Film Selections for 2013
See the festival schedule for specific screening times. IMPORTANT: This does not represent the complete list of selections. Films are still being added. Please check back for updates.
Angus Swantee, Director
Torturous chronicles an encounter between an employment counsellor and a professional torture artist, blending gore, humour and irony into a deft cinematic mix.
Toby Meakins, Director
A Collector discovers that a vintage cinema camera bought at auction is broken. Repairing it unlocks the hidden terror of LOT254.
Octavi Espuga, Director
Away from any urban environment, there is a place full of fears and sadness. There are children living under the worst possible treat, hoping one day some parents appear to offer love and understanding.
Sometimes those wishes come true, but it can also be something frightening.
Josh MacDonald, Director
Run Time 8 min.
A horror entertainment from Nova Scotia, GAME is a short film written & directed by Josh MacDonald (THE CORRIDOR), produced by Angus Swantee (TORTUROUS), edited by Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN) and shot by Jeff Wheaton (credits too numerable to mention). Stars Andrea Lee Norwood as The Businesswoman, Pasha Ebrahimi as Prior, Michael McPhee as Jubal and Glen Matthews as Gabe.
Arianna Ortiz, Producer
Los Angeles, CA
A woman tries to recover from abdominal surgery at her aunt’s seaside home, when her wound comes to life and begins eating people.
Lucas Masson, Producer
A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she doesn’t know. Puzzled by the children’s odd behavior, she invites some friends to keep her company. Little do they know that it will be the worst night of their lives…
James Feenet, Director
The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.
John Hayes, Director
Following yet another devastating miscarriage, Sophie moves to the West of Ireland with her husband to try to build a new life. Left alone in the old house, the emotionally fragile Sophie encounters a starving young girl wandering the area and all her maternal instincts come to the surface. But is the little Girl a blessing or a curse?
L. Whyte, Director
Little Bo Peep has slaughtered her sheep, and doesn’t know where to hide them! Nursery Crimes reveals the sinister truth about Bo Peep’s lost sheep, but when she is witnessed by Mary Contrary as she tries to dispose of the bodies, she finds her hit list of victims growing by the verse.
Root of the Problem
Ryan Spindell, Director
Los Angeles CA
In the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, a reluctant young housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret. Is it just the anesthesia at work or is there something more sinister hiding below the surface? Open up and say AHHHHHHHH!!!
Science arose from poetry…then something went terribly wrong.
A stop motion animated film tracing a metaphorical philosopher’s stone through time, culminating in a futuristic factory worker who realizes the subjugation of science has been for short-sighted ends. Creepy stuff ensues.
John Portanova, Producer
For years Samantha has wondered about where she came from. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Sam and three friends take a road trip to inspect the remote property.
Soon after Sam arrives old memories come seeping back to her subconscious while jealousy and unspoken tension between the friends is forced to the surface. As relationships unravel, so does Sam’s sanity. She soon finds herself unable to tell the difference between reality and the horrible visions of brutality she cannot escape. While her world crumbles, Sam discovers that the current horrors may be tied directly to her past.
After a failed TV set leads to a failed suicide attempt, depressed and reclusive Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) begins taking life advice from a fungal growth in his filthy bathroom. A surprisingly smooth talking chunk of aspergillus, The Mold (Jeffrey Combs) works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up, remodel his lifestyle and, with luck, make some headway with the girl next door. When Ian begins receiving strange messages from his broken television set, however, the reality of his restyled life begins to crumble, exposing the gruesome and disturbing world into which Ian has actually been cast.
Pieces of Talent
Joe Stauffer, Director
This story centers around Charlotte, a struggling young actress who can’t catch a break. In an effort to support herself and her hopeless mother, Charlotte holds a job as a cocktail waitress at a seedy, local strip club and hates every minute of it. During a cigarette break late one evening she witnesses an altercation between an overzealous bouncer and an unfortunate passerby, David. David makes movies and given Charlotte’s career interests a friendship quickly develops. Soon enough, David mentions a project he has in the works that she would be perfect for and an excited Charlotte agrees to take part. She has no idea what she has signed up for.
Dean Jones, Director
Van Nuys, CA
Hollywood, California is turned upside down by a series of strange and horrific murders creating chaos and turmoil in tinsel town. One particular victim is kidnapped, held captive and subjected to witness the torture and murder of numerous other victims. It is by her will, strength, and faith that she must survive the ordeal. Her escape seems hopeless and only worsens when outside supernatural forces become more difficult to contend with than her captor…
Jeremy Pearce, Producer
Socially awkward Charles lives in a world where we have lost the ability to dream. He longs for friends and love but has to settle for an over-bearing father and a cosmetically-challenged dog. When the miracle product Fantasites, a parasite that returns our ability to dream, hits the market, the world quickly gets swept up in the phenomenon and Charles is no exception.
Charles sees the trendy product as a way to connect with the friends he’s always wanted and finally get June, the girl of his ‘dreams.’ But, Fantasites aren’t without controversy. Fun-loving fantasies ultimately give way to disturbing side effects, and when the product disappears from shelves, users go to horrific lengths to keep their brains detached from reality.
Charles soon finds himself struggling to keep the life he’s dreamed about from squirming away.
Leave Us Alone
Rodney Davidson, Producer
Sam, a city dwelling single mother inherits a profitable piece of farmland from a grandfather she never knew. On the grandfather’s deathbed, he tells Sam about a ship that crash-landed on the farm before she was born, and that a deal was made to protect the ship’s cargo. In return for protection, a notoriously ever-producing farm regardless of weather was the result. Not heeding her grandfather’s advice, Sam’s world is literally smashed when her grandfather’s wild story begins to ring true. Covering up the disappearance of three missing geologists, Sam is prepared to do anything to protect her son as well as the farm’s dark secret.
An American Terror
Jim Brennan, Producer
Josh wakes each day to a series of Hells. Between uncaring parents and bullying at school he has little to live for. After a brutal event and ensuing humiliation of an online video, Josh and his friends decide to take revenge by staging a massacre at the homecoming dance. Searching for weapons, they find a man who perpetuates a far more murderous darkness than even their plot might suggest. Trapped in his lair, and finding a kidnapped girl from the opposite clique, the boys learn a lot about each other’s character and their own. Even if Josh can rescue the captive cheerleader, he must still lead them both out in time to stop his friend from completing the pact to massacre their school.
Buy Buy Baby
Gervais Merryweather, Director
It’s the roaring twenties and things are looking great for Frederick Frinklesworth the second and the rest of the New York Stock Exchange, but when his daughter Betty is left in his care for the day, can Fredrick and Wall Street survive the mayhem that ensues?
Jules Saulnier, Director
A short night trip through the typical nightmares of an insomniac.
“There’s no way I can go to sleep right away. My brain is clogged, my blood is tense, my stomach is churning. Might as well explore the house a couple of times to try and destroy my mind.”
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
Michele Peacock, Producer
The Journey of one paranoid, agoraphobic teenager who becomes obsessed with conspiracy theories and the family trying to come to terms with his condition. We see abnormal changes in his mind and body as his obsession takes a deeper hold of him and how it affects all those around him. We view his sessions with a psychiatrist that puts his mental state into further question-maybe his theories are true?