CS Interview: Star Kyle Gallner talks punk comedy Dinner in America Just in time for the coming-of-age dark comedy’s debut at the virtual film festival Nightstream, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with star Kyle Gallner (Scream 5) to discuss his work in the highly-acclaimed Dinner in America! RELATED: Nightstream Reviews: Dinner in America, Bloody Hell & More! Gallner’s connection to Dinner in America is a “weird, long story” that goes back at least four years, with the 33-year-old actor having originally read the script years prior to actually signing on for the film but feeling he wasn’t quite right for the project at the time and letting the script sit for a while until reuniting with two collaborators involved reminded him of the project. “I was in the middle of filming a TV show and I had a brand new baby and everything was so crazy that I actually only read the first couple pages, and then, like, I had to stop and then forgot about it,” Gallner recalled. “Then cut to a couple years later, I’m in Romania filming another movie with J-P, the guy who shot Dinner in America, and he started talking about this movie that fell apart, and when he was describing it, it sounded really familiar. He told me the name, and I was like, ‘I think I got sent that script like two years ago or three years ago.’ I looked at my email and sure enough, I actually still had it, so I finally read the script and I fell in love with the script and I ended up asking my reps to set up a Skype with Adam. We ended up talking for two or three hours and kind of high fives over FaceTime, then, you know, two or three months later, I was in Detroit, but it was like a four-year journey or something like that [laughs].” In getting to the heart of his punk rocker Simon, Gallner found some of his biggest creative challenges came from trying to figure out the “physicality” of Simon and “the way he walks and the way he moves and the way he talks,” having a few key inspirations for his performance. “My goal physically was I kind of wanted like old school, like young Henry Rollins type of thing, that like beat, lean and mean kind of — and even his mentality, I mean, Rollins’s mentality is, you know, very forward and aggressive,” Gallner described. “I listened to a lot of like Dead Kennedys and like Agent Orange and Bad Brains, and I pretty much just made a big punk playlist and would just listen to that on repeat. You know, watch old punk videos and hardcore videos and see just how the way these people moves, especially when they perform. What I got really lucky with was the band Disco Assault, who did the music for PSYOPS, they’re a punk band out of Windsor. They actually played a show in Detroit while we were there and they invited me up to perform with them. So I was able to actually play live before we did, and seeing where my band actually performs, and that was really helpful, too. Then just sort of having that turned-up-to-11 mentality for the entire time was really exhausting. It was it was hard to keep that going. So as it was just remembering, you know, kind of who he was and always staying in that in that mindset and always pushing it and pushing it and pushing it, like Simon’s kind of like a shark. He never stops moving forwards, you know, so he can’t really slow down, so it was really just kind of coming up with that stuff. You know, the punk world and the hardcore world and stuff isn’t something I’m unfamiliar with that’s kind of like a scene that I grew up in, so I knew those people, I knew that world. So I at least had a good foundation to start from, but, you know, it was just kind of fine tuning it from there.” The Veronica Mars alum chuckled as he looks back at the show with Disco Assault, revealing he doesn’t have any experience with the instruments Simon plays in the film, having “kind of picked up guitar” but wouldn’t call himself “an accomplished musician by any means.” “All I had to do was sing man, all I had to do was shout it out,” Gallner laughed. “It was a lot of fun. Seventeen year old me was psyched. I mean, shit man, 33-year-old me was psyched.” Though turning to the punk world for inspirations for his character, Gallner noted that writer/director Adam Rehmeier’s script was “incredibly specific” for what he wanted from his characters scene to scene, not allowing for much “real improv” or “veering away from the script,” but found it to be really nice. “It gave us a really solid foundation to, you know, start from,” Gallner expressed. “Then Adam just really trusted us, you know, we did the work, we got on phone calls and talked about character and, you know, discussed sort of our ideas, and Adam would send us playlists of music. We actually got to go out there about two weeks early and we recorded all the music and we hung out all the time and had all these conversations about the movie and character and things like that. So by the time we got there, we were really just ready to go.” One of the brightest points of the production for Gallner came in developing the rapport with co-star Emily Skeggs (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), finding her to be a “really special” and “incredibly talented” person who was “so open and welcoming” to work with that made every scene smoother for the duo. “We really made a point to spend a lot of time together, you know, get to know each other, but also we built this trust where we have to do a lot of kind of strange and intimate stuff and there’s things all over the board that we build a trust that we knew we could push it with each other,” Gallner explained. “We didn’t have to sit there and ask a million questions or, you know, we got to the point where we didn’t have to be like, ‘Is this OK, is this ok, is this ok?’ It was more just we would look at each other and be like, ‘Do your thing.’ So being able to have that trust in another person and then have that trust in you really allows you to take it to where you need to go. This movie operates at a really bizarre, elevated, you know, place. It’s a strange world that Adam has built, so you can’t play it at 90 percent. You really have to be in it 110 percent or a film like this doesn’t work. So I was really fortunate to have a partner like Emily to allow me to really just go as far as I needed to go and then push it even further, you know, and we allowed each other to do that for each other. I mean, it was it was pretty special in that way.” RELATED: CS Interview: Writer/Director/Star Jim Cummings on The Wolf of Snow Hollow Written and directed by Adam Rehmeier (Jonas), the film follows an on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band as they unexpectedly fall in love and go on an epic journey together through America’s decaying Midwestern suburbs. Alongside Gallner and Skeggs, the cast for the film includes Brittany Sheets, Pat Healy (The Pale Door), Griffin Gluck (Locke & Key), Mary Lynn Rajskub (The Tomorrow War), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Hannah Marks (Daniel Isn’t Real).
Nightstream Reviews: Dinner in America, Bloody Hell & more! Though some of the best genre film festivals may have been axed for the year due to the global situation, Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights partnered up to bring us Nightstream, a new virtual festival full of exciting titles in everything from the horror to thriller to comedy worlds and ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to check out some of the films in its catalogue. Check out our reviews for the films below! RELATED: [Beyond Fest] Synchronic Review: A Mesmerizing Albeit Heavy-Handed Trip Dinner in America Written & Directed by: Adam Rehmeier Starring: Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Brittany Sheets, Pat Healy, Griffin Gluck, Mary Lynn Rajskub Rating: 9/10 The punk film genre is one that’s been mostly dead or waiting for the right film to come along and give it a jolt of fresh energy to bring it back to life and after a variety of misguided attempts over the past 20-plus years since James Merendino’s incredible SLC Punk!, Adam Rehmeier is ready to answer the call with Dinner in America and delivers a kinetic, energetic and outright joyous ride. The film follows a punk rock singer seeking an escape and a young woman obsessed with his band who unexpectedly cross paths and begin a journey together across America’s vast deteriorating suburbs. While the plot itself may play out somewhat routine for the coming-of-age genre, there’s a really nice unpredictability that comes from Kyle Gallner’s Simon and Emily Skeggs’ Patty that allows the viewer to still find themselves questioning just what’s coming next in the story of their lives. The two wholly own their characters and bring such an incredible power to depicting the wildly different yet intimately similar personas that is breathtaking to watch, with Gallner truly looking and acting the part of an on-again-off-again addict punk musician with a few wires loose in his head and Skeggs delivers on every cringeworthy and gut-busting moment of her awkward burgeoning punk. With a mostly consistent pace, appropriately quick editing, solid humor and stellar lead performances, Dinner in America is inarguably the best punk film since the Matthew Lillard-starring cult classic. Bloody Hell Directed by: Ailster Grierson; Written by: Robert Benjamin Starring: Ben O’Toole, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland, Travis Jeffery, Jack Finsterer, Meg Fraser, Ashlee Lollback Rating: 9/10 Let’s be honest here, you’re probably a bit weird if you DON’T talk to yourself in some capacity, but what if this extended to seeing a dual version of yourself and having a conversation with them while trying to escape a murderous family. That’s what Alister Grierson and Robert Benjamin explore in their wild, bloody and outright hilarious thriller Bloody Hell, which centers on Rex Coen, a man recently released from prison after his attempt at thwarting a bank robbery goes wrong and as he flees his country in search of a new life, he finds himself trapped in a much more shocking situation he has limited time to escape. Alright, Hollywood, time to listen up because Ben O’Toole is officially done sitting on the sidelines and needs to be cast in more leading roles going forward after this film because he is given the chance to show he can carry a 95-minute movie almost entirely on his back and he absolutely kills it. Whether he’s simultaneously panicking over his situation and calculating how to escape it or laughing at his own jokes or debating whether to throw a table at invasive paparazzi, O’Toole brilliantly taps into the manic and smart-ass nature of Rex and displays so much charisma that the film was already such a thrill hanging on his figuring out a leave from his new imprisonment before we start to learn the reasons behind it. Mixed with a delightfully offbeat tone in its Helsinki setting and solid direction from Grierson, Bloody Hell may not inherently break new ground in its genre but it goes a long way to try with its central gimmick further elevated by a stellar performance from O’Toole. Detention Directed by: John Hsu; Written by: John Hsu, Fu Kai-ling, Chien Shi-keng Starring: Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Ching-hua, Cecilia Choi, Hung Chang Chu, Hsia Ching-ting, Jessie Chang Rating: 6/10 Video game adaptations are notorious for being the most hit-or-miss genre in the film world, delivering highs such as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog to the lows of the Resident Evil franchise and Uwe Boll filmography, and now Red Candle Games’ Detention is getting its screen due and it falls fairly square in the middle of the best and worst of the bunch. Set in 1962 during Taiwan’s White Terror period, two students are trapped at their hillside high school at night, while trying to escape and find their missing teacher, they encounter ghosts and the dark truth of their fate. The side-scrolling video game was a fairly fresh breath of air in the horror gaming genre, delivering a heartbreaking and moving story through its disjointed narrative but this structure unfortunately isn’t carried over to the film adaptation, which instead settles for a pretty routine and mostly predictable series of events. There was a real air of mystery as to the nature of why the characters of the game are suffering from their disturbing situation, but the film’s opening minutes tries far too hard to establish certain elements of the characters and story that it loses the fun of putting the pieces of the puzzle together and makes it easy for audiences to figure out what’s to come. This all being said, the film does get a number of things right translating the game to screen, including some of its more terrifying imagery and monsters, moody setting and tragic true ending, all adding up to a relatively enjoyable adaptation still miles above most other entries in the genre. RELATED: CS Reviews Fantastic Fest 2020: The Stylist, How to Deter a Robber, Possessor & Bloodthirsty Survival Skills Written & Directed by: Quinn Armstrong Starring: Stacy Keach, Vayu O’Donnell, Spencer Garrett, Ericka Kreutz Rating: 8/10 In a time in which so much of Hollywood is looking to take their stories back to the analog days of the ’80s and ’90s, the film and TV worlds are becoming a bit too over-saturated with similar nostalgia-heavy projects relying on old genre tropes and while Quinn Armstrong’s meta-heavy Survival Skills may be a tad too ambitious for its own good, it is one hell of a blend of old and new school filmmaking. Structured as a lost police training VHS tape from the ’80s, the film follows the “fictional” character of Jim, the ideal police academy graduate who becomes self-aware and disillusioned with his training after encountering a troubling domestic abuse case and takes matters into his own hands. The story is nothing really new for the police genre, a rookie police officer descending into a mental hell early into the job, but the way the film handles it through its decidedly meta narrative, chock full of menacing fourth wall breaks from Stacy Keach even as he tries to keep on his human resource-demanded smile. It’s an energetic, offbeat and thoroughly compelling ride whose only shortcomings arise in some of its more far-fetched self-aware sensibilities. Come True Written & Directed by: Anthony Scott Burns Starring: Landon Liboiron, Julia Sarah Stone, Tedra Jones, Carlee Ryski, Christopher Heatherington Rating: 8/10 Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street shook audiences to their core as they realized they couldn’t trust their own dreams to keep them safe from evil and while plenty of films in the years since have toyed with the concept of dreams and hallucinations crossing into the real world, none have done so to great terrifying or intriguing effect as Anthony Scott Burns’ Come True. The film centers on a teenage runaway as she takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams. Given his prior work on other ethereal films such as Netflix’s In The Tall Grass and Our House, Burns continues to display a strong grip on the feast of dark imagery behind the camera, with the dreamscapes on display proving to be some of the most beautiful every put to film that, despite obviously being fake locations, feel incredibly practical and mesmerizing to be a part of. The story itself is where the flaws are generally on display, with some of its more ambiguous elements, especially its ending, feeling a little too convoluted and others feeling odd or borderline gross, namely the relationship that forms between the 30-something mad scientist behind the experiment and the supposedly 18-year-old runaway whose reasons for leaving are never expounded upon enough. 32 Malasaña Street Directed by: Albert Pintó; Written by: Ramón Campos, Gema R. Neira, David Orea, Salvador S. Molina Starring: Begoña Vargas, Iván Marcos, Bea Segura, Sergio Castellanos, José Luis de Madariaga, Javier Botet Rating: 6/10 A film touting itself as the Spanish answer to The Conjuring comes with a high bar to reach and a few expectations for its story and scares and much like many genre films in the wake of James Wan’s masterful horror pic, the film goes through a number of motions to set up jump scares and an emotional family drama but can’t quite find the right balance of either to set themselves apart amongst the bunch. The Olmedo family gets more than they bargained for when they move into a suspiciously low-priced apartment in Madrid, circa 1976, and quickly find themselves in a living nightmare. Reportedly based on a true story, the film takes a relatively grounded approach to its series of events, from turning to the police as a child goes missing to losing jobs as caring for family members can only go so far in the eyes of an employer before they must cut the chord. There’s some odd bits of relationship issues amongst the family, namely the rebellious eldest daughter claiming the patriarch is not her father before quickly turning it around halfway through the film, and despite spending plenty of time introducing who these characters are and their personalities, none are really that interesting or entirely likable to get audiences to completely care about them. The scares themselves prove to also be very hit or miss, with Albert Pintó doing an effective enough job of keeping the atmosphere moody and lighting dim to try and effectively set up scares but also utilizes the same formula time and again of turn the camera away, bring it back for something there, rinse and repeat, and it loses its luster really quick and frequently doesn’t even work the first time. RELATED: [Beyond Fest] Saint Maud Review: A Masterwork in Religious Psychological Horror Honeydew Written & Directed by: Devereux Milburn; Co-Story by: Dan Kennedy Starring: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley, Stephen D’Ambrose, Jamie Bradley Rating: 4/10 Over 45 years later and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still proves to be one of the most chillingly effective rural South horror films in the genre’s history and though many have tried to reach the same success to varying degrees over the years, most have fallen well short of the mark and Devereux Milburn’s Honeydew proves to be another lackluster effort. Strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son. The lead characters of the film are actually a breath of fresh air for the genre as a whole, being twentysomethings on a cross-country trip for something that will be meaningful for their lives rather than simply for the partying and debauchery, and once they’re introduced to Barbara Kingsley’s Karen, the tension is certainly ratcheted up to levels of hallucinatory oddity and absurdity, but the problem is that it doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere and instead wants to revel in its bizarre nature. If executed with more overall originality and far less predictability, this goal could’ve been great, but instead it comes across as a gross and generic offspring of Texas Chainsaw and Midsommar that never quite reaches its ambitious goals. Lucky Directed by: Natasha Kermani; Written by: Brea Grant Starring: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Dhruv Uday Singh, Kausar Mohammed, Kristina Klebe Rating: 7.5/10 Since its inception, the horror genre has been a home to both those looking to deliver chilling tales to its audiences as well as those looking to tell symbolic stories of the human experience from a diverse crowd of creative talent and with her writing/starring effort Lucky, Brea Grant has certainly tapped into a real terror women face every day and the result is a mostly effective treat. Grant stars as a self-help author who struggles to be believed as she finds herself stalked by a threatening figure who returns to her house night after night and when she can’t get help from those around her, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. From the opening moments to the final credits, Grant’s central character is an endlessly likable heroine, from her subtle sense of humor to crafty ability to fight against her mysterious attacker, and the 38-year-old 12 Hour Shift writer/director also does a fantastic job in the role of allowing audiences to empathize with her and her situation. The film is also rather elevated thanks to its skillful use of the tropes of the home invasion and semi-time looping genres, delivering a number of stylishly shot and thrillingly-paced sequences, but the film’s biggest highlight also brings out its biggest flaw: the nature of the attacker. The identity and thematic symbolism of the attacker is one certainly well-rooted in the real world and in theory is a brilliant concept, but there are moments in the film preceding the revelation that almost make the reveal itself feel somewhat redundant for this theme, something that’s been on display so frequently and more effectively subtly that the ending feels more like a heavy-handed dose of message-delivering than an eye-opening relation. The Night Written & Directed by: Kourosh Ahari; Story by: Milad Jarmooz Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Kathreen Khavari, Elester Latham, George Maguire Rating: 8/10 Hotels are generally supposed to be a nice reprieve for people from the troubles of their home and work lives, giving them a chance to put all responsibilities in the hands of others while they treat themselves to leisure for a short time, but what happens when this turns on you and uses all of your darkest secrets against you? That’s the concept behind Kourosh Ahari’s The Night, a faster-paced and contemporary psychological horror akin to Stephen King’s The Shining, and it’s one that is brought to life in mostly chilling fashion. An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends. The story for the film feels very familiar, almost blending Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of King’s novel and The Vicious Brothers’ Grave Encounters, and though the secrets themselves are actually shocking for the characters, they’re unfortunately a little too predictable for genre enthusiasts and more attentive viewers. Despite this, however, the performances from Shahab Hosseini and Kathreen Khavari are truly powerful and the atmosphere and pacing is very well-executed, with an ending sure to leave audiences’ jaw dropped. RELATED: [Beyond Fest] The Wolf of Snow Hollow Review: Subversive, Offbeat & Quietly Thrilling The Doorman Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura; Written by: Lior Chefetz, Joe Swanson, Harry Winer; Story by: Greg Williams, Mat McAllester Starring: Ruby Rose, Jean Reno, Louis Mandylor, Rupert Evans, Askel Hennie, David Sakurai Rating: 2/10 Click here to rent or purchase The Doorman! Die Hard clones are pretty unsurprising for the action genre 30 years later, but what makes so many of them forgivable, most notably the Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx-starring White House Down, is that they at least have a sense of humor with their protagonist(s), but unfortunately Ryuhei Kitamura’s The Doorman is missing this key ingredient. A former Marine turned doorman battles mercenaries intent on destroying her apartment building to retrieve precious artwork hidden in the walls. The story borrows from a number of generic action thrillers over the years alongside Die Hard, even fellow clone Skyscraper, the characters are not only uninterestingly written but also blandly performed and the action, the one thing a film like this needs to get right, is limply executed. One of the worst things this film has going for it is the semi-incestuous bond between Ruby Rose’s Ali and her nephew Max, with the teenager, whose performer can’t act to save his literal life, creepily walking in on Ali as she changes into more battle-friendly clothes and gives her really gross and weird looks throughout that may have been an attempt at humor, but is really just another reason to want to turn it off early.
Nightstream unveils full program slate including Run, Nia DaCosta & more! Nightsream, the virtual even uniting genre festivals Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights, has unveiled its full programming slate including the world premiere of the Sarah Paulson-led thriller Run, a panel with Candyman filmmaker Nia DaCosta and more beginning October 8! RELATED: 2020 Beyond Fest Slate Revealed Including Freaky, Bad Hair & More! The virtual festival will open with the world premiere of Hulu’s hotly-anticipated thriller Run, starring Paulson (American Horror Story) and Kiera Allen and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, who helmed the breakout Sundance hit Searching and close with the North American Premiere of Mandibles, the latest from Quentin Dupieux, the French filmmaker responsible for singular features such as Rubber and Deerskin. The four-day festival includes a line-up of feature films selected by all five festival programming teams, alongside eighteen distinct short blocks and an impressive slate of events, panels, and masterclasses headlined by conversations with filmmakers Nia DaCosta on Candyman and Mary Harron for the 20th anniversary of American Psycho, as well as Beck/Woods, the screenwriting team behind A Quiet Place. Celebrated horror filmmaker Mick Garris will be recognized as festival honoree and host a very special Dinner With The Masters Of Horror event with guests that include Joe Dante, Mike Flanagan, John Landis, Ernest Dickerson, and more. All proceeds from Nightstream will be shared with the filmmakers and artists involved, donated to charities and businesses locally owned and operated in each festival’s home city, and help the founding festivals recoup losses incurred by COVID-19. The festival will feature seven World Premieres, nine North American Premieres, and seven U.S. Premieres, alongside 164 short films and a spotlight on Indonesian Horror with a companion panel hosted by Sam Zimmerman, director of programming for Shudder. Highlights include the world premiere of Ryûhei Kitamura’s The Doorman starring Ruby Rose, who will appear for a post screening Q&A, as well as the world premieres of Jesse Blanchard’s Frank & Zed, Nicholas Payne Santos’ It Cuts Deep, Devereux Milburn’s Honeydew, Jake Mahaffy’s Reunion and Terence Krey’s An Unquiet Grave. Nightstream will bring the spirit of festivals to your screen with its exciting off-film programming, including a one-time-only event hosted by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the directing duo behind beloved genre hits The Endless and Spring, who will share an intimate and engaging look at their never-before-seen early work, joined by special guest Issa Lopez (Tigers are Not Afraid). The fest will also feature iconic drag performer and horror expert Peaches Christ who will offer a deep-dive into campy horror history, in addition to hosting a glamorously blood-drenched festival party. Plus, every night will have a unique happy-hour social in Evening Rituals Presented by IFC Midnight, with a parade of hosts that include Elijah Wood beaming in virtually from their homes, and with a new delicious cocktail to share. Access to film screenings will be geo-locked to the US with ticket bundles on sale on the website ($65 for 5 features or short film programs and $99 with 10 features or short film programs, both bundles come with unlimited access to events and panels, while event-only badges will be made available worldwide ($25) and a virtual festival social hub will be freely accessible to all. To order a badge, fans can visit the official Nightstream website! RELATED: Shudder Orders Animated Creepshow Special With Sutherland & King! Feature Films Opening Night Run World Premiere United States | 2020 | 90 Min. | Dir. Aneesh Chaganty Sarah Paulson and newcomer Kiera Allen shine in director Aneesh Chaganty (Searching) nail-biting, Hitchcockian new thriller about a wheelchair-bound teenager whose fragile, isolated existence with her doting mother is threatened when she begins to notice strange occurrences around her house. A Hulu Original Film. Closing Night Mandibles North American Premiere France | 2020 | 77 Min | Dir. Quentin Dupieux Visionary director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Deerskin) returns with his most accessible and hilarious film to date, a tale of two simple-minded friends who find a giant fly stuck in the trunk of a car and set themselves up to train it to earn money with it. Originally set to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. A Magnolia Pictures Release. 32 Malasaña Street North American Premiere Spain | 2020 | 105 Min. | Dir. Albert Pintó The Olmedo family gets more than they bargained for when they move into a suspiciously low-priced apartment in Madrid, circa 1976, and quickly find themselves in a living nightmare in this intense and stylish Spanish answer to James Wan’s The Conjuring. A Shudder Original Film. Anything For Jackson U.S. Premiere Canada | 2020 | 97 Min | Dir. Justin G. Dyck Satanists Audrey and Henry Walsh had the best of intentions when they kidnapped a young pregnant woman in the hopes of performing a resurrection ritual for their recently deceased grandson. What could go wrong? Av: The Hunt North American Premiere Turkey | 2020 | 87 Min | Dir. Emre Akay To escape the murderous wrath of her oppressive and patriarchal family after being caught with her lover, Ayse must go on the run through the backroads of modern-day Turkey in his absurdly primal fight for survival. Black Bear USA | 2019 | 104 Min. Dir. Lawrence Michael Levine Punctuated with outstanding performances from Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon, Lawrence Michael Levine’s Kaufman-esque Black Bear tells the story of a filmmaker who arrives at a rural retreat and discovers that the unpredictable behavior of her hosts will be the source of her most inspired work yet. A Momentum Pictures release. Bleed With Me Canada | 2020 | 79 Min. | Dir. Amelia Moses A lo-fi and subtly creepy chamber piece, Amelia Moses’ debut Bleed With Me follows Rowan, an insecure girl spending a wintery retreat at a remote cabin with her best friend, Emily, and Emily’s boyfriend, Brendan. When Rowan’s anxiety around being an unwanted guest starts to get to her, mounting paranoia gives way to hallucinations, making this trip into something chillingly sinister. An Epic Pictures release. Bloody Hell North American Premiere Australia, USA | 2020 | 95 Min. | Dir. Alister Grierson In this relentlessly energetic, pitch-black horror-comedy, an ex-bank robber fleeing the country after a video of him goes viral, heads to Helsinki only to find there’s something in store for him there that is much more difficult to escape. Boys From County Hell North American Premiere Ireland | 2020 | 89 Min. | Dir. Chris Baugh The tourist-pranking antics of a group of hardy Irish road workers are turned against them when they discover that they’ve accidentally awoken an undead bloodsucker sleeping beneath the town’s soil in this uproarious and freaky horror-comedy. Originally scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Breaking Surface U.S. Premiere Sweden, Norway, Belgium | 2020 | 81 Min. | Dir. Joachim Hedén An emotional deep-water diving trip for two sisters turns disastrous when a landslide causes one of them to be pinned to the ocean floor in this heart-rending and fear-inducing survival thriller. A Doppelganger Releasing Film. Climate Of The Hunter United States | 2020 | 90 Min. | Dir. Mickey Reece Prolific underground director Mickey Reece’s oddball humor and otherworldly retro flair are on full display in this delightful tale of two sisters whose love-hate relationship is stirred up when they reunite with a childhood friend who they suspect may or may not be a vampire. A Dark Star Pictures release. Come True U.S. Premiere Canada | 2020 | 105 Min | Dir. Anthony Scott Burns In this ambitious sci-fi gem, a troubled teenager tormented by nightmares enters into a mysterious sleep study that unlocks the truth about her surreal dreams and the dark shadowy figure within them. Darkness U.S. Premiere Italy | 2019 | 98 Min. | Dir. Emanuela Rossi Under their father’s tyranny, three siblings are forced to remain indoors, with all views of the outside world blocked off, leaving the eldest to suspect something isn’t right in this cleverly constructed look at domestic abuse under the guise of post-apocalyptic paranoia. RELATED: Halloween, Halloween 4 & Halloween 5 Returning to Theaters Next Month Detention Taiwan | 2019 | 103 Min. | Dir. John Hsu Set during the Tawainese martial law of the 1960s, this shockingly gruesome and terrifying coming-of-age drama based on a hugely popular video game sees two classmates who go looking for their missing friends and teachers, all of whom took part in an illegal book club, only to come face to face with ghosts and deformed monsters that have taken over their school. Dinner In America United States | 2020 | 106 Min. | Dir. Adam Carter Rehmeier A punk rocker arsonist on the run (Kyle Gallner, Veronica Mars) and his number one fan embark on a series of misadventures through suburbia, finding unexpected love along the way in this absolutely electric, thoroughly anarchic, misfit stoner rom-com you didn’t know you needed. The Doorman World Premiere United States | 2020 | 93 Min. | Dir. Ryûhei Kitamura As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this punishing action-thriller from the legendary Ryûhei Kitamura (Versus) stars Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2, Batwoman) as a former Marine turned doorman at a luxury New York City high-rise who must outsmart and battle a group of art thieves and their ruthless leader (Jean Reno, Léon: The Professional) — while struggling to protect her sister’s family. A Lionsgate release. Ema Chile | 2019 | 107 Min. | Dir. Pablo Larrain In the latest from acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (Jackie) adoptive parents Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic free spirits in an experimental dance troupe whose lives are thrown into chaos after their son is involved in a shockingly violent incident. A Music Box Films release. Frank & Zed World Premiere United States | 93 Min. | Dir. Jesse Blanchard Lovingly crafted entirely with hand puppets, this hilarious, blood-drenched practical marvel sees the peaceful, secluded lifestyle of two monsters threatened when a group of desperate villagers come to repay an age-old pact to a wretched demon. Honeydew World Premiere United States | 2020 | 106 Min. | Dir. Devereux Milburn A couple, Sam (Sawyer Spielberg) and Riley (Malin Barr), on a backwoods road trip find themselves descending into a hallucinatory hell when they accept auto repair help from an elderly farmer and her peculiar son in this unhinged and unforgettable directorial debut. Originally set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hunted U.S. Premiere Belgium, France, Ireland | 2020 | 96 Min. | Dir. Vincent Paronnaud Acclaimed filmmaker/comic artist Vincent Paronnaud (director of Cannes Jury Prize and Academy Award nominee Persepolis) returns to the screen with an exhilaratingly ferocious survival horror flick that follows Eve, a woman who encounters a seemingly charming man at a bar, only to uncover that his true sociopathic nature will spark a dire, life-or-death chase through the wilderness. A Shudder Original Film. It Cuts Deep World Premiere United States | 2020 | 77 Min | Dir. Nicholas Payne Santos While on Christmas vacation, Sam’s world begins to close in around him in horrifying and hilarious ways when his girlfriend’s announcement that she wants to start a family coincides with the sudden reappearance of an old acquaintance who alludes to Sam’s violent past. A Dark Sky Films Release. Jumbo Belgium, France | 2020 | 93 Min. | Dir. Zoé Wittock Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) gives a fearless performance as a shy amusement park worker whose life changes when a new star attraction shows up and immediately enthralls her with “his” magnificent machinery in this fantastical and heartfelt debut from writer/director Zoe Wittock. A Dark Star Pictures release. Lapsis United States | 2020 | 108 Min. | Dir. Noah Hutton In order to pay for his ailing brothers’ medical bills, a seasoned scam artist takes a not-so-above-board job running a new kind of sophisticated cable through miles of wood, only to discover dire truths about this new vocation in this prescient and grounded science-fiction feature. A Film Movement release. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist United States / Spain | 2020 | 105 Min. | Dir. Alexandre O. Phillippe In perhaps his most penetrating interview ever, director Alexandre O. Phillippe (78/52) ploughs deep into the filmmaking process of director William Friedkin through the tumultuous and terrifying production of one of the most iconic horror films ever made. Lucky U.S. Premiere United States | 2020 | 81 Min. | Dir. Natasha Kermani Self-help author May Ryer finds herself the victim of increasingly violent home intruder attacks that no one, including her husband, seems all that worried about. What results is a cut-throat feminist thriller from director Natasha Kermani and screenwriter/star Brea Grant where May must face down the threat alone.. Originally set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. A Shudder Original Film. May The Devil Take You Too International Premiere Indonesia | 2020 | 110 Min. | Dir. Timo Tjahjanto Director Timo Tjahjanto returns for more propulsive and chaotic possession horror with this direct sequel to his hit May the Devil Take You. This time, series-star Alfie is once again forced to wage war against hell’s dark forces when a group of teenage orphans unleash the demonic spirit of their former caretaker. A Shudder Original Film. My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To North American Premiere United States | 2020 | 90 Min. | Dir. Jonathan Cuartas Dwight (Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous, Gone Girl) and Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram) go to unimaginable, morally decrepit lengths to medicate their sick younger brother Thomas (Owen Campbell, Super Dark Times), who desperately needs blood to survive. Originally set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. A Dark Sky Films release. The Nest Italy | 2019 | 103 Min. | Dir. Roberto De Feo A young boy, suffering from paraplegia and trapped away in an isolated mansion under the rule of his domineering mother, has his life turned upside down when the arrival of the new teenage maid exposes him to his family’s darkest secrets in beautifully shot, Italian Gothic horror. The Night North American Premiere United States | 2020 | 105 Min | Dir. Kourosh Ahari Kourosh Ahari’s transfixing submission to the ranks of hotel-stay-from-hell horror canon is an endlessly unnerving tale of a couple and their infant forced to confront their darkest secrets after choosing the wrong place to sleep for the night. An IFC Midnight release. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson United States | 2019 | 104 Min | Dir. Ali Leroi Director Ali Leroi and screenwriter Stanley Kalu present one of the best and most radical uses of the time loop narrative device in the story of a gay black teenager forced to continuously relive May 28, a date in which, no matter what he does differently, Tunde Johnson finds himself unarmed and shot by the police at the end of the day. Pelican Blood Germany, Bulgaria | 2019 | 121 Min. | Dir. Katrin Gebbe Nina Hoss delivers a daring performance as a mother who suspects there are sinister supernatural forces at play when her newly adopted daughter turns from shy and charming to menacing and dangerous, threatening her idyllic country life in Katrin Gebbe’s (Nothing Bad Can Happen) engrossing and cerebral horror-drama. The Queen of Black Magic Indonesia | 2019 | 99 Min | Kimo Stamboel In this terrifying and gory tale of supernatural revenge from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror, Screenwriter Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slave) and director Kimo Stamboel (Headshot), a middle-class family journey to visit the terminally ill director of the orphanage where the father was raised as a child, only to encounter sinister and terrifying events as the dark history of the children’s home begins to reveal itself. Reunion World Premiere United States | 2020 | 95 Min | Dir. Jake Mahaffy A pregnant woman reconnects with her estranged mom (Julia Ormond) in this emotionally charged and quietly audacious psychological horror chiller that slowly and brutally lays bare the dark and horrific sins from a family’s shared history. A Dark Sky Films release. The Returned North American Premiere Argentina | 2019 | 92 Min | Dir. Laura Casabé In 1919 South America, a landowner’s wife, desperate to have a child after several miscarriages, decides to pray to a mythical deity to resurrect her stillborn son, unleashing something truly evil in this impactful horror allegory that gives power to the oppressed through eerie supernatural storytelling. Rose Plays Julie Ireland, UK | 2020 | 100 Min. | Dir. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor What begins with a young woman persistently tracking down her birth mother takes a dark tonal shift as she turns her sights to her odious blood father (Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones) in this eerie thriller. A Film Movement Release. Survival Skills United States | 2020 | 84 Min. | Dir. Quinn Armstrong Presented as a lost police training video from the 1980s, an at-first comedic look to the early days on the force for a newly-minted, naive officer quickly turns into a dark, satirical critique on the way our society and law enforcement institutions fail us in this timely, clever and unexpectedly sobering examination of a broken system. Time of Moulting U.S. Premiere Germany | 2020 | 80 Min | Dir. Sabrina Mertens Spanning over ten years in 1970s Germany, this chilling debut from Sabrina Mertens follows Stephanie as she’s raised in isolation by her cold father and emotionally distraught, bedridden mother. Suffocated by the weight of her family’s lifestyle, Stephanie’s mind gradually veers towards darker thoughts and, inevitably, troubling habits and actions. An Unquiet Grave World Premiere USA | 2020 | 72 Min. | Dir. Terence Krey Unable to come to terms with the death of his wife, a man and his sister-in-law return to the scene of the car accident to perform an ill-fated ritual in this two-handed chamber horror that terrifyingly shines a light on the dangers of extreme grief: unrelenting desperation, loss of self and the evil that exists in our darkest moments of despair. Nightstream Retro Bloody Muscle Body Builder In Hell Japan | 1995 | 63 Min. | Dir. Shinichi Fukuzawa This 8mm Japanese splatterfest poses the question – What if The Evil Dead’s Ash was a bodybuilder whose ex-girlfriend researches haunted houses and, as such, asked him to join her on a special investigation of his dead father’s supposedly ghost-ridden home? Courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing. Deadline Restoration World Premiere Canada | 1980 | 90 Min. | Dir. Mario Philip Azzopardi A decadent horror author living on the edge desperately works through writer’s block by conjuring the most shocking and gross scenarios this side of EC Comics in this jaw-dropping piece of Canuxploitation. Restoration courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive. Def By Temptation United States | 1990 | 94 Min. | Dir. James Bond III After becoming a target of a stunning succubus on the prowl in 1980s Brooklyn, a divinity scholar undergoing a crisis of faith must enlist the help of a drunken cop with a penchant for supernatural investigation if he’s going to stay alive. Restoration courtesy of Troma Entertainment and the American Genre Film Archive. Shock Value: How Dan O’Bannon and Some USC Outsiders Helped Invent Modern Horror Catch a rare glimpse into the earliest ideas from John Carpenter, Dan O’Bannon, and their peers before they changed genre forever in this one-of-a-kind, feature-length compilation of five historic student shorts from the late 60s/early 70s curated by USC archivist Dino Everett and author Jason Zinoman (Shock Value), with a conversation to follow, moderated by KJ Reith (UCLA FIlm & TV Archive). RELATED: Sarah Paulson-Led Run Gets Premiere Date at Hulu Panels, Podcasts & Conversations Virtual Fireside with Nia DaCosta Since her exceptional 2018 debut feature Little Woods, Nia DaCosta has quickly risen to be one of the top directorial voices in Hollywood, gaining the attention of Jordan Peele, Marvel, and many more to helm exciting new projects in the genre space. Moderated by journalist Hunter Harris (New York Magazine), we’ll take a deep dive into the state of the industry as well as hear about her highly anticipated film Candyman. 20th Anniversary Celebration of American Psycho with Mary Harron Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of American Psycho with a candid, in-depth conversation with filmmaker Mary Harron as she revisits every facet of this modern cult-classic. Moderated by Katie Rife (The A.V. Club). Adventures in the Screen Trade with Scott Beck & Bryan Woods A conversation with screenwriters/directors Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (collectively known as Beck/Woods) about their adventures in the Hollywood screen trade, from their early hard knocks culminating in their megahit screenplay A Quiet Place. Moderated by journalist Joshua Rothkopf. For The Love of Horror Comics Presented by Midnight Pulp Creators from all sides of the entertainment industry introduce us to the visionary worlds of their original horror comics and tell us why it’s so much fun to write about monsters, vampires, and haunted sneakers! Panelists: Rodney Barnes (Killadelphia), David Dastmalchian (Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter), Brea Grant (Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter), Rosie Knight (The Haunted High-Tops). Moderated by Richard Newby (The Hollywood Reporter). The Future of Horror is Female Presented by Arrow The Future of Film is Female presents a panel discussion about the future of horror films with women who are making the most exciting new work in the genre. Panelists: Laura Casabe (The Returned), Mariama Diallo (Hair Wolf), Nikyatu Jusu (Suicide by Sunlight), and Laura Moss (Fry Day). With Special Guests: Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters) and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (1000 Women In Horror). Moderated by Meredith Alloway (writer, producer, and filmmaker). Introduced by Caryn Coleman (The Future of Film is Female, Nitehawk Cinema). Horror Camp! Hosted by Peaches Christ (director, All About Evil), gather around the virtual flame and listen to renowned horror experts explore some of the most iconic and memorably campy entries (for better or worse!) in the horror film canon. Panelists include: Renée “Nay” Bever (Attack of the Queerwolf), Stacie Ponder (Writer, Final Girl), and William O. Tyler (Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers). Horror Queers Podcast Each week on the podcast Horror Queers, part of the Bloody Disgusting podcast network. Joe Lipsett and Trace Thurman tackle a horror film with LGBTQ+ themes, a high camp quotient, or both. For this special presentation, they’re dissecting Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning crime thriller The Cell (2000) starring Jennifer Lopez and Vincent D’Onofrio, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Horror Stories: Genre Fiction Masters Discuss Crafting Their Literary Scares This panel will gather four genre fiction masters to discuss how their work fits into the modern horror landscape. Panelists include: Nathan Ballingrud (North American Lake Monsters); Tananarive Due (the African Immortals series); Paul Tremblay (A Head Full Of Ghosts, Survivor Song); Sarah Read (2020 Bram Stoker Award winner for Best First Novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard). Moderated by journalist Aja Romano (Vox). Indonesian Horror presented by Shudder Join us for a discussion with some of the influential filmmakers leading the charge of Indonesian New Wave Horror during this defining moment in genre cinema history. Moderated by Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman. Making COVID Work: How To Create During A Global Pandemic Hear from artists who found a way to safely and successfully produce new and exciting genre work through zoom, Instagram, and web browsers. Panelists include: Eva Anderson (co-creator of Instagram horror game Arcana), Brittany Blum (co-creator of virtual nightclub Eschaton), and Rob Savage (director of breakout zoom film Host). Moderated by journalist Todd Martens (The L.A. Times). The Morbido Crypt’s Guide To Mexican Fantasy And Horror Cinema Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Join us for a scenic tour of Mexican genre cinema guided by Morbido Fest’s head programmer, Abraham Castillo Flores. Delving beyond luchadores and psychotronica, Abraham unearths the monsters that fomented a distinctive but barely acknowledged corner of our shadow cinematic consciousness, the rich history of Mexican fantasy and horror cinema. Switchblade Sisters Podcast Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. In this special Nightstream edition, screenwriter and former film critic April Wolfe sits down with Natasha Kermani, director of the cut-throat feminist thriller Lucky and the 2017 festival darling Imitation Girl, to slice-and-dice Kathryn Bigelow’s mindbending 1995 feature Strange Days. The Witching Hour Podcast Co-hosted by Perri Nemiroff and Haleigh Foutch, Collider’s horror podcast The Witching Hour digs into all things horror, from the biggest titles at the box office to under-the-radar gems, exclusive interviews, early reviews, deep-dive analysis, and all the need-to-know in genre film from two horror die-hards. On this episode, Haleigh and Perri will be joined by Dinner in America director Adam Rehmeier and actress Emily Skeggs. RELATED: Charlie Brown Gets Scary in New Halloween Raid71 Prints Special Events Benson & Moorhead’s Home Movies Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Synchronic, Spring, The Endless, Resolution), and Issa Lopez (Tigers are Not Afraid) explore their very, very early work, with real-time commentary and the benefit of hindsight to showcase and discuss their rarities, mistakes, and successes in all their embarrassing glory in this one-time event. Dinner With The Masters Of Horror: A Tribute To Mick Garris You are cordially invited to a virtual dinner with festival honoree Mick Garris & his friends, filmmakers Joe Dante, Ernest Dickerson, Axelle Carolyn, Mike Flanagan, Tom Holland, John Landis, William Malone, Tommy McLoughlin, and additional surprises. Close-out the festival weekend by sharing stories and toasting the utterly fascinating life of director, writer, producer, author, and tireless champion of horror, maestro Mick Garris. All attendees are encouraged to eat while watching. Evening Rituals Presented by IFC Midnight Kick off each night of the festival with a unique evening of cocktails, conversation, and ephemeral secrets in this bizarre take on a social hour featuring a parade of hosts including SpectreVision’s Elijah Wood, Lisa Whalen & Daniel Noah, filmmakers Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, and icons Barbara Crampton & Larry Fessenden All attendees will be emailed recipes for each guest’s beverage. The Eyeslicer Halloween Special: Sleepover Pajama Party, hosted by Gwilliam! Change into your PJs and join a gaggle of real live filmmakers for a one-time late-night chat and viewing party hosted by the notorious creature Gwilliam. Created by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell and executive produced by radical artist collective Meow Wolf, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special is a deranged Midnight movie anthology experience like no other. Final Exam Trivia: Nightstream Presented by Arrow Hosted by Ted Geoghegan and Michael Gingold this special edition of Final Exam will feature five rounds of trivia based on horror films from Boston, NYC, Miami, New Orleans, and the Pacific Northwest. Horror Homecoming Soirée with Peaches Christ Join legendary drag performer Peaches Christ for a blood-drenched evening of laughs, trivia, costume contests, drinking games, prizes, and more. Dust off your spookiest frock and slap on those devil horns honey because we’re about to Samara-crawl out of your screen to present a Horror Homecoming Soirée! Movie Trivia Nite Hosts Wendy & Kevin (the brains behind Nitehawk Trivia and Videology Trivia) have moved their bi-monthly trivia night online. In this special Nightstream edition, online movie trivia will consist of four rounds of trivia including two general knowledge rounds, a clip round, and a picture round. Pentagram Home Video (Death Waltz Originals): “In Concert After Dark” Immortal lounge singer Freddy Carrie Cruiser performs songs from the bars off the boulevard with love to Scott Walker & the films of David Lynch. Mr. Cruiser is joined by Renato Montenegro on guitar for this very special after dark Pentagram Home Video performance. Rated R Speakeasy’s Haunted Opening Night Party Rated R Speakeasy, the horror world’s premiere haunted party and pop-up bar from Graham Skipper and Meyer2Meyer Entertainment, bring the mayhem to your living room! Rated R’s virtual Opening Night Party will feature DJ Jonah Ray with special surprise guests, dancing monsters, and live aerial acrobatics performances with their signature horror-movie twist. Happy Haunting! Spooked Snap Judgment’s Spooked Podcast, hosted by Glynn Washington, showcases true-life supernatural stories told by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Spooked will present a classic tale from their archives each night of the festival. Be afraid. Nightstream will also feature a conversation with the Spooked team. Strange Storytelling Hour In this live storytelling special presented with Northwest Film Forum, emerging storytellers will recount unearthly happenings based on their own real-life experiences. Storytellers: El Sanchez (Host of The Moth Seattle), Emery Matson (Co-Founder of Writers Out Of Office), Jewells Blackwell (Actor, Weirdo Extraordinaire), and Vanessa Meyer (Programmer, Brooklyn Horror Fest). Hosted by Seattle-based storyteller, comedian, and weirdo Emmett Montgomery. Short Films Five Ways Boston Underground Film Festival — Short Programs Boston Underground Short Film Jury: Usama Alshaibi, Filmmaker – Profane, American Arab Monica Castillo, Journalist – The New York Times, DigBoston Celia Pouzet, Programmer – The Fantasia International Film Festival, MOTELx Film Festival The Dunwich Horrors: New England Shorts Disco Graveyard, Izzy Lee (USA), The Nurturing, dir. Alex DiVincenzo (USA), Jennifer Again, dir. Kyle Mangione-Smith (USA), Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant, dir. Sarah Kennedy, (USA), Shiny Diamonds, dir. Toni Nagy, Seth Chatfield (USA), Firstborn, dir. Erica Stockwell-Alpert (USA), Laynie Needs a Light, dir. Jill Harrigan (USA), Strange Bird, dir. Laura Lee Bahr (USA), Jonagold, dir. Michael Bizzaco & Michael Higgs (USA) Far Gone and Out A Poem in Bamboo dir. Xufei Wu, Chun Yao Chang (USA), A Sequence of Events, dir. Michael Edwards (USA), Fresh Green, dir. Ida Greenberg (USA), Obscurer, dir. Kiera Faber (USA), Crowded, dir. Nathania Rubin (USA), Re-Education of the Senses, dir. Erinn E. Hagerty & Adam Savje (USA), MEDIUM RARE, dir. Luca Cioci (USA), Tulipomania: (This Gilded Age) So What Are You Looking At?, dir. Cheryl Gelover, Tom Murray (USA), That Makes Two of Us, dir. Tim Hawkins (UK), The Haunted Swordsman, dir. Kevin McTurk (USA) Heartbeats & Brainwaves Come Be Creepy With Us, dir. Beth Fletcher (USA), Matryoshka, dir. Manny & Lindsay Serrano (USA), Space Tape, dir. Yuma Slowbinder (UK), Conspiracy Cruise, dir. Brad Abrahams (USA), Falcon & Hawke: GHOST HOST, dir. Dane Benton & Talia Krohmal (USA), Unholy ‘Mole, dir. David Bornstein (USA), One In Two People, dir. Ali Mashayekhi (Canada), The Film Machine, dir. Sonia Albert Sobrino, Miriam Albert Sobrino (Spain), The Cataclysm, Alexander Frasse (USA) Highly Illogical Glass Half Whatever, dir. Brian Budak (USA), Side Effects May Include, dir. Jonathan Kiefer (USA), Darling Pet Monkey dir. Jim McDonough (USA), Stream, dir. Eve Dufaud (Canada), Jeff Got Stabbed, dir. Peter Levine (USA), Umbilicus Desidero, dir. Michael J. Epstein (USA), FUPA, dir. Gustavo Martin (USA), #BlueBoar, dir. Alice Winslow (USA), Like.Share.Repost, dir. Stanislav Shelestov (Russia), Dante Falls, dir. Nancy Lin (USA), Suspense, dir. Jacob Burghart & Ben Burghart (USA), Jazzberry, dir. Maxwell Nalevansky (USA) Trigger Warning Santa Sangria, dir. Baptiste Grandin & Roser Tananbum (Spain | France), Uplift, dir. Rebecca Kahn, Abhishek Prasad (Canada), Catatonic, dir. Brian Zahm (USA), Life Is a Burger, dir. Patrick O’Brien (USA), Diabla, dir. Ashley George (USA | Mexico), Karaoke Night, dir. Francisco Lacerda (Portugal), Lifelike, dir. Jay Reid, Canada, Gacha Gacha, Dave Jackson (Japan), Changeling, dir. Faye Jackson, (UK) RELATED: Official Trailer & Poster for The Wolf of Snow Hollow Revealed The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival — Short Programs Brooklyn Horror Short Film Jury: Zena Dixon, Co-Host – The Bloody Disgusting Podcast Mattie Do, Filmmaker – Dearest Sister, The Long Walk Marie Zeniter, International Sales Manager – Magnolia Pictures Brooklyn Horror Home Invasion Jury: A.K. Espada – Alumni (’16, ’18, ’19) Robbie Lemieux – Alumni (’17, ’18, ’19) Nora Unkel – Alumni (’17, ’19) Nightmare Fuel Selfie, dir. John Poliquin (USA), Mr. Thisforthat, dir. Thomas Mendolia (USA), 4×6, dir. Jamie Gyngell (United Kingdom), Woodland Cemetery, dir. Niels Bourgonje (Netherlands), The Girl in the Woods, dir. Laura Kulik (USA), Separation, dir. Rebekah McKendry (USA), Attachment, dir. Katarzyna Babicz (Poland), Killing Small Animals, dir. Marcus Svanberg (Sweden), Abracitos, dir. Tony Morales (Spain) Head Trip Weirdo, dir. Ashlea Wessel (Canada), Nova, dir. David McAbee (USA), Gutterwitch, dir. Harry Baker (United Kingdom), Boy Eats Girl: A Zombie Love Story, dir. Sarah Gurfield (USA), Audio Guide, dir. Chris Elena (Australia), Coil, dir. Spencer Ryerson (Canada), Landgraves, dir. Jean-François Leblanc (Canada) Slayed: LGBTQ Horror Shorts Co-Presented by Newfest Don’t Text Back!, dir. Mariel Sharp, Kaye Adelaide (Canada), Going Steady, dir. Brydie O’Connor (USA), At the Edge of Night, dir. Philippe Sung, Brandon Fayette (USA), Susie, dir. Jordan Doig (USA), Thorns, dir. Sarah Wisner, Sean Temple (USA), I Love Your Guts, dir. David Janove (USA), Jeff Drives You, dir. Aidan Brezonick (USA) Home Invasion: NYC Horror Shorts Shut Eye, dir. Robert Gregson, Unfinished Business, dir. Mary Dauterman, The Mother, dir. Hope Olaidé Wilson, The Howling Wind, dir. Lorian Gish, Justin Knoepfel, Decapitato: Consequenze Mortali, dir. Sydney Clara Brafman, Lose It, dir. AJ Taylor, Maximillian Clark, HBDTM, dir. Moh Azima, Orisha, dir. Danny Garcia, The Door, dir. Kyle C. Mumford, The Three Men You Meet At Night, dir. Beck Kitsis The North Bend Film Festival — Short Programs North Bend Short Film Jury: Cinema Vista + Chaos Internal Vivian Hua, Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum Jennifer Reeder, Filmmaker – Knives and Skin Cameron Swanagon, Non-Theatrical and Festival Coordinator – Oscilloscope Laboratories Something Strange + Transient Territories Adam Baran, Producer – Emmy-nominated Circus of Books Michelle Garza Cervera, Filmmaker –Mexico Barbero, The Original Pedro Souto, Festival Director – MOTELx Film Festival Cinema Vista Figurant, dir. Jan Vejnar (France, Czech Republic), God’s nightmares, dir. Daniel Cockburn (UK, Canada), Your Last Day on Earth, dir. Marc Martínez Jordán (Spain), The thing that kills me the most, dir. Jason Giampietro (USA), Dark Water, dir. Erin Coates, Anna Nazzari (Australia), Richard Nixon: Getaway Driver, dir. Kevin Lonano (USA), Audio Guide, dir. Chris Elena (Australia), Limbo, dir. Nalle Sjöblad (Finland), Eyes of Eidolon, dir. Davi Pena (USA) Something Strang Snowflakes, dir. Faye Jackson (UK), There’s a Ghost in the House, dir. Becky Sayers, Brad McHargue (USA), Yandere, dir. William Laboury (France), Blocks, dir. Bridget Moloney (USA), She-Pack, dir. Fanny Ovesen (Norway), Hand in Hand, dir. Ennio Ruschetti (Switzerland), Smiles, dir. Javier Chavanel (Spain) Chaos Internal Foyer (Hearth), dir. Sophie B Jacques (Canada), Exterminator, dir. Duncan Birmingham (USA), Attachment, dir. Kataryzna Babicz (Poland), Your Monster, dir. Caroline Lindy (USA), Don’t Text Back!, dir. Mariel Sharp, Kaye Adelaide (CA), Abduction, dir. Paul Komadina (USA) Transient Territories Children of Satan, dir. Thea Hvistendahl (Norway), Heat, dir. Thessa Meijer (Netherlands), Unfinished Business, dir. Mary Dauterman (USA), Diabla, dir. Ashley George (Mexico), Metamorphosis, dir. Carla Pereira, Juanfran Jacinto (France), Crawler, dir. Ivan Radovic (Sweden), The History of Nipples, dir. Bailey Tom Bailey (UK), In the Dark Park, dir. Nicolás Schujman (Argentina) The Overlook Film Festival — Short Programs The Overlook Short Film Jury: Roxanne Benjamin, Filmmaker – Body at Brighton Rock, Southbound Natalie Erika James, Filmmaker – Relic Adam Piron, Programmer – Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program One Lili, dir. Yfke van Berckelaer (Netherlands), Snowflakes, dir. Faye Jackson (UK), Bakemono, dir. Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas (USA), Pulsión, dir. Pedro Casavecchia (Argentina/France), Place, dir. Jason Gudasz (USA), The Rougarou, dir. Lorraine Caffery (USA), Regret, dir. Santiago Menghini (Canada), Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother, dir. Stephen Irwin (UK) Shorts Program Two Benevolent Ba, dir. Diffan Sina Norman (Malaysia/USA), Laura Hasn’t Slept, dir. Parker Finn (USA), Imagine a World, dir. Joanna Tsanis (Canada), Farce, dir. Robin Jensen (Norway), Abracitos, dir. Tony Morales (Spain), The Doe, dir. Jennifer Lumbroso (France), Changeling, dir. Faye Jackson (UK), The Devil’s Harmony, dir. Dylan Holmes Williams (UK) Shorts Program Three Decapitato, dir. Sydney Brafman (USA), The Three Men You Meet at Night, dir. Beck Kitsis (USA), Stucco, dir. Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling (USA), No, I Don’t Want to Dance, dir. Andrea Vinciguerra (UK), Fatale Collective: Bleed, dir. Lola Blanc, Megan Rosati, Danin Jacquay, Francesca Maldonado, Natasha Halevi, Linda Chen (USA), The Deepest Hole, dir. Matt McCormick (USA), Nom, dir. Angel Hernández (Spain), A Strange Calm, dir. Austin Rourke (USA), Bad Hair, dir. Oskar Lehemaa (Estonia) Popcorn Frights Film Festival — Short Programs Popcorn Frights Short Film Jury: Brittany Allen, Actress/Producer/Composer – What Keeps You Alive, Z, The Boys Andre Gower, Actor/Director – Monster Squad, Wolfman’s Got Nards Rachel Talalay, Producer/Director – Freddy’s Dead, Tank Girl David Howard Thornton, Actor – Terrifier 1 & 2 Maxwell Wolkin, Director of Non-Theatrical Sales – Film Movement Animation Domination 100,000 Acres of Pine, dir. Jennifer Alice Wright (France), A Date with Mr. Mappleton, dirs. Gabriel Akpo-Allavo, Constance Auge, Julia Brasileiro Lopes Garcia, Lucas Narjoux, Meghane Renaud (France), A Night in Camp Heebie Jeebie, dir. Dylan Chase (USA), Animals, dir. Tue Sanggaard (Denmark), The Animator, dir. Trent Shy (USA), The Beholder, dir: Shaun Clark (United Kingdom), Chicken of the Dead, dir. Julien David (France), Gholü, dir. Leo Nicholson (United Kingdom), The Haunted Swordsman, dir. Kevin McTurk (USA), Malakout, dir. Farnoosh Abedi (Iran), Pork Chop, dir. Katherine Guggenberger (USA), Seoulsori, dir. Kim Kyoung-bae (South Korea), Whence Come Brussels Sprouts, dir. Mark Reynolds (USA) Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror The Anniversary Party, dir. John Ainslie (USA), Beach Day, dir. Harrison Fishman (USA), Cabal, dir. Conspiracy Cruise (USA), Culpa, dir. Miguel Ferrer (USA), Dead Mall, dir. Olivia Lloyd (USA), Don’t Let It In, dir. Jessica Henric (USA), Night of the Shooter, dir. Jason Daly (USA), Pete’s Putrid Peas, dir. Danny Rosenberg (USA), Rainbow in the Dark, dir. Ben Mosca (USA), The Sexton and the Spade, dir. John Rhoads & Mike Marrero (USA), Sushi Night, dir. Jack Kierski (USA) International Midnighters Abracitos, dir. Tony Morales (Spain), Antique, dir. Morten Haslerud (Norway), The Fourth Wall, dir. Victoria Lacoste (France), Hand in Hand, dir. Ennio Ruschetti (Switzerland), Heat, Thessa Meijer (Netherlands), The Little One, dir. Danilo Beckovic (Serbia), Live Forever, dir. Gustav Egerstedt (Sweden), Morbus, dir. Kerim Banka (Canada), Peter the Penguin, dir. Andrew Rutter (United Kingdom), Satanic Panic ‘87, dir. Bryan M. Ferguson (Scotland), Swipe, dir. Niels Bourgonje (Netherlands) Midnighters Facelift, dir. Virat Pal (USA), Flick, dir. Ariel Zengotita (USA), The Howling Wind, dirs. Lorian Gish & Justin Knoepfel, Reflection, dir. Heath C. Michaels (USA), Selfie, dir. John Poliquin (USA), Snake Dick, dir. David Mahmoudieh (USA), Suspense, dir. Ben & Jacob Burghart (USA), Waffle, dir. Carlyn Hudson (USA), We All Scream, dirs. Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing (USA)