Panic Fest is celebrating 10 years of murder, mayhem, and the macabre this April, and they are throwing one hell of a party in honor of this momentous occasion. Included in this year’s lineup is another stellar year of bold, imaginative filmmaking including Rob Jabbaz’s blood-splattered rage-zombie flick The Sadness, Chloe Okuno’s haunting stalker thriller Watcher, and Dashcam, Rob Savage’s found-footage follow up to the 2020 breakout Host. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in a rad af lineup of over 30 features and 50 shorts, curated specifically for weirdos like you and me.

This year, the festival also welcomes Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy The Mail Girl for a live Last Drive-In screening of Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep. and a 30th-anniversary screening of Sleepwalkers with Mick Garris in attendance for the screening and a live recording of the Nightmare on Film Street Podcast!

Panic Fest 2022 kicks off April 28th at The Screenland Armour Theatre in Kansas City, MO. More programming and special guests to be announced, but you can get your virtual and in-person tickets HERE.
*Please note the Joe Bob Briggs event is separately ticketed from the festival, details here.

 

Feature Film Programming

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Rob Savage’s Dashcam (2022)

 

Allegoria
Directed by: Spider One
Five stories about art and monsters.

Bitch Ass
Directed by: Bill Posley
A gang initiation goes wrong when a group of four recruits break into a house of horror, as they’re all forced to play deadly games for their lives. Win and you live – lose and you die.

Dashcam
Directed by: Rob Savage
Two friends go on a horror-fueled road trip and livestream the most terrifying night of their lives.

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes
Directed by: Kevin Kopacka
A couple spend eternity in a castle until their reality starts to shift, as the unknown moves into their lives.

Dawning
Directed by: Young Min Kim
A trauma therapist, Haejin Park, is forced to face her family’s darkest past after she returns to her childhood countryside farm to console her heartbroken younger sister. A Korean-English spoken drama/psychological thriller that explores mental health, family trauma, abuse and familial responsibilities.

 

Hatching – Still 1 (2022)

Hanna Bergholm’s Hatching (2022)

 

Hatching
Directed by: Hanna Bergholm
A young gymnast who tries desperately to please her demanding mother discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.

Hypochondriac
Directed by: Addison Heimann
A young potter’s life devolves into chaos as he loses function of his body while being haunted by the physical manifestation of his childhood trauma.

Lux Aeterna
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
Two actresses, Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are on a film set telling stories about witches – but that’s not all.

Malibu Horror Story
Directed by: Scott Slone
A team of paranormal investigators search a sacred Native American cave for clues in the unsolved disappearance of four local teens.

Masking Threshold
Directed by: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Conducting a series of experiments in his makeshift home lab, a skeptic IT worker tries to cure his harrowing hearing impairment. But where will his research lead him?

 

Gaspar Noe’s Lux Aterna (2021)

 

Nitram
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
A dramatization of events leading up to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in an attempt to understand why and how the atrocity occurred.


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Pennywise: The Story of IT
Directed by: John Campopiano and Chris Griffiths
A documentary surrounding It (1990), based upon the Stephen King novel of the same name, which featured a notorious villain known mostly as Pennywise.

Presence
Directed by: Christian M Schultz
Two young business partners, Jennifer and Samantha, are invited to a weeklong yachting voyage with David, a potential investor. At night, Jennifer’s dreams begin to bleed into reality as the others realize that she may have unknowingly brought something onto the vessel.

Revealer
Directed by: Luke Boyce
Tensions rise when a stripper and religious protester are trapped together in a peep show booth and must come together to survive the apocalypse in 1980s Chicago.

Rondo and Bob
Directed by: Joe O’Connell
Texas Chain Saw Massacre art director Robert Burns was obsessed with cult actor Rondo Hatton. Bob was a normal-looking guy who was strangely creative. Rondo was a normal guy who looked strange. Both were looking for love.

 

Mick Garris’ Sleepwalkers (1992)

 

Sleepwalkers with Mick Garris
Directed by: Mick Garris
30th Anniversary, 1h 31min
A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

She Will
Directed by: Charlotte Colbert
Story of Veronica Ghent, who after a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi and discovers that the process of such surgery opens up questions about her very existence, leading her to start to question and confront past traumas.

Some Visitors
Directed by: Paul Christopher Hibbard
A woman mourning the loss of a child is home alone in an area that has been afflicted with recent home invasions. She receives a knock on the door from a mysterious man who wants to be let inside.

The Abandon
Directed by: Jason Satterlund
A soldier in the middle of a firefight is hit with a blinding light. He wakes up alone in a strange room with no doors, windows, or exits. Unsure if he is in a hospital, prison, or hell, he tries to radio for help, to no avail. The only person he can reach is a woman who claims to be trapped in a similar room. Together, they work to find a way out before it’s too late.

The Chamber of Terror
Directed by: Michael Pereira
Nash Caruthers is on a deadly collision course with the people that tore his world apart…along with something unexpected. Something far more sinister.

 

John Carpenter in Mike Schiff’s The History of Horror and Metal 

 

The Creeping
Directed by: Jamie Hooper
Due to a traumatic childhood experience, Anna hasn’t returned home for many years. With her ailing grandmother, Lucy, suffering with worsening symptoms of dementia, Anna moves home to look after her. Soon after, strange things begin happening.

The History of Metal and Horror
Directed by: Mike Schiff
A documentary that explores the history of heavy metal and horror, and how the two genres merged over time. Hosted by Michael Berryman, and featuring Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Kirk Hammett, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Dave Mustaine, Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor, and many more.

The Innocents
Directed by: Eskil Vogt
During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.

To Outwaters
Directed by: Robbie Banfitch
Four travelers encounter menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert.

The Passenger (La Pasajera)
Directed by: Raul Cerezo, Fernando Gonzalez Gomez
A group of strangers sharing a ride have their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her, but quickly learn that something is wrong and that they shouldn’t have let her in at all.

 

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Rob Jabbaz’s The Sadness (2022)

 

The Sadness
Directed by: Rob Jabbaz
A young couple trying to reunite amid a city ravaged by a plague that turns its victims into deranged, bloodthirsty sadists.

To the Moon
Directed by: Scott Friend
A weekend of healing for Dennis and Mia becomes a hallucinatory nightmare when Dennis’ estranged brother arrives and begins to distort their sense of reality.


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Watcher
Directed by: Chloe Okuno
A young woman moves into a new apartment with her fiancé only to be tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in an adjacent building.

When I Consume You
Directed by: Perry Blackshear
A woman and her brother seek revenge against a mysterious stalker.

When the Screaming Starts
Directed by: Conor Boru
Comedy-horror mockumentary about an inept, aspiring serial killer at the beginning of his “career” and a fledgling filmmaker willing to do anything to achieve his ambition.

Woodland Grey
Directed by: Adam Reider
When a man living alone in the woods saves the life of a young woman, they are forced to coexist. Chaos ensues when the woman makes a terrifying discovery in the woods behind the man’s home and unleashes something truly haunting.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse
Directed by: Kiah Roache-Turner
In a zombie-infested Australian wasteland, soldier Rhys has dedicated his life to tracking and capturing survivors for the Surgeon General in hopes of finding a cure.

 

Jan van Gorkum’s Shiny New World

 

Short Block #1

“GUTS” D: Chris McInroy
“Speed Trap” D: Chris Freeman
“The Rotting of Casey Culpepper” D: Daniel Slottje
“Safe and Sound” D: Ian Kammer
“Loose Ends” D: Shrader Thomas
“Posted No Hunting” D: Alisa Stern
“Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go?” D: Michael Anthony Kratochvil
“They See You” D: Jared Januschka

 

Short Block #2

“Super Host” D: Dan M Frantz, Andy Koeger
“Lucid” D: Rishi Raj
“Still Together” D: Christopher Piazza
“Weee Wooo” D: Charlie McWade
“Smile” D: Joanna Tsanis
“My Friends the Plants” D: Christine Celozzi
“The Gift” D: Farbod Ardebili
“The Last Christmas” D: Ryan Port

 

Dan M Frantz, Andy Koeger’s Super Host

 

Short Block #3

“Shifter: D: Robin Stjernberg, Joel Eklund
“Velma” D: Scarlet Moreno
“Shiny New World” D: Jan van Gorkum
“Specter of Weeping Hill” D: Matthew Barber, Nathaniel Barber
“Caregiver” D: Rafael De Leon
“You Missed a Spot” D: Liam Walsh
“Lethalogica” D: Tony Reames
“Creator” D: Andre LeBlanc
“Neighbors” D: Isaac Ruth

 

Short Block #4

“Pumpkin Boy” D: Trent Shy
“Welcome to Our Home” D: Gregory M. Schroeder
“The Atomic Spawn” D: Arthur Veenema
“Patricia Sterling” D: Drew Fuller
“7 Minutes in Hell” D: Shane Spiegel, Justin Reager
“Red Room” D: Bryan M. Ferguson
“The Pey” D: Ramone Menon
“Performance Anxiety” D: Trey Anderson

 

Short Block #5

“Break Any Spell” D: Anton Jøsef
“Take Him Down” D: Joe Raasch
“Ruben the Roller Roo” D: Will Prescott
“The Monster at Home” D: Roger Francis Cook
“Death in a Box” D: Simeon Gregory
“Woodland Cemetery” D: Niels Bourgonje
“They Watch” D: Andre LeBlanc
“L.U.N.A.” D: Blake Vaz

 

Michael Rich’s Viral

 

Online Block #1

“Munkie” D: Steven Chow
“Tapehead” D: Jason Zink
“Viral” D: Michael Rich
“Hip Cat” D: Josh Kirk
“The Sound” D: Jason-Christopher Mayer
“The Courier” D: Jon Robben, Zach Wiegmann

 

Online Block #2

“The Bottom” D: Morgan Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan, James Kautz
“Creeper” D: Melissa Scrivner Love, David Love
“The Fuzzies” D: Josh Funk
“Papa Voodoo” D: Kyle Ensrude
“You are Trash!” D: Andy Koeger, Dan Frantz
“Distance” D: Patrick Michael Rea
“Everytime We Meet for Ice Cream Your Fucking Face Explodes” D: Anthony Cousins

 

Event Programming

 

Panic Fest is more than just a film festival. Each year features a curated selection of events and live podcasts!

  • Bubba Ho-Tep w/ a Joe Bob Briggs & Darcy the Mail Girl intro and meet-and-greet
  • Sleepwalkers 30th Anniversary with Director Mick Garris
  • Cult Podcast
  • Frightday Podcast (Virtual)
  • Horror Virgin Podcast
  • My Neighbors are Dead Podcast (Virtual)
  • Nightmare Junkhead Podcast
  • Nightmare on Film Street Podcast

 

Panic Fest 2022 runs April 28 – May 8, 2022. Click HERE to grab your tickets now, and be sure to let us know which movies you’re most excited to check out over on TwitterRedditFacebook, and in the official Nightmare on Film Street Discord. Not a social media fan? Get more horror delivered straight to your inbox by joining the Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter.