Nightmares Film Festival

Nightmares Film Festival: Masquerade Full Lineup Announced

Nightmares Film Festival is “a destination horror and genre fest conveniently held in the heart of the Midwest: easily reached, easily navigated and inclusive in Columbus, Ohio.”

This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is going digital. It starts soon, and we’ve got the full lineup for you right here.

Read on for all the details!

Nightmares Film Festival

NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL Reveals 2020 #BetterHorror Program

Nightmares Film Festival has unveiled the anticipated lineup for its “Masquerade” digital showcase. For those who look closer, the 2020 edition also revealed a long-hoped-for secret achievement for fans of the festival to unlock: seeing every film in the program.

Keeping with tradition, the 2020 Nightmares program is overflowing with the unique mix of returning horror favorites, powerful new voices and boundary-pushing stories FilmFreeway’s top-ranked genre festival has become known for. This year’s festival delivers 140 shorts, table reads from some of the 26 screenplay finalists and Q&As into its five on-demand days. 

It packs in 18 feature films, including period horror The Reckoning, from Neil Marshall (The Descent, Hellboy), a harrowing revenge story of an accused witch told against the backdrop of the Black Plague; an all-new 4K restoration of The Legend of Boggy Creek, a docu-horror classic often credited for inspiring the found footage subgenre; and the world premiere of What Happens Next Will Scare You, the follow-up from the team behind the beloved indie WNUF Halloween Special. It also features Hail to the Deadites, a doc on Evil Dead fandom, and the North American premiere of Meander, a claustrophobic terrorizer that’s like Cube meets Saw. 

And it jams in daily workshops from genre makers like Aaron Koontz (Scare Package, The Pale Door), Natalie Erica James (Relic), Brandon Christensen (Still/Born, Z) and Jason Trost (The FP) — some of whom are bringing first-look footage from their newest films.

That densely packed program is one of the signatures of the Nightmares in-person experience, where seeing everything in two simultaneous auditoriums is impossible by design and fans lovingly called “The Sleepless” spend four days marathoning the morning-to-morning schedule.

Check out the complete program and films list right here!

Nightmares Film Festival: Masquerade

Festival Details

Nightmares Film Festival: Masquerade is presented via a secure streaming platform: Eventive. Films will be available on demand from October 21 to 25 to all North American viewers. Virtual attendees can pay as they go to watch individual blocks of content or they can buy a festival pass for the entire event. Early bird passes are just $99 from now until October 19 when the price increases to $125.

Final Thoughts

That’s a great deal! It’s a heck of a lineup they have this year. It’s a bummer COVID-19 is impacting the in-person event, but the show must go on!

What do you think? Are you going to get a streaming pass? What films are you looking forward to most? Tell us in the comments!

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