NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2022 PROGRAM
Four-Day Better Horror Celebration Offers Supportive Community, World Premieres, New “Returning Terrors” Sequels, the Midnight Mind Fuck, Real-Talk Panels, Themed Shorts Programs, Creator Q&As and More
Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 20 to 23) has revealed its complete 2022 program, and the seventh edition of the fest looks to be heaven for genre fans and creators.
The top-rated festival has once again scoured the globe to assemble the most surprising and beloved genre voices in a four-day lineup that truly lives up to NFF’s “better horror” credo. The film program combines new work from the most recognizable names in horror – from Mike Flanagan and Jamie Lee Curtis to Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson – with fresh, shocking stories by some of the planet’s best independent filmmakers and screenwriters.
“We are so honored the world’s top genre creators trust us to present their work,” said co-founders Jason Tostevin and Chris Hamel in a statement. “This year’s program, including dozens of premieres from more than 25 countries, is absolutely brimming with the outrageous, hilarious, challenging and thought-provoking genre experiences our audience loves.”
The festival once again takes place at the legendary independent Gateway Film Center, a top five North American art house (Sundance) featuring one of the last dedicated projection teams in the country. Upgrading the already extraordinary on-site experience this year is the film center’s remodeled and expanded overlook festival lounge, where VIP badge holders can hang out with creators while enjoying a private bar and restrooms, a new kitchen menu and private entrance to both festival auditoriums.
Leading the festival’s anticipated lineup are 19 feature films across the full Nightmares spectrum of categories, from bloody funny horror comedies to tense thrillers and terrifying horror films to mind-bending midnighters.
Four of this year’s features are part of the special Returning Terrors program, presenting a murderer’s row of anticipated sequels to films that took the genre world by storm, each with their director in attendance. They include the world premieres of WNUF 2’s special Nightmares cut and FP:4EVZ, the final film in the FP franchise; the midwest premiere of horror comedy anthology Scare Package 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge; and Ohio’s only screening of The Barn Part II.
The fest is also proud to present the midwest premier of Benson and Moorhead’s (Spring, The Endless) new feature Something in the Dirt … the extraordinary analog Stephen King interpolation The Timekeepers of Eternity, made by printing The Langoliers on copy paper and animating the pages into a new story of obsession … the North American premiere of UK post-apocalyptic monster movie Walking Against the Rain … the midwest premiere of the horror anthology Sinphony, the first feature created through collaboration on social platform Clubhouse … the bonkers French zombie horror comedy Super Z … and an unprecedented double-feature of mockumentary The Once and Future Smash, about two actors who played the same slasher, followed by the “restored” movie-in-the-movie they starred in, End Zone 2.
Nightmares special events include the return of one of its best known traditions, the Midnight Mind Fuck
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