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The 9th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival

October 9th-11th, 2015


Friday, October 9th, 2015

4PM Music Video Program


Kaddish 6min

When, on his way back home, a man stops at a motorway service area, he did not imagine that by talking to his urinal's neighbor, it will trigger some terrible events.

Directed by Emeline Castaneda


Purgatory 4min

Purgatory is the music video for singer/songwriter Justin Symbol's track by the same name, and follows a young man's attempts to exorcise himself of the demon that has haunted his life.

Directed by Jeff Turick


Symbols – Death Valley 4min

Inspired by the news articles of Miranda Barbour and her husband that were supposedly satanists that lured sexual predators into a meeting and then murdered them. Music Video.

Directed by Ates Isildak


Let's Get Medicated 4min

HEAD TRIP SUPERSTAR song "Let's Get Medicated" delves into the subject matter of self-medicating, denial, and the struggle of coming to terms with it… or not!

Directed by Rich Varville


Gunpowder Gray “Saints” 5min

Atlanta hard rock band, Gunpowder Gray, presents a music video/short for "Saints" that is reminiscent of 80s and 90s vampire movies.

Directed by Video Rahim


URD-OM 3min

Sacramento's YOUNGEST rock band URD-OM (er-dum) is made up of sisters Dru (14-guitar) & Molly (12-drums/vocals) with friends Paige (13-lead vocals) & Kyle (14-guitar/bass) Cadaver Animatum is their very first music video.

Directed by Mike Bustillos


Had Babbits 7min

A serial killer and his victim become entangled in an elaborate game of cat and mouse.

Directed by Derek Lukosius


Warm, Bloody, and Tender 5min

A not-so-adventurous couple gets invited what they think will be a civilized dinner party. They realize they may have bitten off more they can chew as things devolve into a blood bath with each course.

Directed by Ben Smith and Ted Day of OfClouds


Your Direction 5min

Love, loss and lunch. The premiere music video from San-Francisco based musical duo, 'The Boy Dahlia.'

Directed by Lauren Brady


Gallows Bound: Sink in the Soil 5min

The official music video for the band Gallows Bound's single "Sink in the Soil". A night of betrayal, backstabbing, and murder deep in the woods of the Shenandoah.

Directed by Dough Stanford


Sirens 4min

A woman's crazed escape from herself. Music by Daniel Ahearn and Mindy Jones.

Directed by Jerry Pyle


Never Stop Sinning 4min

Aurora is dying. Eaten by two zombies. Who are they and where did they come from?

Directed by Eve Martin


The Book of Nightmares 7min

Music Video for the band American Noir. The title track for the Short Horror Film, 'The Book of Nightmares'.

Directed by Rick Danford


Touch 7min

A lonely scientist works alone in his castle lab, trying to bring his dream partner to life.

Directed by Jerry Ochoa


Portraits of a Nightmare 3min

A visceral exploration of tormented sleep, shot on glorious 8mm film. Featuring "The Somnambulist Waltz" from Jill Tracy's highly acclaimed album "The Bittersweet Constrain." 

Directed by Jeremy Carr


In Violet – Entomophobia 4min

Entomophobia is the first music video for the London based band In Violet. It centres around the fear of insects and features tons of creepy crawlies, out to spook unsuspecting humans.

Directed by Robin Rippmann



Friday, October 9th, 2015

5:50PM Shorts Program 1

Performances by Robert Berry, Cro Alia, Jeslen Mishelle & Victoria, & Mone't Ha-Sidi


Iris 10min

A hitman uses his smart phone to aid in burying a dead body.

Directed by Richard Karpala


El Gigante 14min

The only chance for Armando’s survival in this hellish nightmare is to last in a wrestling match against the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE!

Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero


Bad Guy #2 10min

In this practical-effects driven splatter comedy one bad guy discovers that moving up in a crime ring has its downsides. Just as his new career starts, it might already be coming to an end. He'll either have to set an example or become one.

Directed by Chris McInroy


Lapsus 30min

Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus memoriae -or a slip of memory.

Directed by Karim Ouaret


Grace 10min

A young girl, her dog and a stranger find themselves stranded together in a post apocalyptic world.

Directed by Karen Nielsen


And They Watched 7min

AND THEY WATCHED is a horror morality tale about the custodian of an electric chair and its last casualty. Inspired by the recent reinstatement of the electric chair in Tennessee, US.

Directed by Vivian Lin


Clones 14min

A dying scientist is offered the chance to live on in his clone's body.

Directed by Rafael Bollinger



Friday, October 9th, 2015

8:10PM Shorts Program 2

Performances by Jenna Jezebel, Kyle Bowen, Amy Dodge, Deaja Girl on Fire, & Jessica Wills


The Barber's Cut 12min

Two cut off but living heads wake up in a fridge and manage to escape while trying to avoid a psycho barber.

Directed by Mark Brocking


Timothy 10min

Simon is a little boy that has to deal with his babysitter, Sonia, a total nuisance. But that same night Simon will recieve and unexpected visitor, Timothy, the main character of Simon's favourite show, a visit he will never forget.

Directed by Marc Martínez Jordán


Meridians 9min

An acupuncturist forms a primal bond with her female patient after years of treatment.

Directed by Blake Rice


Playback 4min

When a man's television mysterious shows him a brutal murder being committed in his building, a scream from the hallway compels him to investigate. What he stumbles upon will change his life forever.

Directed by Nathan Crooker


The Shutterbug Man 5min

The Shutterbug Man tells the stop motion tale of a twisted man whose only passion in life is taking pictures. This passion takes him to dark and terrible places.

Directed by Chris Walsh


Market St. 8min

On a seemingly ordinary commute in San Francisco, a woman finds herself on a journey of terror aboard a mysterious streetcar.

Directed by Carlos Baena


Super 4min

When a mysterious girl falls into the sights of a violent stalker, she is left with only one means of survival...

Directed by Matt Inns


Substance 15min

An innocent mix-up leads to disaster when two girlfriends encounter an extraterrestrial substance at a winter music festival.

Directed by Barbara Stepansky


OK Monster 9min

A dark horror comedy about a new dating service for the most dangerous people that walk amongst us.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf


Invaders 6min

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

Directed by Jason Kupfer


The Remedy 12min

Anna suffers from an unknown illness, she chose to face the illness alone, and tried to find out the best treatment to herself.

Directed by Chia Ying Tsai



Friday, October 9th, 2015

10:30PM A Serbian Film (18+ Screening)

Performances by ChaCha Burnadette, TrainWreck Sideshow

SHFF presents what is widely considered to be one of the most controversial and shocking films ever created. In order to provide for his family, Milos, a retired porn star, is called back to the business he left behind for one last gig. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his mysterious employer.

Q&A with Director/Writer Srdjan Spasojevic and Writer Aleksandar Radivojevic



Saturday, October 10th, 2015

2PM Shorts Program 3


Father Mud 17min

Sometimes our innate need to be loved and to have a place called home can be stronger than death itself. All Hell breaks loose, literally, when an abandoned foster child shows up on Mary Hall's front door.

Directed by Jameson Hesse


Surgery 11min

Kidnapped and suffering the diabolical torturous ways of ‘The Crude Surgeon’ for no known reason, Michael slips in and out of consciousness until he finds himself in safe hands…

Directed by The Clemens Bros


Monster Girls 28min

"Monster Girls" takes a darkly comiclook at the lives of every modern 20something;desperate to find identity, acceptance, and a way to resist the urge to kill everyone they meet.

Directed by Matthew Soson


The Trap 6min

A man invites his friend over one night to show off his latest invention: a trap for catching aliens.

Directed by Dick Grunert


Death in C minor  4min

A woman wakes to the sound of her piano repeating the same eerienote.  Is she mad or is someone there?

Directed by James Ren


Vivid 23min

Béatrice and Laurent are a couple. Laurent mysteriously losts his senses, little by little. Gradually, he lost the taste and smell, and touch. But more worryingly, it only affects his perception of his wife.

 He wonders if the problem really comes from him.

Directed by Guillaume Foresti



Saturday, October 10th, 2015

4PM A Conversation with Mick Garris

Explore the mind of this legendary director, writer, and producer.

Hosted by Blake Reigle



Saturday, October 10th, 2015

6PM The Storyteller

Performances by Kyle Bowen, Christa Quinn.

The Storyteller 96min

Dennis Peterson (Fred Koehler) encounters his evil reflection in an antique mirror. The reflection is stronger, smarter, more powerful than he is. Soon the reflection is telling him what to do, telling him to do bad things.

Directed by Andrew Getty  Q&A with cast and crew including Michael Berryman



Saturday, October 10th, 2015

8PM Shorts Program 4

Performances by Cro Alia, Jamie DeWolf, Jessica Wills, Shadow Circus Theatre

The Funspot 6min

An angsty young boy, stuck at his little sister’s birthday party, encounters a malevolent presence hiding within the ball pit of a sprawling indoor playground.

Directed by Jake Hammond


Devil Makes Work 7min

The devil's twisted view of humanity.

Directed by Guy Soulsby


Point of View 8min

A tired coroner is stalked by the living dead -- but only when she isn't looking!

Directed by Justin Harding


Night of the Slasher 11min

A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and defeat him.

Directed by Shant Hamassian


The Smiling Man 7min

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.

Directed by A.J. Briones


Unbelief 13min

The story of two men meeting in a park. It's Christmas Eve. Kane is an assassin, on his way to do a job which means more to him than the usual killings he is paid to do. This time it's personal...

Directed by Fabien Martorell


The Priest 10min

An unfaithful woman finds herself on the train ride from hell.

Directed by Goran Spoljaric


The Substitute 20min

A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where she soon discovers that the boys have a sinister power over the girls. As the boys behaviour becomes increasingly threatening she uncovers the source of the girls fear; an ominous locked door at the back of the classroom.

Directed by Nathan Hughes-Berry


Zepo 3min

Time ago, a winter morning, a little girl went out looking for firewood, she went away from home and came across a blood trail... she followed it.



The Boy 9min

When immigrant parents start to notice disturbing behavior in their only son, they call on a local tribal healer to rid him of the evil demon.

Directed by Cayman Grant


Saturday, October 10th, 2015

10:30PM The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Amber's Sweets celebrates the 40th anniversary of the most successful cult classic of all time.




Sunday, October 11th, 2015

2PM Shorts Program 5


Witch Girl 7min

Take a peak into the early life of one of the most iconic young witches in American culture, Sabrina, the teenage witch.

Directed by Ricardo Uhagon Vivas


Life at Sandy's 7min

Evelyn, a lonely and depressed woman, is convinced by the hit 90's sitcom "Life At Sandy's" to join them in their wholesome world. They offer her a life where her best friends will always be there for her. However, everything comes with a price.

Directed by Alexandra Hansen


Seiren 18min

After a supermodel is bitten in the water by a mysterious creature while on a photo shoot at the beach, an infection takes hold that changes her behaviour and appearance. Over time she turns into one hell of a demonic sea siren whose thirsty for blood.

Directed by Kat Threlkeld


Sleight  11min

A late night radio host goes off on a rant about his disdain for magicians.  But when a man claming to be a magician calls on air, things get increasingly sinister.

Directed by Levan Bakhia 


The Case of Evil 11min

When a down-on-his-luck blues musicians travels to the country to buy a guitar he suspects was stolen from him many years earlier, he finds that it's hoodoo-practicing owner is reluctant to hand over the instrument, and she's got something more on her agenda than a simple sale.

Directed by Neal Hallford & Jana Hallford


Watching Over You 13min

Katariina is a preacher’s daughter. At sixteen, she is growing up in a charismatic Christian movement, trying to reconcile the life of an ordinary high school student with the fundamentalist world view of her congregation. Every step of the way, she is being watched over by Gabriel, an angelic figure who grows ever darker as a reflection of Katariina’s changing relationship with religion and with her own stern father.

Directed by Iina Hänninen


In Chains 17min

Two burglars get stuck in a serial killer's house and have to fight for their survival to get out of hell.

Directed by Stéphane Youssouf 


Sunday, October 11th, 2015

4PM Shorts Program 6


Little Lamb 22min

A young convict woman desperate for freedom rashly chooses a new master, but alone on his isolated farm her hopes for a new life are undermined by the grim truths she discovers.

Directed by Heidi Lee Douglas


August Heat 11min

In a sweltering New York heat wave, a young artist seeks out the sinister source of his latest inspiration.

Directed by Matthew James Thompson


Boniato 23min

An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her.

Directed by Andres Meza-Valdes, Diego Meza-Valdes, & Eric Mainade.


Knock, Knock... 3min

On a dark, stormy night, a brave little boy decides to find out who is knocking on his door... his closet door, that is.

Directed by Anthony Lund


Worst. Day. Ever. 4Min

Five University students have the worst day ever imaginable.

Directed by Adam Goldhammer


The Pond 15min

The Pond is a poetic horror story, set in the early 1900’s, about a young girl, Kris (8), who tries to unravel the mystery of the dark pond behind her parents’ house…

Directed by Jeroen Dumoulein


Sunday, October 11th, 2015

6:00PM Landmine Goes Click

Performances by Lady Jay, Audrey Von Price & Lilith Cain


The House is Innocent 12min

Who knowingly purchases the former residence of a notorious serial killer? Meet Tom and Barbara, proud new owners of the most infamous house in Sacramento, CA. As the middle-aged couple renovate the crumbling house, they realize its going to take a whole lot more than paint to change the community's minds about their new home.

Directed by Nicholas Coles


Landmine Goes Click 110min

Trapped on top of an armed landmine, an American tourist and his girlfriend are terrorized by a hunter and his dog.

Directed by Levan Bakhia


Sunday, October 11th, 2015

8:35PM  Wes Craven Appreciation Night

Performances by Kyle Bowen, Cro Alia, Christa Quinn, Jamie DeWolf, Mone-t Ha-Sidi, & Sidney Sin

We close out the 9th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival with a cosplay competition, retrospective, and special screening in honor of an artist who has both inspired our dreams and haunted our nightmares.  Thank you, Wes Craven, for all you have done for the genre of horror.