William Lustig, Fred Vogel, Jason Trost, Jordan Downey, Scott Schirmer, Can Evrenol

Nightmares Film Festival has a reputation for bringing together filmmakers and fans in an environment that encourages communication and the exchange of ideas. It’s a tradition they have carefully cultivated in the three short years they’ve existed and this year is no exception.

In fact, this year’s list of filmmakers in attendance include creatives behind genre favorites like Friday the 13th, Sorority Row, Donnie Darko, Goodnight Mommy, Winchester, Daybreakers, and so many more, and they’ll be answering questions, promoting their films, and interacting with fans.

“We’re thrilled Nightmares is a space that brings together both new and established filmmakers to celebrate each other’s work,” said NFF co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin in a press release from earlier today. “We’re not a convention and they won’t be behind a table. These iconic filmmakers are coming to Nightmares to show their newest films, talk about them at the bar and watch other people’s movies.”

Who’s on the roster you ask?

Bill Lustig (Maniac Cop) will open this year’s festival with a 4K restoration of his classic slasher Maniac.

Then there’s Fred Vogel of Toetag Pictures who took the indie world by storm in 2001 with August Underground, a film so intense that it grew into a trilogy. Vogel will be on hand Saturday for the 10 screening of his new thriller, The Final Interview.

Next up, Jason Trost (The FP) returns to Nightmares Film Festival with The FP2: Beats of Rage in its Midwest Premiere Friday evening at 10 pm.

Ohio native, Jordan Downey (Critters: Bounty Hunter, ThanksKilling) will welcome fans at noon on Saturday to his new film The Head, a period piece that follows a medieval bounty hunter (Christopher Rygh) on the trail of the monster who killed his daughter.

Scott Schirmer, whose previous work includes the strange and twisted Found, will present his equally twisted new kidnap thriller The Bad Man Friday evening at 8 pm.

Also on the schedule, Can Evrenol (Baskin) will make a video introduction for The Field Guide to Evil at 6pm on Saturday. Evrenol directed one of the segments in the highly-anticipated anthology film.

If you’re thinking this sounds like a horror fan’s dream come true, you’d be absolutely right, though the festivals creators would most likely remind you this weekend is more about nightmares.

Nightmares Film Festival runs this weekend, October 18-21, 2018 at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio. Individual tickets for screenings can be purchased online, and the full schedule for the weekend is available here.