Screening Schedule


Thursday, Oct. 3


  • Da Capo (U.K.; 3 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A young woman practices alone at night, under the watchful gaze of her demon, in this short horror film about mental health and creativity.
  • Damian (Mexico; 15 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A vampire obsessed with a mysterious woman named Roxana, finds the chance to become her into the eternal, while for Roxana the grief and pain of her lost family will take her life down another path, carrying devastating consequences. [MATURE]
  • Spores (Norway; 12 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A woman moves into a new apartment but something sinister is growing on the wall. She tries to fight it but it slowly consumes her. [MATURE]



  • Shift (11 min.) – A man is in a race against time to stop the government from taking what he has made and destroying what he has loved.
  • The Witches of the Watch (16 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A single mom and her daughter move to a neighborhood home to a coven of housewife witches.
  • Game Over (8 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – Reality is skewed in this surreal psychological thriller from director, J. Amanda Sabater – featuring an ALL-female cast and crew. Grace awakens in a cell shared by fellow-captive, Lucy. The plot unfolds through a series of disconnected flashes, as Grace struggles to understand her circumstances. It’s time to play.
  • The Reckoning of Darkness (27 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – The sole survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore on an island at the extreme north of the British Isles. The survivor, Victor, is restored to health by the local inhabitants but guards the secrets of his haunted past and of an evil which has found its way to this remote world, hell-bent on vengeance. So starts the dramatic and violent chain of events in which the tale of Victor’s sinister experiments gradually emerges. 



  • Beyond the Scream (Documentary; 11 min.) – Showcase Selection filmed partly on the Outer Banks – A film crew starts an epic trip across the country to promote their film Scream Until You Like It. The 29 hour drive to Kill Devil Hills, home to the Halloween International Film Festival, has its own adventure of strange occurrences. Three people stuck together for over 1,300 miles in a vehicle. The festival destination itself… is an experience.
  • Mara (5 min.) – Bereaved parents struggle to find a new normal after the death of their daughter, but one of them has become convinced that she is still with them.
    • w/ Q&A
  • Suppertime II: The Feeding (13 min.) – Follows the backwoods journey of a young survivor through zombie infested land.
    • w/ Q&A
  • Countdown to Midnight (14 min.) – A dangerous religious cult is determined to commit mass suicide at the stroke of midnight. Rev. Obadiah, a former member of the cult, has been asked by the feds to assist with last minute negotiations. This found footage-style pseudo sequel finds the exorcist hero of “Midnight Shift” (2017) in a perilous new situation that will test her to her limits. [MATURE]
  • Bid Day (17 min.) – U.S. PREMIERE – Sorority sisters staying on campus for fall break become the target of a masked murderer in this bloody throwback to 80’s slasher films. Will anyone be able to survive the night, or will the sisters of Zeta Chi all say goodbye? [MATURE]

4:30 – DINNER BREAK (2016 Flashback Screening in Theater)

6:00 – Blood of the Mummy (Filmed in NC, partly on the Outer Banks; 1:38) – The Mummy’s Curse has plagued Louise since the horrific deaths of her parents during their discovery of the tomb of Princess Ananka over two decades ago. Now, a mysterious stranger has entered her life who may be the key to finally ending it. But, first she must reach into the dark, distant depths to face who she really is and learn the origin of the curse… [MATURE]

    • w/ Q&A with actors Albert Guzman and Carrie Jones, and assistant director Catherine Mattson



9:00 – 10/31 Part II (0:37) – WORLD PREMIERE OF THE SEGMENT ‘A SAMHAIN LITURGY’ – A sneak preview of a segment directed by Tory Van Buskirk and foux trailers directed by Zane Hershberger, John Hale, Robert Lanphere, and Brett DeJager, from the upcoming Halloween horror anthology sequel 10/31 Part II. [MATURE]


Friday, Oct. 4


  • Da Capo (U.K.; 3 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A young woman practices alone at night, under the watchful gaze of her demon, in this short horror film about mental health and creativity.
  • Once Bitten… – (U.K.; 10 min.) – Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there’s one problem: her plumber may be a vampire.
  • Noctambulos (Night Owls) (Spain; 9 min.) – In the middle of the night, a group of teenagers practice skateboarding without notice that somebody is watching them from the shadows. One of the girls separates from the group to return home through the lonely streets of the city and someone follows her.
  • Wicken – (Dubai; 8 min.) – A young woman Skyping with her long distance boyfriend late night realizes that an ancient evil presence may have been unleashed upon her.
  • She Summoned Him (U.K.; 8 min.) – WORLD PREMIERE – A journalist finds herself interviewing a strange guest at a local hotel. As the interview progresses, the interviewee begins to reveal a deadly secret.



  • Halloween Cat (Animation; 4 min.) – A cat’s search for candy leads to a spooky encounter on Halloween night.
  • The Premonition (starring Betsy Baker; 5 min.) – It is Halloween night and the kiddies are out trick-or-treating when an unexpected guest comes a-knocking.
  • The Queen of Screams Presents: A Halloween Special (26 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – You’re invited to Malvolia’s Annual Halloween Party! 5 lucky victims attend and, reluctantly, are put to the test to save their lives. Will anyone win? With a special intro from Malvolia, the Queen of Screams!


2:45 – Ghost Poachers (8 min.) – WORLD PREMIERE – A team of paranormal enthusiasts, the Ghost Poachers, investigate the infamous Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where they discover an entity that’s been waiting for visitors like them. [MATURE]

3:00 – Straight Edge Kegger (1:20) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A young punk and a houseful of drunks square off against the gang of militant straight edgers that he’s abandoned. [MATURE]


4:30 – DINNER BREAK (2017 Flashback Screening in Theater)


  • Escaping Demons (7 min.) – She’s dealing with some THINGS.
    • w/ Q&A with writer/director Richard Clabaugh
  • Maere (10 min.) – A sleep doctor unable to move in his bed knows the science behind sleep paralysis but the nightmare refuses to end.
  • Sand Man (7 min.) – A little girl reads about the Sand Man in a book, and unknowingly unleashes him into the world.
    • w/ Q&A with actress Dana McBride
  • Belladonna (25 min.) – A monster film based around the “Lamia” in ancient Greek Mythology, with tones of giallo films of the past, Belladonna tells a story of a once child-eating snake, who has found a way to stay hidden in the modern world.
    • w/ Q&A with director Brett Mullen




  • Episode 1: Janey’s Night (15 min.) – A young girl named is terrorized on Halloween night.
  • Episode 2: The Pawnbroker (18 min.) – A lonely pawnbroker has a special Halloween day sale going on, but it won’t just be the prices that are slashed tonight.
  • Episode 3: Tohell Road (25 min.) – A brother and sister are on their way to a Halloween rave when they take a short cut and wind up in a hellish nightmare.
    • w/ Q&A with series creator Dylan R. Nix


10:00 – AFTER PARTY at Paparazzi OBX


Saturday, Oct. 5

1:00 – Cuentos de la Bruja (Witch Tales) (Peru; 1:18) [SUBTITLED] – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – An anthology inspired by 195’s pre-code horror comic books similar to Tales from the Crypt. [MATURE]

    • w/ Q&A with writer/director Mike Lyddon


2:45 – Epic Home Haunts (Documentary; 1:30) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – Each Halloween in Southern California, groups of ‘home haunters’ shed blood, sweat, and tears as they create unique, world-class haunted attractions in their own front yards. Step inside some of these stunning experiences, and meet the wildly-creative artisans who have devoted countless hours and personal resources to terrify, entertain, and bring their communities together – one scare at a time.


4:30 – DINNER BREAK (2018 Flashback Screening in Theater)


  • Doll Baby (6 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – A doctor receives a mysterious package on his doorstep and is drawn into a deadly game with a sinister figure from his past. [MATURE]
    • w/ Q&A with writer/director Grayson Wolfe


  • Polybius (starring Tom Atkins; 18 min.) – Based on the urban legend, a teenage girl tries to convince the local Sheriff that a mysterious new game cabinet caused her brother to commit suicide.


  • Violet Rain (19 min.) – In the near future, a rogue assassin is hired to find and eliminate evidence that could undermine the largest virtual currency network in the world. Who really is in control? The journey of what is real and what is not is explored as she exotically dances with her weapons in a musically driven time sensitive world full of death and destruction. [MATURE]


  • Nocturne (13 min.) – After her date night goes bust, Erin must contend with an unexpected visitor at the door.


  • Finley (26 min.) – A cheerfully energetic horror short following the shenanigans of a wooden puppet as he tries to kill a group of college kids who have moved into his house.




  • Halloween Cat (Animation; 4 min.) – A cat’s search for candy leads to a spooky encounter on Halloween night.
  • Mirror Midnight (Italy, 6 min.) – On Halloween night, a teenager reads an ancient legend: if you walk backwards with a lighted candle up to a mirror, you can see in the reflection, the face of the man who will love all life. But be careful: the ritual must be performed with the full moon and during the twelve strokes of midnight.
  • Momo (Italy; 28 min.) – WORLD PREMIERE – Inspired by the homonymous urban legend. It’s Halloween night and the teen Rossana is home alone watching memories of her beloved father. A stranger named Momo contacts her via whatsapp, offering to help her overcome loneliness. From that moment on, Rossana’s life will change radically.


  • Lane 9 (15 min.) – NORTH CAROLINA PREMIERE – On Halloween 1979, a small Midwest town is turned upside down after a transient evil takes up residence in Lane 9 of the local bowling alley.


  • Dead Air (16 min.) – It’s Halloween night at WRXN 101.5FM and DJ Mickey Monstro has some tricks up his sleeve for his ghoulish listeners. But little does he know that a mysterious record will unleash the ghosts of the station’s past and wreak havoc across the airwaves to all that are listening. Turn on. Tune in. Drop dead.


10:15 – CANDY CORN (1:24) – SPECIAL SHOWCASE SELECTION – Starring P.J. Soles (Halloween, Carrie), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), Courtney Gaines (Children of the Corn), and Poncho Moler (31, 3 From Hell), it’s Halloween weekend and a group of bullies are planning their annual hazing on local outcast, Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he’s resurrected to seek revenge against those that wronged him. [MATURE]


* PLEASE NOTE that the screening schedule is subject to change without notice. It is designed to be somewhat flexible. Some additional Q&As will be added following certain films as various special guests and filmmakers are confirmed, and some showtimes may be delayed as a result, while other unforeseen issues may cause certain screenings to be rescheduled. *

** Films noted as “MATURE” are meant for mature audiences only and should be considered as “Rated R”, usually due to language, nudity, adult themes, and/or graphic violence. **


HIFF 2019 - Halloween International Film Festival