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  Claire wakes one day to find herself chained in a basement. Her horror is amplified when she discovers that her captor is her own mother. Helen assures Claire that the situation is necessary and “for her own good.” And to add to Claire’s terror, in the days and nights to follow she is beset by strange apparitions and frightening experiences, finding herself precariously balanced on a razor’s edge between reality and insanity, and ultimately forced to face a dark truth.  Starring: Kevin Hicks, Vickie Hicks, and Samantha Valletta Directed by: Kevin Hicks Written by: Vickie Hicks   “The Forever Room” isn’t a place anyone wants to be. For Claire (Samantha Valletta) it really might be the only place for her whether she wants to be there or not. She has been locked in a basement for awhile now by someone a little surprising…her own mother Helen (Vickie Hicks). Even though Helen has her daughter locked up, and still treats her well. She brings her food and drink, and is willing to help her


  A desperate father will risk anything, even his soul, to save his terminally ill daughter. Starring: Josh Eisenberg, Paul Statman, and Jennifer Churchich Directed by: Peter Szewczyk Written by: Derrick Ligas and Peter Szewczyk   “Behemoth” screams a big bad ass monster is coming, but it might take some patience here. Until then, Behemoth is the big bad company that is probably doing more harm than good in the world, but no one can prove otherwise. Enter Josh (Josh Eisenberg), who used to work for the chemical company, but now he’s doing more of accusing them of releasing toxins on people. More specifically, he blames them for his young daughter getting sick, but he’s having a hard time proving it.    Time is running out for his daughter, but instead of being with her he’s trying to take down his former boss, Dr. Woeland (Paul Statman). His best plan becomes his worst plan when he attempts to confront the bossman after a speech. With his friends Keeley (Jennifer Churchich) and Dominic


  In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. NO MAN OF GOD is based on the true story of the strange and complicated relationship that developed between FBI agent Bill Hammier and an incarcerated Ted Bundy in the years leading to Bundy’s execution. Starring: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino, and Robert Patrick Directed by: Amber Sealey Written by: Kit Lesser   Well it’s pretty safe to say Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) is “No Man of God.” It’s hard to image many prisoners on death row doing anything important on their way out, but it appears Ted Bundy might have. In the time leading up to his death day, FBI agent Bill Hammier (Elijah Wood) volunteered to speak with Ted in hopes of getting inside the mind of a killer. Bill and the FBI hoped to learn things that will help catch killers in the future. Not a bad idea, but first Bill would have to earn Ted’s trust, which wasn’


  Fraternal twins spend a hellish night at the remote inn their father disappeared from the night they were born. Starring: Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, and Grey Schweers Directed by: Erik Bloomquist Written by: Erik Bloomquist and Carson Bloomquist A Popcorn Frights Film Festival Review   A “Night at the Eagle Inn,” Holiday Inn, Ranch Inn, Boulder Inn, or whatever Inn probably isn't going to end in a lot of rest time! Fraternal twins Sarah (Amelia Dudley) and Spencer (Taylor Turner) seem to have that special bond that many twins have. As much as they're bonded as brother and sister their missing that bond with their parents. Apparently their mother died after their birth, and their father went missing not long after. Now the twins are united in their mission to find out what happened to them.   Of course their journey takes them to the Eagle Inn, where they’re set to stay for the night in search of some clues to the past. On the surface the place looks like a typical inn, but


  After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of. Murder, torture, rape and mutilation are only the beginning. A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the chaos. The age of civility and order is no more. There is only “The Sadness.” Starring: Regina Lei, Tzu-Chiang Wang, and Berant Zhu Directed and written by: Rob Jabbaz A Fantasia International Film Festival Review   “The Sadness” only showed its face when the movie had to come to an end. Kat (Regina Lei) and Jim (Berant Zhu) wake to just another day in their lives. Each has their plans for the day, as they slowly get ready to leave their apartment. While Jim gets ready he has a show on talking about the poten


  A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets. Starring: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, and Vondie Curtis-Hall Directed by: David Bruckner Written by: Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski A Popcorn Frights Film Festival Review   “The Night House” is beautiful during the day, but not the place for a widow at night! Beth (Rebecca Hall) has just lost her husband to a tragic suicide, and is left to grieve in their house by a lake. A nearby neighbor, and a good friend try to be there for her, but it’s hard being alone. That is…if she’s really alone.    While trying to keep busy at night she starts to feel like something or someone is there with her. Either that or grief has her losing her mind. Maybe it’s her husband trying to communicate with her from the other side. Surely she would want that on some level, but then again maybe not after she starts to find some of the secrets he’s been hiding. She’ll need to figure out what the big secret is before wh


  Confined to their glasshouse, a family survives The Shred, a toxin that erases memory. Until the sisters are seduced by a Stranger who shatters their peace and stirs a past best left buried. Starring: Jessica Alexander, Kitty Harris, Anja Taljaard, and Adrienne Pearce Directed by: Kelsey Egan Written by: Emma Lungiswa De Wet and Kelsey Egan A Fantasia International Film Festival Review   A “Glasshouse” can easily be broken, and this one is no exception to that. The world has changed because of a toxin in the air that erases memories. It has forced people permanently indoors, or having to wear a mask when outside. The family unit here has made the most of a glasshouse to protect themselves against this airborne enemy. They’ve developed rules and ways of daily life in order for them to survive, and keep their memories alive.   In no way is that easy, but Mother (Adrienne Pearce) is strict in her ways. She’s tasked with looking over Bee (Jessica Alexander), Evie (Ania Taljaard), Daisy (


  With their follower count dwindling, travel vloggers Teddy and Claire pivot to creating viral content around their most recent “superhost,” Rebecca, who wants more from the duo than a great review. Starring: Sara Canning, Osric Chau, Gracie Gillam, and Barbara Crampton Directed and written by: Brandon Christensen A Popcorn Frights Film Festival Review   A host can be good enough, but be warned if you need a “Superhost.” Claire (Sara Canning) and Teddy (Osric Chau) are a couple who have created a vlog about vacation homes. They rate the home along with interviewing the 'superhost' who is renting out the place. The vlog had been pretty successful, but not long after arriving at their latest location they find they've been losing followers. Hopefully this will turn out to be a super trip where they can regain fans, and even become closer as a couple.   Yea, that would all be nice, but horror fans know trips into the middle of nowhere rarely end well. The home they arrive at


  Children are left at grandma’s house without threat smartphones. Real life seems boring until they find instructions for kratt - a magical creature who will do whatever its master says. All they need now is to buy a soul from the devil. Starring: Mari Lill, Nora Merino, and Harri Marivoo  Directed and written by: Rasmus Merivoo A Fantasia International Film Festival Review   What in the hell is a “Kratt?” Well siblings Mia (Nora Merivoo) and Kevin (Harri Merivoo) will eventually find out. First they have grandma (Mari Lill) to deal with, as their parents have left them with her for a few days. Grandma’s house isn’t a fun place for them because there’s a serious lack of internet at the house, or anywhere near there. That leaves them to listen to grandma tell them about the importance of doing chores around the house and farm.   Boring! Mia and Kevin have little interest in the chores, and become increasingly desperate to get back on the internet. They meet a couple of new friends, who


What started as a week-long adventure with friends quickly turns into a terrifying fight for survival in The Stairs.  Starring: John Schneider, Josh Crotty, Adam Korson, and Brent Bailey Directed by: Peter ‘Drago’ Tiemann Written by: Jason L. Lowe and Peter ‘Drago’ Tiemann   Please don’t take the “The Stairs,” especially if they’re out in the middle of nowhere. The film opens with Grandpa Gean (John Schneider) preparing to leave home with his young grandson Jesse (Thomas Wethington). They say bye to mom and grandma, and head out into the forest for some hunting. Gean reminds Jesse of his teachings as they close in on a deer. Jesse gets separated from Gean when he finds a staircase to nowhere in the middle of the woods. He disappears while investigating it, and soon enough so does Gean.    Now many years later a group of friends led by Nick (Adam Korson) and Josh (Brent Bailey) head into the same woods for a hike. Some of them are better cut out for the woods than others. It do