The 8th year of Chattanooga’s only celebration of cinematic spookery returns from its unholy slumber to fuel your nightmares and offer up a few tricks and treats. The Frightening Ass Film Fest (FAFF) has traditionally taken place over the course of one day, festival organizers have now partnered with First Draft Theater to host a weekend long event, scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. As in years prior, the festival will include both short and feature length horror films ranging from brand spanking new to carefully curated cult classics, along with some new and fun events in between.
First up ONE CUT OF THE DEAD! This might end up being one of your favorite films of 2018. It's charming, funny and filled to the rafters with the undead. The zombie genre has gotten more than a bit stale so in order for us to show something at this point it's got to be special. You will have SHAUN OF THE DEAD level love for this one and that's near impossible to pull off. Did we mention it’s all one take?
Secondly we have Yellow Veil Pictures flat out fantastic STARFISH. If the words “mixtape” and “Lovecraft style apocalypse” stir your heart, then this is a movie should be on the top of your must watch list.
It wouldn’t be FAFF without unhinged Nicolas Cage. That’s right, FAFF is giving you MANDY on the big screen. This film will not only fill your Nic Cage-o-meter, but has been described by The Village Voice as “insanely violent and ethereally beautiful.”
Onto the classics! Director and Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) friend for life Jeff Burr will be joining FAFF for a screening we've been dying to make happen for quite a while because we all know “the saw is family.” You guessed it, LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III!!!
Finally CFF forever buddies at The Coin-Op are partipating in on our paranormal FAFFtivity and are joining us in presenting BRAINSCAN, which if you've never seen it could well change your life!
Everyone remembers the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, right? Explore the impact that this literary classic had on kids, as well as the reaction that adults were having while you were in your closet reading this with your flashlight in SCARY STORIES. This documentary will make you want to revisit the beloved classic.
FAFF will also screen LIFECHANGER, the recent feature from filmmaker Justin McConnell. McConnell’s work has made him a hero of CFF’s, not only as a filmmaker but with the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and it’s a thrill to be able to share his work with Chattanooga audiences.
And it’s not a CFF event without a SECRET SCREENING. That’s really all that can be said, because then it wouldn’t be a secret screening…
We’ve also got you covered when it comes to shorts. Join us for the SHOCKING ASS SHORTS BLOCK, a carefully curated set of shorts perfect for Halloween. FAFF will also be screening THE EYESLICER HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, which contains the ever anticipated sequel to GWILLIAM. (You know you’ve been wanting more Gwilliam…)
In addition to film, FAFF will also salute some of the best horror the television world has to offer with a special screening two CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR episodes, along with series creator Nick Antosca on hand. Rounding out the small screen horrors are a quartet of tales submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society with our first ever FAFF ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK-athon with four of the most frightening episodes of the classic Nickelodeon horror anthology series.
As always, we’ll be having fun with our annual Frightening Ass Costume Contest, sponsored by Fright Rags. FAFF will also be hosting the first annual Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board Competition and even host a live seance. The FAFFter Party also returns with the band Psychic Dungeon who will be bringing us indie-pop-psych rock.
Finally because FAFF believes that even eyeballs deserve candy on Halloween we’re pleased to partner with our pals at SWINE GALLERY and Artist Residency Chattanooga to present the 3rd year of HORROR SHOW because we think it’s best to frights come via all mediums. This year’s art exhibition will be just as spooky as years past, featuring some of our favorite local and regional artists including Zac Holbrook, Matthew Dutton, Jon Newman, and Sarah Manser.
Wristbands for the full weekend and day passes are on sale now with individual film tickets going on sale in very limited quantities a few days before the event. To view the full schedule, visit www.chattfilmfest.org.
One Cut of the Dead | Director: Shinichiro Ueda
The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film...Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place...Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew! This may sound like a the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different!
Channel Zero: The Dream Door | Creator Nick Antosca, Director Evan Katz
Critically acclaimed horror anthology series, “Channel Zero” returns for its fourth installment, "The Dream Door." Based on the “creepypasta” short story “Hidden Door” by Charlotte Bywater, “Channel Zero: The Dream Door” follows newlyweds Jillian and Tom, who have each brought secrets into their marriage. When they discover a strange door in their basement, those secrets start to threaten their relationship -- and their lives.
“Channel Zero” is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Creator, Nick Antosca has returned as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the fourth installment with director Evan Katz (SMALL CRIMES, CHEAP THRILLS), who will also executive produce. Each six hour installment of the series draws inspiration from a different “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories published online). The installment stars Brandon Scott (“Greys Anatomy”), Maria Sten (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Steven Robertson (“Elementary”) and Steven Weber (“Wings”).
Starfish | Director: A.T. White
A unique, intimate and honest portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend. That just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it.
Scary Stories | Director Cody Meirick
Over the course of its three volume run, Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories introduced children to gothic tales of terror with notoriously ghastly illustrations making them the most banned books of our time. This documentary follows the author’s son, Peter Schwartz, in an exploration of the collection’s legacy, folklore, and many controversies with interviews from iconic children’s authors R.L. Stine, Debbie Dadey, Bruce Coville, and Q.L. Pearce.
Mandy | Director Panos Cosmatos
The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Brainscan | Director John Flynn
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.
Lifechanger | Director Justin McConnell
A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III | Director Jeff Burr
A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.
The Eyeslicer Halloween Special | Creators Dan Schoenbrun & Vanessa McDonnell
Featuring a dozen segments of spine-tingling surrealist terror, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special takes viewers on the cinematic equivalent of an acid trip down the Halloween aisle at Party City. From an X-rated Halloween party hookup to a coming of age story set on the eve of Ted Bundy’s execution; from a documentary about pumpkin carving and misogyny to a supercut about the gendered dangers of the bathtub; from a cursed stand-up comedy set to a woman trapped inside a Red Lobster commercial; from a John Carpenter homage (featuring a cameo by Carpenter himself) to a sequel to The Eyeslicer’s now infamous Gwilliam, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special is an experience like no other - a deranged, proudly transgressive anthology carving out bold new space in the Midnight movie genre.
Shocking Ass Shorts
This year's SHOCKING ASS SHORTS line-up includes everything from locally made short form frights to some of the best short sharp shocks currently making the genre fest rounds.