The 2nd Annual Portland Horror Film Festival hits the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre June 8-10th. The FULL lineup of films has been posted, and from zombie children to demonic possession, vampires to Satanic guitars, urban legends to creepy scarecrows, and good old-fashioned revenge, there is something for everyone!
Get ready for 3 days of over 40 short and feature films from around the world with innovative takes on new and classic scares by up and coming filmmakers from the US, Australia, Canada, UK, Brazil, Norway, France, Italy, Sweden, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and Iran.
Most of these films can't be seen anywhere else, and many are making their big screen debuts! The full list is at https://portlandhorrorfilmfestival.com/films/
Standouts from the short film program include "Black Ring," from Turkish director Hasan Can Dagli who manages to find beauty in brutality, the quirky and gruesome "Clair & Bruno: A Story of Love and Fresh Meat," the weird and unsettling "Others Like You," by Italian director Eugenio Villani, "The Dark Hunger," a visceral and gut-churning roller coaster ride from director Anthony Williams, hauntingly gorgeous experimental "Elegy", and uber-creepy "The Scared One" from French directing duo Romain and Thibault Lafargue.
There's no lack of fun in the program with horror comedies "Death Metal," "Last Resort," "Holiday Fear," and "Couples Night," animated gem "One Small Step," Victorian Monster mashup "Creatures of Whitechapel," and the highly stylish "Dickeaters" (come for the dancers, stay for the carnage!).
This year's lineup includes three feature films. Don't miss the Pacific Northwest premiere of "Lilith Awakening" from Brazilian director Monica Demes. Beautifully shot in stark black and white in America's heartland, this ravenous feature evokes both classic Universal horror films and the unsettling weird of David Lynch's masterpieces. Standout performances include a captivating portrayal of the titular Lilith by Brazilian pop-star Barbara Eugenia.
"Happy Hunting" from director Joe Dietsch makes its Portland premiere. Martin Dingle Wall stars as an alcoholic drifter who must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes the target of a deranged sporting event.
"Huldra - Lady of the Forest" also makes its Pacific Northwest Premiere. Equal parts "Wicker Man", "The Shining", and "Helter Skelter", this Swedish Folk Horror entry to the festival inspires nostalgia and paranoia.
Attending filmmakers will do Q&A after each programming block. Awards include the "Goule D'or" Director's Award, the "Main de Gloire" Jury Award, "Abby Normal" award for innovation, "Horde Award" for audience choice, and "Funny Bone" for funniest short. The coveted "Bloody Judge" Award will be decided by acclaimed genre filmmaker and guest judge, Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil).
Scheduled screening times are Thursday June 8, 7-11pm and Saturday, June 10 1-5pm. Attendees are invited to Meet & Greet attending filmmakers and actors before screenings on Thursday and Friday at Sam's Hollywood Billiards, and at the After Party (with trivia hosted by Horror Brew Podcast) on Friday night.
"It's our festival's mandate to showcase horror films from all perspectives and from every corner of our planet, so we're doing our part to encourage filmic diversity," says co-director Gwen Callahan. Portland Horror Film Festival supported Women in Horror Month by waiving film submission fees for women directors during February. As a result, there is a marked increase in films helmed by women directors screening at this year's festival, with a full 30% of the horror on screen showcasing the cinematic visions of women in horror.
Portland Horror also opened the borders of horror with the "F*@k the Muslim Ban" program, where submission fees were waived for filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, and Libya. While Portland Horror Film Festival does not support oppression, gender inequality, or other government-sponsored injustices in any country, the organizers strongly believe that opening borders to filmmakers who have stories to tell, especially tales of terror, is an important part of understanding the lives of all fellow humans.
Portland Horror Film Festival takes place June 8-10th at the beautifully restored Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR. Full weekend and single night tickets are on sale through the Hollywood Theatre box office (http://hollywoodtheatre.org). For the full film lineup, ticket info, programming, and events, please visit the website: http://portlandhorrorfilmfestival.com.
Portland Horror Film Festival was launched in 2016 by Gwen and Brian Callahan, who are also the directors of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®.