October brings several gifts to fans of horror. Not only is it the home for the best holiday of the year (Halloween, duh) but it also brings with it cooler weather, and horror film festivals. If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, then that means the Nightmares Film Festival is mere weeks away, bringing with it almost one hundred horror films from around the world, as well as the local indie scene.
Nightmares Film Festival will take place at the Gateway Film Center from October 20-23, and it is bringing enough new horror to call it the premiere horror festival in the world. The opening night film will be the only theatrical screening of the ABC’s Of Death 2.5, an anthology of death and mayhem, this film is made up of the best submissions for the ABC’s Of Death 2 contest for the letter M. The winner of the contest, Robert Boocheck, will be at the festival to introduce ABCs of Death 2.5 and screen his winning film, M is for Masticate
Friday night’s world premiere is Family Possessions, a genre-bending horror-thriller from Tommy Faircloth (Doll Face, Crinoline Head). Both Faircloth and producer Robert Zobel will be in attendance.
Saturday includes two feature premieres. First on the docket is Spanish gross-out horror comedy The Night of the Virgin, making its North American premiere. And second, in a twisted late-night block designed to melt brains, the experimental horror film Deep Slumber makes its world premiere.
Sunday includes three Ohio features making their world debut: rap-slasher Rhyme Slaya, table-turning Vile Prey, and flesh fiesta Cannibillies. It will also include a four-hour block programmed by the fastest-growing horror convention in the world, Days of the Dead, presenting documentary Diary of a Deadbeat and 35mm exploitation epic Frankenstein Created Bikers. If a 35mm print of Frankenstein Created Bikers doesn’t get you excited, then maybe this genre isn’t for you.
Throughout the four day festival there will be a total of 99 films screened, which is mind blowing to say the least. Tickets for Nightmare Film Festival are now on sale, with a festival pass running only $49, and $99 for the VIP pass, which includes reserved seating, access to VIP lounge, and more perks