RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO PROVIDENCE THIS OCTOBER
This event is sponsored by the Rhode Island International
Film Festival, Fangoria Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine;
Amtrak, Delta Airlines, The City of Providence, Coca
Cola; UPN 28; Clear Channel Communications; Regent Releasing;
Gorilla Pro Software; The Providence Phoenix; Rule Broadcast
Systems; Motif, & The Federal Hill Gazette.
Read about the The Manson
Family - click here
See the Trailer for
Hellbent - click
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Ghouls, Goblins,
Zombies, and Ghosts will all make an appearance on the
big screen as the Rhode Island International Film Festival
unwraps its sixth annual Rhode Island International
Horror Film Festival October 27th-30th. In
addition to its traditional spooky fare, this year’s
festival includes a spectre-acular family day where
kids and their parents are invited to join in with family-friendly
The Horror Festival is an eerie-sistable salute to a
genre often overlooked. It will include numerous world
premieres of shorts and features including the best
horror films submitted in competition from across the
globe. In all, over thirty films will be presented during
a four-day period throughout downtown Providence.
THE END OF THE 6O’S…FREE LOVE…PSYCHEDELIC
DRUGS…AND THE MOST NOTORIOUS MURDERS IN AMERICAN
The Festival kicks off with a special screening of the
premiere of "The Manson Family " on Thursday,
October 27th, 8:00 p.m. at the Providence Chamber of
Commerce Theatre located at 30 Exchange Terrace in Providence.
On Friday, October 28th the New England local horror
film festival plays at the Chamber of Commerce- 30 Exchange
Terrace across from Kennedy Plaza. Screenings begin
at 7:00 p.m. and include the top pick from the Fangoria
Blood Drive short film competition "Means to an
End" followed by the feature-length adaptation
of Stephen King’s "The Mangler, Reborn".
Also on Friday at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main
St., Providence, is the first ever-gay slasher film
Hellbent. A RI Premiere, hailed by Kevin Thomas of the
Los Angeles Times as “A dynamic, hard-charging
horror picture! Hellbent takes the slasher movie and
gives it a clever and sexy gay twist." Showing
at 8 p.m. at the Court House Center for the Arts in
South Kingston is the world premiere of “Cruel
World” starring Edward Furlong from “Terminator
The main festival returns Saturday, October 29th to
the Providence Chamber of Commerce. The day begins at
noon with a three-hour zombie gore-fest highlighted
by "Zombie Movie" from New Zealand and will
round out with the winner of the Los Angels Shriekfest
competition for best picture "Mortal Remains."
Leather Face will be revving it up onscreen for a special
midnight showing of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
that will take place at the Cable Car Cinema.
Iparty and UPN 28 will sponsor the first annual Children’s
Halloween Party at the Columbus Theatre on Sunday, October
30th starting at 2 p.m. Events will include: David Mello’s
“spirited” reading of scary stories, a cartoon
film collection, Bela Lugosi’s reading of Edgar
Allen Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart”, and
a Halloween costume competition with prizes. At 6 p.m.
at the Chamber of Commerce, Dark Sky Films will be celebrating
the 20th anniversary of their film "Henry: Portrait
of a Serial Killer" which has recently been hailed
as "One of the 20 scariest films of all time!"
by Entertainment Weekly magazine and "A film of
clutching terror!" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
To add to the fun, the Festival, much like a witch's
brew, will consist of various ingredients such as giveaways,
book signings, and awards for Best Feature and Best
Short, plus much more.
Admission is $10.00 per person for all shows except
the special Thursday night silent film screening of
"The Phantom of the Opera," which is $15.00.
Children's admission is $5.00 to the Halloween Party.
Tickets for these events, as well as festival six-packs
are available on line at www.ARTTixRI.com. Tickets will
also be available at the door before each screening.
For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport,
RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: email@example.com.
• The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481
Kingstown Rd (1 1/2 miles west of URI on Route 138)
West Kingston, RI. PH:401-782-1018,or visit www.courthousearts.org.
• The Cable Car Cinema is located at 204 South
Main St., Providence, RI. Call (401) 272-3970 for a
complete list of show times or visit www.cablecarcinema.com.
• The historic Columbus Theatre is located at
270 Broadway in Providence, RI. For further info, please
call (401) 861-4445.
• The Providence Chamber of Commerce Theatre is
located at 30 Exchange Terrace Providence, RI 02903
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday Oct 27
Chamber of Commerce
8:00 pm The Manson Family
Synopsis: Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn)
delivers a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and
violence that unifies the misguided group, a group hell-bent
on executing the brutal vision of its leader Charles
You’ve seen the story through the eyes of the
law. Now witness it through the eyes of The Manson Family.
Friday October 28th
Chamber of Commerce
7:00 pm The White Mice
Director Luke Taylor
Synopsis: A local band," the white mice,"
are playing their music when a zombie in the woods
nearby hears them play. The zombie hates their music
so he tries to kill them to stop the music. It is a
bloody battle. The white mice are a very visual band,
and this video shows that through blood and gore.
7:05 pm Bloody Mary
Director J. Elizabeth Martin
Synopsis: First-time filmmakers Kat Alix-Gaudreau and
J. Elizabeth Martin bring you the short horror film
“Bloody Mary.” After the death of her friend,
Morgan James (Lindsey Bellock) returns to the homeless
shelter where she was raised, only to discover that
the nightmare she left behind in her childhood has returned
with a vengeance. In a chilling battle against evil,
Morgan must attempt to save St. Francis from the fiend
that leads Hell’s armies, and discover what dark
forces have called up the demon that Satan himself fears.
7:45 pm Means to an End
Director Paul Solet
Synopsis: When two horror-crazed effects artists are
blacklisted for using REAL effects, they shoot and star
in their own film. Bloodied and beaten, they find the
one executive willing to distribute the movie. But there’s
one condition… They must find a climax that KILLS.
8:00 pm Facility 4
Director Colter Freeman
Synopsis: Revolves around two Soviet soldiers, Koylan
and Dima, and the situation which occurs at their normally
boring post. A bioweapons bunker. Due to an accident,
the two are met with with the very weapons their government
has engineered. The two must escape , before their entire
facility is locked down, encasing them forever underground.
8:15 pm The Mangler Reborn
Directors :Matt Cunningham /Erik Gardner
Synopsis: A decade after the original massacre, another
man obsessed over his machine ends with several murders
Court House Center for the Arts
8:00 pm Cruel World
(Feature) Official East Coast Premiere
Director: Kelsey T. Howard
Synopsis: The Reality Show Where Being Voted Off Costs
You Your Life. Nine wide-eyed college-age contestants
are excited about the prospect of winning a million
dollars on the hottest new reality show. At first it
looks like it is going to be a blast, but things get
dark very quickly and they
realize this is not the show they signed on for. As
the tasks and competitions getting more twisted and
sick by the day, the group soon learns they have been
trapped by a scorned reality TV show runner up out for
revenge and that getting voted off will cost them their
Cable Car Cinema
Director: Paul Etheredge-Ouzts
Synopsis: Two gay men on a date are murdered the night
before Halloween in West Hollywood, California. Eddie
and his friends Joey, Chaz and Tobey are going out the
following night to the West Hollywood Halloween festival
when they encounter the psycho, who sets his eye on
them. The killer stalks them through the festival as
Chaz parties, Joey chases his jock crush, Tobey tries
dressing in drag, and Eddie pursues Jake, the bad boy
he wants to get to know better. Not until the very end
do you find out who dies and who survives their night
Saturday October 29th
Chamber of Commerce
The RIIHFF Zombie Hour
12:00 pm Beaster
Director: Vincent Morrone
Synopsis: Jesus is back and he is pissed.
12:10 pm School of the
Director: James Raymond
Synopsis: Two High Schoolers must defend themselves
from their blood-thirsty class mates.
12:18 pm Mom vs The Undead
Director: James Darling
Synopsis: This Mother has decided that here undead husband
has become a head ache.
12:26 pm Snow Day Bloody
Synopsis: When an unexpected snow storm strikes Seattle,
the dead rise from their graves to prey on the living.
From the confines of their living room a group of unlikely
heroes must emerge to stop the flesh-hungry hordes,
only to discover that zombies aren't the only evil they
are up against.
12:40 pm Zombie Movie
Director: Michael J. Asquith
Synopsis: Three 80’s Metal heads are trapped in
their car for three days as an army of zombies surround
them. Craziness ensues.
1:00 pm Day X
Director: Jason Hack
Synopsis: In the blink of an eye, everything changes.
A mysterious epidemic has transformed everyday people
into murderous cannibals. Eleven strangers, somehow
unaffected, find themselves trapped in a long-abandoned
ironworks, surrounded by a mob intent on ripping them
limb from limb. One of them, gun-toting Frank Chambers,
seems to know more about the creatures outside than
he’s letting on, and he has with him a seemingly
comatose young girl, her skin pale, her hair shock white.
Over the next 24 hours, Frank and the others must fight
to survive as the mob outside grows hungrier. And the
grisly truth of the creatures outside, and the one inside,
will be revealed.
Stephen King Shorts
3:00pm Gotham Cafe TRT:14:41
Synopsis: Steve and Diane are splitting up. Their misery
is just beginning. The attractive young couple has hit
a point in their marriage where its time to divorce.
At the beginning of Stephen King’s Gotham Cafe
the pair decides to meet in a ritzy restaurant with
her lawyer and put an end to their suffering. Once there,
they find out that their real misery is only beginning.
3:15 pm Rats TRT:3:10
Director: David Brocca
Synopsis: An emaciated war criminal lives in filth as
Death comes knocking on his door. From Frank Miller’s
Lost, Lonely, & Lethal comes a bone-chilling tale
3:20 pm We all Fall Down
Synopsis: A drunken joyride turns tragic when a group
of college kids accidentally run over a schoolgirl.
Desperate to cover up the accident, they dismember the
girl and bury her body in a remote abandoned building.
Five years later, upon hearing the building is slated
for demolition, they journey back to the grisly tomb
to move the corpse, only to find an angry soul intent
on bloody revenge.
3:35 pm Home Delivery
Synopsis: On a secluded island in Maine a woman loses
her fisherman husband to the sea , Or does she?
3:46 pm Road Virus Heads
Director: David Brock
Synopsis: A horror novelist suffers nightmarish consequences
after purchasing a macabre painting at a local estate
sale. Based on the short story by Stephen King.
4:00 pm Blood Jacker TRT:13:55
Synopsis: Making a movie is a lot harder than some would
think, especially when the director is insane.
4:10 pm Dark Remains
Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley
Synopsis: Following their daughter’s brutal murder,
a grieving young couple escapes the city to find solace
in the mountains. As they try to recover, they soon
discover their new home is haunted by violent entities
with tragic histories of their own.
6:00 pm Shadow Dead Riot
Director: Derek Wan
Synopsis: A convicted serial killer called SHADOW (Tony
Todd) performs a strange occult ritual in his solitary
confinement cell moments before taking his “last
mile” walk down Death Row. As he is strapped onto
the lethal injection table for his midnight execution,
Shadow vows vengeance. Upon his death, Shadow’s
blood infiltrates and infects the prison. Suddenly,
the other Death Row inmates go stark raving mad, break
out from their cells and riot! The shocking supernatural
event causes WARDEN BRUTAWSKI (Sergio Alarcon) to order
the immediate massacre of all of the possessed prisoners.
As the sun rises, all of the dead bodies, including
Shadow’s remains, are dumped into an unmarked
mass burial pit on the prison grounds.
8:00 pm Izu
Director: Takashi Miike
Synopsis: Izo is about a character who represents the
unacceptable in society. The good and the bad parts
simultaneously: He is the progressive spirit that rains
righteous wrath upon the corruption in religion, government
and the world of finance, freeing man from oppressive
rulers. And he is the barbarism of which the human animal
is capable when running unchecked and uncontrolled;
unrestrained. He represents these aspects of the human
spirit up through history, and must finally end his
existence when man has attained the purity to cast off
oppression for good and eradicate his own barbaric tendencies
through moral discipline and self-control. Izo is humanity’s
anger, righteous and frustrated; resolute and indignant,
leading us towards utopia while cutting a swath through
the sadly ignorant masses that would oppose him.
Cable Car Cinema
12:00 am The Texas Chainsaw
Director: Tobe Hooper
Synopsis: En route to visit their grandfather’s
grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated),
five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up
(and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some
delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station,
before ending up at the old family home... where they’re
plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a
family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools
what they lack in social skills.
RIIHFF Family Program
Performer David Mello Reads spooky tales of terror
Caspers Classic Cartoons
Synopsis: The best of the Classic Casper Fleicher cartoons
of the 40’s
RIIHFF Costume Contest
The Tell Tale Heart
Synopsis: Bela Lugosi Reads the Poe Classic.
3:40 pm Voices Within
Director: Christopher Vallone
Voices Within The Scarecrow Effect is a short film that
engulfs a child into a story he fell asleep to while
reading. The scary thing is, a spirit keeps turning
the pages leaving him trapped in the book of fiction,
fighting to get out of his own dream.
3:50 pm Nothing In the
Director John Correll
Nothing in the Dark is a creepy and suspenseful thrill
ride modeled after the recent J-horror tradition of
implied horror, rather than blood and guts gore. This
short is only a taste of what yet is an un-produced
feature length film written by aspiring writer-director
John Correll, Jr.
Chamber of Commerce
10:00am Awards Breakfast
Black Cab Films Shorts
11:00 am Moondance
Synopsis: Little Red Riding Hood takes revenge against
here fairy tale friends as she goes after the big bad
11:15 am Marburg
Director: Shannon Lark
Synopsis: A virus overtakes a woman’s life and
soon the world shall follow.
11:31 am My Skin
Synopsis: A wild and wicked tale from the Black Cab
11:42 am Human No More
Synopsis: A private detective consumed by an irreconcilable
murder case descends into his caustic underworld one
last time. There he must face the blind eye of Heaven,
the hunger of Hell, and the relentless ambiguity of
his own humanity.
12:00 pm The Experiment
Director: Daniel Turner
Synopsis: What has happened in the past of these people
lives which has led them to where they are watch and
2:00 pm Zombie Honeymoon
Director: David Gebroe
Synopsis: Zombie Honeymoon is a gore-soaked exploration
of how far the boundaries of true love can be pushed
without reaching a breaking point.
4:00 pm All Cheerleaders
Director : Lucky Mckee / Chris Sivertson
Synopsis: Proof that blondes DO have brains.
6:00 pm Henry Portrait
of a Serial Killer
Director: John McNaughton
Synopsis: Michael Rooker is unforgettable as Henry,
a soft-spoken loner with a cool exterior masking an
inner rage that boils at blast furnace intensity.
When fellow ex-con Otis invites Henry to move into his
Chicago apartment, he becomes a willing participant
in Henry’s senseless, random killing sprees. Meanwhile,
Otis’ unsuspecting sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold)
is smitten with Henry, whose broken childhood mirrors
Masterfully directed by John McNaughton, HENRY: PORTRAIT
OF A SERIAL KILLER is a chilling character study of
a mass murderer that continues to shock and disturb
twenty years after its debut.
8:00 pm August Underground
Director: Fred Vogel
Synopsis: Two serial killers go on a murdering rampage
as one films the outcome from behind a video camera.
One of the most realistically portrayed simulated Snuff