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Day four of Nightmares Film Festival 2018 aimed the spotlight on local features and short films and concluded another successful year of #betterhorror.

This year’s Nightmares Film Festival ended like it began — with a bang. The premiere horror film festival that has been called “The Cannes of horror” (iHorror) and “Quite possibly the best four days of film programming ever put together, EVER” (Days of the Dead) wrapped up with another incredible day of programming, introducing audiences to their new favorite genre films.


The quirky feature film Camp Death III in 2D! treated attendees to laughs throughout. A self-professed “corny, crude, and Canadian horror-comedy,” this project was an absolute labor of love for director Matt Frame, who faced many unexpected challenges and setbacks during the production.

The following feature was Italian thriller The Laplace’s Demon. It begs the question, “Does free will exist?” as a team of scientists participate in the ultimate experiment to find out.

Nightmares Film Festival’s host theater, the Gateway Film Center, is especially dedicated to supporting Ohio filmmakers by amplifying their voices within the industry. Two full blocks of Ohio shorts were presented, along with locally shot features Dark Iris by Derek Talib and Betsy by Shaun Burkett.

As is tradition, Nightmares has left newcomers with a sense of belonging and continues to nurture its ever-growing film family by emphasizing the importance of supporting fellow filmmakers and screenwriters instead of competing with them. “A win for one independent filmmaker is a win for the whole community,” cofounder and programmer Jason Tostevin aptly stated.

Here is just a fraction of what 2018 festival goers were saying about the genre festival:

 “Huge thanks to the Nightmares team for giving eclectic genre cinema a home.”

“This event has been beyond amazing. I’ve met so many great people and seen so many stellar films. It inspires me to be a better filmmaker and to make “better horror.”

“This fest lives up to its hashtag #BETTERHORROR and is the epitome of what that stands for.”

“The passion was infectious!”

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