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september 5th 2020

Red Roof Inn & Suites
1212 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115

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2019 Official Film Selections

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SHTRIGA

Students interview an eccentric old man who says he can help them uncover truths about a local witch legend. They get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the witch and are never heard from again.

AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS

When their night to reconnect is interrupted by intruders, a group of estranged friends must overcome their personal conflict to find out who among them is hiding a monstrous secret.

THE INSIDE

A mother and her son move into an old house with a dark and sinister secret. They experience random and strange occurrences and begin to wonder if it's the work of their depraved neighbor or something else entirely.

COLD COLD COFFIN

Upon discovering that her wealthy husband (who is significantly older than her) is very close to dying, a woman is overjoyed by the thought of receiving his inheritance. Little does she know that he has noticed her joy in the matter, and has decided to cryogenically freeze himself until the day she dies... 

From the mind of Dennis Dunaway, of Alice Cooper fame!

THE INVISIBLE MOTHER

When lesbian stoner Marcy returns to her grandparents’ home to help care for her mentally declining grandmother, she discovers they are being terrorized by a malevolent force from a Victorian post-mortem photograph.

ROSA LEIGH

In the 1950's a girl was born possessed, by an ancient demon known as Darkness, by the hand of her mother practicing black magic. This young girl "Rosa Leigh" was killed at the age of 7 at her Elementary School titled Ruth Lee Elementary, by the hand of her teacher. Fast forward to modern day, a team of four paranormal investigators seek to debunk the claims which surround the abandoned school. However, they inadvertently release the darkness which dwells within the school. But what the lead paranormal investigator did not know, he is related to Rosa Leigh.

ROSA LEIGH

One late night Dan walks out to his car and is greeted by a ghostly visitor.

MY ROOMMATE THE VAMPIRE

Two friends discover the truth about their roommate: he's not human.

THICKER THAN WATER

After her husband is infected in the zombie apocalypse, a dedicated, loving wife to tries to keep her husband in her life, regardless of the consequences.

FANATICO

When students moonlighting as sex workers are being murdered at a Catholic boarding school, the new girl with strange visions must try to uncover the truth.

CREAKER

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

THE MOOR

Oliver has taken his daughter Heather to the moor to find a May Day celebration but when she disappears he believes a mysterious huntsman has snatched her. As he searches for her, the moor becomes an endless nightmare. Just when it seems Oliver is defeated, he meets the huntsman who tells him his daughter is at a May Day celebration over the hill. Assured by his kind eyes, Oliver thanks the huntsman and goes to the celebration where he finds Heather but a dreadful twist of fate awaits.

NO WAY OUT

A survivor of a civilisation-ending disaster makes their way through an irradiated wasteland while experiencing nightmarish visions.

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.

LULLABY

A young father will do anything to protect his family, even if it means losing his mind.

ODDKO

Dark fashion and psychedelia converge in 2018's insanely stylish VFX music video directed by visual director/musician Giovanni Bucci, and produced together with partner Paola Rocchetti through their creative studio Void 'n Disorder.

“Disobey” it’s a multidisciplinary art project that integrates dozens of detailed, disparate production elements into one cohesive vision, sound, and beat. The video explores themes of Man vs. Machine, of Nature vs. Technology, and paints the Goddess Hekate as a 21st Century nightmare, ensnaring victims and bending them to her will.

BURN

In the midst of national hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy, a child is born bearing the scars of other people's sins.

COME IN (THE WATER'S FINE)

Hilo rock band Technical Difficulties has surfaced with a new music video titled Come In (The Water’s Fine). Directed by Derek Frey, the video features footage from Frey’s award-winning horror film Green Lake. Come In showcases TD’s leads Trever Veilleux and RaVani Flood telling the story of a group who venture into Green Lake, encountering a seductive Mo’o creature. Havoc ensues, turning their once tranquil vacation into a slaughter.

BODY FARM

An independent film company sends a videographer ahead of a story to investigate a body farm where human decomposition is researched. The footage she sends back leads the rest of her team to follow her footsteps to uncover a grisly medical abyss.

BITTEN

A mysterious & violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.

BLOOD ORANGE

Blood Orange is a dark comedy/horror that follows Angela, a young women who’s ability to be so full of herself causes her to lose sight of what is really important and fall into a trap that isn’t so easily escaped. Angela is obsessed with getting out of town, ignoring her best friend, Em in favor of her new job and coworkers who are the start of Angela’s ‘new life’. Angela must either come to the realization that what’s important may not be what’s best for her, or try to run in the bloody wake of her mistakes. You don’t really know what’s truly important to you until it is too late . . . or do you?

MARA

Bereaved parents struggle to find a new normal after the death of their daughter, but one of them has become convinced that she is still with them.

BAD DREAMS

A boy in bed thinks something’s escaped the cellar. 
Suddenly...A deformed face looms over the boy with a harrowing scream.

This bad dream remembered by a Man as he shaves making him cut his neck. It bleeds. 
He wonders ‘How many shaving cuts would it take to bleed to death?’

He decides, his guest, locked downstairs needs a shave.

FURROW

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

RED JOSEPHINE

Two women, the seductive Margot and the innocent Josephine, are alone in a house with a mysterious, otherworldly entity.

SATURN THROUGH THE TELESCOPE

Max is a ten-year-old boy obsessed with insects, telescopes and monsters. One night he decides to escape from his bed to watch a terror film in the TV. Surprised by his mother, he is returned to his bedroom. However, he is fascinated by the images he has seen, but they will give him nightmares.

OSCAR'S BELL

Duncan (Paul Bullion, Peaky Blinders) and his dog Oscar have gone on their weekly camping trip into the wilderness together. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back.

SWEETIE

Two unexpected trick-or-treaters torment an isolated farmer after he has no treats to offer.

LOBISOME

Jorge and Iván receive a simple assignment: steal a briefcase and deliver it to their client in the bathrooms of an airport. What they did not imagine is that the briefcase contains a thousand-year curse.

PARALYSIS

Shin is caught between dreams and reality. She tries to cope with everyday responsibilities, not being sure, if what she sees is real or not.

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 CROWS OF CULVER

The Crows of Culver chronicles the final year in the lives of the Turner family - carnival rides, rock collecting, trick or treating, & demonic possession.

LADY IN THE SHOWER

A woman with a shady secret is haunted by a mysterious entity, while taking a shower in a historic hotel.

THE ORCHESTRA

A young woman is haunted by an undead orchestra when she finds herself alone in an empty theatre.

NIGHT OF THE FLUFFET

"Night of the Fluffet" is a cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home. 

BOY!

"Boy!" follows the story of a man cursed to be the errand runner for an ancient evil spirit. It haunts and tortures his every waking moment until he delivers its latest victim. But is his torment real, or is the true evil all in his head?

MIRROR MIRROR A TALE OF BLOOD

Two women try to re-enact a centuries old incantation to call forth an Urban Legend who they believe murdered their sister.

MUTINY

A young reporter in NYC discovers the presence of a terrifying disease that spreads through social media.

MURDER HOUSE

Every town has a haunted house located within its borders. 
If not haunted by things unseen and unknown, then a place 
borne of violent tragedy. Some of these houses become 
legendary and enter the national conscience. The 
Amityville Horror in upstate New York comes to mind. 
Tonight is the five-year anniversary of the Cavanaugh 
family massacre, and for the first time in several years, 
someone will dare to enter the belly of the beast in 
Edgewood, Maryland—the Murder House.

TOGETHER AGAIN

Joan is struggling to cope after the recent death of her husband Ben. During one sleepless night she sees Ben who warns her about a monster in the closet.

MEAT UP

Inspired by horror works of the 70's. Meat Up explores how far survival instincts go. A night of fun at the local Haunted Attraction turns into a horrific day after 3 strangers wake up and become part of the hunt.

BLOOD STAINS

Leaving his band and girlfriend behind to become a star in America, an ambitious singer meets a mysterious hitch-hiker who can turn his dream into a nightmare.

Laz, a musician from the border land of El Paso/Juarez, always believed his destiny was to become a famous rock star.

Unfortunately, neither his bandmates nor his girlfriend believe in his hopes and dreams. Frustrated, he leaves it all behind for a shot at stardom. With only his Mother’s blessing, Laz leaves to Los Angeles for his shot at the American Dream.

It is on the road to Hollywood that he encounters a mysterious man. Stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert, he asks Laz for a ride to Los Angeles, in return he will cover all expenses on their way there. But is there something else behind this chance encounter?

On their Journey, Laz must make a choice and discover how far he is willing to go for a shot at his dream.

NO MONKEY

A dying woman and her exasperated daughter face the threat of home invasion. As Agnes succumbs to illness, Marion struggles to endure the pernicious ramblings of a once loving mother. When Agnes can no longer distinguish reality from fantasy, the home may fall.

ARE YOU AWAKE

We are most vulnerable whilst we sleep. The devil sits at the end of the bed.

STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER

A young punk and a houseful of drunks square off against the gang of militant straight edgers that he's abandoned.

BLOOD MOON 

Unable to cope with scars from war, a blacksmith makes a strange deal to heal his wounds.

DODAH 

After taking advantage of a drunk woman, a man finds himself being stalked by a mysterious creature that won't let him leave her house.

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.

GREASE GHOUL  

Our third, micro-budget short film pays a homage to the slasher genre. Grease Ghoul centers around a dissolving couple who enter a junkyard haunted by a spirit that does not want to spend eternity alone. Inspirations for the film originated from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Maximum Overdrive as they both featured horror occurring during the daylight hours.

THE TATTOOIST  

‘The Tattooist’ follows the dark obsessions of a tattooist whose studio is acclaimed for its exceptional and intricately crafted tattoos. Those who receive his prized masterpiece are drugged, imprisoned, and then forced to fight their fears in a race against the clock to escape. Can they escape or will they become victims of The Tattooist?

POLTERHEIST  

Two hapless small-time criminals kidnap a psychic medium, forcing her to contact the gangster they murdered to find his buried cash. 
Racing against the clock with fear of reprisal from a psychotic gang boss, they accidentally unleash a demon hell-bent on revenge.

FOOD 

All Nail wants is to make his father proud. But when his father takes him hunting for the first time, things don't go quite as planned. Now Nail's rite of passage could be a passage right to Hell.

LIGHTS 

When Mia notices streetlights turning off around her, she decides to start documenting her experiences. She'll soon find that some things are better left unseen.

BATHORY '13

A musical allusion to, and modernization of, the Countess Elizabeth Bathory legend.

BUGS: A TRILOGY 

A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor’s orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS. On their own, spiders, parasites, and bedbugs hold their own private horror for those who are beset by the quiet scuttles and slurps of inhuman creatures. But for Diane, Hannah, and Elena, three varied yet eerily similar women, these bugs represent the larger horrors of paranoia, helplessness, and abandonment.

HUNTER A.

With only 89,000 inhabitants left on Earth, Hunter A. is the only hope for humanity. Awoken in a barren field with no memory he finds a mysterious weapon that instructs him to eliminate Target 13 within a 72 hour window. Allied with the warrior Nikki, the two find themselves alone,in a wasteland, facing numerous demons and deadly creatures. Will they complete their mission, or face their unknown fate when time runs out.

WYRMWOOD: CHRONICLES OF THE DEAD

A girl, trapped in an underground bunker with a psychotically evil doctor and a group of zombie-blending soldiers, must orchestrate a fantastically daring escape before her brains are sucked out of her skull.

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.

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.

HERE WE COME 

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

IN VIOLET

Entomophobia is the first music video for the London based band In Violet. It centres around the fear of insects and features tons of creepy crawlies, out to spook unsuspecting humans. The video is partly comprised of archive footage and 3D sequences, mixed with a performance by the band. The outcome is an eerie and unsettling atmosphere, which is accompanied by an unusual combination of string instruments.

PARANORMAL PENCIL 

* NO SYNOPSIS GIVEN 

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