[News] Portland Horror Film Festival 2020 Begins June 17-21, Highlights Films in New Trailer
Still from MAKING MONSTERS l Courtesy of Portland Horror Film Festival
Portland Horror Film Festival, the first all-horror film festival to take its program online, has dropped a new trailer which highlights the 60+ short and feature films being shown June 17-21st. The 5-night event, which is geo-restricted to the US, allows Horror Fans to watch pre-recorded and live content from the comfort of their couch. Ticket sales also benefit the historic Hollywood Theatre, a beloved non-profit movie palace in the heart of Portland, currently closed due to the pandemic.

This year’s feature film lineup opens on Wednesday, June 17th with WILD BOAR, starring Augie Duke and Daniel Roebuck as geocachers who quest for a legendary treasure, only to end up as fodder for mutant pig-men. WILD BOAR was written and directed by Oscar-winner Barney Burman, known for his makeup effects on JJ Abrams’s Star Trek, Zombieland: Double Tap, and the TV series “Grimm”.

Thursday’s double feature kicks off with SUNSET ON THE RIVER STYX, a surrealist and contemplative story of two lovers who fall into a vampire death cult, from writer/director Aaron Pagniano, winner of the Funny Bone Award for last year’s horror-comedy short “We Got a Monkey’s Paw.” Come for the vampires, but stay for the zombies! WITNESS INFECTION is a hilarious tale of mobsters and zombies directed by Andy Palmer, written by Carlos Alazraqui (“Reno 911”) and Jill-Michele Meleán (“MadTV”, “Reno 911”), who star alongside Robert Belushi, Vince DonVito, Erinn Hayes (“Children’s Hospital”), and Tara Strong (“Rick and Morty”).

Don’t miss fan-favorite Justin Harding’s MAKING MONSTERS; THE CURSE OF VALBURGA FROM SLOVENIA, with its hilarious splatterfest of international tourist stereotypes and jaw-dropping kill scenes, UNCLE PECKERHEAD with its punk-rock demon action, written and directed by Matthew John Lawrence, winner of the 2016 Funny Bone Award for his horror-comedy short “Larry Gone Demon,” and the World Premiere of THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE, a crowd-funded love letter to the 1962 B-movie, filmed on location in Portland, OR.

Short films are curated in blocks and include a wide variety of seriously terrifying, thoughtful, funny, and Weird films from all over the world, including the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Iran, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Canada, the UK, and the US. Fans of the bizarre will want to tune in Saturday night for the “Shorts Gone Wild” block of the most unhinged films on offer. For more information on tickets, films, schedule – please visit the Portland Horror Film Festival here. Tickets are available on the Hollywood Theatre’s website here.

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