Salem Horror Fest is a celebration of diverse voices and innovative filmmaking within a genre that best reflects our cultural demons. We were honored to be invited to review the films that they aired this year. Here are the ones that we watched. You can click on any title to read the full article.
6:45: A man and his fiancee live the same romantic day — they die at the end — day after day after, well, day.
Alone With You: As she waits for her girlfriend to return home for their anniversary, Charlie discovers she’s trapped inside her apartment with an evil entity, and must fight for survival as nightmarish visions descend and a voice in the wall guides her towards a way out.
Bad Girls: After robbing a strip club, three desperate teenage girls lead a misogynistic Federal Agent on a lysergic cross-country chase, scoring a duffle bag full of money, drugs, and a crew of willing kidnapees along the way.
Brain Death: After the disappearance of her girlfriend, a young trans woman comes into contact with an ancient evil. Also: Garfield phones.
Caprice: The road to recovery is paved in blood and getting better may be painful for more people than just Rose.
Cockazoid: A loner dreams of killing all white men, even if he is one.
Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes: A couple spend eternity in a castle until their reality starts to shift, as the unknown moves into their lives.
Death Cast: Six fame hungry actors are documented as they unknowingly trade their lives to star and die in an experimental horror film.
Driver: A film made in quarantine, this is an animated short that sets out to put immaterial feelings into visuals.
Dystopia: Forget reality shows and Instagram beauties; a young girl’s fantasy becomes the playground for a gang of women set to create the perfect man, one limb at a time.
Father of Flies: A haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her.
Fire on the Mountain: A young woman must stop a centuries old demon from unleashing hell on a small town after she fails to complete an ancient sacrifice designed to prevent it.
The Free Fall: Sara wakes from a coma to a life she doesn’t remember, a fragile reality that tumbles into a nightmare where nothing is as it seems and the ultimate evil vies for her soul.
Griffica: A man suspects his boyfriend is a demon.
Guts: A horror-comedy short film about a day in the life of a guy who has his guts on the outside of his body.
Hall: Scattered victims are thrust into the fight of their lives, when a hotel hallway is ravaged by a mysterious virus.
Hideout: As they hide at a remote farmhouse after a scam gone wrong, four criminals discover that the family living there is not who they appear to be.
I Want You Dead!: A movie within a movie within a movie (within a movie?).
Iskioma: A veterinarian discovers an infectious disease amongst livestock in this tense Greek short.
Keeping Company: Two insurance salesmen pick the wrong client to hard sell a policy to and end up chained in his basement.
Koreatown Ghost Story: A woman entertains a macabre marriage offer that might let her pursue her dreams, for better or for much much worse.
Lair: A fractured LGBTQ family are forced to face their demons as they unwittingly become embroiled in a man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural.
LandLocked: Summoned to his soon-to-be demolished childhood home, Mason discovers a video camera that can see into the past, driving him to record as many memories as possible before the doomed house is destroyed.
Logan Lee and the Rise of the Purple Dawn: DJing, marijuana, evil new boyfriends and plenty of amazing style.
The Lovers: A roommate stuck in a codependent cycle finds her burgeoning romance might lead to something unexpected.
Marked: A tattoo artist is forced to confront his past when a client knows what his tattoos mean.
Meta: Artie’s nominated for prom king, and is doing his best to hide his excitement. He doesn’t believe his school would vote a transguy for Prom King despite Lucy’s demand that he’s already won.
Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant: Welcome to the 1984 Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant! Where the girls are a feast for the eyes and as sweet as honey. Follow these three finalists as they navigate the twists and turns of a pageant that reveals a much more sinister secret.
Parallel Minds: In the near future, the A.I. “URM” is investigated by a detective and lab researcher on the verge of releasing a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories.
Poor Glenna: When her mutant son develops a taste for human flesh, a timid mother must find a victim to satisfy his ravenous appetite.
Sam & Mattie Make A Zombie Movie: Sam and Mattie, two badass best friends with Down syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence RI to help them storyboard, script, produce, cast, and star in their own dream movie: Spring Break Zombie Massacre.
Seeds: A grieving mother holds on to her Catholic faith as her husband leaves to study and learn the secrets of an old New England cult.
Sin Origen:A former drug runner battles supernatural assassins after taking a sick girl under his protection.
Snapper: The Man-Eating Turtle Movie That Never Got Made: The story of an unfinished monster movie and the creative friendship that outlasted it.
So Vam: Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and killed, he is rescued just in time to be resurrected by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers.
Sundown Town: Bryce and Mitchell’s trip home is disrupted after making a pit stop in a mysteriously unwelcoming town.
Take Back the Night: Finding herself the victim of a violent monster attack, a sociial media influencer and artist launches a campaign to hunt the beast (if it exists).
Two Witches: A matriarchal witch passes on her sinister inheritance to her grand-daughter, triggering horrific curses.
Val: A criminal on the run breaks into the home of a high class escort, only to realize nothing is as it seems.
Verified: A lonely but hopeful insta-influence gets bit by a zombie while live-streaming and finally gets the audience she craves… but at what cost?
Weee Woo: A young woman wakes in the dead of night to a world devoid of sound. Yet, through the silence, she hears a mysterious call which draws her deep into the dark woods.
The Wereback: Inside a truck carrying illegal immigrants, something is changing as the full moon comes up.
What Happens Next Will Scare You: The follow-up to the WNUF Halloween Special goes viral and brings plenty of buckets of the red stuff.
Wicked Games: Home invasion goes up against someone who has a history of solving these kind of problems.
Witch Hunt: A vengeful keyboard warrior falls victim to his own game after a mysterious visitor arrives at his door.
You Missed a Spot: In a world where every single person is a clown, a mime escapes a cabin massacre and must find his voice to save the girl of his dreams.
There’s still time for you to catch all of these great movies by grabbing a virtual pass now until the end of October. Thanks to Salem Horror Fest for including us and we can’t wait to be part of this again next year!