Back in October, Nightmare on Film Street brought you the announcement of the line up for CINEPOCALYPSE, “the Midwest’s largest cinematic horror gathering.” Featuring a bevy of heavyweight horror guests, the evolution of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival will set up shop in Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre to screen more than 60 films from November 2 through November 9.
Nightmare on Film Street has caught several of these films, including social media satire Tragedy Girls, dark absurd comedy Lowlife, and Spanish possession film Veronica. Here are a few of the other films that we’re excited to check out at Cinepocalypse over the next week.
THE TERROR OF HALLOW’S EVE (North American Premiere)
Dir: Todd Tucker
Timmy Stevens is socially awkward kid, obsessed with horror movies and frequently bullied. But Timmy’s about to get his revenge in full-bore fashion when he unwittingly unleashes an evil creature known as The Trickster on Halloween Night. Genre veteran Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) provides an amazing creature performance, but the real stars here are the wide array of surprisingly effective creature FX and affection for old-school ‘80s mayhem.
CHARISMATA (Midwest Premiere)
Dir: Tor Mian and Andy Collier
A rookie female detective, struggling to find acceptance in a police department defined by a culture of bullying and intolerance, watches as things go from bad to worse as her chief suspect in a series of brutal ritualistic murders takes a personal interest in her. A game of cat and mouse degrades the detective’s grasp on reality and, as she spirals out of control, this young woman must suddenly fight for her sanity, life… and maybe even her soul.
POOR AGNES (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Navin Ramaswaran
A female serial killer and her next victim form an unexpected relationship.
TRENCH 11 (Midwest Premiere)
Director: Leo Scherman
In the final days of WWI a shell-shocked soldier must lead a mission deep beneath the trenches to stop a German plot that could turn the tide of the war. But what lies beneath is way more dark & sinister than they ever could have imagined.
ANIMALS (TIERE) (Midwest Premiere)
Director: Greg Zglinski
A vehicle collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird an unsettling experiences for a couple in this darkly comical Lynchian nightmare.
For the full Cinepocalypse schedule, details, and passes, head to the festival’s website.