The “Cannes” of Horror Comes to Ohio With Nightmares Film Festival

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Two years have passed since the inaugural opening of Nightmares Film Festival (NFF), sponsored by iHorror, and it has continued to grow into one of the biggest and best collections of horror movies anywhere in the country.

Dare we say that it may be the “Cannes” of horror movies?

That may be a bold statement but just look at the lineup of films, world premieres and special guests they have scheduled for 2017.

Co-founder and festival programmer Jason Tostevin and his team have meticulously hand-selected each movie with the most devout horror fans in mind.

“At Nightmares, a program of the best and rarest indie genre films forms the heart of the experience,” said Tostevin. “We’re so excited to present our 2017 program, which is a truly one-of-a-kind collection of top horror films from around the globe.”

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The fest will kick off with much-anticipated screenings of Victor Crowley – Adam Green’s secret Hatchet sequel, with Green in attendance – and one of 10 U.S. screenings of Leatherface, the newest installment in the Texas Chainsaw mythos.

In addition, the program boasts 11 world and North American premieres among its 25 total features, including the first-ever screening of Rock Paper Dead, which sees Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play) return to the feature film director chair after a 21-year hiatus. The film is co-written by Friday the13TH scribeVictor Miller and scored by Harry Manfredini.

The festival will also screen three shorts starring Melanie Gaydos (Insidious: The Last Key), a model and actress with a rare disorder, whose breakthrough into film and print is challenging the norms of both industries.

Notable shorts include an early disturbing film from Turkish director Can Evrenol (Baskin), To My Mother and Father, from; Polaroid, the short that inspired the upcoming feature film of the same name; and Teddy Bears Picnic, the directorial debut from lauded illustrator and movie poster designer “The Dude Designs” Tom Hodges (Hobo with a Shotgun, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Father’s Day).

Nightmares is held at the renowned Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, named a top-20 North American art house by Sundance and home to one of the last remaining tech and projectionist teams on earth. Film presentation is excellent there, and its three bars and branded undersea restaurant make for a comfortable four days of horror.

Nightmares Film Festival is from Thursday, October 19, 2017, to Sunday, October 22, 2017. 

An event horror fans should not miss, NFF tickets are available HERE, and to read more about this celebration of cinema and horror click HERE.

The complete lineup for NFF 17 follows below. The festival schedule will be released in October.


Victor Crowley – With Adam Green in attendance

Leatherface – One of 10 planned U.S. screenings

House Shark – World Premiere

Bong of the Living Dead – World Premiere

Unnuyayuk – World Premiere

Found Footage 3D – Presented in 3D

Don’t Fuck in the Woods

Capture, Kill, Release

3 Dead Trick or Treaters

Ruin Me



Prepare to Die




For a Good Time, Call

The Jitterman

Eldritch Code

Dawn of the Deaf








Daughters of Virtue

Undress Me

Your Date Is Here


Night In





Late Tales

Sorry, We’re Closed



Used Body Parts

Cry It Out



Nasty Robin Goodfellow

Night Runners




House for Sale

When Susurrus Stirs


Teddy Bears Picnic