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Twisted Dreams Film Festival Presents Another Virtual Version with Vicious Visions

Milwaukee’s Twisted Dreams Film Festival is going virtual for the second year in a row for its sixth edition, and the lineup includes human monsters, weird creatures, supernatural terror, and horror of all kinds! Following you will find film descriptions, ticket information, and other important info, gathered from the fest’s official announcement and website.

Twisted Dreams Virtual Film Festival

Featuring the most Twisted Independent Films from around the world

  • June 4th-13th
  • Virtual Film Festival
  • Nightmare pass $60
  • Short Film Pass $50
  • Feature Pass $40

It is finally time for Twisted Dreams to bring you the 6th annual Twisted Dreams Film Festival. Last year was the first time we did a virtual event, and it was such a huge success that we are going to do it again this year. Due to the overwhelming success we have increased our staff and will be expanding to a 10 day festival (June 4th-13th). To purchase passes for the online event please click the link http://www.twisteddreamsff.com/

We are proud to have an amazing panel of judges this year. Our feature judges will be the legendary actor Mark Metcalf as well as the director of our jury feature for the film H0us3 Manolo Munguia. Judging the short films this year is Kevin McTurk, winner of the jury short for The Haunted Swordsman, R. Michael Gull, star of the film Cactus Jack, and World Famous Comic Nate Ford. The Wisconsin short film judges will be screen writers the “Them Thornton Brothers”, Jason and Chris Thornton. http://www.twisteddreamsff.com/judges.html

We are excited to announce the selections for the 6th Annual Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival and it is our largest selection of films yet.  This year we have more features, more shorts, and more short blocks.  No matter what your genre interests are you will find them at this year’s festival.  And if you want to watch everything we got a great deal. The Nightmare Pass is only $60 and you get access to every movie.  tdff2021.eventive.org/passes/buy

Features

Cactus Jack – 80 minutes – Dir. The Thornton Brothers
When an amateur documentarian sets out to make a film about a man who hasn’t left his mother’s basement in six months, he discovers the recluse is in fact a vile doomsday hatemonger. The tables are turned when the maniac snaps, imprisons him, and takes control of the cameras to start a vitriolic, venomous podcast-making enemies far and wide and promising violent retribution.-
Trailer – https://youtu.be/cRQJFntJG3E Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a090ce75d7180308b119f3


Cohabitation – 86 minutes – Dir. Lauren Barker
While former paramedic Emily tries to live a low-key life to cope with her PTSD, her new roommate has other plans–and a long-held vendetta against medical personnel.-
Tickets-  https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08cb55f62380075767f9f


Companion – 100 minutes – Dir. John Darbonne


In a post apocalyptic world everyone must find their own way to survive.  Married couple Gus and Ella face increasingly difficult decisions and must deal with the guilt those decisions have brought. But there is no time to think about such things as evil companions are out there praying on people’s fear. 
​Trailer –  https://vimeo.com/476911111
Tickets –https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08cf37c338402e393bd0f


Directed by Evil – 61 minutes – Dir. Timothy Nennig
A comedic parody of American horror tropes, in which an unfortunate crew struggles to record a b-horror film at a cabin in the woods, until something evil awakens!
Trailer – https://vimeo.com/513608333 ​
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08d1d5f62380075767fc0


Parallel Minds – 86 minutes – Dir. Benjamin Ross Hayden 
In the near future, technology firm Red-Eye is on the verge of developing a revolutionary contact lens that records human sight to replicate memories. The device uses an artificially engineered intelligence known as U.R.M.
When the company’s lead researcher is strangely murdered at the time of the technology’s release, Thomas Elliot (Greg Bryk), an old-fashioned police detective investigates with intrepid researcher Margo Elson (Tommie Amber Pirie) who are drawn into searching deeper to apprehend the illusive digital shapeshifter.
Both soon are terrifyingly threatened by memories of their past the deeper they continue to seek in uncovering what this dangerous artificial intelligence is trying to consume.
Tickets – https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08c6f6de8a3008d715ee1


To Freddy – 71 minutes – Dir. Viljar Bøe

To Freddy


Freddy is going on one last camping trip with his closest classmates. Before the trip, he finds a box with letters that claim to tell the future. The message is clear: One of his friends is going to kill him.
Trailer –  https://vimeo.com/443411051 Tickets-  https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08c152742d700455c8603


Twisted Animated Short Films – 67 minutes
Some think animated films are just for kids, these films aim to prove that notion wrong.  
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a061337c338402e3939c65


Twisted Comedy Short Films – 86 minutes
If you consider it horror comedy or comedy horror the Twisted Comedy Short Films has what your are looking for. 
Tickets-  https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a0065dec00670037ffff65



Twisted Paranormal Short Films – 82 minutes
More than just a normal ghost story, these films will have you cringing in delight. 
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a063be9840cc005c64a3a7

Golem


Twisted Reality Short Films – 94 minutes
It maybe set in the future or in current times but these films will push the limits on what we consider possible. 
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a07f08de501702f5000f12

  • Can’t Go Home Again – Dir. Anthony J. Cook 
  • Hospital Dumpster Divers – Dir.  Anders Elsrud Hultgreen – https://vimeo.com/435030054
  • Killing Time – Dir. Cody Lovorn 
  • Sundown Trail – Dir. Luke Guidici – https://vimeo.com/458628788
  • The Aspirant -Dir.  Adam Orton 
  • The Ballad of Captain Vengence – Dir. Benji Wragg
  • The Gorgoneae – Dir. DT Kofoed

Twisted Suspense Short Films – 77 minutes
These films will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next. There will be no relaxing during these shorts.  
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a0651e3d765a003e089be7

  • Big Wheels – Dir. Andrew Simpson –  https://youtu.be/M9sndmtHRHc
  • Little Brother – Dir. Dikega Hadnot
  • Siren – Dir. Christopher Beaubien –  https://vimeo.com/350176996
  • Song of the Common Loon – Dir. Curtis Brown and Brian K. Landis
  • Vicious Circle  – Dir. Edith McBride and Robby McBride

Twisted Thrillers Short Films  – 86 minutes
Looking for murder, mayhem, and gore? Then these are the shorts for you.  
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a07e0d7c338402e393b0b0


Twisted Wisconsin Short Films – 76 minutes
Wisconsin is home to some of the best twisted filmmakers. We like to showcase these homegrown talents.  
Tickets- https://watch.eventive.org/tdff2021/play/60a08073bb28b0006360de0c

  • Alien Abduction – Dir. AV Super Sunshine, Marcel Chagnon, Reinhart (Ray) Peschke
  • Apprehension – Dir. Matthew Brandis – https://youtu.be/_pvX3bXHCl8
  • Contaminated – Dir. Brian Klewin –  https://vimeo.com/403160535
  • Love Me Tinder – Dir. Haight
  • Meliase – Nature Movie – Dir. Ramesh Kumar
  • Mime Sublime – Dir. Julia Smith
  • The Box Fort – Dir. Brian Klewin
  • The Happenings in Whistler Night – Dir. Mangus Gruendemann 

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5. He is a contributing writer for "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" print magazine and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, Ghastly Grinning, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" and "Uphill Both Ways" podcasts. Joseph has also written for “Scream” magazine, "Filmfax" magazine, “SQ Horror” magazine, and the websites That's Not Current an HorrorNews.net. He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5. He is a contributing writer for "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" print magazine and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, Ghastly Grinning, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" and "Uphill Both Ways" podcasts. Joseph has also written for “Scream” magazine, "Filmfax" magazine, “SQ Horror” magazine, and the websites That's Not Current an HorrorNews.net. He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.