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SCHEDULE: 5th Annual HOT SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Horror, Thriller & Sci-fi Films
12:30pm “Red Eye”, A legend Gage Barker use to be told as a kid. When he found out there was some truth behind this legend he gathered a group of friends to hike in the backwoods of Black Creek, WV to help him use this as the basis for his first film project. (74 min, USA) dir. by Tristan Clay, Rising first time Filmmaker, Horror
1:45pm “Contact”, A little girl and her dog get a visitor from another world. 2017 SWADE Productions. Starring Madelyn Misenheimer and her dog ‘Ripley’ (3 min, USA) dir. by Stacy Misenheimer, Rising first time Filmmaker, Sci-fi
1:50pm World Premier “Confessions of a Serial Killer”, The infamous cult classic film, based on the crimes and confessions of Henry Lee Lucas. After 25 years in Roger Corman’s vault, director Mark Blair (AKA John Dwyer) has regained the rights to his film in an attempt to unleash it upon the American public with a never before seen director’s cut of the infamous cult classic film! (106 min, USA) dir by John Dwyer
3:40pm Premier “When the Howls Find Us”, On the run, a girl and her grandmother find safety in an abandoned workshop – only to face a fateful choice. (13 min, United Kingdom) dir. by Andrew Rose, Student
3:55pm World Premier “4:44 am”, A woman is awakened in the night by the sound of mysterious whispering. (2 min, USA) dir. by Dominic Wieneke, Thriller
4:00pm – 4:30pm Break
4:30pm Arkansas Premier “Home Education”, An inquisitive girl is convinced by her controlling mother that her dead dad will resurrect if they show how much they miss him. That is, until he begins to rot… (25 min, United Kingdom) dir. by Andrea Niada, Student
5:00pm Premier “Bon Appetit”, Kate, a spontaneous college girl makes a surprise visit to her friend Emma who lives with her parents. As they enjoy dinner and lots of drinks, Kate searches for a bathroom, but finds herself in a basement and sees Derek staring at her only to realize that, maybe, she might be their next dish. (11 min, USA) dir. by Maria Cardenas, Student
5:15pm USA Premier “Perfect Worlds”, When Susan forgives her past it changes the world for everyone. Burying her mothers ashes brings back a past Susan would rather forget but needs to forgive. (35 min, United Kingdom) dir. by AJ Sykes, Student
5:55pm Arkansas Premier “Blackout”, A young woman awakens in the woods, alone and covered in blood, with no memory of how she got there. (12 min, USA) dir. by Timothy Collins, Student
6:10pm World Premier “Red Water”, Jane, a seventeen-year-old girl, is home alone struggling through a breakup when she gets an unexpected visitor. (19 min, USA) dir. by Luke Konopasky, Student
6:30pm World Premier “Autumn Ghost”, A desperate banker strikes a deal with a vengeful ghost to get fast money only to realize the bargain he makes gets him into even more trouble than before. (4 min, USA) dir. by Jing Ning, Student/First Time Filmmaker
6:35pm – 7:05pm Break
7:05pm World Premier “Witch-Hunt”, When five young women gather to play a witch-themed board game, they begin to suspect one of them may actually be a witch. (80 min, USA) dir. by Philip Schaeffer, First Time Filmmaker, Thriller
8:30pm World Premier “ In My Room”, A young boy has trouble going to sleep after watching a scary movie with his dad. dir. by Michael Trainotti, (11 min, USA) Horror
8:45pm World Premier “Buckout Road”, There is a small rural stretch of road that connects Westchester to White Plains New York called Buckout Road. It home to over a dozen terrifying urban legends and is considered, by some to be the most haunted road in America. (97 min, Canada/USA) dir. by Matthew Currie Holmes, First Time Filmmaker, Thriller – Lead Actor DANNY GLOVER
10:25pm Premier “Sparkleville”, A stranger wanders into Sparkleville. It seems to be a quiet, friendly small Western town. But the people who live there are just a little bit different. (17 min, USA) dir. by Fritz Robinson, Thriller
10:45pm USA Premier “Tempus Tormentum”, A drifter passing through a small town is drugged by three masked psychopaths and forced into a bizarre game of cat and mouse. (82 min, Canada) dir. by James Rewucki, Horror
12:10am USA Premier “De-Mente”, Klaus, a failed actor, shows up at midnight at the house of his old pal Genio, another actor whose career as a TV star is way more successful than his friend’s. (12 min, Spain) dir. by Luis Espinosa, Horror
12:22am Premier “Meat”, A man wakes up in a dark and dodgy cellar, totally disoriented, not knowing where he is. Around him, a group of strange people seems to have been in the place for a long time. He will try to understand the situation (and) to survive. But the situation degenerates when a vampire bursts in. (10 min, France) dir. by Antoine Osorio, Horror
12:32am Premier “The Man Who Made Contact”, Either we are alone in this universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. (9 min, USA) dir. by Alex Carney, First Time Filmmaker, Sci-Fi
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FRIDAY SEPT 22
Horror, Thriller & Sci-fi Films
Doors open at 11:30am
11:45am World Premier “Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil”, An aspiring journalist named Sam who finds a Tree with a very dark history. As her own past has demons that continue to haunt her, she eventually finds out what haunts this ominous Tree. Based on real events. (75 min, USA) dir. by Joshua Louis & Chris Alonso, Horror
1:00pm Arkansas Premier “Astrid”, Miguel is a former war photographer. Albert, who works in the morgue allows Miguel to take photos of dead women for his personal photographic project. One night, he meets the body of Astrid, a dead blond woman whose beauty transfixes him. Astrid, an angel, perhaps a curse, it will leave an indelible mark. (18 min, Spain) dir. by Alicia Albares, Thriller
1:20pm Arkansas Premier “Max and the Box”, Two kids dig up a jack-in-the-box and strange things begin to happen. (8 min, USA) dir. by Eric Stafford, Horror
1:30pm Arkansas Premier “The Glass Coffin”, Dressed for the occasion in an elegant evening outfit, Amanda steps into the huge luxury limousine waiting to take her to the gala ceremony. Suddenly the glass in the windows goes dark, Amanda’s phone is jammed and she can’t open any of the doors. (73 min, Spain) dir. by Norma Vila, Thriller
2:45pm Arkansas Premier “Vexed”, A romantic date night goes horribly wrong when a couple questions the validity of horror film plots. (13 min, USA) dir. by Marc Cartwright, Horror
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm Arkansas Premier “Psycho Magnet”, Hopelessly naive, Fern is a psychic who specializes in communicating with the dead. She finds herself homeless in a small town where people mysteriously keep going missing, and she is desperate for a way out. She is taken hostage and surrounded by the disgruntled dead, Fern must wage war or die. (96 min, USA) dir. by Anne Paul, Horror
5:10pm Arkansas Premier “The Alsace Axe Massacre”, Christophe finds himself stuck when his car breaks down in the middle of the Alsatian mountains. He luckily hitches a ride with Jean, a cheerful and friendly local. The ride becomes unsettling when the Alsatian warns the young man about a terrible threat haunting the woods. (36 min, France) dir. by Olivier Hansz, Horror
5:50pm – 6:30pm Break
*6:30pm Tamara Glynn (Halloween 5) and Deborah Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part 5) at the Fifth Annual Hot Springs Horror Film Festival.
7:00pm Arkansas Premier “Catching Up”, A widowed socialite’s encounter with an ex-con awakens her fascination for murder in this dark comedy (40 min, USA) dir. by Deborah Voorhees, Horror – Q&A with Deborah Voorhees after the film.
8:00pm World Premier “Vetus”, Rosa, a mysterious woman, has prophetic dream of her homeland Wallachia. She returns to find her former lover Vlad Dracula battling against fearsome enemies (3 min, Australia) dir. by Alan Chen, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
*8:05pm SPECIAL SCREENING WITH GUEST SPEAKER “Amnesiac”, with Kate Bosworth, (84 min, USA) dir. by Michael Polish, Producer Erik Fleming – Q&A with Producer Erik Fleming after the film
10:00pm Arkansas Premier “Alfred J Hemlock”, When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock. (14 min, Australia) dir. by Edward Lyons, Horror
10:15pm Arkansas Premier “The Sound of Fear”, A young Deaf woman, Ivy, inadvertently witnesses a group of meth addicts kill a sheriff in a remote resort town. On the run, Ivy races through the empty streets looking for help. (8 min, USA) dir. by Colin Campbell, Horror
10:30pm World Premier “Gnaw”, Jennifer Conrad is a small-town girl starting over in the big city. Fleeing an abusive relationship, all she wants is a chance to begin again. But it is hard to start over when something is eating you while you sleep . . . one painful bite at a time. (98 min, Spain/USA) dir. by Haylar Garcia, Horror – Supporting Actor Sally Kirkland http://www.gnawmovie.com
12:10am Premier “The Wanderers”, A hardened vampire hunter and a journalist are travelling to a reclusive village in Transilvania to unravel the mystery surrounding a weird event which happened recently in Zalesky Castle. (137 min, Romania) dir. by Dragos Buliga, Horror – Lead Actor Armand Assante. http://www.thewanderersmovie.com
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SATURDAY SEPT 23
Horror, Thriller & Sci-fi Films
Doors open at 12:00pm
12:40pm World Premiere “Hair of the Dog”, A man dives deep into the dark world of alcoholism and domestic violence and learns the hard way that karma has no menu when he is served what he deserves. (15 min, USA) dir. by Sheri Davis, Thriller
1:00pm “Maslow’s”, When a suicidal screenwriter is trapped in a warehouse, he attempts to outsmart the deadly games of a homicidal maniac. (14 min, USA) dir. by Erik Long IV, Horror
1:15pm World Premier “The Shadow”, Set in Florence, Italy. A cast of young actresses and actors coming from U.K., Austria, Belgium and Italy stage the typical melting pot of international students that spend some months studying art, Italian and cooking in this wonderful town. (81 min, Italy) dir. by Andrea Mugnaini, Horror
2:40pm World Premier “Bert”, A young girl escapes the oppression of her alcoholic mother with the help of her best friend, the monster who lives under her bed. (15 min, USA) dir. by Aaron Bush, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm Arkansas Premier “Devil’s Whisper”, 15 year old Alejandro Duran, who comes from a religious Latino American family, aspires to be a Catholic priest. But when Alex discovers a mysterious box passed down from his grandparents, he unwittingly unleashes a demonic spirit bent on possessing him. (85 min, USA) dir. by Adam Ripp, Horror
5:00pm World Premier “Bloodyback”, In the bloody heart of the French & Indian War, an undead plague strikes! Former enemies must join and fight to survive the horde. (33 min, USA) dir. by Daniel Byers, Horror
5:35pm World Premier “The Ballad of Stingy Jack”, When a boy’s Jack-o’-lantern is smashed the night before Halloween, he discovers the dark truth to why we carve pumpkins (27 min, USA) dir. by Joseph Pattisall, Horror
6:05pm – 6:30pm Break
6:30pm *Premier “The Rake”, Two teenagers get a mysterious letter in the mail that leads them to a creepy snow bound house. What they find inside is horrifying. (4 mins, USA)
Plus “ Times Up”, (4 mins, USA) dir. by Bob Sheen & Erik Fleming, Youth – *Special Presentation “The Rake” in honor of HSHFF newest “Youth” film submission category for kids starting in 2018. Q&A after the films
7:10pm Arkansas Premier “Pizza Face”, A self-absorbed pizza waitress unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister mobile app (this film is “kid friendly”} (10 min, USA) dir. by Justin Ulloa, Jamie Dwyer, Horror
7:25pm USA Premier “2AM”, A middle aged man Alex awakens in his quarters to find a white rabbit beside his bed who then suddenly hops through a closed door. Scared and fascinated by how the rabbit got into his room and out through a closed door Alex gets up and leaves his room to follow the rabbit. (16 min, Australia) dir. by Huseyin Hassan, Horror
**7:45pm Special Guest Speaker Mr. Joseph Scott Morgan world renowned forensics expert.
This Special Event is $10.00 without a festival pass, it is free to pass holders 01:00:00
World renowned Forensic Science Expert, Joseph Scott Morgan will be speaking on Forensic Perceptions and Interpretations, (True life vs. Hollywood’s on screen interpretation). Morgan has appeared, for the past 4 years, on both Headline News and CNN as the on-air forensics expert. He has commented on the cases involving Oscar Pistorius, Robin Williams, Jon Benet Ramsey, Jodi Arias/ Travis Alexander, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ariel Castro, and the Zodiac Killer, just to name a few. He can currently be seen every Saturday night appearing on How NOT to Kill Your Husband which can be found on Discovery ID. He appeared 54 straight weeks on Nancy Grace’s HLN show. He won a Southeastern Regional Emmy in June of 2017. There will be a Q&A and Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator, book signing immediate following.
8:45pm World Premier “Howard Lovecraft And The Undersea Kingdom”, (this film is “kid friendly”) Voice Cast including Academy Award – winner Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman, and Jane Curtin. Before he becomes the famed horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, young Howard Lovecraft is a curious and imaginative boy living with his mother, because his father is locked up in Arkham Sanitarium. But after his mother unwittingly gave Howard the legendary Necronomicon, Howard went to a dangerous and frozen land where he saved and befriended a monstrous creature he named Spot. Howard thought that was behind him, but now there is a new threat… (79 min, USA) dir. by Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Sci-Fi http://howardlovecraftmovie.com/
10:05pm Arkansas Premier “Redruby”, Ruby Grimm awakes to the dark reality that nightmares walk among us. Armed with her brother’s research and weaponry, she sets out to systematically destroy them before her mind spirals into madness (20 min, Canada) dir. by Jose Holder, Horror
10:30pm Arkansas Premier “The Unwilling”, Six family members arrive for the reading of the will of a wealthy patriarch. All are shocked when an antique wooden box arrives instead. Events take a turn for the worse as they release a sinister evil no one may leave alive. (84 min, USA) dir. by Jonathan Heap (Academy Award Nominated Director) David Stump ASC, Horror
12:00am World Premier “Happy Hunting”, An alcoholic drifter must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes the target of a deranged sporting event. (91 min, USA) dir. by Joe Dietsch, Lucian Gibson, Horror
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SUNDAY SEPT 24
Horror, Thriller & Sci-fi Films
Doors open at 12:45pm
12P ‘The After Hours Club’ Special screening. Coming this fall.
The After Hours Club – Episode: “That
Darkly Shining Abyss”, The episode looks at some
of the darkest aspects of death in America, starting
with a growing insensitivity to what death really
means because of media portrayal. We explore
erotic fixations with death imagery, new theories
about what may motivate some serial killers, and
investigate the changing landscape of serial killings
in general. An interview with Joshua Zeman, coproducer
of the A&E series “The Killing Season,” is
included. The majority of the episode is dedicated
to a gripping interview with Joseph Scott Morgan,
who not only gives us some of the ins and outs of
death investigation from the forensic aspect, but also
gives a compelling, deeply personal interview about
how his daily experiences with death in all its forms
changed him forever. After seeing this interview, the
viewer will never again look at death investigators as
mere cold, analytical characters as portrayed all too
frequently by Hollywood. (30 min, USA).
Here is the backstory from Keith –
““The After Hours Club” is an exploration of all aspects of death in America. We began this
journey knowing that much of what we would explore and expose is taboo, or at least
undesirable to know by most people. Death touches everyone at some point, even if it’s only
the point at which they leave this process, this condition, we call life. Even if they have never
experienced the death of someone else, they will experience their own deaths.
It is the one appointment we all must keep, willingly or no.
In “The After Hours Club” we explore the stories of people who know, and understand, that
death is ever with us.
Students who are pursuing mortuary science programs and simultaneously working in funeral
homes as embalmers and funeral home workers.
Death investigators, who have to process countless murders, accidents, and unexpected
deaths every day.
Those who work in hospice programs, with people who KNOW they are dying, and their
Clergy of non-dominant religions like Buddhism, Voodoo, and the Santa Muerte Cult.
Necromancers who see and talk with the dead, and artists who take inspiration from death
imagery to create new works..
Academics who have bold theories on what REALLY motivates some serial killers, and why it is
more common than most people think to be erotically aroused by images of people being
Those who have taken the ultimate step and embraced death by attempting suicide, and
Scientists who predict a bleak and cold end to the universe itself as we know it.
These are their stories. This is the wisdom they impart to us, knowing that they can only give
fractured pieces of a puzzle that must eventually be solved, but not necessarily in a way we
understand. A puzzle whose pieces include each and every one of us.
Even when all the pieces fit together, and the tableau is complete, is it truly the end?
Eyes closed, or eyes wide open. Your choice.
Either way, welcome to “The After Hours Club”.
Stop in to kick off Sunday morning at the Festival with this new web series premiering in the fall.
1:00pm “The Atoning”, Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. (89 min, USA) dir. by Michael Williams, Thriller
2:30pm Arkansas Premier “Night Kaleidoscope”, A cynical psychic investigator who peddles his gift for anyone willing to pay. His abilities depleting, he must take powerful drugs to induce his visions. He must harness his waning powers as well as overcoming the personal demons borne out of his troubled past. (82 min, Germany) dir. by Grant McPhee, Horror
3:55 – 4:15 Break
4:15pm Arkansas Premier “Inheritance”, Ryan has just inherited a $2 million beach house on the central California coast from his biological father, a man he has never known and thought long dead. When he finally discovers the tragic truth about his birth parents, he might be too late to stop himself from repeating a similar pattern. (92 min, USA) dir. by Tyler Savage, Thriller
5:50pm World Premier “The Servant”, A bug became servant, servant became master. (9 min, Iran) Animation, dir. by Farnoosh Abedi, Horror
6:00 – 6:30pm Break
6:30pm “Close Calls”, A troubled young girl is forced to deal with her crazy grandma and a psychotic caller when her father leaves her home alone. Before the night is over, Morgan must also face her own fears and inner demons when she believes everyone she knows is plotting against her. (130 min, USA) by Richard Stringham, Horror, Arkansas
8:45pm Premier “Art Of Obsession”, After losing his family in a car accident and seeing his latest work bomb, famous novelist, Kennedy Sait, becomes a recluse and turns to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain he feels. (94 min, Canada) dir. by Ryan Andrews, Thriller
10:20pm World Premier “Hell Of A Night”, After moving to a new town, a young college student retreats to the country for a weekend of solace when she quickly finds out that she is not alone and needs to fight for her life. (84 min, USA) dir. by Brian Childs, First Time Filmmaker, Horror
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