Nightmares Film Festival Reveals Its Secret Sunday Screenings

Columbus, Ohio’s Nightmares Film Festival has announced what’s in store for its three secret Sunday screenings scheduled for October 24, 2021: The first two episodes of SYFY’s new series Day of the Dead, Bruce Campbell’s new horror comedy Black Friday, and A24’s new feature film The Humans are all now on tap. Full details are in the official press announcement, which follows.

Ooh, Nightmares Film Festival — you sneaky devil, you.

Nightmares Film Festival revealed today it’s been hiding three secret Sunday screenings in its “#BetterHorror” schedule. And that additional lineup? It’s a doozy, with an A24 feature, a feature horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell, and two episodes of brand new SYFY series Day of the Dead followed by a live Q&A with the showrunners.

“Nightmares is really about a genre adventure and feeling a sense of discovery, so each year, we try to have some surprises for the Sleepless hidden away in the program,” said co-founder Chris Hamel, using the festival’s moniker for its die-hard audience. “We kept this year’s second screen on Sunday a secret until now, and we think these three additional experiences are really special, and add to an already industry-leading program.”

All three previously secret screenings will take place on Sunday, October 24. They begin at noon Eastern with the world’s only theatrical screening of the first two episodes of SYFY’s new Romero-inspired series, Day of the Dead, followed by a live Q&A with co-showrunners and executive producers Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. SYFY describes the series, which airs Friday nights, as “the intense story of six strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion.”  

Black Friday

At 2 p.m., secret screening number two will be the midwest premiere of Black Friday!, a sci-fi horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell about a group of toy store employees who must protect each other from a horde of parasite-infected shoppers. 

And at 4 p.m., the final secret screening is the midwest premier of A24’s haunting new feature The Humans, adapted from the Tony-award-winning stage play of the same name. 

The Humans

The complete NFF 21 schedule and list of selected films and finalist screenplays is available here. For the Sleepless planning their pilgrimage to Nightmares this year, some passes are still available, and tickets to individual features and shorts blocks are now on sale. 

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 the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph 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.