Donald Sidney-Fryer, Harlan Ellison, S. T. Joshi, Skinner, Cody Goodfellow, Scott Connors
| United States
This feature-length documentary about poet, artist and fantasy writer Clark Ashton Smith features many prominent writers, artists, and creators of contemporary Weird literature and art. This is the 125th anniversary of Clark Ashton Smith's birthday, and this is the perfect way to discover and celebrate his storied career and legacy!
Rob Raco, Josh Collins, Samantha Carly, Parmiss Sehat, Billie-Rae Grant, Michael Dickson
Hammer of the Gods is the story of falling-from-grace rock group, Sled Dog, half a decade after the release of their hit single, Backfire. Since Backfire, they have only put out one album—a critical and financial failure. After another lackluster tour, guitarist and songwriter, Eric Patrick, is ready to throw in the towel to the dismay of his friend and bandmate, Olivia Greenwood.
After a chance encounter with rock-legend and life-long idol, Emerson Gilmour, Eric is willing to take one more chance at success, the way Emerson Gilmour did it back in the 70s—out in the Canadian mountains with a guitar and a bag of psychedelic drugs.
Prepared for a five-day canoe trip down a remote river, Eric, Olivia, the band’s singer and bass player, Mitchell Hoffman, and band groupie, April, set out into the wild.
The hopeful canoe trip hits its first bump when the band members start hearing noises around their nightly stops. As the drug works its way through their bodies, the isolated musicians realize the strange sounds are not hallucinations, but something very real.
Derek Babb, Dolly Lewis, Charles Ben Russell, Avery Merrifield
| United States
Set in 1973 in New York City, To See You follows a male photographer as he trails a beautiful prostitute throughout the city, noting her every move. When he builds the courage to finally approach her, he is met with a strange truth that forces him to face himself.
Martin Hudec, Michaela Dolinová, Joel Sidon, Riwaa Nerona, Jared Doreck
| Czech Republic
Based on the H. P. Lovecraft story in verse. A tragedy strikes the family of widow Svetlana and her two sons, Jan and Maxmilián. The villagers believe that the hated nobles surrounded by myths and superstitions - Madam and Sir De Blois - are responsible for it.
The traumatized private investigator, John Low, is on a mission to find an ancient occult book. On his way he has to deal with childhood memories, a broken marriage, a mad professor and finally a monster. The Music of John Low is a twisted noir/horror/drama, set in the 1930s, and is inspired by the author H. P. Lovecraft
Yunuen Pardo, Hector Kotsifakis, Tato Alexander, Alvaro Flores
Minerva, a single mother, works long hours a day to keep her ailing daughter in the hospital. One day, a mysterious man arrives at her door offering her to work in the translation of an ancient book in exchange for a substantial sum of money. Minerva accepts without knowing that this will change her life and that of those around her forever.
Dominik Habe , Alexander Polic , Jennifer Hofer , Reiner Schöne
George Birch, the undertaker of a small village, maintains a casual relationship with the bodies entrusted to him. In December of 1890 he disgraced the false corpse and a real nightmare begins. What is true in the end, what imagination?
An adult film performer meets a mysterious producer and discovers the true price of fame. C L A W is Creepypasta short film based loosely on an urban legend that originated via email in early 2000. It’s subject line simply read: “If you read one disgusting story this year . . . LET IT BE THIS ONE !
A young woman awakens next to a man, who, while not unfamiliar, seems oddly strange to her. She roams drowsily through his apartment, being awash with shreds of memories. Fragments of what happened last night, which don't add up to a coherent whole.
In a poisoned sea, on a forsaken rock, a holy sect seek to bring about a new era, but Morgan discovers their intentions are not wholly pure, and there's more to the Island than rocks and mud… Ecological disaster, a dying planet and the impending extinction of mankind.
Alejandro Garrido, Sergio Pardo, Mon Ramos, Paula Martinez, Marta Waits
Coco is Sergio's inseparable friend since Carla left. One day Coco takes him to "Láquesis", Carla's favourite shop. It seems to emit a powerful magic. This is a dark tale about how everything that makes you happy can disappear in the blink of an eye. One moment of distraction is enough for our life to end up in the hands of a destiny that was not ours ... or maybe yes.
“Phototaxis” draws parallels between Mothman, a prophetic and demonized creature in West Virginia lore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic. Rooted in nonfiction, this film contemplates synchronicity and the role of belief systems in perception; the tendency to assign supernatural meaning to tragedy and the unknowable; anonymous and apocryphal oral histories; and the moth to the flame. To visualize these narratives, natural materials and pastel-on-paper palimpsest animation are woven together using a multiplane and analog overhead projection.
In a strange, dark asylum, a brilliant physicist with no memory, sits incarcerated. One thing occupies his mind: escaping - to what or where, he has no clue. Haunted day and night, by creatures that roam the halls - or his imagination, he scribbles equations on every surface of his his cell. Not knowing whether he is insane, or on to something truly groundbreaking, every combination of symbols etched onto the walls might be the key to his escape, or just his madness laughing back at him. One day he has a breakthrough…
Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artifacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems.
Cara Loften, Marion Le Coguic, Brandt Adams, Sarah Arikian, Doug Goldring, Erin Nelson
| United States
Corpse is a surreal adaptation of the classic supernatural anthology "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers. A C-list reality TV star, her best friend and a group of young entrepreneurs encounter a forbidden book which induces madness in those who read it. Shifting between moments from their interwoven stories and bizarre visions, the film used a kaleidoscope of psychedelic imagery and atmospheric sound design to move through a viscerally mesmeric journey.
Clémentine Poidatz, David Sakurai, Alicia Kapudag, Ali Aksöz, Defne Halman
Haunted by a horrific childhood trauma for twenty years, Holly struggles with vivid, disturbing nightmares that leave her detached and unable to live a normal life. Then an old friend recommends Holly meet with charismatic cult leader Bruce O’Hara, and she is led on a twisted journey of waking dreams that will begin to unravel the fabric of reality and reveal the truth about Holly’s family…a terrifying destiny. This modern Lovecraftian film is from the demented mind of Can Evrenol, director of BASKIN!
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. This unsettling story, written by Chiaki J. Konaka, is an unpredictable and vicious journey into obsession and madness.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a copy of the fabled Necronomicon has been hidden in a secret section of the National Library for countless years. Flooding in the sub-basement of the library, and the mysterious death of Luis's upstairs neighbor, draws him deeper into the conspiracy and leads to a confrontation with evil forces.
H. P. Lovecraft's story "Pickman's Model" is given the Night Gallery treatment in this 1971 adaptation starring Louise Sorel as a wide eyed art student, obsessed with her art professor, Richard Upton Pickman.
Sorcerer John Carnby recruits young Noel Evans to translate an incomplete Arabic source book, whose most fiendish passages involve being flayed over burning coals and slowly dismembered. Based on the story by Clark Ashton Smith, this aired on Night Gallery.
Erich Zann, a cheap theater viol player, has been driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into this world.
Alone, he struggles to keep them at bay with only the feverish strength of his playing.
Haunted by the dark days of witchcraft hysteria in New England, the Pyncheon family endeavors to lift a family curse and find buried treasure... before ghostly terror can once more strike in THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES.
A young engineer wakes up from cryo-sleep during a routine deep space flight on the star freighter 'Mayflower'. The ship's computer informs him that he was awoken due to a false alarm. But all is not as it seems...
Daisy Hughes, Richard Riddell, Samuel Edward-Cook, James Speakman
| United Kingdom
Johnny is a farmhand in the splendour of the English Lake District: he leads a life of introspection, until the strange appearance of a mysterious beautiful woman. Unsure if she's a figment of his imagination or an actual physical being, Johnny succumbs to obsession. A sensuous, timeless tale of love, infatuation, lust and the all- consuming bittersweet melancholy of suffering and heartache, based on the narrative poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats.
This wonderfully trippy film was played during our infamous Secret Screening! The homage to Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone," the oddly cute Zornit creature, and the story based on King's "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet," all made this film a perfect fit for closing out the 2018 Festival.
Synopsis: A sci-fi writer has his life invaded by an alien. Through intense mental control, the creature makes the writer work harder and better, but paranoia and the uncertainty of the limits of reality will be the price to pay.