For the fourth straight year, the Portland Horror Film Festival returns to the historic Hollywood Theatre for a four day run from June 5th – June 8th. With the fest just around the corner, the first wave of films have been announced. This first announcement includes one feature and a slew of shorts to satisfy the horror-loving tastebuds in all of us. Past films to play the fest include Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, The Ranger, and Happy Hunting.
The first feature film selected for this year’s festival is Reborn from director Julian Richards, which will be making its Pacific Northwest premiere. Barbara Crampton stars.
Portland Horror Film Festival continues to provide a space and visibility for women in a largely male-dominated genre, carrying on their tradition of waiving submission fees for women directors throughout the month of February. The result is a first wave of shorts that includes a wide variety and many films directed by women.
If you’re a filmmaker with a film you’d like to see play the fest, you’re in luck. Submissions are open until April 8th, so act now and submit your film today!
Full list of first wave announcements are below. For more information please visit PortlandHorrorFilmFestival.com.
Reborn — Dir. Julian Richards (feature film)
A stillborn baby girl is abducted by a morgue attendant and brought back to life by electrokinetic power. On her 16th birthday, she escapes captivity and sets out to find her birth mother, leaving a trail of destruction behind her.
@SelifeJunkie — Dir. Ty Huffer
Social media addict Ingrid receives an unwanted visitor during a midnight bathroom trip.
Cemetery Song — Dir. Michelle Prebich
An animated reflection on mortality, “CEMETERY SONG” explores a day in the life of inhabitants of a cemetery as they explore the power of memories, existential dread and finally a peaceful acceptance. Cemetery Song is directed and edited by Michelle Prebich. Animation and production design by Justine Prebich.
Coda Sacra — Dir. Pol Barrós
A small group of people are determined to protect their way of life. They know they are exposed to the worst stalking, because their enemy is nature dressed in Satanism and witchcraft. They will have to face that darkness only with the help of their faith, and fight against the unknown until their last breath.
Essera Amato — Dir. Bas-Tzion Beahan
A young and expecting mother suffers a horrific abandonment as she understands the cost of what it means to love and be loved.
Hana — Dir. Mai Nakanishi
A college student goes for a part-time job interview and hired on short notice by a single working mother to be a babysitter for her four-year-old daughter Hana. But when she is left alone with Hana, strange things start to happen.
I Am Not a Monster — Dir. Grace Quilligan
Ambrose Mordrake, born with a violent, mind controlling deformed growth on the back of his head, unexpectedly returns home for his brother’s engagement dinner. Whilst weary of his return, his brother Matthew and his fiancé Catherine are pleased to see him, much to the chagrin of his mother. Ambrose attempts to insert himself back into the family life, who keep him at an arm’s distance.
With the increasing tension between the family and the growth’s voice becoming more aggressive, Ambrose’s paranoia and delusions begin to take over. In order to fit in with his family’s image, Ambrose must battle his inner and outer demons in a bloody and tragic fight for control of his mind.
Re-Home — Dir. Izzy Lee
In the near future, the U.S.-Mexico border wall has been completed and the high cost of living has skyrocketed. As a result, loved ones are re-homed like pets.
The Hidebehind — Dir. Parker Finn
Lost deep in the forest, a lone backpacker encounters a peculiar stranger.
The Only Thing I Love More Than You is Ranch Dressing — Dir. Sydney Clara Brafman
Ranch. Dipped. Chicken. Fingers.
We Got a Monkey’s Paw — Dir. Aaron Pagniano
Zack and Jakki are your typical “odd couple” roommates. Jakki likes staying in, reading a good book now and again; while Zack has other hobbies like waking the dead. Things get hairy when Zack convinces Jakki to spend the day making wishes on a Monkey’s Paw. Soon the two find themselves doing backflips trying to undo the cataclysmic series of events they’ve set off. Ghost brides, demon boxes, dead-y bears, oh my! This paw is definitely in the wrong hands.
Z-GOAT: First Bleat — Dir. Julien Jauniaux, Bertrand Leplae
The year is 2078. Resources are scarce and the world is slowly dying. Darwina the young huntress will encounter a new threat very soon.