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Goblins, Zombies, and Ghosts will all make an appearance
on the big screen as the Rhode Island International
Film Festival unwraps its 11th Annual Rhode
Island International Horror Film Festival October 21-24th .
In addition to its traditional spooky fare, this year’s
festival includes the world premIere of a new documentary on Fall River legend, Lizzie Borden by Ric Rebello, a
"Zombiethon" battle with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and an H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour.
The Horror Festival is an eerie-sistable salute to a
genre often overlooked. It will include numerous world
premieres of shorts and features including the best
horror films submitted in competition from across the
To add to the fun, the Festival, much like a witch's
brew, will consist of various ingredients such as giveaways,
celebrity sightings, and awards for Best Feature and
Best Short, plus much more.
Admission is $10.00 per person for most screenings.
Tickets for certain events, as well as festival six-packs,
are available on line. All film tickets will be available
at the door before each screening. You can also order these tickets in advance by calling our office. For more information,
write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone:
401-861-4445. E-mail: email@example.com.
FILMS PLAYING THE FESTIVAL:
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Directed by Russell Owen
11 min. United Kingdom, 2009
The lives of four mismatched families are turned upside down when a catastrophic event results in the death of a little girl outside their remote terrace.
A Pain Like This
Directed by Ian Fischer
5 min. U S A, 2009
Welcome to the tale of Don Puglisi. The night he was to propose to his loved one, he was turned into...VAMPYRE!
Beware of What You Wish For
Directed by Patricia Doyle
22 min. United Kingdom, 2010
Mr and Mrs White and their son Herbert, are waiting for the arrival of Sergeant Major Morris, lately returned from active duty in India. He shows and gives them a little magical talisman, a monkey's paw so that they can make three wishes. He warns Mr White to be careful. Mr White wishes for £200. Nothing happens. They all go to bed. The next day Mr and Mrs White are waiting for Herbert, Herbert's foreman arrives and tells them that Herbert has been killed in an industrial accident and that they will get £200 compensation. They are devastated. A week or so later, Mrs White persuades her husband to use the monkey's paw to wish their son alive again, as they still have two wishes left. Mr White wishes for Herbert to return alive and then catches sight of him through the window. Mrs White does not see Herbert. The sight is horrific. Mrs White hears knocking at the front door and rushes to let Herbert in.
Directed by David Ricci
15 min. Canada, 2009
dark drama about a girl being haunted, who later realizes- maybe these dark encounters might come with the intention of saving her life...
Chloe and Attie
Directed by Scooter Corkle
8 min. Canada, 2009
Chloe has been keeping a secret. A secret best kept in the dark...away from children...away from public places...away from the window...away from humanity forever.
Death Row Diet
Directed by Mike Salva & Tom Snyder
3 min. U S A, 2009
Jonathan Katz plays a man who is on death row and Weight Watchers.
Directed by Aurelio Voltaire
2 min. U S A, 2010
A mummified cat is tormented by the skeletons of past meals. Directed and animated by MTV and Sy Fy Channel veteran Aurelio Voltaire and narrated by Danny Elfman.
EVIL OF THE VAMPIRES
Directed by Mark Morris
16 min. United Kingdom, 2010
Evil of the Vampires is set in a world of criminal vampires. Anne is ten years old when she saves her fathers soul after he is bitten by a Vampire. Twenty five years later. Anne now married to Jack who believes her Father is dead and she is imagining it all. Furthermore he blames Jenny, their daughter for the death of their son. Jenny's anger spills out into a nasty revenge on her Father. Only one person can save them now and he's dead.
"Halloween" Was Already Taken
Directed by Nitzan Rotschild
15 U S A, 2010
Four-year-old Angie's first real Halloween might also be her last, as she gets lost while out trick-or-treating with her older brother.
How I Survived The Zombie Apocalypse
Directed by Christian Cantamessa
10 min. U S A, 2009
A single mother and her teenage son struggle to survive in a shattered and brutal near future where zombies roam the Earth.
Directed by Nigel Karikari
15 min. Australia, 2009
Along a dark and desolate highway, old-timers Frances and Judy run a tiny truck stop that makes the best vanilla slice for 10 kilometers. After closing up shop one cold and dreary night, their doorstep is darkened by a menacing shadow from their past. Just Desserts is a three-handed thriller with plenty of twists and turns – blood and guts, sexual tension, shameful secrets and a stone cold pie floater. Can two old women take on their demon and dish him his just deserts?
Co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
100 min. U S A, 1933
Delivering action, adventure, chills and thrills, this precedent-setting monster movie tells a timeless tale of man vs. beast. While shooting in the jungle, filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) discovers an awe-inspiring marvel of nature: a 50-foot gorilla dubbed Kong. Subduing the mighty beast, the crew returns to New York with the primate, who promptly escapes, spreading mayhem and going ape for the production's leading lady (Fay Wray).
Directed by Dan Gaud
7 min. Canada, 2009
A young man inexplicably gains the ability to travel between two parallel worlds, but he soon discovers that doing so has deadly consequences.
Lizbeth: A Victorian Nightmare
Directed by Ric Rebello
56 min. U S A, 2010
On August 4th 1892 a brutal double murder occurred in the New England town of Fall River Massachusetts. A rich Victorian city which held some of the wealthiest
people in America. Over One Hundred years later the crime is still one of the most infamous in history. The woman at the center of the crime has become one of the most
infamoous personalities in American history, her name: Lizzie Borden.
Lizbeth: A Victorian Nightmare is a documentary film about the legend and lore of Lizzie Borden. A woman who was once accused but aquited of the crime of killing her father and stepmother. The documentary looks not only at the facts of the murder but at the popularity of the crime and the interest people have in it which has been sustained for over One hundred years.
Love Me Tender
Directed by Matthew Morgenthaler
17 min, U S A, 2010
“Love Me Tender” is a dark comedy about seemingly innocent Emma Blake who is hoping to find true love at her university. But whenever a potential boy disappoints her- she kills him. Cute, shy, and unassuming, Emma is looking for love. Like her roommate Liz, most students are more concerned with finding “Mr. Right Now” rather than “Mr. Right,” but Emma is obsessed with finding the kind of pure, idyllic love often found in fairy tales, Shakespeare, and classic films. A new boy, Ben, might just turn out to be her knight in shining armor, but little does Ben know that a deep-seated madness emerges within Emma whenever her expectations aren‘t met.
The year is 2681. Mankind has evolved into an existence dependent entirely upon artificial procreation. The only mother on earth is an artifit designed exclusively for species propagation by the means of a single resource. That resource is Sigma. Like many before him, Sigma has been chosen to be the organic support for the entire human race. And like many before him, he is growing wary of this manufactured, isolated existence. The time has come for Sigma to make a choice. Will he stay within the comfort of a contrived way of life? Or will he escape the artificial in favor of instinct and illumination? This stylistic horror explores a reverse-oedipal psychology; inspired by the spiritual concept of 'Maya.'
Directed by Michael Maney
24 min. U S A, 2009
Nikki (Stephanie Brait) is a crystal meth addict who finds herself host to an unwanted guest with a most unusual request.
Directed by Greg Pak
15 min. U S A, 2009
In a world in which catastrophic global warming has become reality, a jaded government undersecretary (Tim Kang) flirts with a scientist (Betty Gilpin) and ends up embroiled in a radical conspiracy to save the planet -- by transforming the human race itself.
Mørke Sjeler (Dark Souls)
Directed by: César Ducasse & Mathieu Peteul
95 mins. France/Norway, 2010
A young girl, Johanna is attacked and seemingly murdered. Her father receives a phone call from the police pronouncing her dead as he sees her walk in the front door of their house. Strange things begin to happen to Johanna, she is disorientated and becomes pale and unresponsive. Similar attacks begin to happen and Johanna’s father takes it on himself to find out the truth. He embarks on a dark thrill ride of lost memories, conspiracy and zombie-like symptoms. Finding the mysterious darkness within is the source of the bizarre world he has uncovered.
Directed by Brett Foraker
20 min. UNITED KINGDOM, 2009
Professor Gwyndon, my name is John Henry Wilson. God has sent me to kill you'. 'NATURAL SELECTION' is a philosophical thriller starring Simon Callow ('Four Weddings & A Funeral') and James D'Arcy ('Master and Commander'). When atheist professor Ted Gwyndon returns home from a book tour little does he know an intruder awaits; but John Henry isn't just a religious fanatic, he's a man with a plan. As the two struggle to gain the upper hand each reveal secrets that call into question the nature of belief, memory and compassion. A superbly acted drama with a killer twist.
PIT AND THE PENDULUM
Directed by Roger Corman
80 min. U S A, 1961
Featuring: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders
Vincent Price plays a 16th century Spanish nobleman who slowly goes crazy when he thinks his wife has been buried alive. It’s all a joint plot between the supposed dead wife and her doctor/lover to get Price’s money. Price, now totally insane, assumes his father’s identity (that of a grand inquisitor) and starts to murder!
Directed by Daniel Jourdan
7 min. Canada, 2010
A desperate scientist claims to have found a universal treatment for the world's deadliest epidemics. Facing opposition from the health care industry and special interests, the scientist resorts to testing on himself. Things don't go according to plan. Filmed alone in a basement.
Directed by David-James Fernandes
14 min. Canada, 2010
A late 30's man suffering from a severe anxiety disorder seeks the help of a controversial doctor who claims he can re-wire his brain and make him normal.
A young Babysitter is disturbed several times one evening by a little girl she is baby sitting. She founds her screaming and standing up on her bed few times. The babysitter puts her back to bed and tells her that it's just a nightmare... or is it?
Directed by Andrea Zamburlin
14 min. Italy, 2010
J has a gift: he can gift travel through time. Over and over again, he keeps trying to repair his broken relationship, with V but the outcome never changes. One night, he decides to make his last trip. Will this time the past be able to heal a future that still hasn't come?
Directed by Greg Ivan Smith
14 min. U S A, 2009
As Sam anxiously awaits the results of a biopsy at his secluded cabin, his dread amplifies when he realizes that he may not be alone.
At the turn of the 20th century, an eccentric Southern scientist deceives his former assistant into helping him develop his latest invention: a device he thinks will change the outcome of the Civil War!
Written and Produced by Ed Whitmore
14 min. United Kingdom, 2009
wo friends kill time by 'spoiling' the endings of bad films for cinema goers, by standing outside the cinema with a megaphone, revealing whodunit. One morning one of the boys receives a very realistic DVD of his own brutal 'ending', is it an amazing piece of cleverly constructed CGI work or is it the future?
Directed by Adam Hall
20 min. U S A, 2010
Los Angeles has been overtaken by a virus known as Sudden Death Syndrome, a disease that causes its victim to die suddenly and has only one symptom... spontaneously breaking into well-choreographed song and dance.
Tell Him Next Year
Directed by David Margolis
12 min. United Kingdom, 2009
Featuring: Warwick Davis
A little boy is faced with a terrible dilemma - whether to kill his parents, or Father Christmas and his elf.
Directed by Alex DeMille
29 min. U S A, 2010
A corporate bureaucrat is sent to a mysterious town, where he confronts the devastating consequences of his work and must choose whether to continue to obey his messianic boss.
The Bloodstone Diaries: Sleeper
Directed by Gerry Bruno
9 min. U S A, 2010
The Bloodstone Diaries is the story of Bettie Lawrence (Katy Allen), an average, all-American girl who stumbles upon a mysterious jewel with amazing powers.
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of The Suicide Brothers
Directed by Arran Brownlee and Corran Brownlee
10 min. United Kingdom, 2009
A dark comic fairy tale set in the wintry forest brothers Barath (Tom Mison) and Bourbon (Rupert Friend) live their clockwork-like monotonous lives despite constantly trying to top themselves every day at the same time. The brothers are ignorant of their fairy god mother (Keira Knightley) who tries to show them there is magic in day to day life.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Directed by Roger Corman
1960, U S A, 79 min.
Featuring: Vincent Price, Mark Damon and Myrna Fahey
The return of this classic shown for the first time in High Definiton!
After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax.
Directed by Kody Zimmermann
22 min. Canada, 2009
Sam Matheson has accepted a very odd job: be the personal caretaker of an immortal, amoral, bloodsucking vampire.
The Happiness Salesman
Directed by Krishnendu Majumdar
15 min. United Kingdom, 2009
Featuring Archie Panjabi and Christopher Eccleston
Karen (Archie Panjabi) is resigned to a life in suburbia, the dreams of her youth a distant memory. On an autumn afternoon as she struggles to get her baby to sleep she is disturbed by a door-to-door Salesman (Christopher Eccleston). Desperate for adult companionship she engages with the enigmatic stranger. He claims that he can sell her something that will radically change her life; he offers Karen, an opportunity to fulfill her long forgotten ambitions.
The Hollow Girl
Directed by Dave McCabe
11 min. Ireland, 2009
When young Katie (Emma Griffith) wanders alone into a strange field and takes something that doesn’t belong to her, she soon discovers that the fairies in her storybooks were lies and that there’s a good reason farmers leave the fey folk well enough alone. Will she survive her encounter with The Hollow Girl?
Directed by Oliver Waghorn
3 min. Australia, 2009
The Package is the story of Dave and Lisa. They are breaking up it seems for the last time. It seems Dave is having trouble with any sort of real commitment. After Lisa storms out Dave receives a Package in the mail. Inside is a VHS tape which, when played, holds the key to Dave's future.
Directed by Roger Corman
86 min. U S A, 1963
Featuring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson
In 15th century England, the sorcerer Craven learns from fellow magician Dr. Bedlo that his
supposed dead wife is alive and living in the castle of master sorcerer Dr. Scarabus. Craven and Bedlo journey to Scarabus’ castle and, in a fantastic duel of magic, Craven and Scarabus engage in a fight to the finish.
The Silver Key
Directed by Gary Fierro
10 min. U S A, 2010
Having regained the key to the gate of dreams, a lonely Randolph Carter (Conor Timmis) leaves behind the emptiness of his waking world forever and crosses into the realm of dreams. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft story 'The Silver Key'.
The Tell Tale Heart
Directed by Lynne Cohen
22 min. U S A, 2009
A visually stimulating adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's The 'Tell-Tale Heart'; explored through the art of puppetry.
The Tell-Tale Heart, Animated Horror Short
Directed by Michael Swertfager
15 min. U S A, 2010
Look into Edgar's eyes and witness his dark deeds, as the psychosis consumes him. While rationalizing his sanity, see how he observed, stalked, and preyed upon the evil eye. Following the murder and disposal of the old man and his pale blue vulture eye, Edgar is meet by three police officers who had come to investigate a shriek heard in the night. Why not let them in? After all, he took such wise precautions in concealing the body…
The 3rd Letter
Directed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys
16 min. U S A 2010
Faced with the imminent loss of his crucial health insurance, Brief (Rodrigo Lopresti) unwittingly unravels a dark truth behind his insurance which subsequently pushes him to unspeakable lengths in an attempt for survival.
Directed by Alexander von Hofmann
18 min. Australia, 2009
When a family sets up camp deep in the Tinglewood forest, the last thing they expect is company and a violent struggle to survive the night.
Directed by Matthew Wade
8 min. U S A, 2009
Within a make-shift laboratory we find the 'Tinkermen' as they monitor the very first nightmare of their greatest dream study subject - a robot.
Directed by Patrick Steele
92 min. U S A, 2010
Featuring: Carolyn McCormick, David Darlow, John Woodruff, Marianne Porter
The Pascal family has it all - wealth, power, privilege - but their picture perfect lives change forever when their college-athlete daughter Marianne disappears one night while running. She mysteriously returns a year later with no memory of what happened to her. Despite being haunted by strange visions and nightmares that encroach upon her waking hours, Marianne struggles to resume a normal life. But other forces are at work and the world the Pascals have built starts to unravel the closer Marianne gets to discovering that somewhere between life and death, lies the truth. A gripping combination of family drama and supernatural thriller, TRUE NATURE harkens back to the edgy fare of Polanski, Kubrick, and American films of the 1970s. This chilling tale of the American Dream gone awry examines the destructive power of guilt and the desire for redemption in a modern-day family that has been blessed with every advantage, but pays a heavy price for its comfort.
Directed by Bobby Miller
13 min. U S A, 2009
It's just your typical short film about a guy who can't commit to his girlfriend... who then takes matters in to his own hands and terror ensues.
Directed by Hanelle Culpepper
90 min. Philippines / U S A, 2008
Featuring: Mia Ford, Sam Jaeger and Sammi Hanratty
Rachel Weiss can see evil spirits within others. She is a sweet girl with a troubled soul caused by this unique gift. After witnessing the brutal killing of her mother, Rachel and her father look for a fresh start by moving to a small town. Rachel quickly warms to her new schoolteacher Abby Miller, and becomes 'best friends' with classmate Michelle Lowe. When Michelle's penchant for schoolyard pranks turns from good-natured fun to potentially deadly, Rachel suspects that her friend may be less than friendly. Rachel's visions could be the key to stopping a series of violent attacks against the town's children and unlocking the puzzle behind a decade-old disappearance.
Directed by David Kemker
85 min. Canada, 2008
Unemployed comedy writer Gus Lawton pushes his wife Deborah too far and finds himself chasing her across the country to the run-down house of her childhood. Faced with the choice of losing her or living by her plan, he gets busy fixing up the old place... starting with the septic tank. Just when he reaches his limit, Gus digs up the one thing he needs... a zombie (David Sparrow) who will do anything he says... for now anyway.
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