Sunday, Aug 7 2022

Macabre Gems Revealed @ "Nightmares"

Columbus, Ohio – For
filmmakers and fans alike, Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 19 to 22) is making
the number 13 lucky again!

The renowned genre and horror
festival, watched by critics and ranked first on FilmFreeway by filmmakers, today
revealed the first 13 films and screenplays to be included in its 2017
worldwide program of “#BetterHorror.” The dazzling list includes
feature-film world premieres, a 3D feature, shorts from the director of Turkish
horror feature Baskin and a Dr. Who writer, and a horror screenplay by a Michigan,
USA’s poet laureate finalist. “We are tradition-rich at
Nightmares, and this is one we’re always excited about,” said NFF Co-founder
and Programmer Jason Tostevin. “Each year we unveil thirteen early selections
as a way to give Nightmares attendees a taste of the program we’re building to
present in October.”

The 2017 Early 13 is composed
of three features, eight shorts, and two screenplays. Highlights include:

  • NFF’s first-ever
    3-D feature presentation, Found Footage 3D,
    produced by Texas Chainsaw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel.
  • The world
    premiere of controversial feature Flesh
    of the Void
    , “the Ring video, if it were released on the Deep Web.

  • One of the
    first-ever screenings of horror comedy short Blood Shed, from director James Moran (Cockneys Vs. Zombies, Dr.
  • A rare screening
    of Can Evrenol’s (Baskin) early short, To
    My Mother and Father

 “We’re particularly proud of the
diversity represented by the selections,” which include women, people of color,
international and homegrown filmmakers, said co-founder Chris Hamel. “The
horror community is about inclusion, and for us, that means making sure we
include all kinds of voices.”

Nightmares Film Festival is
held every October in Columbus, Ohio, at the world-renowned Gateway Film Center,
named a top 20 North American art house by Sundance. There, one of the last
dedicated movie projectionist teams ensures every Nightmares film looks and
sounds its best as exuberant fans – affectionately called The Sleepless for
marathoning the program – mingle with filmmakers from around the world.

Both VIP and festival passes
for Nightmares will become available on August 13th on the Gateway Film Center
Web site,



  • WORLD PREMIERE of Flesh of the Void, midnight feature, directed by James Quinn, NFF Best Midnight Short winner in 2016.

  • WORLD PREMIERE of Bong of the Living Dead, horror feature, directed by Columbus-based Max Groah and four years in the making.
  • Found Footage 3D, horror feature, directed by Steven DeGennaro and produced by Texas
    Chainsaw Massacre’s
    – will be presented in 3-D
    at NFF 17.

Horror Shorts:

  • To My Mother and Father,
    horror short; an early, rarely-screened short by
    Baskin director Can Evrenol.
  • Dickeaters Directed by Aaron Immediato.

  • The Cure Directed by Slamdance winner and Columbus-based filmmaker Mike

  • Blood Shed  Directed by James Moran (Cockneys vs. Zombies, Dr. Who) and
    co-written by Cat Davies (Connie). 

  • La Sirena Directed by Columbian filmmaker Rosita
    Lama Muvdi.
  • Creswick Directed by Australian-Japanese filmmaker Natalie
    Erika James.

  • Your Date Is Here Directed by Todd Spence and Zak White.

  • The Naughty List Directed by Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock) and
    adapted from the story by best-selling horror novelist Brian Keene (The


  • The Knife Association, feature screenplay by Ron Riekki, finalist for Poet
    Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  • The Wood,
    short screenplay, written by B. Maddox.

CONTACT: Jason Tostevin, co-founder and programmer at

Nightmares Film
Festival is a nationally renowned horror and genre film festival dedicated to
inspiring horror filmmakers and promoting #BetterHorror. Its 2017 edition will
be held Oct. 19 to 22 in Columbus, Ohio at the celebrated Gateway Film Center.