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[Film Festival] October in Columbus Gets Real – Nightmares Film Festival Locks In Their 4-Day Program

One of the Grue-Crew’s favorite film festivals is the NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL held in Columbus, Ohio. HNR Co-host Christopher G. Moore, who attended the festival when his film Knob Goblins screened, is planning to return to promote his latest short GUT PUNCHED. The films screens in the Recurring Nightmares B short horror film block.  Jason Tostevin not only heads a killer film festival but also supports and attends many other festivals and is an accomplished director himself with shorts such as BORN AGAIN. Below is the complete 2018 program. Make your plans now!

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS COMPLETE 2018 PROGRAM

Top genre event will present 24 features and 164 shorts over a four-day program, Oct. 18-21

Columbus, OH – For horror fans, Christmas has come three months early — in the form of the Nightmares Film Festival 2018 program, revealed today by the leading genre fest. True to its “#BetterHorror” motto, the program is jammed top to bottom with a mix of premier genre films from around the globe. Across the 188 films, there are dozens of world and North American premieres, a short accompanied by live in-theater music, projects from genre favorites, a Stephen King block, and even a new documentary section. “We’re on a never-ending, worldwide quest to discover the films that are reshaping the boundaries of horror — bold voices, new visions of terror, films that haunt you,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “That’s how we build every Nightmares, and this may be our best lineup yet.” The features lineup is stacked with the world premieres of some of horror’s most anticipated new movies, including white-knuckle thriller The Final Interview from Fred Vogel (Toetag Pictures, August Underground); twisted kidnap nightmare The Bad Man from Scott Schirmer (Found, Harvest Lake); ‘80s-style horror anthology Skeletons in the Closet from Tony Wash (The Rake); and paranoia-fueled apocalypse tale Haven’s End from Chris Etheridge (Attack of the Morningside Monster). North American feature debuts include The Head from the director of ThanksKilling, about a medieval monster hunter; Christmas horror-comedy The Night Sitter; action-horror creature feature Book of Monsters; and mistaken-identity comedy-thriller Kill Ben Lyk. Horror legend Bill Lustig will open the festival with a brand new 4K restoration of his classic, Maniac. New cult director Jason Trost (The FP) will attend with The FP 2: Beats of Rage. Nightmares also continues its tradition of presenting one of the top genre shorts programs in the world. This year’s short films include horror, thriller, midnight and horror-comedy blocks playing throughout the festival. The festival also introduces its Recurring Nightmares section this year, a category that showcases the newest shorts by festival alums. The fest’s legendary Midnight Mindfuck block also returns. The section, called “one of the most dangerous and challenging programs at any festival” (The Film Coterie), will present Trauma, a harrowing tale grounded in the darkest parts of Chilean history, and La Puta es Ciega (The Whore is Blind), a surreal and violent exploration of the streets of Mexico. “Every aspect of Nightmares is filtered through the question, what would excite us as fans?,” said co-founder Chris Hamel. “We don’t think there’s a better experience for makers and lovers of horror than the four days of Nightmares Film Festival.” The 13 finalists in both the Nightmares short and feature screenplay competitions were also announced. The ultimate winner in each competition will be announced at the awards ceremony on Oct. 20. Nightmares begins Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and runs until Sunday night, Oct. 21. Fans who are ready to make the pilgrimage to Columbus, Ohio will find a limited number of passes still available for the festival at gatewayfilmcenter.org/NFF. Nightmares Film Festival is one of the top horror film celebrations in the world. It has been the number-one-rated genre film festival on submission platform FilmFreeway for 30 consecutive months.

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL 18 LINEUP

SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS Boo – Rakefet Abergel Mourning Meal – Jamal Hodge Hiking Buddies – Megan Morrison Living Memory – Stephen Graves #dead – Derek Stewart The Burning Dress – Sam Kolesnik For Good Behavior – Ron Riekki Air – Dalya Guerin Invidia – Vanessa Wright Minotaur – Michael Escobedo Pancake Skank – Savannah Rodgers The Callback – Sophie Hood The Farm – Cate McLennan FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS Patience of Vultures – Greg Sisco People of Merrit – Adam Pottle The Shame Game – Greg Sisco Rise of the Gulon – Matt Wildash Left Of The Devil – Stephen Anderson Bartleby Grimm’s Paranormal Elimination Service – Dan Kiely Kelipot – Seth Nesenholtz The Coldest Horizon – Jeffrey Howe Throwback – Rachel Woolley Resurrection Girl and the Curse of the Wendigo – Nathan Ludwig The Caul – Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein The Devil’s Gun – James Christopher Residual – Tyler Christensen HORROR FEATURES The Bad Man Skeletons in the Closet Livescream The Night Sitter Book of Monsters Maniac 4k Confessions of a Serial Killer The Head Never Hike Alone The Field Guide to Evil THRILLER FEATURES The Final Interview Kill Ben Lyk Clementina Be My Cat: A Film For Anne The LaPlace’s Demon Alive Betsy Haven’s End Dark Iris MIDNIGHT FEATURES Beats of Rage Camp Death III in 2D! Trauma La Puta es Ciega More Blood! RECURRING NIGHTMARES A Killing Giggles The Unbearing Let’s Play Amy’s in the Freezer One Hundred Thousand Anniversary Apartment 402 Enough E-Bowla Vampiras Satanicas II: The Death Bunny 42 Counts RECURRING NIGHTMARES B Galmi Syphvania Grove Rites of Vengeance The Scarlet Vultures Music Lesson Thousand-Legged Terror BFF Girls Gut Punched (directed by HNR / DoH co-host Christopher G. Moore) Basoan HORROR SHORTS A Ayuda Bathroom Troll Don’t Drink the Water The After Party Masks Here There Be Monsters Don’t Look Into Their Eyes Heartless El Cuco is Hungry HORROR SHORTS B Little Save Childer Conductor All You Can Carry Made You Look The Desolation Prize Doggy See Evil Spectres Goodbye Old Friend There’s a Monster Behind You Blondie HORROR SHORTS C Ding Dong Oscar’s Bell Red Mosquito Goodnight Gracie Baghead Wyrmwood Avulsion House Guests The Last Seance Three HORROR SHORTS D The Bloody Ballad of Squirt The Chains One Dark Night Fears Midnight Delivery I Beat It Mama’s Boy Alien Death Fuck Hell of a Day Vonnis The Dark Ward Mystery Box THRILLER SHORTS A 4EVR Nocturne The Noise of the Light Short Leash Instinct Where’s Violet Tutu Grande THRILLER SHORTS B Lady Hunters Smiley’s Headless Swans A Death Story Called Girl Dead Cool You’ll Only Have Each Other THRILLER SHORTS C The Box Salvatore Witch’s Milk Post Mortem Mary Spurn Esther They Eat Your Teeth They Wait for Us MIDNIGHT SHORTS A CLAW Mayday The Hex Dungeon I Am Not a Monster Gentlewoman’s Guide to Dom. Blood Highway Sock Monster The Monster Within Viral Blood No Monkey MIDNIGHT SHORTS B Imagine Fetish The Jerry Show Proceeds of Crime Television Mother Fucker Ding-Dong Night Terrors The Thang Rift Häxan MIDNIGHT SHORTS C Tears of Apollo Nightmare The Mare Mother Rabbit Lipstick Human Resources Blood and Moonlight Suicide Note Enjoy the View Freelancer STEPHEN KING DOLLAR BABIES The Things We Left Behind I Am the Doorway OHIO SHORTS A The Borrower Below the Trees The Sewing Circle The Choice What Comes Out Beyond Repair Occupied Hell to Pay Who’s There OHIO SHORTS B Down the Hatchet The Green Lady Not From Around Here Den The Cat House of Hell Dodo Cry Baby Bridge SHORTS PAIRED WITH FEATURES Marta The Party’s Over A Thing of Dreams Mother of a Sacred Lamb Dual What Metal Girls are Into My First Time Canine Latched Offerings Jingle Hell Arret Pipi Entropia Helminth Cabin Killer American Undead The Thing about Beecher’s Gate Phototaxis Best of Me HORROR COMEDY SHORTS Amigos Netflix and Chill Attack of Potato Clock Foxwood Rattle Bitten Heavy Flow Sell Your Body The Infection Blood Sisters Shit … They’re All Vampires Late There’s One Inside the House

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Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
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