FRIDAY, OCT. 17th:
[NOTE: Tickets for this day/eve are limited – purchase yours now:
2014 Eerie Horror Fest Opening Day Tickets
Your concert ticket IS the ONLY admission you will need for the entire festival that day/eve and includes access to all film screenings, celebrity guests, vendors, etc!
3:30pm – Doors Open
4:00pm – 6:00pm: FILMS (Screening Room B)
IT GROWS! (Australia/16 mins/Dir. Ryan Cauchi and Nick Stathopoulos)
Zac has a problem. He suffers from ‘cyberchondria’. He contracts every disease he ever reads about online! His long-suffering girlfriend Jan has had enough. But that’s not his only problem. Something is growing in his garden… and it’s growing fast! Is it just a cute little plant, or could it be the harbinger of something more sinister?
THE HEEBIE-JEEBIES (USA/9 mins/Dir. Todd Slawsby)
Finding a mysterious storybook, Liam convinces his mother to read it to him and his sister, Lyla. The book tells of ‘The Heebie-Jeebies’, ancient monsters rumored to appear in the night and drag children and their parents into their own nightmares. Sent to brush their teeth, the children tease each other, trying to convince themselves that the Heebie-Jeebies will come for their sibling and not for them. But, as they ready themselves for bed, the children will soon discover: something terrifying is under their beds…
AWAITING LAZARUS (UK/23 mins/Dir. Orok Duke)
A secret society with a keen interest in the occult gathers for one of its regular ceremonies. Its members are tricked into performing a forbidden ritual and unleash a malevolent spirit in the house. Each member struggles to survive the night and unravel the traitor in the group.
NI 28 – STRATE I (New Caledonia/68 mins/Dir. Terence Tesh Chevrin)
He is one of the last survivors of the epidemic which has depopulated New Caledonia and transformed Human beings into violent infected creatures. While all the other survivors get organized to run away the country and find safety elsewhere, he goes back to the city with an object in order to try to change the situation.
6:30pm – 8:30PM: FILMS (SCREENING ROOM B)
GRAVE SHIVERS (USA/14 mins/Dir. Brent Sims)
A dark legend tells of a mysterious book with no identifiable author, the only thing known of its contents, its subject matter, is that it has magical… endless pages that contain stories of horror, wonder, and dread. Many have searched for it throughout the sands of time. Many have lost themselves in this quest, never to be heard from again. By other worldly assistance, or pure malevolence, one man has located this ‘book,’ and has dared to open its pages, to release it back on the world… Brent Sims’ Grave Shivers.
AM/FM (Brazil/23 mins/Dir. Carlos G. Gananian)
A crazed, homeless man tells a fantastic tale to a young woman who’s waiting for the last bus of the night. Is the story just a figment of his imagination, or is there a larger force at work?
THE LAST HALLOWEEN (Canada/10 mins/Dir. Marc Roussel)
On a dark and spooky night, four frisky young trick-or-treaters – a Ghost, a Devil, a Grim Reaper and a Witch – set out on a door to door adventure that could very well end up being… the Last Halloween! As they make their way from house to house in an oddly deserted city, collecting increasingly strange treats from the residents as they go, the viewer gets the sense that there is something not quite right with the world through which the trick-or-treaters are traveling.
ANOTHER (USA/74 mins/Dir.Jason Bognacki)
Jordyn Ames, a discontent night shift clerk, has a bizarre run in with a late night patron, and what follows seems on the surface to be a series of strange coincidences; but soon proves to conceal a much darker truth. Compelled by the possibility that she could have a dark twin, Jordyn begins to question her own sanity, and reality itself. Her own curiosity soon pulls her into a dark underworld of possession, desire, and extreme indulgences churning a deadly witches brew that tears at her very existence.
8:00pm- LIVE CONCERT (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
HERE COME THE MUMMIES!
It’s been a long and dusty road since 1922 when, at a dig in the desert south of Tunis, Professor Nigel Quentin Fontanelle Dumblucke IV (1895-) unearthed the ruins of an ancient discotheque to find a dozen undead Egyptian mummies inexplicably throwing down what he dubbed, “Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave.” From these hovering souls, who called themselves Here Come The Mummies, Professor Dumblucke learned of the powerful curse that doomed them to wander the earth, seeking the ultimate riff, the one that may allow their spirits to rest after eons of, as they put it, “banging out solid fly grooves, y’all.” But their story was murky at best… What is clear is that these saucy specters resurfaced around the turn of the Millennium. Without so much as a hot bath, HCTM would open for P-Funk and Al Green, rock Super Bowl Village 2012, become regulars on The Bob and Tom Show and at massive festivals like Summerfest and Musikfest, and make themselves the darlings of sell-out crowds over wide swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth. 2013 saw HCTM pool what remained of their dusty hearts, addled brains, and withered appendages to make Cryptic, their acclaimed sixth studio album. 2014 has been HCTM’s most prolific year to date! Three of five scheduled 5-song EPs have been released so far: A La Mode, Pull it Off, and Shocker. An adapted version of Rejuvannihilation, a new full-length concert film, is airing across the US on PBS’s Front and Center. Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, Here Come The Mummies!
9:00pm – 11:00pm:FILMS (SCREENING ROOM B)
SEULE (France/10 mins/Dir. Didier Philippe)
Claire, a young woman, lives alone in a large apartment. Her fear of the outside world stops her from going out and letting people in. One day, she discovers evidence revealing that a man lives in her home. The presence of that man becomes more and more apparent and eventually threatening…
PLAYING WITH THE DEVIL (USA/7 mins/Dir. Nick Stentzel)
Young sisters, Loreta, Jean and Mary give into curiosity one night while home alone. Loreta convinces her skeptical siblings to participate in a Japanese ritual, named Hitori Kakurenbo or ‘One Man Tag.’ As they progress through the game, Mary’s favorite doll, Mr. Bixby, uncovers their deepest fears as their home becomes the Devil’s Playground.
COLD FEET (Canada/13 mins/Dir. Daniel D’Alimonte)
Andy, a deli clerk wanting to make a name for himself agrees to cut up a dead body for his dangerous employer, Herman, but finds it difficult to man up. The stakes are raised when the body comes back to life and exposes Herman as faint of heart. When the truth is revealed that Herman’s been deceiving him all along Andy summons the will to finish the job and prove himself to the underground crime world.
CANNIBAL STORY (Australia/7 mins/Animated)
Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment) is the dangerous heart of Martu country in the Western Desert, Western Australia – it is a place where cannibal beings live beneath the surface of the salt lake, a place where Martu fear to tread. Yunkurra Billy Atkins is the great animator of the dark narratives that score this country, and his beguiling paintings have intrigued and challenged art lovers for many years. Now new audiences are invited into the world of his art, his imagination and his country, as Yunkurra’s paintings are brought to life through a unique collaboration with award-winning animator Sohan Ariel Hayes.
AMERICAN HELL (USA/7 mins/Dir. Robert Bryce Milburn)
A family’s worse fears are realized when their apartment is invaded in the middle of the night. While neither their lives nor their valuables are threatended, their would-be attackers provide a grim glimpse at how alone and helpless the family is when their entire hallway of neighbors did nothing to help them.
THE SHOWER (USA/78 mins/Dir. Alex Drummond)
Nick is a screenwriter/ unemployed waiter struggling with his life in LA. Mary, his wife, the breadwinner, is eight months pregnant with their second child. While Nick is a loving husband and father, something in his life is missing. But Nick and Mary’s Baby Shower promises an afternoon of relief and brings old friends together again. Beers are had, good times remembered and gifts are opened before the outside world comes knocking, bloodied and carrying a knife. Bit by bit, the party goers glean that a mysterious outbreak is turning LA into a city of homicidal maniacs. Phones are dead. Power is out. And the infection is spreading into the house…
11:30pm -1:30am:FILMS (SCREENING ROOM B)
CRAZY FOR YOU (UK/10 mins/Dir. James Moran)
It’s difficult to find love when you’re a serial killer – when Charlie meets the girl of his dreams, he has to keep that slight flaw a secret from her. Will true love win the day? Or will she become another of his unwitting victims? Crazy For You is a romantic-comedy-horror for everyone who has skeletons in their closet – metaphorical or otherwise…
GAVE UP THE GHOST (USA/20 mins/Dir. Gregory Lamberson)
When an author loses the only copy of his latest novel in a computer crash, a repairman offers a unique solution to recover the file: to summon the ghost of the computer.
CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU (USA/92 mins/Dir. Chris LaMartina)
A virginal artist falls in love with a call girl who turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu. To save her, he must stop an ancient cult from summoning their God and destroying mankind.
SATURDAY, OCT. 18th:
9:30am – DOORS OPEN
10:00am – 12:00pm: ACTING WORKSHOP WITH RICHARD HATCH (SCREENING ROOM B) * VIP PASS HOLDERS ONLY *
Acting workshop with award winning actor, Richard Hatch. Make your reservations today to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the art of acting directly from an established Hollywood actor, producer, writer and director. Admission is included for VIP PASS holders (click on Admission tab above to get yours today) or just $20.00 at the door on Saturday, Oct. 18th for those who ONLY want to attend this workshop (that one time admission will be solely for this workshop and will not include access to the rest of the Festival). Weekend Pass holders can upgrade their passes for $20.00 if they wish to attend. Seating is VERY limited for this event
10:30am -12:30pm:FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
THE ONLY MAN (Spain/21 mins/Dir. Jos Man)
The story chronicles the last days of a man, victim of an epidemic that has turned mankind into degenerate beings void of consciousness; trying to keep his sanity he fights alone against the disease. Though strong in his will to overcome it, he will fall victim before he is aware of it.
MY DATE WITH ADAM (USA/15 mins/Dir. Dennis Schebetta)
A wedding planner uses Internet dating to find the perfect man–only to discover that he’s more than just perfect, he’s a robot.
THE MANY LIVES OF JOVAN CORNEJO (USA/84 mins/Dir. Ryan Nagata)
The Many Lives of Jovan Cornejo is the story of Kevin Ostrowski as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged, underachieving brother Norm on a camping trip. They’re accompanied by several of Norm’s unusual friends. When one of these friends dies accidentally, the decision is made to bury him out in the desert with some very unforeseen supernatural consequences.
SEMINAR: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (SCREENING ROOM B)
MONSTER MARK – A Guide to Out-of-Kit Makeup Techniques
1:00pm -3:00pm: FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
CHANCE (USA/6 mins/Dir. Ryan Wick)
Hannah is a lonely young woman with a dark secret. She spends her nights traveling through cities hoping to find that special someone. Her definition of ‘special’ however, is very different from most peoples. ‘Chance’ is a dark and haunting thriller with a twist ending that will leave you speechless.
THE BODY (UK/17 mins/Dir. Paul Davis)
THE BODY tells the story of a killer who uses the cover of Halloween to dispose of his latest victim – but as he does his gear and body bag get mistaken for a costume, and he is dragged to a Halloween party, with hilarious and horrifying consequences.
THE MUCK (USA/6 mins/Dir. Tony Walsh)
Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last… or so she thought! The Muck will leave you never wanting to take a bath again!
AFTERIMAGES (Singapore/92 mins/Dir. Tony Kern)
A collection of horror films appear in the ashes after a group of film students burn paper effigy cameras as offerings to the dead. The first film received, GHOST POOL LEG, revolves around Chinese superstition in which ghosts are believed to pull swimmers legs to drown them. The second movie, XIAO BAO BAO, focuses on a young woman’s haunting experience after taking a postmortem photograph of a suicide jumper. The third movie, SKIN DEEP, finds a group of shoppers stuck in a mall elevator with a mysterious and beautiful woman who holds a terrible secret. The fourth film, REKINDLING, features a heartbroken hawker, a missing China bride, and the mysterious ring she left behind. The final film comes with a price.
1:30pm – 2:30pm: SEMINAR (SCREENING ROOM B)
Screenwriting Basics and Writing Techniques Seminar
Michael Gibrall is a multiple festival award-winning screenwriter. His scripts have been acknowledged by the Nicholl Fellowships (the Motion Picture Academy’s screenwriting competition,) The Blood List (the horror equivalent of the Hollywood “Black List” of top unproduced screenplays,) and major screenwriting competitions and festival competitions. He wrote, produced and directed the romantic dramedy “Available” that won a Gold Remi Award at WorldFest Houston, an award won by such directors as Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and the Coen Brothers.
4:30pm – 6:00pm:SEMINAR (SCREENING ROOM B)
A paranormal lecture and presentation with A.P.G / E.C.P
A.P.G./E.C.P. is the city of Erie’s veteran Paranormal team. Join investigators Jason and James as they talk ghosts, spirits, and hauntings with audio, video, and photos. With over 13 years in the field of research, James wants people attending this extended seminar to know that “there’s something for everyone with this presentation”. The team will not only share their stories and possible evidence, they hope that audience members will share their own stories as well for a truly interactive experience for all who attend. So if you want to talk ghosts, be sure to attend thia don’t miss this informative and interesting presentation. James has appeared on The bio channels’ “My Ghost Story”, the paranormal film Ghost ‘A Fire and has been on many Paranormal Radio shows over the years.
3:30pm -5:30pm:FILM (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
ALIEN HUNGER (USA/90 mins/Dir. Eddie Conna)
Alien Hunger is a campy throwback to 1950’s science fiction matinee movies. Lifelong friends Forest Ranger Mike Gibson (Richard Hatch, Battlestar Galactica) and Sheriff Thom Baker (Vernon Wells, Road Warrior, Commando) discover more than they expected when trying to solve the mystery of missing campers. Along the way they encounter bikers, rednecks, and aliens. All attempts to call for help are thwarted by an alien spacecraft whose strange signal is scrambling all the communications in the area.(Q & A with stars Richard Hatch and Vernon Wells following the film)
** AWARDS CEREMONY** (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
Presentations for Best Feature, Short, Student Films, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Feature Length and Best Short Screenplays
7:00pm -9:15pm:FILM (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
PLEASE, TALK WITH ME (USA/105 minsDir. Mara Katria)
In the winter of 1985, strange occurrences began to transpire inside Erie Hall on the college campus at Geneseo, New York. Over a period of several months, a number of the students would have their lives forever altered by a series of paranormal events. Apparitions sighted, strange voices heard and moving objects witnessed all became part of the experience shared by those young adults now over twenty years ago. Through the considered efforts of several of these students, a recorded history now exists detailing the day-to-day terror that they underwent. Photographs, voice recordings, scribbled notes and formal journals all now serve to authenticate the events that unfolded around them. This film is dedicated to the telling a portion of that story. (Q & A with director Mara Katria and writer J. Jeff Ungar following the film)
9:30pm -11:30pm:FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
FACSIMILE (UK/9 min/Dir. Justin Villiers)
Three eco-activists break into a warehouse in search of an Unmanned Ground Sentinel, a police device used to track protesters, which they plan to destroy. To their amazement, they find the Unmanned Ground Sentinel is a life-like female android stored in a cage. While the three argue about what to do, the Sentinel ‘wakes’, ‘cries’ and asks for them to free her. The activists liberate this ‘girl’ and head for their countryside safe house. But, as dusk falls, the Sentinel vanishes … then picks off the activists one by one.
RUBY’S SKIN (UK/14 mins/Dir. Claire Tailyour)
London 1865. Ruby discovers a dark secret about herself that her inventor father Derby has been keeping quiet for her entire life. When they attend the opening of the first ever hydraulic elevator in London, lies begin to unfold. Everyone is made up of layers, and none more so that Ruby.
HOUSE CALL (USA/14 mins/Dir. Graham Denman)
A disturbed man shows up at a dentist’s house in the middle of the night, demanding to have his teeth pulled.
BLOODY KNUCKLES (Canada/85 mins/Dir. Matt O’Mahoney)
Travis is the creator of Vulgarian Invasions, an underground comic that gleefully wallows in the obscene. Casually dismissing his detractors as pious censors, Travis finds himself in dangerous territory after his comic targets a shady Chinatown businessman named Leonard Fong. Mr. Fong does not take kindly to the offensive caricature of him and orders his goons to punish Travis by severing his drawing hand. Rattled to his core, Travis abandons his comic and retreats into a miserable, alcoholic existence. That is, until his hand returns from the grave.
11:45pm – 1:30am: FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
THE MATCHMAKER (USA/10 mins/Dir. Lonni Martin)
Percy and Ingrid are two morticians who can’t bring each other to admit their love for each other. A bride who died before her time may be the missing piece to finding love in the midst of death.
O ESPINHO DA ROSA (Guinea-Bissau-Portugal/97 mins/Dir. Filipe Henriques)
Beware those who leave unresolved issues with the dead.Prosecuting Attorney David Lunga’s success is overshadowed by the terrifying secrets of Rosa, a beautiful but mysterious woman with whom he falls in love. What mysteries does she hide? As the macabre facts unravel, David comes face to face with his own demons and is driven to prove his innocence, recover his reputation and, above all, clear his own conscience.
11:00am -12:00pm:FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
** STUDENT FILMS (from young filmmakers ages 10 – 17)**
STARS (USA/4 mins/Dir. Nigel Eastman)
A young man struggling with the loss of his wife.
THE FOLLOWER (USA/7 mins/Dir. Oliver Abrams & Andy Helton)
A young girl tries to ignore a friend request on social media that she doesn’t know. She finally gives up and accepts the friend request. Suddenly, she starts receiving snapchat messages and photos and each one she receives – her new “friend” is closer to her house. When she receives a photo of her friend dead she hides. Suddenly he is in her house. Be careful who you communicate with on social media.
When two teenage boys are dared to spend a night in a creepy funeral home with a bad reputation, they accept the challenge. However, when the even creepier undertaker unexpectedly arrives, things quickly begin to go downhill...
CUPID’S NEMESIS (Canada/40mins/Dir. Brett Sherman)
A slasher film collides with a monster film as 16 year old Lilith deals with the chaos her life has to endure in this action packed horror flick.
1:00pm -3:00pm:FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
LOCAL & REGIONAL FILM SHOWCASE
BLINK OF AN EYE (USA/30 mins/Dir. Arie Lombardozzi)
Blink of An Eye” follows a normal, nuclear family through their day to day routines. They live a life of mediocrity and amongst the mediocrity the mother and father have become sexually frustrated. With the kids always around they never have any time for themselves and they must wait yet another week till the kids are out of the house for some fun. As the week is winding down, so is their lifespans. A mysterious figure looms in the distance slowly moving towards them every day…”
THE BONE GARDEN (USA/87 mins/Dir. Mike Gutridge)
Alice Hardy had the perfect life. The Perfect Husband. The Perfect Friends. But, her ‘Perfect’ life begins to unravel when mysterious neighbors move in next door. Now, she’s questioning everyone and running for her life as she finds: ‘No one is ever what they seem . . . . . ‘
3:30pm -5:30pm:FILMS (THEATER AUDITORIUM)
BEST OF THE FEST
Encores of the Best Feature and the Best Short Film
*TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER THE AWARDS CEREMONY SAT. NIGHT*