Our good friends at the Chattanooga Film Festival have announced the return of their annual Halloween Horror Fest – the Frightening Ass Film Fest. FAFF 8 arrives in an expanded, 2-day format scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 and boasts seven features (plus a secret screening), two episodes of the latest Channel Zero installment, nine short films, an “Eyeslicer Halloween Special,” a “Frightening Ass Costume Contest,” a “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board Contest” (with live séance), a “HORROR SHOW” art exhibition, and a FAFFter Party featuring the indie-pop-psych-rock sounds of Psychic Dungeon.
Sadly, MMC! will not be attending and I’m kicking myself (which is hard to do and a good way to hurt yourself). For those looking to attend these “Bloodbaths and Beyond,” check out FAFF 8’s schedule!
Here is FAFF 8’s sweet looking line-up:
Director: Shinichiro Ueda
The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film … Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place … Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew! This may sound like a the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different!
Creator: Nick Antosca, Director: Evan Katz
Critically acclaimed horror anthology series, “Channel Zero” returns for its fourth installment, “The Dream Door.” Based on the “creepypasta” short story “Hidden Door” by Charlotte Bywater, “Channel Zero: The Dream Door” follows newlyweds Jillian and Tom, who have each brought secrets into their marriage. When they discover a strange door in their basement, those secrets start to threaten their relationship — and their lives.
“Channel Zero” is produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Creator, Nick Antosca has returned as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the fourth installment with director Evan Katz (SMALL CRIMES, CHEAP THRILLS), who will also executive produce. Each six hour installment of the series draws inspiration from a different “creepypasta” (user-generated horror stories published online). The installment stars Brandon Scott (“Greys Anatomy”), Maria Sten (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Steven Robertson (“Elementary”) and Steven Weber (“Wings”).
Director: A.T. White
A unique, intimate and honest portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend. That just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it.
Director: Cody Meirick
Over the course of its three volume run, Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories introduced children to gothic tales of terror with notoriously ghastly illustrations making them the most banned books of our time. This documentary follows the author’s son, Peter Schwartz, in an exploration of the collection’s legacy, folklore, and many controversies with interviews from iconic children’s authors R.L. Stine, Debbie Dadey, Bruce Coville, and Q.L. Pearce.
Director: Panos Cosmatos
The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
Director: John Flynn
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.
Director: Justin McConnell
A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves.
Director: Jeff Burr
A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.
Creators: Dan Schoenbrun & Vanessa McDonnell
Featuring a dozen segments of spine-tingling surrealist terror, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special takes viewers on the cinematic equivalent of an acid trip down the Halloween aisle at Party City. From an X-rated Halloween party hookup to a coming of age story set on the eve of Ted Bundy’s execution; from a documentary about pumpkin carving and misogyny to a supercut about the gendered dangers of the bathtub; from a cursed stand-up comedy set to a woman trapped inside a Red Lobster commercial; from a John Carpenter homage (featuring a cameo by Carpenter himself) to a sequel to The Eyeslicer’s now infamous Gwilliam, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special is an experience like no other – a deranged, proudly transgressive anthology carving out bold new space in the Midnight movie genre.
Shocking Ass Shorts
This year’s SHOCKING ASS SHORTS line-up includes everything from locally made short form frights to some of the best short sharp shocks currently making the genre fest rounds.