD

After Janie accidentally murders her husband during disputed infidelity over a stripper, her husband's brother introduces her to an Aztec spell that resurrects him from the dead; Unfortunately, he returns to take revenge.

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EAST HELL

A horror-comedy, shot entirely on iPhone, about two teenage goths that try to summon a demon using a satanic ritual they found on Reddit.

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GHOSTED

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When an attractive woman visits a therapist to rid herself of the love-sick ghost that's haunting her, she realizes she's going to have to take matters into her own hands.

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DYLAN

When Martiza comes home to find her boyfriend's college buddy visiting, she slowly begins to suspect that something is a bit...off.

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THE CLOWNS 

During a towns craze on Halloween night, a struggling couple are victimized by a killer clown.

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AT SUNRISE 

A trio of serial killers' plan goes awry when one of their sisters shows up at the house of their most recent target

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PAWN 

A single mother works to protect her daughter from a mysterious yet familiar figure.

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SOCK MONSTER  

As Anne deals with the loss of her daughter, she finds out exactly where the socks go when they disappear in the dryer.

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SCARY STORIES  

This documentary explores the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In the 1980s and 1990s in elementary libraries across the United States these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children’s book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story. 

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BORDER LINE 

In the border between the two countries, only one soldier of each country in the guard, amidst the flames of war, soldiers are trying to prove their own country to each other. A man who was almost intrude the border by mistake, a spoiled chess broke the usual tranquility.

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HUNTER 

Haunted by demons real and imagined, a young homeless man grapples with the brutal cold of a Chicago winter and the brutal truth of the supernatural figures that slaughtered his family to rise above being the victim, and become the Hunter.

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KILLER KATE! 

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Estranged sisters - Kate and Angie - reconnect during a seemingly innocent bachelorette party that turns into a night of murder and mayhem.

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DEATH METAL  

DEATH METAL is a horror feature about a metal band that uses an ancient piece of music as the basis for their new album... not knowing that any who hear it fall under a deadly curse, including themselves.

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AMERICAN BARBARIAN

Following the election of Donald Trump, a young Chicago woman embarks on a desperate journey as she struggles to maintain her sanity.

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SHORT LEASH  

Clare has only her dog to keep her company. Her life isn’t going so well. This morning, it’s about to get much worse.

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HEAD LIGHT 

A drunk man accepts a ride from a friendly stranger.

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SHADOW OF MINE 

An overworked VFX artist has a long night on the job.

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TWINLE TWINKLE

A young woman named Amy discovers a mysterious record in her home. The record plays the tune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" but Amy begins to fear for her life when it won't stop no matter what she does. Amy spirals further into fear as the song begins to take control.

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AWAKE

A woman haunted by horrific dreams of her fiancés death must choose whether to keep the visions secret or tell the truth and be branded insane.

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SCREAM WITH ME

It is Halloween in the Midwest. A young girl wants to celebrate the day, but first she will need some help from a few monsters and ghouls to make it happen. Will she end up getting sent to her room, or straight to hell!

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KNOCK KNOCK

When you are alone, a knock on the bathroom door is the scariest thing that can happen.

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THUNDER BAY

After murdering his lover, a young man is haunted by more than just guilt as a detective begins to piece things together

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SPECTROPHOBIA

A man who suffers from a phobia of mirrors, meets a woman who shows him there is nothing to be afraid of. Or is there?

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THE CHAINS

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A young woman searches for the source of a mysterious sound during an intense thunderstorm.

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