2019 Schedule

$12 per screening block

Click the dates and blocks for the schedule of each screening.

All screenings will take place at 7 Stages Theatre

7 Stages Theatre
1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307


Wednesday November 13th



4th annual Sinema Challenge!

See the films that Atlanta filmmakers come up with in 13 days. After randomly drawing a horror genre and a subject card from Cards Against Humanity, they then have 13 days to produce their horror masterpiece. Make sure you are here early for this one of a kind event. It’s a lot of fun and always sells out.


Thursday November 14th



Shorts Block #1 – “First shovel in the grave is always the best!”



Dir. Ujicha – Japan – 4 min

Masashi and Takeshi are lost in the woods when they look for their loving dog John. They find John in a cave in the woods, but something is wrong with John…


The Corpse is Alive

Dir. Edmundo Barraza – USA – 5min

A man gets buried alive with a cell phone, a gun, and a single bullet.


Unholy Mole

Dir. David Bornstein – USA – 6min

A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to Satan in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him. Things go wrong…




I Learned to Drive at the End of the World

Dir. Miao – China – 12min

China, day zero of the zombie apocalypse came quietly in deep night, while a girl wore gloves of “left” and “right” and was learning to drive with her newly married husband. She thought she was incapable of driving. But that night, she made it and she had to make it through the end of the world.





Dir. Andrea Corsini -Italy – 17min

The story of a strange woman who lives in an abandoned villa between civilized society and a wild forest. Something fierce and threatening is revealed in her behaviors, something connected with that forest, a place that hides the true nature of her actions.





Dir. Christian Meola USA – 6min

            A woman’s finds a disturbing photograph on the supermarket floor. It leads to her own abduction.






Cut Off

Dir.Ryan Cauchi – Australia – 1min

            A true millennial horror story.



Dir. Germán Sancho – Spain – 5min

The most terrifying fears creep into a little girl in her room when the lights turn off, just before she goes to sleep. Her father tries patiently to calm her; however, the darkness and the unknown are much more powerful and voracious. There’s something even worse there, that hides a frightening reality.


Ramshackle Blues

Dir. Sharai Rewels – Canada – 12min

         Buckshot and Pearl are two serial killers on the run from the law, they are also in love. When they cross paths with a small town whore-house and its crazies, will their love be enough to save them from themselves?







Dir. Donato Sansone – France – 4min

A portrayal of the evolution of a human being from his creation to his awareness of the mysteries of the universe. It is a metaphor of the creation of the world and a parable of the artistic process.



Dir. Dan Tabor – USA – 3min

Hanako-san is a Japanese urban legend about the spirit of a young World War II-era girl who haunts school bathrooms. What happens when Hanako is summoned depends on the wishes in the heart of the one who summoned her.This horror short that combines animation and live action is the story of a troubled young girl who summons the demon Hanako-san in hopes that she can help her.


Five Course Meal

Dir. James Cadden – Canada – 6min

Mark and Jenny agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy.



Five Course Meal | Short Horror Film Trailer




The Procedure 2

Dir. Calvin Lee Reeder – USA – 3min

A man is forced to endure another strange experiment.


Watch The Procedure 1


TRT: 84min



Antrum: The Deadliest Movie Ever Made

Dir. Michael Laicini and David Amito – USA – 95min

Antrum, a feature length film shot in the late 1970’s, is cursed. In 1988, a movie theatre in Budapest that was screening the film burnt to the ground, killing the 56 people who were in attendance. This incident follows the inexplicable deaths of a number of film festival programmers that had received Antrum as a submission and died shortly after watching the film. These events culminated with a riot during an exhibition in San Francisco, after which the film vanished. These events have created a belief that watching Antrum will you kill you. Else Films has successfully tracked down a sole copy of the film for public release. This is that film.






Before the feature


Dir. Dusty Brown – USA – 4min

            A man must deal with an elevator company’s incompetent customer service while stuck between floors.


Website and trailer:


TRT: 99



Friday November 15th



Shorts block 2 “Graveworm’s Finest”



Dir. Daniel Ballard and Tyler Hellhake – USA – 7min

The Lively Farm in Hendersonville, NC, is known to locals as a cursed and dangerous place. Many locals have nicknamed it “The Haunted Farm.” While the local authorities have investigated many disappearances, of both locals and tourists alike, there has never been enough physical evidence to warrant any arrests. When two young thrill-seekers set out to do some snooping of their own, they find themselves on the run for their lives. Will they make it out alive? Or will they find themselves the latest victims of The Livelys and their DEATHYARD?




Dir. Tyler March – USA – 1min

You can feel them growing inside of you. They want out.




Dir. Tyler Hatch – USA – 1min

One hell of a commute…



The Death Vendor

Dir. Jeon Jinkyu – Korea – 6min

One day a boy encounters a street vendor who sells chicks.Even the boy knows these birds will die very soon. To his eyes, the man is selling none other than death itself.





Dir.Juan Fran Jacinto and Carla Pereira – France – 10min

In his thirties and still living with his mother, a man decides to break free from his inner demons.


Jac Kessler’s Popsy

Dir. Jak Kessler – USA – 31min

Briggs Sheridan can’t chase his gambling-dragon fast enough, and when it looks to cost him more than a few broken limbs, he unwittingly puts more skin in the game than intended.



D is for Demon

Dir. Steven Stull – USA – 8min

A philanderer struggles to maintain his grip on sanity when a late-night tryst descends into calamity.




How to be Alone

Dir. Kate Trefry – USA – 13min

            How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.





Dir. Park Yeon – Korea – 8min

            The Ghost Kid appears in front of The Live Kid. The two were twins, but one disappeared from the mother’s belly. The Ghost Kid envies the life of a living brother and wants to have his body.


Night of the Fluffet

Dir. Raymond Wallace – USA – 8min

A cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home.



TRT: 93min





Dir. Joe Begos – USA – 91min

VFW follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local VFW post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.




Short before the feature


Dir. James Sizemore and Tim Reis – USA (Local) – 16min

            Indie toymaker Jo Carver’s latest creation has come to life, and it’s trying to kill him!
The lines between reality and delusional paranoia are blurred as Jo battles his way through his cartoonish nightmare laboratory, set on destroying the demonic weed monster before it destroys him! Loosely based on Sizemore’s own career as an independent toy maker known as Wonder Goblin.


Trailer and website:


TRT: 107min




The Call of Cthulhu – With an all new original soundtrack from Samadha

Dir. Andrew Leman – USA – 47min

`Based on the classic short story by H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”. While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed. With an all new original score performed by Atlanta’s psychedelic instrumental space jazz group Samadha.




Samadha’s Facebook:





Hell Bound

Dir. Ben Winston – USA (Local) – 68min

Two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains. Shot entirely on black and white 16mm film. It invokes the aesthetic of the classic films of the 1970s.




Saturday November 16th



Shorts block 3 – “Who said robbing graves wasn’t fun!”



Dir. Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman – USA – 7min

            A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back.




Terror Road

Dir.Brian Shephard – USA – 8min

         On a dark, eerie night, a young woman makes a wrong turn through a long stretch of deserted woods. But as the night goes on, she’ll soon learn you’re never truly alone on Terror Road. Buckle up for a scary ride in this throwback horror blast for fans of all ages!


Website and Trailer:


One Last Meal

Dir. Jill Gevargizian – USA – 11min

Today’s the day the Missouri madman Otis Boyle finally gets executed. The Warden and his Captain of the Guards, York, have been looking forward to this for years, but they could never have prepared themselves for his last request. As Warden insists upon fulfilling their most notorious inmate’s twisted demand in the name of “tradition” and “protocol,” York struggles to keep up in order to keep his job — no matter how much it asks of him.





Dir. N’cee van Heerden – Canada – 19min

            Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And sharing it has consequences…


Website and Trailer:




Exhibit Man

Dir.Trevor Mirosh – Canada – 28min

            A police forensic photographer known as the exhibit man discovers some town folk have been infected by an alien.




Old Myers

Dir.Gino Crognale – USA – 9min

            A look into the the life of an older Michael Myers from the Halloween movies.


Playtime’s Over

Dir. Tony Reames – USA (Local) – 11min

            The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It’s New Years Eve, Dee’s parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won’t cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.


Website and Trailer



Dir. Stacey Palmer – USA (Local) – 5min

            After Amanda’s teeth start to fall out, she will soon learn the terrifying reason way.




TRT: 98min





Dir. Keola Racela – USA – 97min

            When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it’s basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.



Before the feature


Dir. Elwood Quincy Walker – USA – 7min

A coroner fixes up the new body in the morgue and adds a few touches of his own.


TRT: 104min




Shorts block 4 – “Dig the graves deep so they can’t crawl out!”



Dir. Yfke van Berckelaer – Netherlands – 9min

            Lili knows she has to nail this audition. The Man she auditions for, knows this too. Thus starts an uncomfortable cat and mouse game in this single-shot #metoo horror, about power, the misuse of power and female empowerment.






Maggie May

Dir. Mia’kate Russel – Australia – 14min

            Sometimes doing nothing can be the worst move of all.






La Noria

Dir. Carlos Baena – Spain – 12min

A young boy who loves to draw and build ferris wheels encounters strange creatures that turn his life upside down.




Skeletons in the Closet

Dir. Tomi Malkki – Finland – 11min

            A Stranger In A Strange Land, Exodus 2:22



Dir. Jamie Delaney – UK – 13min

In an attempt to find acceptance and purpose in an alienating postmillennial world, an unhinged young woman develops a violent addiction to social media.





Dir,Kyle Sharpe – Canada – 5min

Intrigue turns to nightmare when a woman is trapped and stalked in a house of horrors. A dark and surreal animated journey.


Lizard Queen

Dir. Anca Vlasan – USA (Local) – 4min

            Lizza, a scaly, green lizard woman, prepares for her first online date with a human man by violently making herself over into the typical blonde bombshell she isn’t. Lizard Queen is an animated short film that takes on both female and male beauty standards through the lens of online dating culture.





Dir. Ashley Young – USA (Local) – 3min

            Two dumb kids explore the dangers of a Ouija board and come face to face with the Ouija demon, Zozo


Trailer and Website:


TRT: 71min




The Wretched

Dir. Brett Pierce and Drew Pierce – USA – 95min

            A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.


Before the feature

The Loop

Dir. Rich Ragsdale -USA – 8min

Mikey’s older brother, Tommy, brings home a mysterious bootleg VHS tape of “the scariest movie ever made”. But what they expect to be a run-of-the-mill 80s slasher flick turns out to be something much more terrifying.




TRT: 103



Toxic Avenger and a performance by Blast off Burlesque

Dir. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz – USA – 82min

            Before the film Atlanta’s own award winning burlesque troop “Blast Off Burlesque” will present their one of a kind performance inspired by the Toxic Avenger. This is their 4th year putting on this event and it’s always a highlight of the festival. Make sure you are here for this!!!

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.




Blast Off Burlesque’s Website:




Sunday November 17th



Those Who Deserve to Die

Dir. Bret Wood – USA (Local) – 91min

Based on a novella by Thomas de Quincey (Confessions of an Opium Eater) and fueled by visions of ’60s gialli, Those Who Deserve To Die is a thriller that subverts the formula of the revenge film, following its “hero” as he enacts a series of brutal crimes in the name of justice—without sharing with the viewer why these heinous acts are being committed. Goaded by the cold-hearted spirit of his dead ten-year-old sister Berenice, Jonathan wades into ever-deepening, ethically muddier water—not just punishing the guilty but extinguishing their bloodlines.






Before the feature

In Sound We Live Forever

Dir. Joshua Giuliano – USA – 12min

            Something bad has(is) happened(happening).




TRT: 103




J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius

Dir. Sandy K. Boon – USA – 85min

            What started out as an inside joke amongst two self proclaimed weirdos in Ft. Worth, Texas soon becomes much more than they bargained for when they decide to turn their conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Praise Bob!






Before the feature

All Stretched Out

Dir. Alastair Train – UK – 4min

After accidentally joining an advanced Yoga class, an unfit man pushes his body to the limit trying to impress his judgmental teacher and classmates.




TRT: 89min





Mark of the Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf

Dir. Daniel Griffith – USA (Local) – 83min

            “Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.” Universal was the first studio to chronicle the tragic story of a man whose own inner demons become realized, and violently transform him into a ferocious beast. Of all the cinematic monsters that thrilled and terrified audiences over the last century, the wolf man was the only creature that sought its own demise. For that reason alone, countless filmmakers and special effects artisans have been drawn the character. This epic documentary utilizes new interviews with celebrated authors, actors, and make-up effects artists to help recount the evolution of the werewolf films released by the legendary studio.




Short before the feature

Meat Wagon

Dir. Josh Gould – USA (Local) – 12min

            Two weirdos run an early morning call on the ambulance that turns from a case of difficulty breathing to voodoo. Crises of faith ensue, and breakfast biscuits are eaten.


TRT: 95min




Shorts block 5 – “The toll of the Death Bell.”


His Mother

Dir. Dawid Krepski – USA – 24min

            As an aspiring immigrant actress tells her story, it is soon unveiled what she herself is not aware of – that she was taken advantage of and lured into isolation from the bustling life of Los Angeles. Something disturbing and tenebrous is hidden under the layer of her seemingly normal life.




Dead Animals

Dir. David Oesch and Remo Rickenbacher – Switzerland – 10min

With a heavy heart a man brings his dead cat to the animal carcass disposal. When a mysterious taxidermist gives him her business card he is intrigued to find out if the death of his pet might be just the beginning.


Dead Teenager Seance

Dir. Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini – Brazil – 21min

            A group of dead teenagers spending their after-lives in Limbo decides to wreak vengeance upon their killer by summoning him to the world of the dead.




La Llorona

Dir. H.J. Leonard – India – 23min

            After a harsh breakup, Pranay decides to ease the pain with alcohol. Little did he knows his life was about to change when he encounters a young undead bride looking for revenge.




Love Bite

Dir. Charles de Lauzirika – USA (Local) – 16min

Taking refuge in an abandoned cargo truck during the Zombie Apocalypse, a bickering couple (and their dog) find their lives on the line when hostilities between them quickly escalate to dangerous levels.





TRT: 94min




Closing Ceremonies

Please join us as we give our this year’s awards. We will be screening the winners for Best Short Film, Best Animation, and the winners of the Sinema Challenge. Come and see who takes home the awards!


Atlanta Independent Horror Film Festival