The 2019 Portland Horror Film Festival is just about a week away, returning to Portland’s historic The Hollywood on June 5th – June 8th. Now it’s fourth year, the festival is shaping up to be its best outing yet. We shared the first wave of film announcements back in March and now we are pleased to share with TNC readers the rest of the dazzling lineup.
The big show stealer this year is filmmaker and horror crackerjack Mick Garris who will be attendance on Friday June 7th for the Portland premiere of Nightmare Cinema. This latest horror anthology features segments directed by Garris, as well as Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryûhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugués. After screening Garris will participate in a Q&A, and on Saturday he will be interviewed on stage by Portland podcast The Scariest Things.
Other feature films playing this year’s fest including two world premieres. One June 5th fans will be able to check out Stay Out Stay Alive, the directorial debut from Dean Yurke. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of five friends that are consumed with greed after discovering an abandoned goldmine. The film stars Barbara Crampton, Brie Mattson, Brandon Wardle, Sage Mears, Christina Kim, and William Romano-Pugh. Yurke will participate in a post-screening Q&A.
The Funeral, from writer/director Yujie Qiu, will also be making its world premiere with star Kunjue Li on hand. The Funeral is the story of a young model suffering from recurring nightmares about the suicide of her mother. While attending the funeral for her aunt in a remote countryside mansion, strange things begin to happen and she begins to question whether or not her aunt is truly dead.
Rounding out the feature films this year will be Satanic Panic (west coast premiere), written by Grady Hendrix & Ted Geoghegan and directed by Chelsea Stardust, and the Portland premiere of Larry Fessenden’s Depraved. The festival will also contain more than 40 short films, all of which are currently listed on the PHFF website.
If you’re in the Portland area between June 5th and June 8th, you’re going to want to stop by. This is a festival that should not be missed.