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The Nightmares Film Festival has just announced their impressive 2017 feature and short film lineup, featuring four days of packed programming

The Nightmares Film Festival is a relatively new horror film festival boasting anticipated releases, a huge selection of shorts, and an admiral support of local filmmakers for the 4 day event (October 19th-22nd) taking place in Columbus, Ohio.

“At Nightmares, a program of the best and rarest indie genre films is the soul of the experience,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “We’re so excited to present our 2017 program, which is a truly one-of- a-kind collection of top horror films from around the globe.”

The fest will kick off with much-anticipated screenings of Victor Crowley – Adam Green’s secret Hatchet sequel, with Green in attendance – and one of 10 U.S. screenings of Leatherface, the newest installment in the Texas Chainsaw mythos.

In addition, the program boasts 11 world and North American premieres among its 25 total features, including the first-ever screening of Rock Paper Dead, which sees Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play) return to the feature film director chair after a 21-year hiatus. The film is co-written by Friday the 13th’s Victor Miller and scored by Harry Manfredini.

Other features premiering at NFF include long-sought stoner zombie comedy Bong of the Living Dead; serial killer thriller Be Good For Goodness Sake, the follow-up to last year’s circuit darling She Was So Pretty; and House Shark, from the filmmakers behind Night Of Something Strange and She Kills.

For fans of Rodney Ascher and Tim Kirk (Room 237, The Nightmare), the festival will hold a rare screening of the pair’s meta-mystery, Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein.

The Nightmares program also includes 131 short films curated from around the world, including dozens making their world, North American or U.S. premiere.

“We are proud of our features, but we’re just as excited about our shorts lineup, which we think is unparalleled,” said co-founder Chris Hamel. “We believe you can see the heart of a festival in its shorts program, and ours pumps with pure-black genre love.”

Notable shorts include an early disturbing short from Turkish director Can Evrenol (Baskin), To My Mother and Father, from; Polaroid, the short that inspired the upcoming feature film of the same name; and Teddy Bears Picnic, the directorial debut from lauded illustrator and movie poster designer “The Dude Designs” Tom Hodges (Hobo with a Shotgun, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Father’s Day).

The festival will also screen three shorts starring Melanie Gaydos (Insidious: The Last Key), a model and actress with a rare disorder, whose breakthrough into film and print is challenging the norms of both industries.

Nightmares is held at the renowned Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, named a top-20 North American art house by Sundance and home to one of the last remaining tech and projectionist teams on earth. Film presentation is excellent there, and its three bars and branded undersea restaurant make for a comfortable four days of horror.

The complete lineup for NFF 17 follows below. The festival schedule will be released in October.



  • Victor Crowley – With Adam Green in attendance
  • Leatherface – One of 10 planned U.S. screenings
  • House Shark – World Premiere
  • Bong of the Living Dead – World Premiere
  • Unnuyayuk – World Premiere
  • Found Footage 3D – Presented in 3D
  • Don’t Fuck in the Woods
  • Capture, Kill, Release
  • 3 Dead Trick or Treaters
  • Ruin Me


  • Polaroid
  • Prepare to Die
  • Drip
  • Husk
  • Admonition
  • For a Good Time, Call
  • The Jitterman
  • Eldritch Code
  • Dawn of the Deaf
  • Spotlight
  • Postal
  • Nibble
  • Slapface
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Hada
  • Daughters of Virtue
  • Undress Me
  • Your Date Is Here
  • Vexed
  • Night In
  • Haematophilia
  • Pigskin
  • Creeper
  • Secretions
  • Late Tales
  • Sorry, We’re Closed
  • Creswick
  • Sol
  • Used Body Parts
  • Cry It Out
  • aMorfe
  • Thump
  • Nasty Robin Goodfellow
  • Night Runners
  • Banshee
  • Agatha
  • Draw
  • House for Sale
  • When Susurrus Stirs
  • Tethered
  • Teddy Bears Picnic


  • Nuts
  • I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them
  • What’s For Dinner?
  • Meow
  • Girl #2
  • Lunch Ladies
  • Holiday Fear
  • Dickeaters
  • We Summoned a Demon
  • The Naughty List
  • Blood Shed


  • Rock, Paper, Dead – World Premiere
  • She Was So Pretty 2 – World Premiere
  • Scars of Xavier – North American Premiere
  • Hostile
  • Two Pigeons
  • Primordial
  • Midnighters


  • Alice and David
  • Hush
  • The Sound of Fear
  • The Corner
  • I Baked Him a Cake
  • Monster
  • Too Fast, Paris
  • The Night Shift
  • Pickup
  • The Son, The Father
  • Jax In Love
  • Ex
  • Unfriendlies
  • The Fainting Room
  • Here + After
  • The Dark Hunger
  • La Sirena
  • High & Tight
  • Caravan
  • The Devil’s Gun
  • The Creep
  • Suffer
  • Love at First Sight
  • The Other Side of Morning
  • No Wave
  • Compulsion
  • Justice Served


  • Flesh of the Void – World Premiere
  • Torment – World Premiere
  • White Doomsday – World Premiere
  • Blood Ride – World Premiere
  • Le Accelerator – North American Premiere
  • Samurai Rauni – North American Premiere
  • Terror of Frankenstein – From Rodney Ascher and Tim Kirk (Room 23