2020 AWARD WINNERS
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THE HORROR FILM FEST SPECTACULAR EXTRAVAGANZA!
THE 14TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
THE 7TH ANNUAL LOVE HORROR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
THE HORROR FILM FEST GORELESQUE CABARET
SHFF INTERVIEW SERIES
OCTOBER 23RD, 2020 - NOVEMBER 2ND, 2020
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Official Schedule 2020:
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14TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
HOSTED BY BLOODY BETHY
SHORTS PROGRAM #1
Introduction by our host, BLOODY BETHY.
Green Cobra 13m51s
GREEN COBRA is the genre-bending story of a hit-man…excuse me, “Life Ending Technician.” Who details, to a documentary film crew, her rise in a mostly male dominated field, on the backdrop of a typical day on the job; which consists of Russian mob clients, disturbing methods of torture, and maybe one too many bad ex-boyfriends.
Directed by Sigurd Culhane
The House Call
We meet Dr. Vanessa Stevens, a Psychiatrist, on her first day back to work after burying her sister, Natalie. Tasked with paying a visit to a religious family who claim their Mother is possessed by the Devil, their hospitality turns to contempt when the family discovers she is an atheist.
Directed by David Schuler
A woman takes action once she is sure that someone, or something, is sneaking into her room at night.
Directed by Zach Wincik, Danny Salemme
A preppy college boy is eager to gain the supernatural powers of a werewolf, little does he know what truly awaits him behind the bite.
Directed by J. Budro Partida
When Nature Springs Cosmeceuticals creates a cream to reverse aging, the fountain of youth turns into a fountain of walking death. One man stands between the fate of humanity and the undead scourge, and that man is Danny Edelman, frustrated scientist and reluctant zombie slayer. Danny, researcher Rachel, a security guard, and a marketing exec have twelve hours to stop the attack. Their adventures take on an edge of comedy, romance, horror and the power of one cosmetics company’s search for eternal youth.
Directed by Justin Giddings, Ryan Welsh
A local fisherman helps a girl form his past recover the lost treasure of an infamous pirate, and pays the ultimate price.
Directed by Rob Himebaugh
Axe to the Face
Anna and Dylan meet on a dating app, and the two begin a budding relationship. As their chemistry progresses, we begin to see there is more to this seemingly chance encounter than we originally were led to believe.
Directed by Andrew Moorehead
Need Anything 10m21s
A paranoid woman poisons her roommate who she thinks is infected with a deadly virus... but it doesn't quite work the way she planned.
Directed by Buz Wallick
INTERVIEW with NEED ANYTHING creator Buz Wallick!
Brian, a guy enjoying some “alone time”, sneezes at an inopportune moment and is shocked by the consequences.
Directed by Brian LaPlante
A man must deal with an elevator company's incompetent customer service while stuck between floors.
Directed by Dusty Brown
Brandon and Holly are trying to fix their relationship by renting a secluded cabin for the weekend. What they don't know is that their vacation is quickly about to turn into a nightmare.
Directed by Ben Floss
INTERVIEW with Academy Award Winning Make-up Artist VE NEILL.
Jimmy Weinholz of the Horrific Network sits down to interview Ve Neill. Oscar and Emmy-Winning Make-Up Artist. Director of Education at Cinema Makeup School.
INTERVIEW with Academy Award Winner HOWARD BERGER.
In 1988 KNB EFX Group, Inc. was co-founded by Howard and Gregory Nicotero and over the past 27 years, they have become one of the most prolific Special Make-up Effects studios in Hollywood. Specializing in character prosthetics, animatronics, creatures and replica animals, Howard has over 800 feature film and television credits including INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA TRILOGY, KILL BILL 1 & 2, SPLICE, THE GREEN MILE, THE PACIFIC, DOLPHIN TALE 1 & 2, THE GREY to name a few. In 2006 Howard won the Academy Award for Best Make-up for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, as well as winning a British Academy Award for Best Achievement in Make-up for the film. Howard won an Emmy Award with his team from KNB for Best Prosthetic Makeup for the AMC hit television series THE WALKING DEAD and was Emmy nominated for his work on Bryan Cranston’s prosthetic age makeup for the final season of BREAKING BAD.
In 2012, Howard designed and created the portrait makeup of Alfred Hitchcock for Sir Anthony Hopkins for the FOX Searchlight feature HITCHCOCK, which earned him his second Academy Award Nomination. In 2013 Howard handled the Special Makeup for Jamie Foxx as Electro for THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2. Lately, Howard has taken on the responsibilities as Makeup Department Head on films such as THE GAMBLER starring Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman, TED2 for Seth McFarlane and begins DEEPWATER HORIZON with Mark Wahlberg
SHORTS PROGRAM #2
The Purple Iris 8m
In the near future, a refugee with a purple iris attempts to cross the border to start a new life, but is kidnapped by a doctor obsessed with collecting the rarest eyes.
Directed by Arif Khan
The Seahorse Trainer 12m39s
Enter the surreal and nautical world of Seamour. A lonely old man with a passion for training seahorses. Desperate to have his most prized seahorse perform the highly ambitious “Triple Back Flip”, the final day of training has come and it’s up to his knowledge, preparation and the seahorse’s determination to see the trick come to life. But when the hourglass turns, Seamour realizes it is even harder than he thought and he must overcome his troubled past before the magic fades or the trick will never be achieved.
Directed by Ricardo Bonisoli, Babak Bina
Waking is a psychological horror that follows Henry who, in the wake of his mother's death, is plagued by nightmares that threaten his grasp on reality.
Directed by Eli Schwartz
The Dream Eater 19m4s
In a popular tale, a monster devours nightmares to survive. Somehow, a frightened Grandfather is about to discover the scary reality.
Directed by Simon Doutreleau
Tasha The Amazon – Forever Ting 3m54s
A lo-fi extraterrestrial exploration of self-love in the face of otherness, inspired by the work of artist Robin Eisenberg and the Afrofuturism cultural aesthetic.
Directed by Colin G Cooper
My Mother Mary 11m41s
A boy begins to suspect his single mother may be possessed by a demonic entity.
Directed by David Lee, Alex Pappas
Lili (Lisa Smit – Netflix’s Ares) knows she has to nail this audition. The Man (Derek de Lint – Soldier of Orange/The Unbearable Lightness of Being) she auditions for, knows this too. Thus starts an uncomfortable cat and mouse game in this single-shot #metoo horror, about power, the misuse of power and female empowerment.
Directed by Yfke van Berckelaer
INTERVIEW with LiLi film creators!
Splattered – Evisceration Initiation 4m57s
A music video featuring the will to survive an attack from an odd duo.
Directed by Nikko DeLuna
The Girl in the Woods 6m30s
A woman meets a terrible fate after she gets into a car accident on an isolated forest road.
Directed by Laura Kulik
Like Me Deadly 9m7s
A social media influencer livestreams her home invasion in an attempt to gain more followers.
Directed by Sean Q King
INTERVIEW with horror director TED NICOLAOU.
After graduating from the University of Texas film program, he joined the crew of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) as a sound recordist. Later, he joined Charles Band's Empire Pictures, where he worked as an editor on such films as Ghoulies (1985) and eventually debuted as a director with The Dungeonmaster (1985) and TerrorVision (1986).
His most famous directorial effort is the Subspecies film series. Apart from his feature film projects, he also works in television.
INTERVIEW with JOHN GOODSON.
John Goodson is a studio model maker and digital modeling artist for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) who worked on three prime universe and two alternate universe Star Trek films. He was first a model maker on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and then became the model supervisor for Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. As ILM's model project supervisor on First Contact, Goodson supervised the creation of the ten-foot physical model of the USS Enterprise-E that was used in conjunction with a CGI version.
INTERVIEW with director RACHEL TALALAY.
Biography. Rachel Talalay. Director. Producer. Agitator.
Rachel Talalay’s eclectic career spans three decades of directing and producing. She recently completed a family monster film, A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting, which will air on Netflix in October. Over the past 5 years she has directed for seven episodes of Doctor Who, the opening film of Series IV of the acclaimed Sherlock, and episodes of American television including American Gods, Marvel’s Iron Fist, DC’s Doom Patrol, Riverdale, Sabrina, SuperGirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash.
In 2020 she also executive-produced and co-wrote an independent feature, An Introvert’s Guide To High School, which won the Best Innovation Feature and Best Neo Style Feature at the Two Roads International Film Festival. It will be premiering in December. In between the TV episodes, she directed the film based on Stevie Cameron’s award-winning novel “On the Farm”. Playing at more than a dozen festivals, it won Best Narrative Feature at The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival and Best Filmmaking at LA Skins Festival.
Her eclectic resume includes directing Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Ghost In The Machine, Wind in the Willows, award-winning mini-series (Terminal City, Durham County and Dice) and more than 75 hours of television in the US, UK and Canada from Ally McBeal to Without a Trace, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Touching Evil.
Her producing history is equally varied: from Hairspray (the original) and Cry Baby to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (parts 3 and4) to The Borrowers.
Talalay is an active advocate for Diversity and Gender Equality. #DiverseVoicesMatter. She co-founded The Full Flood Foundation which supports Indigenous women and children with missing or
murdered family members.
Her skin is made Teflon, a noted super- power.
SHORTS PROGRAM #3
Bad Dreams 8m29s
A boy in bed thinks something's escaped the cellar.
Directed by Stuart Fryer
Ouzo and Blackcurrant 6m45s
Two old friends take a trip down memory lane, but they are not alone – there’s someone there who never left.
Written and directed by BAFTA nominee Nat Luurtsema. Starring Cherelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hanna) and Sara Huxley (Silent Witness), with cinematography by Illuminatrix DOP Martyna Knitter.
Ouzo and Blackcurrant explores a horror device with mobile phones to deliver scares in a new and original way. The script for Ouzo and Blackcurrant was a finalist in FrightFest 2019’s Fresh Blood award. The film was Executive Produced by Genera Films, who awarded it money via the Genera short film fund.
Directed by Nat Luurtsema
Circle of Stone 19m29s
When rural cops respond to a call for help from one of their own, their search through the woods reveals what happened to a young girl stolen away sixty years before. They find themselves stuck in a supernatural world with their only escape to fight their way out.
Directed by Mark Andrews
Make A Wish 8m28s
A light-hearted comedy about the sweetest fiance' giving her boyfriend the best birthday present ever.
Directed by Dinh Thai
INTERVIEW with MAKE A WISH filmmaker!
In this stop-motion horror short, a couple enlists the aid of a mysterious figure to help them with their seemingly insurmountable laundry problem.
Directed by Michael Bartolomeo
Sleep Tight 8m
When a wheelchair-bound teen is put to bed by his overly attached father, he complains about personal space. However, when the lights go out, he'll soon discover that it's not the bed bugs that bite!
Directed by Lewis Taylor
INTERVIEW with SLEEP TIGHT creator!
Weylon is looking for a hired hand and Fidelma needs the job desperately, but her duties in the dark barn might prove beyond her tollerance. Like Cujo, but with a feminist twist.
Directed by Kate Felix
INTERVIEW with PEPPER creator!
A day in the life of a complicated cannibal.
Directed by Leo Nicholson
INTERVIEW with GHOLU filmmaker!
The Dark Room 21m30s
When adventurous strangers at a psychic party unexpectedly contact the spirit of a young murdered girl, they discover their host's intentions are much darker than anyone first believed.
Directed by Adrienne Lovette
A Father's cautionary tale about internet safety turns sinister when the lines between truth and fiction are blurred.
Directed by Magalie De Genova
INTERVIEW with VICTORIA PRICE.
Mary Victoria Price is a public speaker and the author of the inspirational memoir, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self and Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography.
INTERVIEW with KRAZIE BONE (BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY)
A member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, rapper Krayzie Bone was born Anthony Henderson in Cleveland, Ohio; also known as LeathaFace, The Sawed-Off Gangsta, he joined Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in 1993, debuting a year later with the EP Creepin on Ah Come Up. Subsequent LPs, including 1995's E 1999 Eternal and 1997's The Art of War, launched the group to rap superstardom, and as the decade drew to a close, Krayzie Bone issued his solo debut, Thug Mentality 1999. Inner demons and life on the street were the main topics of 2001's Thug on da Line. Its follow-up, Gemini: Good vs. Evil, was originally slated for a 2004 release but was delayed until early 2005 when Krayzie got to the opportunity to record some tracks for the album with his old crew members Wish Bone and Bizzy. A year later he was featured on the Grammy Award-winning song "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire, while that year's album, Thug Stories, launched a steady stream of releases -- and supporting tours -- from the group. Krayzie finally returned to his solo career in 2015 with Chasing the Devil, an album released by the eOne label. In 2017, he teamed up with Bizzy Bone for New Waves, which they issued as an official Bone Thugs-N-Harmony album. That same year -- in the same week, no less -- Krayzie released Thug Brothers 2, a collaboration with Young Noble of The Outlawz, as well as his sixth mixtape, Eternal Legend.
INTERVIEW with DAVID HOWARD THORNTON ("Art The Clown" from TERRIFIER, TERRIFIER 2)
He is best known for his roles as Grandpa Who in the 1st- 5th national tours of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical", the voice of Shizoku and others in the video game "Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom", The Joker in the YouTube series "Nightwing Escalation", and Art the Clown in the film "Terrifier" and "Terrifier 2".
SHORTS PROGRAM #4
Bloody Bethy presents... THE GORE SHOW!
Sunnyvale, a “happy healing home” uses cutting edge technology to free its patient's minds... But happy comes with a cost.
Directed by Richard Greenwood Jr
A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.
Directed by Niels Bourgonje
The directorial debut of Beverly Bonner--star of Frank Henenlotter's "Basket Case" film series--"STEAMED!" follows Louise Campbell (played by Bonner), a take-no-sh*t stand up comedian who can stand toe-to-toe with any challenge--any challenge, that is, except a green stalker with a LOT of balls. But she can’t just laugh it off when the bodies start piling up around her...
Directed by Beverly Bonner
A man awakens to find himself kidnapped, bound and gagged by a mysterious captor. Over the course of the night he will discover the true meaning of his abductor's intentions.
Directed by Byron Evans
The Shade 12m31s
James and Ryan are brothers struggling to find their way in the wake of a family tragedy... until a dark secret surfaces that threatens to destroy them both.
Directed by Tyler Chipman
Briggs Sheridan can't chase his gambling-dragon fast enough, and when it look sto cost him more than a few broken limbs, he unwittingly puts more skin in the game than intended.
Directed by Jac Kessler
INTERVIEW with BARRY BOSTWICK!
The man needs little introduction. The star of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW sits down for a discussion with Amber's Sweets Shadowcast Director - Jessica!
INTERVIEW with THE CAST OF THANKSKILLING!
For the first time... in a long time... The CAST of Thankskilling reunites for an exclusive interview with Jimmy Weinholz of The Horrific Network!
INTERVIEW with GREG SESTERO!
Author of THE DISASTER ARTIST and the star of the cult cinema hit THE ROOM sits down for a one on one interview!
SHORTS PROGRAM 5
Dead Quiet 8min50s
Alone in a world gone silent, the last human struggles with the difference between survival and staying alive.
Directed by Alex Withers
An old cyclist sets off on a last journey with an uncertain end...
Directed by Angel Hernandez Suarez
Zeke decides to sell all his things and make a documentary about it. He discovers that some possessions are easier to let go than others.
Directed by Zeke Farrow
A young Australian actress moves to Hollywood with dreams of making it big, but her ambitions rae jeopartized when mysterious letters start showing up in her mail box.
Directed by Sophie Webb
Unholy 'Mole 5m36s
A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to Satan in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him. Things go wrong...
Directed by David Bornstein
Based off Stephen King's original tale, David is stranded on a train in the middle of nowhere, suddenly unable to locate his fiancée, Willa. No one has seen her but they all warn him to stay put because the train should be moving any minute.
David refuses to believe that everything is fine as he's accosted by eerie and unexplained phenomenons. His search for Willa gradually leads him away from the stranded train and he discovers her wandering in the wilderness! David implores Willa to return to the safety of the train. She refuses, and Dave is forced to face what they have both suspected all along — that he and his fellow passengers did not survive 'the accident'.
As for Willa, her fate has yet to be sealed. First responders are in the process of reviving her, forcing the couple to choose between letting Willa perish in order to stay together, or saving Willa and existing apart.
Directed by Corey Mayne
The Light Thief 19m
When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?
Directed by Eva Daoud
Red Light Green Light 5m30s
Directed by Joseph I. Martinez, Will Martinez
FEATURE PROGRAM #1
SKY SHARKS 1hr42m
In the Arctic a team of geologists discovers a Nazi
warship that was thought to be lost: the Himmelsfaust,
a gigantic steel colossus from the Third Reich, brimming
with unimaginable destruction machines. On
that ship scientists researched top-secret, war-critical
weapons and created the Reichsflughaie: rocket-powered
monsters whose pilots are genetically mutated,
supernaturally endowed supersoldiers with supernatural
Dr. Klaus Richter, the spiritual forefather of this experiment,
is forced to stop his deadly army of the undead
in order to save humanity and the planet Earth from
the seemingly certain doom. His daughters Angelique
and Diabla face the threat that their father set up 75
years ago …
Time does not heal all wounds!
Directed by Marc Fehse
FEATURE PROGRAM #2
THE EMPTY SPACE 1hr17m
After a violent act that took the life of her boyfriend and left her struggling with anxiety and hallucinations, Aimee Andrews tries to make it day to day. With the help of a support group, Aimee seems to have found a way to move on. But when her dead boyfriend seems to return from the void, she will have to face her fears to find out exactly who or what has come back and what they want before she loses her grip on reality.
Directed by Andrew Jara
FEATURE PROGRAM #3
14th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival presents the Feature Program 3:
DEATH DROP GORGEOUS.
LGBTQ HORROR. Synopsis: Dwayne has reluctantly returned to his former job: bartending at the local gay club, Aut Haus. But the club isn’t exactly as he remembers; a savage drag queen rivalry festers between the young and beautiful, Janet Fitness and the city's relic, Gloria Hole. And the battling queens aren't the only ones drawing blood. Young gay men from the bar are being brutally slaughtered throughout the city. Fearing the murders will be bad for business, the drug-dealing club owner, Tony Two Fingers hires a pair of corrupt detectives to cover up the carnage and unmask the killer. But the investigation unravels, and the butcher is storing their victims' blood for something sinister. Directed by Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras
FEATURE PROGRAM #4
As dementia engulfs her employer, a fragile home health aide begins to question her own sanity.
Directed by Xia Magnus
7TH ANNUAL LOVE HORROR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
HOSTED BY SINDIE CHOPPER
Special Needs 12m50s
A young lady takes a job caring for a man who turns out to be different than he seems.
Directed by Hannah Roark
A lonley Pranic healer, a form of energy healing – continues to push her body and her spiritual health to the brink when she is confronted with an especially horrific and spiritually healing session.
Directed by M. Burger
A lonely isolated taxidermist suffers from false sense of reality, mental illness, and control issues. His obsession with a waitress turns into a plan to keep her around forever.
Directed by Aaron Rowe
After surviving her assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
Directed by Ashley George
A stalker sets his sights on the wrong victim and gets more than he bargained for.
Directed by Nicole De Meneses
Dead Batt 5m20s
As a social media influencer, Mel's cellphone has been her most important tool of her trade. But she never did realize that this same phone will be her only defense against a Ghostly Woman. Problem is, the phone's battery is dying.
Directed by Eli Balce
A woman learns the sinister secret that her husband has been hiding in the basement and must take violent action or risk losing her son to her spouse's evil influence.
Directed by David Scott
Two racist cops try to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. Things don't go as well as planned...
Directed by Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr.
The Hole 11m54s
Sally is young woman grappling with eating disorders. She is obsessed with her own body image. One day, a whole appears on her body, triggering a set of events that will make her worst nightmares come true.
Directed by Louis Lagayette
Guest House 10ms
While on a weekend away in a guest house, a couple play a game that has supernatural consequences.
Directed by Dave Thorpe
HORROR FILM FEST CABARET!
Special introduction by Scream Queens Gorelesque Host ROB ROBERTS!
PLEASE TIP YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMERS!
Dani Demize & Siracha (Gorelesque, Act 1)
Hunny Bunny (Contortion)
Lo (Neo Burlesque)
Jenny Lynn (Slam Poetry)
The Fire Ninja (Fire)
Sakura Ratchét (Drag)
Lucy Rizzo (Neo Burlesque)
Never Mortimer-Nada (Hip Hop)
Emcee Sho Nuff (Slam Poetry)
Cybil Unrest (Neo Burlesque)
Dani Demize & Siracha (Gorelesque, Act 2)
Redd FaFilth (Drag)
Princess Bloodercup (Fire Dance)
The Displayed Labors Sideshow (Extreme Sideshow)