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2018 Programs

Brief Summary

We’ve once again lit the fuse to a powder keg of provocations with our annual celebration of short-subject horror of all stripes. Every horror hyphenate under the full moon is accounted for as the program weaves between supernatural frights and unnerving dread, proceeding from a gory apocalypse to a topical splatter comedy. All this plus the latest niche pastiche from the comedic Canucks that comprise ASTRON-6. You can expect your retinas to be painted with more than a few coats of red by the time the lights come up.

Presented by Stage 13

Films in this program:

  • ACID
    A family desperately attempts to outrun an acidic stormcloud in this gory white-knuckle thriller.
  • SPECIAL DAY
    A freaky family revelation kills a young woman’s enthusiasm on her birthday and then just plain kills, kills, kills in this wickedly wound fright fest.
  • A HAUNTING
    A musician struggling to keep a supernatural affliction in check reluctantly indulges the wishes of zealous fan, but what begins as a comedic spook’em’up disturbingly creeps towards severe terror.
  • DRUM WAVE
    A newlywed woman finds herself encroached upon by a malaise of dread as her husband’s family expects her to participate in a series of disconcerting fertility rituals. Low-key horror that simmers and haunts.
  • STIGMA
    The bug bite that disrupts a Friday night hookup turns out to be a manifestation of something much scarier.
  • RILEY WAS HERE
    As the world recovers from a devastating pandemic, two weary souls partake in a dangerous ritual in an effort to cope with their loss.
  • CHOWBOYS: AN AMERICAN FOLKTALE
    Canada’s infamous cult collective reunite with another winning niche genre pastiche, this time lampooning the wintery western as they ricochet from absurdist hijinx to grotesque splatter.
  • SONGBIRD
    A young man develops a sadomasochistic relationship with a series of photographs; their only recourse is to team up and take revenge.
  • HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE
    Splatter doesn’t come more inspired or timely than this award-winning and riotous horror-comedy that swaps out your garden-variety backwoods cannibals for a pack of violently patronizing men.