This event is sponsored by
Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, WJAR TV 10, Amtrak, The Providence Phoenix, The Vets, Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, RISCA, and Cox on Demand, the University
of Rhode Island, The URI College of Arts & Sciences,
The Film Media Program, and the URI Feinstein College
of Continuing Education.
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Cast; Jason Walford-Davies, Vaughan Prytherch, Robert Williams, Fiona Carson
Produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, this is the first film ever to reveal the true story of Bram Stoker and his legendary gothic creation Dracula, the most widely read novel in the history of mankind, second only to the Bible in sales.
Few mythic figures have ever captured the imagination, nor been as enduringly popular, as Dracula, made famous in Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic novel and sparking the earliest pop culture fascination with vampire folklore.
But much confusion surrounds Count Dracula, the fictional vampire, and Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) Draculea III (1431-1476), the voivode, Old Slavonic, meaning "one who leads warriors." A real-life Royal, many believe that Vlad III's violent, six-year rule of Romania and now-familiar surname inspired the famed, fanged figure.
Separating fact from fiction, "Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode" - filmed in Transylvania, Whitby, London and Dublin - was produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and features interviews with the leading experts on the subject.
Sink your teeth into this intriguing examination of one of the world's most infamous legends with an unprecedented look at: visits to Stoker's hometown of Dublin and his (and Dracula's) London haunts; a vivid account of the real-life count's arrival in the seaside town of Yorkshire; Vlad III's reign of terror; debunking the association between any Dracula (a common surname in the former countries of Yugoslavia) and the iconic Castle Bran; retracing Vlad III and Count Dracula's footsteps through Romania; and a look at how Stoker (who never visited Transylvania) left an indelible impression of Romania on the world.
Thursday, October 27th
LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre
5 Bell Street, Providence
OPENING NIGHT SPOOKTACULAR
Directed by: Rafael De Leon Jr.
5 min. USA, 2010
A disfigured science fair champion invites her new friend over for dinner, but by the time dessert comes around, the two schoolmates will discover each other's true, unpleasant natures.
Directed by: Sara Seligman
14 min. Mexico, U S A, 2010
Karla is surprised when her boyfriend, Sam, takes her to an abandoned house where he has planned to show her something special. What Sam and Karla encounter once in the house will change their lives forever.
Directed by: Kyle Laursen
13 min. USA, 2011
A young couple stumbles into a cheap motel only to be faced by dark and haunting circumstances.
Directed by: Aaron Cartwright
11 min. Australia, 2010
Two ruthless killers on the loose pick the wrong house....waiting is an evil presence beyond their comprehension...and it's hungry.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Directed by: Turner Clay
91 min. USA, 2011
Cast: Jay Hayden, Tori White and Andy Stahl
A small group of survivors is forced into hiding after a chemical facility explodes in their small town. They must now defend themselves against those who were affected by the chemicals.
Friday, October 28th
LOCATION: Mary Tefft Cultural Center, University Library
Roger Williams Univertsity
One Old Ferry Road, Bristol
BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS
Horror fans will want to be at the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at Roger Williams University. Thanks to the Rhode Island International Film Festival and Woodhaven Production Company, a preview of the highly anticipated horror film “Inkubus” will take place. The free program will feature stars Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy vs Jason, Hatchet), William Forsthye, RI cctor, Tom DeNucci, director Glenn Ciano and Producer Chad A. Verdi, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their film. “Inkubus” opens in Rhode Island at the Showcase Cinemas in Providence and Warwick over the weekend.
Inkubus tells the story of a skeleton crew working the final shift of a closing police station when a demon named Inkubus (Robert Englund) calmly walks in. The screenplay was penned by Carl Dupre and was filmed in Cranston, Rhode Island.
RWU PARKING INFORMATION:From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.
From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.
Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.
LOCATION: Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley Street, Jamestown
RIIFF BLOODY SHORTS OF HORROR
Directed by: Martin Binder
13 min. USA, 2011
Hunter and Trevor are new roommates at college. After a falling out over a girl, Trevor talks Hunter into going to his hometown for a weekend in the country. Things take a turn for the worse when they stop at a Quick Shop to go to the bathroom, and proceed to get locked in the store and stalked by the shopkeeper.
Directed by: Daniel Florencio
13 min. Brazil, United Kingdom, 2010
Edward, Susan and their son Lino live a nice life in the suburbs, having all that their bourgeois life can afford. Then, one day and without warning, stinky, brown, doughy 'stuff' starts appearing outside their expensive and luxurious home.
Directed by: Matthew A. Brown
11 min. Germany, 2010
A disturbed man is caught secretly filming a woman inside a bar. When the woman surprisingly invites him to follow her back to her place, the man's dream soon turns into a nightmare he could never have imagined.
Directed by: Michael Medaglia
11 min. USA, 2011
There's something VERY wrong with Val's boyfriend.
NICE GUYS FINISH LAST
Directed by: Kimberly McCullough
11 min. USA, 2011
When a guy is so nice you wanna kill him... Since Kori fell in love with Mike Insane as a teenager, she's been chasing bad boys. As she nears the big 3-0, she begs her best friend to set her up with a nice guy. While Kori struggles to love what's good for her, she's haunted by her dangerous past.
If faced with the choice of life or death, what would you do? Two doctors are faced with this decision when a peculiar disease is discovered that has the potential to wipe out civilization. Racing to prevent the disease from spreading, each doctor is faced with the ultimate decision of their career.
Directed by: Marc Masciandaro
25 min. USA, 2011
A lonely office drone must resort to desperate measures for a date with the woman of his dreams.
BAD MOON RISING
Directed by: Scott Hamilton
7 min. Australia, 2010
A simple interrogation takes an unexpected turn when the hostage becomes a werewolf.
LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre
5 Bell Street, Providence
PATHS OF HATE
Directed by: Damian Nenow
10 min. Poland, 2010
Focus on combat. The dimension of fighting is irrelevant, as well as the ideology behind it. It doesn't matter if two people are involved or millions. What remains are only scars – bloody traces, paths of hate. “Paths of Hate” is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage. Falling into that abyss inevitably leads to downright destruction and extinction.
Directed by: Ryan Vernava
10 min. United Kingdom, 2010
When a detective arrives at a young girl's family home in order to investigate her disappearance it soon becomes clear that he he is in way over his head... Worm takes us on a surreal journey into a dark world filled with ferrets, dead mackerels and toothpicks; a world where the grotesque meets the ridiculous.
Directed by: Evan Kelly
99 min. Canada, 2010
Cast: David Patrick Flemming, Glen Matthews. James Gilbert, Matthew Amyotte
They've been the best of buddies for more than a decade, but now they're changing -- getting married, getting promoted, going bald, going crazy. During a male-bonding weekend they will discover a special corridor through the woods -- an impossible hallway where none should be. It will these five men into fear, betrayal and the biggest changes of them all: by weekend's finish... they'll all be dead.
AN EVENING WITH MY COMATOSE MOTHER
Directed by: Jonathan Martin
33 min. USA, 2011
Dorothy Pritchard thought she had it easy; house sit for the wealthy Poe's on All Hallows Eve while collecting a cool paycheck. That was, until, she was introduced to the Poe's rotting, comatose mother living upstairs. As the dark of the night comes, and as the approaching storm blacks out the neighborhood, Dorothy soon finds herself on a nightmare ride through hell that she can only beg to be woken up from.
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
91 min. USA, 2010
Cast: Courtney Bell, Katie Parker, Doug Jones, Dave Levine
A new vision of horror from acclaimed 'Oculus' director Mike Flanagan, 'Absentia' tells the story of a woman and her sister who begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances. Tricia's husband has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that his presumed death might be anything but 'natural.'
Saturday, October 29th
LOCATION: The Vets
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence
RIIFF BLOODY SHORTS OF HORROR
Directed by: Jerry LaMothe
29 min. USA, 2011
A Brooklyn man's three-day journey through New York's infamous central booking jail system, infamously known as The Tombs and the interesting personalities he encounters while incarcerated.
Directed by: Karen Lam
10 min. Canada, 2011
A serial killing driver's bad day becomes much worse when he picks up the wrong girl
ENTER THE DARK
Directed by: Todd Miro
18 min. USA, 2010
Enter The Dark is a short film that takes you into the dark recesses of a haunted house and the even darker fathoms of the human soul. With the lights out, two friends are led on an adventure of paranormal encounters: cold spots, an eerie talking children's book, unexplained apparitions and a final mystery that leads to an unforgettably disturbing ending.
Directed by: Jennifer Campbell
7 min. Canada, 2010
Hike is about what can happen when you go into the woods.
LAST SEEN ON DOLORES STREET
Directed by: Devi Snively
4 min. USA, 2010
In a hard-boiled town, a heartbroken woman says goodbye to an old pet and hello to a new nightmare.
Directed by: John Stewart Muller
7 min. USA, 2011
Sarah (Leslie Andrews) and Matt (Kit Williamson) have a 'unique' relationship. But when they throw a Halloween party, things take a turn for the worse.
Directed by: Simon Pernollet
53 min. France, 2010
Once upon a time in Mexico, a boss made a deal with evil forces from another world. He has been stopped by his workers, but his evil spirit has been stuck in an evil machine. They call it the Infernal Machine, always ending in a different factory, bringing pain and disaster. Beware, The Infernal Machine comes to France...
FOREIGN TALES OF TERROR
Directed by: Josef J. Weber
16 min. Australia, 2010
A high powered business man takes a deadly turn when his job and all that he knows is threatened by a group of employees he fears most.
Directed by: Damian Mc Carthy.
9 min. Ireland, 2009
Hatch tells the story of a man who after unwittingly lays an egg waits nervously for whatever is inside to break through the shell.
Directed by: Christoph Baumann
15 min. Germany, 2011
'Amok' tells the story of a violent gun rampage at a school, from the perspective of the victims: While shots are being fired around them, they are faced with a difficult decision.
Directed by: Jason Shawn Alexander
5 min. USA, 2011
Guests at a dinner party are taken aback by the host’s ability to serve up the most scrumptious main course they have ever had. Intertwined with scenes of just how difficult it is to make such a delicious meal.
LA MIGALA (The Bird Spider)
Directed by: Jaime Dezcallar
14 min. Spain, 2011
A man with arachnophobia buys a poisonous Bird Spider and sets it free in his apartment. Based on a short story by magical realism author Juan José Arreola.
Hay Un Diablo (There is a devil)
Directed by: Brant Hansen
18 min. USA, 2011
A lonely old woman is terrorized by a demon living in her home until she decides to make it her pet.
CABINE OF THE DEAD
Directed by: Vincent Templement
10 min. France, 2010
Patrick, an ordinary man about thirty years old, gets stuck in a phone booth, the night when the dead return to life… While struggling with zombies, he decides to call his close relations to ask them for help.
Directed by: Raul Cerezo
13 min. Spain, 2011
At 8 years old, will, discipline and personality of a child begin to take shape, and the distinction between good and evil start to be defined. The time to see our wish fulfilled will come at last. His wish. Remain silent. You're invited.
Directed by: Sébastien Rossignol
15 min. France, 2010
Deeply traumatized and disfigured following a car crash, famous actress Vera Bella leaves Saint-James Hospital, right after having undergone a one-last-chance procedure. Fleeing media pressure, her assistant takes her to the family home, a manor edging the ocean which she has not seen since her childhood. There, confined in her own silence, she locks herself in the bedroom, refusing any social contact, when odd phenomena will force her to face her deepest fears.
Directed by: Stuart Willis
18 min. Australia, 2011
A family of scavengers. A corrupt spaceport. After a brutal attack on his father, Simon Carter must sacrifice everything to save his younger brother from Clarke's Town's callous matriarch.
FILMMAKER AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION
Join us as we announce the award winners for this year’s Festival and toast the 12th Anniversary of the RI International Horror Film Festival.
DOUBLE FEATURE DATE NIGHT!
1/2 price for Students with a valid College ID, members of the military and seniors (over 65)
Special rates for couples...
Directed by: Matteo Bernardini
6 min. Italy, 2010
Cast: Oona Chaplin
A tall, pale figure in a black cloak gets into the bedroom of a young lady, ready to attack. But things are not exactly what they look like... This short film is an ironic take on classic vampire stories and makes fun of the stereotypes of the genre through settings and atmospheres reminiscent of old-school Hammer movies.
Directed by: Wes Craven
111 min, USA, 2011
Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox Arquette, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Hayden Panettiere
In SCREAM 4, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (played by Emma Roberts) and her Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell). Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
Directed by: Jimmy Weber
6 min. USA, 2011
A young man wakes up in a bathtub full of ice in a dingy motel room only to discover his problems have just begun.
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
107 min. USA, 2011
Cast: Tony Moran, PJ Soles, Debbie Rochon, Kristina Klebe, Tiffany Shepis, Tony Todd, Michael Berryman, Brandon Stumpf and Ally Tully.
TONY MORAN (The Original Michael Myers, Halloween, and Halloween II) returns to the screen as burnt out detective Jack Fox, who is being forced into early retirement. When the worst serial killer since the Boston Strangler begins a killing spree, Jack is torn between a life of retirement and sanity, or helping rookie detective Steve Ryan (BRANDON STUMPF) stop the maniac who is stalking the streets of Salem. With music by HARRY MANFREDINI (Friday the 13th, House, Swamp Thing) and a cast that features such horror favorites as TONY TODD (The Candy Man, Final Destination, The Crow), MICHAEL BERRYMAN (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects), KRISTINA KLEBE (Rob Zombie's Halloween), TIFFANY SHEPIS (Nightmare Man, Nympha), DEBBIE ROCHON (Night of the Living Dead, Colour from the Dark) and PJ SOLES (Halloween, Carrie, The Devil's Rejects), BEG is sure to please even the most diehard slasher movie fan!
Sunday, October 30th
LOCATION: Rhode Island Historical Society
Literary Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft
The tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street.
Cost: Tickets are $18 per person, and includes a ticket of choice to the final presentation of the Horror Festival
The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's "Providence stories" (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and Benefit Street houses. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.
An adaptation of the legendary writer H.P. Lovecraft's story by the same name which follows a young academic searching for the legend of the infamous snake god, Yig, but who finds a story more disturbing than anything she ever could have imagined.
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS
Directed by: Sean Branney
103 min. USA, 2010
Celebrated author HP Lovecraft's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Folklore professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the most remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Filmed in the style of classics like Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong, The Whisperer in Darkness returns us to the golden age of movies for a thrilling tale of supernatural horror. Filmed in Mythoscope, Whisperer is the kind of cinematic thrill audiences haven't felt since the Hoover administration