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Chicago Horror Film Festival

2019 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 28-29 2019

OUR 2019 VENUE

THE COMEDY BAR
500 N LaSalle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

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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!

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

FINAL CHOICE

Dr. Rebecca Church, haunted by the tragic suicide of her mother, overcame her demons by helping suicidal people as a therapist. But Rebecca’s life is shattered when a known criminal kidnaps her fiancé, Gabriel Weeks.

The killer has a chilling motive: targeting victims who attempted suicide in the past. Rebecca tells the police that Gabriel was previously suicidal, but had turned over a new leaf after falling deeply in love with Rebecca.

Rebecca discovers that the killer is a former colleague of hers named Victor Quinn who had gone insane in his crazed ambition to “cure” suicidal people. It’s up to Rebecca to use her personal connection with Victor to save Gabriel before time runs out.

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.

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

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