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Chicago Horror Film Festival

2017 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 22-24 2017

Our 2017 Venue



THE PATIO THEATER
6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

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2016 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 23-25 2016

Our 2016 Venue



THE PATIO THEATER
6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

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2017 Official Film Selections!

Check out the 2017 Official Film Selections below!  Our festival is packed with more than 75 films over 3 days!  Here is where you can get a taste for blood.. I mean, for what awesome cinema we have in store for you!

STOLEN

Following a tragic accident, Michelle is housebound but the events soon come back to fatally haunt her.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF KITTY ZOMBIE

The body of a monster, the mind of a puppy.

BEDSIDE VISITORS

A man recounts a haunting nightmare.

 

BLACK BOOK

BLACK BOOK

 

DYSCRASIA

Dyscrasia is a psychological thriller/horror that explores the mind of a young woman as she undergoes a traumatic event.

MAIN STREET MEATS

The story unfolds as a family-run meat shop struggling to survive stumbles onto the secret of success… and is obliged to keep up with insatiable customer demand.

MAX AND THE BOX

Two kids dig up a jack-in-the-box and strange things begin to happen...

GASLIGHT GRAIL

GASLIGHT GRAIL is about Charlotte and Amelia – two women trapped in a relationship that is both toxic and yet the only peace they have ever known. In 1916, Charlotte finds a beaten and broken human Amelia left to die outside her isolated Spanish mansion. She takes pity on Amelia and carries her inside. When Amelia awakes, Charlotte offers to save her – and give her eternal life – if Amelia agrees to one condition:

She must never leave.

Charlotte and Amelia pass the decades first as friends and then as adversaries stuck in a cage of their own making. Years later, a weary Amelia turns another soul into a vampire and slowly unravels Charlotte’s lies about eternal life.

THE JITTERMAN

A BABYSITTER, ALONE IN A HOUSE IS TORMENTED BY AN EVIL ENTITY.

BLACKOUT

A young woman awakens in the woods, alone and covered in blood, with no memory of how she got there.

OPEN CASKETS: HOUSE KEYS

The premier episode of the horror anthology series, Open Caskets. In “House Keys”, Cassie comes home late at night after losing her job, then loses the keys to her apartment, and it looks like an unexpected guest may have found them.

SANTAPOCALYPSE

In an apocalyptic world with very little food, children become the meal of the survivors. While trying to stay hidden, a young girl runs in to a familiar figure who is not what he seems.

CONDUIT

An FBI SWAT team raids a luxurious cabin to rescue a kidnapped girl, only to find themselves in much worse circumstances.

THE RUINS

THE RUINS is a horror story about a woman who is cursed by circumstance and her tragic past. Inspired by real-life ruins, isolated and haunted by fire.
A NYC psychiatrist - an advocate for the healing power of nature – struggles with PTSD. When it flares up, she decides to take her own advice and embarks on a hiking trip upstate. She checks into a hotel where she encounters a front-desk clerk who seems overly interested in her. After coming upon some ruins in the woods, her hallucinations become increasingly more horrific. The trip turns brutal, when the ruins hit too close to home.

DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE

A group of friends take a trip through the country, hoping to have a nice getaway for the weekend. But their trips takes a dangerous turn, when their tire mysteriously pops and an old stretch of road through the woods. They stumble upon an older man's house, and he offers them assistance. They accept, not knowing his deadly secret is hiding upstairs in her room. What will happen when his secret escapes, and not even he can control it anymore.

WRONG FOOT

On a blind date, a daydreaming fool named George says the wrong thing, causing a chain reaction of horrific events.

SUFFER

An ageing teacher confined to a hospital for the criminally insane reveals the sinister plot that provoked her violent actions.

PSYCHO MAGNET

Hopelessly naïve, Fern (Anne Paul) 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’s desperate for a way out. When Fern accepts a job from the town’s amiable auto shop owner, Denny (Ben Hopkins), and his controlling wife Cherry (Cynthia Cain), family drama turns into a fight for survival. Taken hostage and surrounded by the disgruntled dead, Fern must wage war or die. 

FUN

Anna and Ellery discover different interpretations of the word “fun”.

LANE (THE DARK WOOD)

In a place of books and cardboard, an orderly librarian is given the chance to murder a mysterious patron and join the evil in the basement.

UNDER THE APPLE TREE

Two brothers, an apple farmer and a priest, live next to each other as neighbors. Unfortunately, they can’t get along very well. The priest is fed up with his peasant brother and his ugly apple orchard, dropping thousands of rotten apples in his neat little graveyard. The farmer is a gawky fellow, drunk on homemade cider, and deeply unhappy. The apple trees are rotten and 
the apples full of worms. He is bankrupt, desperate and loathed upon by his heartless brother. 
One stormy night the farmer hangs himself from the branch of one of his apple trees. At that very moment we meet Aber, a homeless worm, desperately seeking for shelter from the rain and thunder. All apples appear to be occupied by worms. Nobody let’s him in, not even his brother Crombie. Suddenly Aber discovers the dead farmer, dangling between the branches like a huge apple. Delighted with his new, spacious house Aber crawls inside the corpse. 
Soon Aber discovers he has full control over the farmer’s dead body, just by shouting commands. A movable house, great fun! After some practice Aber yells ‘Hands up!’ and the hands of the dead farmer shoot up from the grave... 
Strolling around the churchyard in his ‘mobile home’ Aber discovers the priest has cut down all apple trees. He is shocked, and starts searching for his family: The dead farmer comes knocking on the priests door, and horrifyingly funny events unfold.

The secret of zombiedom. Now you know. 
Us worms control the brain of the dead. 
And when you’re old and you have to go, 
we are the voice inside your head...

HELL HAUNT

A deranged stalker turns the sets of an eccentric premiere event into twisted art pieces, using the talent’s flesh and blood.

THE DARK HUNGER

They took away his memory and his life, but gave him something worse in death. Now he must embrace the monster he’s become to regain his humanity.

GHOST WALK: THE FARM

Based on actual events; but also part of the fictional The Ghost Walk Saga. It's a wonderful time for the young couple until nature and chance occurrences at 'The Farm' trap them in a place worse than nightmare. The noises at night haunt their waking dreams. "What finds them is not friendly... or kind."

THE WITCHING HOUR

On Halloween, a fearful young boy is taken by the spooky girl next door on a haunted night of mischief and adventure.

MIDNIGHT VISITOR

Alec is having a quiet night in when, suddenly, he is visited by a terrifying, ghoulish visitor. Alec tries to stay cool, doing everything he can to appease the strange and spooky Midnight Visitor.

YOUR DATE IS HERE

After dusting off an old Mystery Date-style board game, a mother and daughter realize the game holds more evil than amusement.

HUMBUG

When her neighbor refuses to get into the Christmas spirit, a jolly citizen takes matters into her own hands.

PLAYTIME

A building surveyor visits a haunted playground.

HOPE

NO ZOMBIE IS PERFECT

A senseless wandering ghoul roaming the world full of the hunger-less undead and hateful humans will soon discover a craving, leaving him completely and utterly without hope.

After a mysterious disease struck society, poor Karl, like the rest of his kind, became one of the many outcasts in the modern world. While most folks went about their everyday lives, eventually accepting and ignoring the timid zombies themselves, those that became hostile towards the infected, faced no true consequences.

Until... all hope was gone.

ALONE

A young woman gets left alone at home by her roommates when strange things begin to happen around the house.

THE PUMPKIN MAN

A young woman wakes up with no recollection of where she is, only to find herself stalked by The Pumpkin Man.

NIGHTMARES

Put on a headset and step inside a frighteningly immersive environment, where all is not as it seems.

THE LONG SHOWER

Wallace has been in the shower for over 45 minutes, and his roommate thinks he knows exactly what's going on in there.

SIDESHOW

Five girls discover a Sideshow attraction along the highway run by an eccentric group of performers. However, this could be the last show these girls ever see.

BREAD CRUMBS

After her roommate gets mysteriously murdered, Jess and her friends have to find each and get out of the dorm before the killer strikes again.

MEOW

MEOW is a bloodstained genre mash offering life lessons in demonic cats, dubious landlords and overbearing mothers. Samantha is a strong willed young woman in her 20s, who ignores her landlord’s strict No Pets policy and takes in a stray cat from the alleyway behind her newly settled apartment. She grows attached to the kitten she dubs Meow, but amidst a series of shockingly bloody occurrences begins to think the sweet kitten may be capable of murder. Meow gleefully employs familiar elements of horror, comedy, and film noir that all unite in a genre defying twist that challenges viewers’ typical expectations.

THE GIFT OF THE WOODS

An oddly touching dark animated fairytale about a girl who finds a doll in the woods.

THREE YEAR WAIT

When two lovers hit a point in their relationship when they must decide what's next, their hearts and minds can end up in very different places.

WHEN DEMONS DIE

8-year old Joshua has never left his home for dangerous creatures live outside their isolated farmhouse - the Gorgers. But when his father Aaron mysteriously disappears Joshua is forced to go outside. A decision that will change his life forever for something is closing in on the little boy. Fast.

SURROUNDED BY DEATH

In a Brazil devastated by a virus that is supposedly capable of bringing corpses back to life, a group of survivors is confined to a house and facing hunger, fear, the dead... and the living.

DISTRICT QUARANTINE

There's been another outbreak.

WICKED CONCLUSIONS

A young woman chained up in her boyfriend’s basement must decide who the real monster is - her captor, or the little boy imprisoned beside her…

2% EVIL

When a newly-married couple move to a small Texas town, they find themselves in the middle of a dark secret that everyone is in on except for them. And this secret, is really, really... meaty.

HUSH

A single mother (Rachel Barker, Miss New Hampshire 2007) struggles to raise her 8 year-old son, Caleb (Luke Bedsole), who seems to be going out of his way to make her life a living hell.

 

SKINNY DAYS - ALRIGHT RIGHT NOW

The story of five people in an abandoned factory in Poland. 
When an old man suddenly enters nothing will ever be the same.

This psychotic and gross video is the collaboration between a Swedish director, the Norwegian band Skinny Days and a Polish film crew. 
This is the band Skinny Days first single but even though their music is far away from horror, not even the bands from the Norwegian black metal scene made ​​videos like this.

 

SAVOR

A man discovers the horrors of dining alone.

ZOMBURBIA

A zombie movie set inside a 1950s sitcom.

DEFARIOUS

A young woman is tormented by her nightmares and they are beginning to manifest so strongly she becomes disillusioned between the world of her imagination and what is truly reality. An inspiration from childhood fears, this 80's tone short horror film brings back the old feel and the new sound of what scares you the most.

WHITE DRIFT

Peter, a war torn US veteran, arrives in a small Maine town searching for a lost friend. When a local waitress takes an interest in him, she soon realizes that he’s battling more than just PTSD. He’s battling a werewolf.

WOLF'S MUSEUM OF MYSTERY

Horror, supernatural short based on Wolf's Museum of Mystery located in St. Augustine, Florida.

SOMNILOQUY

Somniloquy - the Latin term for talking in your sleep. 
What do you say when you're asleep? Do you know? Does it matter? For 6-year-old Henry, it does. 
Henry inherits a treasured antique dagger, a Malaysian Kris, believed to bestow great luck on its owner. 
Luck soon turns to horror, as Henry's parents learn the true sinister power of the kris, trying to free him from its hold and paying the ultimate price 

ALREADY DEAD

15 years after a zombie outbreak (ZE Day) Zombies live among us, working 9-5 jobs, holidaying in Barbados and living "life" to the fullest.

A documentary crew have been given exclusive access to a group of zombie's day to day "lives"

'Already Dead' asks whether we have truly come to accept zombies or are we still living in 2001?

Written and Directed by Michael James Dean and starring Darren Ruston; ALREADY DEAD is a reflection of modern society and the prejudice and hatred that individuals struggle with each and every day.

MONSTERS

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

TAZERTON

Manfred and Damek bring you their first review of zomboli porklypse gear.... the MX 3 Billion Collapsible Tazerton !!!!

THE BRINGER OF THINGS

A young man discovers a dark secret to win the heart of the girl he loves. He discovers the secret of The Bringer of Things. A demon that will bring you whatever your heart desires but can only be summoned one day a year. Only at the sixth hour, of the sixth day, of the sixth month will The Bringer of Things hear your call.

VESSEL

Housed in a mental institution, Sandra fights for her sanity. Sandra is convinced that a demonic figure, calling himself Edmond, is taking over her body. For her own safety, Sandra's psychiatrist Dr. Thompson puts her in isolation. Sandra begs Edmond to end her torment. Will Edmond be Sandra's salvation or demise?

DOOMSDATE: EPISODE 1

DOOMSDATE is the classic story of Boy Meets Girl, Boy and Girl fall in love, Boy and Girl try desperately to survive in a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic hellscape. Truly, a tale as old as time.

DON'T BE SCARED

A young woman’s sleepless night opens a doorway for a ghostly visitation.

DRUNK ZOMBIES

Two recovering alcoholics, escaping zombie apocalypse, find refuge in a bar. They soon learn zombies don't attack the drunk.

BASCULE

A Chicago man, alone in the city.

CRUCIFIX EXECUTIONER

The gift of foresight was once a tool Glen used to help the desperate but now with a haywire brain, the line between good and evil, sanity and insanity, blur in a crescendo of blood-splattered violence.

BLURRED VISION

Copycat killer "ZCD" is busy "dismembering" his latest victim in the style of his idol, the notorious KM Butcher. ZCD soon finds his "session" interrupted by a surprise visit from Detective Jones, who delivers some disturbing news about the KM Butcher.

ZCD soon finds himself taking drastic, and unthinkable, measures as fate deals him a serious twist....

BEYOND FLESH

Beyond Flesh is a gothic romance short film directed by Brandon Jones and stars Natalie Marshall and Austin Ebert.

PUPPY LOVE

A female Serial Killer living in seclusion feeds upon her victims until one night she hears a knocking at her cabin door which unleashes an unexpected evil in her home.

SHELL

For the past two years my dad has been suffering from a rare kind of blood cancer. After witnessing how horrible cancer is for patients as well as everyone around them, I wanted to visualize, through film, this awful disease that has plagued so many individuals and families.

SHELL is a fully animated short film, which shows the horrors of cancer through two characters.

SURVIVORS ANONYMOUS

If you've ever wondered what happens to the survivors of a slasher movie after the credits roll... You're about to find out. Danielle, and others like her, have fought and survived the attacks of masked slashers just like the movie monsters we all know, and now they come together in a 12-Step program to try and figure out how to live the life they fought for and won... If they can STAY alive long enough to do it, that is...

SHOCKWAVE

Just as Wes thought his summer couldn't get any worse it got terrifying when he wakes up one morning to find a bloody mess with a letter to add the cherry on top to a confusing puzzle that leads to a gruesome trail of shock and horror.

FLESH

A young woman is left alone to take care of her sick older brother. She constantly puts herself in danger to provide for his ravenous appetite. The weight of her responsibility and the fear of her brother’s condition slowly begin to consume her.

DING DONG

Alexis goes to bed, her husband out having a drink with the guys. The doorbell keeps ringing, but each time there's no one there. 

After three times of this, she runs upstairs to her phone. Here the creature reveals itself, and Alexis screams as she realizes the truth: the monster has been mimicking the bell sound the whole time.

KEEP ME CLOSE

Late in the night, a sleeping woman is awoken by the appearance of a box at her doorstep. Inside the box is a seemingly innocuous voodoo doll, but this doll might have plans of its own.

THE UNSPEAKABLE

Maya is a 7-year-old Mexican girl who receives a series of cuentos (folktales) from her great aunt. Angry at her father for leaving her and her mother Lucy, and unbeknownst to her, she begins to bring these tales to life. Every one of these tales is a reflection of her own sadness, frustrations, confusions and ultimately her search for her father and love.

 

THE ROUTINE

A man awakens in his bed one day, gets dressed, and goes to work. He does the same thing the next day and the day after that. The next day, something changes. The man begins experiencing what he can only think of as horrifying hallucinations. He frantically hurries home from work, getting lost down a dark alley. Unsure of what is real and what is not, he stumbles down the alley, terrified. He then awakens again, at midnight, and finds his hands are covered in blood. He frantically tries to wash them before falling the floor, exhausted. The next day, he wakes up and gets dressed. He then calmly loops a rope around his neck and hangs himself from his ceiling fan.

SCRATCH

When a repressed 1950's housewife is left alone by her philandering husband, she makes a horrifying discovery about the noises in the house that are coming from the walls.

FIELD OF SCREAMS

A woman tries to sell the baseball field she inherited from her parents, but the team isn't ready to let it, or her, go…

COUNTRY ROAD 12

A young man picks up a mysterious woman on deserted road. After driving her home, he finds out a fateful secret. But who is she really?

ACCOMPANIED

A young piano prodigy purchases an antique piano inhabited by the spirit of a pianist who committed suicide after his dreams were crushed. Since he can't play, no one else can either, not even our young prodigy...

YOUR SECOND CHANCE

After not paying debt to the mob, a man is given a last day to live.

 

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