Twisted Fantasies Block - A collection of other worldly shorts that will bring you to alternate realities where anything can happen. Runtime - 102 minutes
Lane (The Dark Wood) Dir. Damon Griffin - In a place of books and cardboard, an orderly librarian is given the chance to murder a mysterious patron and join the evil in the basement. Trailer - https://vimeo.com/193623938
Mayday - Dir. Sebastian Vanicek - Michel, subject to violent hallucinations, must overcome the imminence of death during his extradition flight towards United States. He will face head-front his delusions, the other passengers’ judgment, the firmness of US-law enforcement and the stress of an imminent crash. Way too much for this weak, aging and disturbed man…
Solitude - Dir. Joris Donvil - A father and daughter trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world.
One day the father leaves their barricaded house in search for food and water... But he never returns...
The daughter slowly goes in a downwards spiral of madness.
Swing Shift - Dir. Brett Stillo and GRIMES - A macabre little comedy set in a Pulp-Noir world of dames, booze, and cosmic horrors that lurk in the shadows. https://youtu.be/7DR6r-Uq5Xg
The Barber's Cut - Dir. Mark Brocking - Two cut off but living heads wake up in a fridge and manage to escape while trying to avoid a psycho barber. https://vimeo.com/139407225
The Puppet Man – Jacqueline Castel -
A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in this reference-laden homage to 80s horror films, featuring an original score and cameo appearance by the master himself: John Carpenter.
The Rat's Dilemma - Dir. Naor Meningher - In the Holocaust, a gifted Jewish physicist named Rudolph is forced to build a teleporter for the Nazis. Rudolph keeps telling his Nazi supervisor Heinz that the machine doesn’t work yet, but Heinz suspects Rudolph is hiding something. As Heinz is determined to squeeze the truth out by any means necessary, Rudolph soon has to face the dilemma of his life. https://youtu.be/5M9bW_BuVBw
The Unconventional Gourment - Dir. Wendy Keeling - A dark comedy about a woman stuck in the 50's searching for the perfect ingredients in an unusual family recipe. The film tells an age old tale with an added modern twist.
Sunday Brunch Short Block: No Food Just Terror - The creepiest films from around the world will have your heart racing and keep you on the edge of your seat. Runtime - 110 minutes
A Game of Chess - Dir. William David Glenn IV - A man, Subject, wakes up in a dark room, handcuffed to a table. He encounters the Researcher who refuses to answer any of his questions. All she wants to do is play a game... A Game of Chess. https://vimeo.com/183169114
Amnesia - Dir. Amanda Abicalaffe - A delicate sixteen-year-old girl is about to lose her virginity to her sweet boyfriend when disturbing flashbacks reveal that her uncle raped her when she was a child.
Hada - Dir. Tony Morales- Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.
NASTY - Dir. Prano Bailey-Bond- It’s 1982. Twelve-year old Doug's Father has mysteriously vanished. With his Mother distraught Doug takes the case into his own hands, leading him to discover his Dad's secret collection of illicit video nasties. Determined these videos will help him find his Dad, Doug embarks on a desperate quest, infiltrating the strange world of video nasties in an attempt to reunite his family through a patchwork of horror. https://vimeo.com/143139109
Nibble - Dir Jason Buff - A young woman wakes in the middle of the night to find strange bite marks on her leg.
Siren Call - Dir, Rob Stephens - A young woman's unraveling mind is told through a distraught letter. https://vimeo.com/192174122
The Creep - Dir. Justyn Buske - Lilith is in for more than she bargained for when she realizes the lock on her date's closet door isn't there to keep people out...
The Melody of Evil - Dir. Miguel Angel Duran - Laura and her family arrive at an isolated house in the middle of a forest. After a few hours in the house, Laura will realize that something horrific happens in the house and try to convince her parents to leave the house and never return. https://youtu.be/qnyhGGm9Kvs
Undercover Mistress - Dir. Giulio Ciancamerla - During a photo show, a man is enjoying scaring a girl until she decides to leave the exhibition. The man runs after her along increasingly dark and isolated streets.
A man and a woman. Which one is the dominant genre?
VEXED - Dir. Marc Cartwright - A romantic date night goes horribly wrong when a couple questions the validity of horror film plots. https://vimeo.com/193134574
A collection of animated films that will bring you to bizare worlds and deadly encounters. Runtime - 72 minutes iquid Dreams
Death and the Iron Maiden - Dir. Kevin McGuiness - “Death and the Iron Maiden” tells the story of Death visiting a small medieval town to abduct and murder a young Maiden. However once Death arrives at the castle where the Maiden resides, he discovers that the young woman is in fact a cyborg impenetrable to Death’s powers and after a violent battle which results in the demise of Death, the Maiden rides off into the moonlit sky. This film ultimately addresses the implications of post-humanism and the effects of the increasing use of technology and its integration into the human body.
Disappearance - Dir. Konie Kim - "What would you make Disappear?"
Disappearance is a drama/horror short about a young yet dark boy who, once he gets the opportunity to, gets rid of everything and anything he can.
Don't Look Under Your Bed - Dir. Radheya Jegatheva - Someone moves from one apartment to another and it leads to some disastrous consequences, as things that go bump in the night are not merely dreams...
First Snowfall - Dir. Sam Chou - Amidst a battle between two Kingdoms, a legendary warrior stalks his life-long nemesis. First Snowfall is an action packed, animated short by award-winning director, Sam Chou. There will be sweat, there will be blood.
Ghost Pirates - Dir. Maxwell Perry - A survivor narrates the tale of his encounter with ghost pirates who raid ships and small towns looking for a mystical jewel that will stop time. https://youtu.be/WQZYBqeC2fM
Giant Squid - Dir. Maxwell Perry -
When Elise's boyfriend is abducted by a giant green killer squid in the Atlantic Ocean, she enlists the help of a marine biologist and a drunken squid poacher to track the squid before it is too late...but the squid has other plans. https://youtu.be/EoEfFgiMFFw
Hive - Dir. Adam Ciolfi- - The desperate survivors of a dying world search for meaning in their final hours. https://youtu.be/Ur1ASeom2yQ
Me, Baby, and the Alligator - Dir. Jean Faucher - A young couple lives in their old truck with a full sized alligator. When they stop to eat at a roadside cantina in rural Mexico, the Colonel who runs the town takes a threatening interest in the lady, which he comes to regret when he meets the couple’s traveling companion. The form is magic realism. The story is sung and narrated by the young man.
Hand drawn charcoal animation on paper. https://youtu.be/Y-JAIWosEXU
Nightmare Endless - Dir. Jorge F. de Sauza - Real prison or endless illusions of your mind? Plagued by memories, distinguish the real from the imaginary is an endless nightmare!
Prisma - Dir. Coop Cooper - A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...
Sitophobia - Dir. Bradford Uyeda - A nightmare of culinary proportions as we take a trip through a possessed box of doughnuts!
Sweet Selfdestruction - Dir. Sandra Jovanowska - A girl starts eating a cake when gradually gets carried away by the taste of it and starts eating herself. The animation was created during a one week workshop where the author firstly got acquainted with the technique of rigging in after effects.
One of our jurors said it “I don't know what the fuck this is, but I like it and I'm mildly obsessed with it. And for it to be that memorable and simple at the runtime it has is noteworthy. It's dumb, stupid, hilarious, brilliant and kind of amazing.”
The Perfumist - Dir. Fabulous Four - The Perfumist is a dramatic story highlighting the battle of Machine-Equipped Man against Cosmic Nature. Seeking the perfect scent for his perfume, Benedict Malville runs into the consequences of trampling on sacred, natural ground. https://vimeo.com/182963860
Vicarious - Dir. Dana Grace Windsor - Two grieving friends pass a long subway ride to a funeral by exchanging haunting visions of an impending outbreak - in which a mandatory skin suit uploads every bodily sensation to a government cloud.
You are not the Strongest -Dir. Emilio Yebra - A hunter is searching for a new trophy for his collection https://vimeo.com/154027692
Twisted Wisconsin Shorts- A collection of some of the best genre shorts from around Wisconsin. Featuring everything from comedies, a documentary, thrillers, and
American Zombie - Dir. Joe Bowes A dysfunctional family of Zombies sit down to enjoy dinner.
Dead Man's Carnival: A Conversation with Pinkerton Xyloma - Dir. Casey Malone - Award-winning filmmaker, Casey T. Malone, turns his lens onto Milwaukee's performance collaborative and DIY punk rock circus, Dead Man's Carnival, to create a unique short documentary told through the philosophies and historical tales of Professor Pinkerton Xyloma, ringmaster of the carnival.
Don't Cry, Papa - Dir. Danny Villanueva - A father confronts his daughter's murderer in hopes of understanding the motive.
Do You Love Me? - Dir. Michael Viers (World Premiere) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7MF6yNxpg&feature=youtu.be
Everlasting - Dir. Ramon Campos Jr. - Ben is running late to meet up with his girlfriend Eve.
Gags - Dir. Adam Krause - An unidentified individual has been dressing up like a clown and roaming the streets of Green Bay at night, capturing the attention of the entire city. Many write it off as a harmless prank, others aren't so sure. But when a group of friends cross paths with the clown everyone calls Gags, his true intentions are revealed. https://youtu.be/CHqaukIXIfA
Last Chance - Dir. Oswaldo Martinez - When an intellectually challenged man is released from prison after 15 years, he must choose between his old life and moving on. Though his inner demons won't go quietly. -
The Switchback - Dir. Eli Streenlage - This is the tale of a young midwestern woman’s last ditch effort to leave her crumbling town and the dark forces pressing in from every side. Will this be her chance to make a fork in the tracks of life that lead to a different fate than her parents?
Where the Great Spirits Live - Dir. Melonie Gartner - Dirke, a war veteran, struggles with his own personal demons in a small town where he's shunned and misunderstood by everyone. One day, he meets Emma, the girl of his dreams. She's a girl who doesn't judge him regardless of whatever her friends and co-workers tell her. Emma is the only comfort that Dirke has going in his life when everything else seems bleak. In his lonely, run down motel room, he thinks and dreams about her although they only just met. Emma has an intense hold on him, and his world will never be the same. It's a love story which love takes place where fantasy and reality cross.
A block of shorts for those that love gore. Not for the faint of heart. Runtime - 96 minutes
Blurred Vision - Dir. Michael Giannantonio - Copycat killer "ZCD" is busy "dismembering" his latest victim in the style of his idol, the notorious KM Butcher. ZCD soon finds his "session" interrupted by a surprise visit from Detective Jones, who delivers some disturbing news about the KM Butcher. ZCD soon finds himself taking drastic, and unthinkable, measures as fate deals him a serious twist....
Chateau Souvignon: Terroir - Dir. David E. Munz-Maire - 'Chateau Sauvignon: terroir' follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed. https://vimeo.com/147131585
Die! Sitter! Die!: Rupert - Dir. Boxleitner Brothers - Die! Sitter! Die! is an upcoming anthology horror film by The Boxleitner Brothers about a bitter and mischievous babysitter that torments a little girl with horrifying stories, all involving the babysitter theme. "Rupert" is one of those stories, about a young girl that takes a job looking after an infant for the night. Little does she know, her night is about to get more horrifying than she could have ever imagined. https://vimeo.com/139394864
Do Not Disturb! - Dir. Pedro Tavares - Tom and Meg wake up tied by ropes, in a strange room. Each rope has a bell. If the bell rings...They die. Where are they? Who would do that to them? But the most important question is: What is that creature lurking around in the shadows? https://youtu.be/XRVtpdO3n3Q
Girl #2 - Dir. David Jeffery - When a deranged killer sets his sights on an unsuspecting sorority, he realizes he's not the craziest one in the house.
Cauchemar Capitonne (Studded Nightmare) - Dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc - When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate. https://youtu.be/YxezcI78TXc
The Stylist - Dir. Jill Gevargizian - Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own. https://youtu.be/51Ije9_78Hs
6:30 pm - Twisted Wisconsin Shorts- A collection of some of the best genre shorts from around Wisconsin. Featuring everything from comedies, a documentary, thrillers, and creepy clowns. Hosted by Deadgar Winter and his Dead Girls. With many of the directors in attendance. Runtime - 120 minutes
9 pm - Opening Night Party - At 42 Lounge featuring drink specials and a live DJ. Also a special performance by Professor Pinkerton and Sanjula of Deadman's Carnival at 10 pm.
12 pm - Liquid Dreams: Not Your Father's Saturday Morning Cartoons - A collection of animated films that will bring you to bizarre worlds and deadly encounters. Runtime - 72 minutes
2 pm - Serial Killer Culture - Dir. John Borowksi - A Documentary that examines the reasons why artists and collectors are fascinated by serialkillers. Through music, painting, filmmaking, writing, and collecting thirteen individuals are interviewed about creating art and searching for murderous artifacts. Immediately following we will have a panel discussion with director John Borowski and one of the subjects of the film Hart Fisher. Runtime - 110 minutes - Trailer - https://youtu.be/7Sg85xdzHjM
5pm - BGG (Blood, Guts, and Gore) Nightmare Short Block - A block of shorts for those that love gore. Not for the faint of heart. Runtime - 96 minutes
7 pm - Welcome to Willits - Dir. Trevor Ryan - Based on the SXSW Award Winning Short Film this feature adaption is about a group of campers who get lost in the woods near Willits, California. There they encounter strange locals and tales of creatures roaming the woods. Are the stories true? And will they make it out alive? Runtime - 83 minutes
9:30 pm - Who's Watching Oliver? - Dir. Richie Moore - Oliver is a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By Night Oliver wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in. Will Oliver escape his life? Will Sophia survive? And Who is Watching Oliver? Runtime - 87 minutes
Preceded by the Short Film Salt - Directed by Diego Freitas
Midnight - Another Yeti Life a Love Story: Life on the Street -Dir. Adam Deyoe and Eric Gosselin - Adam, a single father of a yeti baby, is dragged into the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles when his child is kidnapped by an Evil Pimp. Now, with the help of his two new friends, a heroin-addicted yeti prostitute and a sexy stripper, he must fight the forces of evil to save his baby and the world. Runtime - 76 minutes
Red Band trailer - https://youtu.be/769o6U3Y5vY
Green Band Trailer - https://youtu.be/5V8KzE4XDoc
Preceded by the Short Film Polterstache - Dir. by Nolan Lewis - Trailer https://vimeo.com/172023962
12 pm- Sunday Brunch Short Block: No Food Just Terror - The creepiest films from around the world will have your heart racing and keep you on the edge of your seat. Runtime - 110 minutes
2:30 pm - This Woods is Cursed - Dir. Michael Butt - A Wisconsin feature that find five friends going into the woods to celebrate the life of their dear departed friend Francis. During the festivities they awaken an ancient curse. Will any get out alive? Runtime - 88 minutes - Trailer https://youtu.be/TJ_3rs3716I
Preceded by Murder in the Making: A Documentary- Dir. Hunter Rising
5 pm - Twisted Fantasies Block - A collection of other worldly shorts that will bring you to alternate realities where anything can happen. Runtime - 102 minutes
7:30 pm - The Power - Dir. Paul Hills - Magda, an anthropologist, is abducted by a cult. Her only way out might be to try to convince them that she is a follower too. But will it work? Runtime - 124 minutes Trailer - https://vimeo.com/163997354
Housed in a mental institution, Sandra fights for her sanity. Sandra is convinced that a demonic figure, calling himself Edmond, is taking over her body. For her own safety, Sandra's psychiatrist Dr. Thompson puts her in isolation. Sandra begs Edmond to end her torment. Will Edmond be Sandra's salvation or demise?
Directed by Wayne Pombert II
Playing as part of the Twisted Short Block 1 on 4/9 at 12 pm
Two Rivers is a story about the destructive relationship between Dirke (Mark Borchardt) and Emma (Melonie Gartner). Dirke is a troubled individual who can’t hold down a job. Dirke’s abusive way leaves Emma cold and broken. Two Rivers represents two bodies of water that can’t be merged. It’s Dirke and Emma’s Mesopotamia. A tale of tainted love that has gone past the point of no return
Directed by Melonie Gartner
Playing as part of the Wisconsin Twisted Short Block 4/8 at 8 pm
Former Troop Sister member Madge is dragged back into the criminal fold when a territorial war breaks out between the Sisters and their rivals, the weapons-dealing Troop Brothers.
Directed by Sergio Espino
Playing as part of the Wisconsin Twisted Short Block 4/8 at 8 pm
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After being sent to timeout, a mischievous boy’s trip to the basement leads to a monstrous revelation.
Directed by Luke Asa Guidici
Playing as part of the Twisted Short Block 1 on 4/9 at 12 pm
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