Wednesday, October 2, 2019

We Has Nightmares News!

We have the OFFICIAL 2019 press release for Nightmares Film Festival with the full line-up for your viewing pleasure!

Get into it, kids!


Four-Day “Better Horror” Lineup Brimming with Premieres, Coveted Films from Around the World

Columbus, OH - If this is a Nightmare, horror fans won't want to wake up.

Closely-watched Nightmares Film Festival has outdone even its most legendary stuffed-to-bursting programs with 2019’s lineup, which will pack 190 of the world’s best features and shorts from around the world into this year’s four-day event, Oct. 24 to 27.

“We are so honored the world’s best genre creators trust us to present their work,” said co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “This year, we have assembled more ‘better horror’ for our Nightmares audience than ever before.”

Leading the lineup are 24 features from both beloved horror filmmakers and important new voices in genre film. Included are Hammer Films’s The Lodge, from the makers of Goodnight Mommy; Daniel Isn’t Real, from the producers of Mandy and The Greasy Strangler; VFW, from the director of Almost Human; Eat Brains Love, adapted from the popular novel; and closing night film Z, from the creators of It Stains the Sand Red and Still/Born

The fest will also present a screening of Jörg Buttgereit‘s infamously banned necrophilic exploitation film Nekromantik … brand new horror comedy anthology Scare Package She Never Died, the sequel to the 2015 Henry Rollins action-horror film He Never Died … the Carpenter Brut-scored Blood Machines ... the world premiere of FX artist Marcus Koch (We Are Still Here)'s doc on the history of extreme cinema, Beyond Horror ... and the world premiere of Tommy Faircloth (Dollface)’s newest film, A Nun’s Curse

One of Nightmares’s best known traditions, the Late Night Mind Fuck -- called “one of the most dangerous and challenging blocks of programming at any festival” (The Film Coterie), returns this year with two world premieres. First is The Obsessed from Italian extreme director Domiziano Christopharo (previous NFF winner Torment), a body horror freak-out based on the manic descent of Bjork’s stalker. And at 2 a.m. is the dark, harrowing and sexually explicit 29 Needles.

The festival’s reputation for presenting the best curated shorts blocks on the planet continues with a lineup of 150+ horror, thriller, midnight and horror comedy short films, including dozens of world premieres. Its Recurring Nightmares blocks are also back, highlighting NFF audience favorites returning with new work, and its Ohio shorts blocks will offer up some of the best locally made films.

Nightmares has also named the 13 finalists in its short and feature screenplay contests. These screenwriters will be given the chance to connect with selected filmmakers to explore production of their scripts through the NFF FinaLIST matching service.

All selected competition films and screenplays vie for a coveted Night Mare statuette, representing the dark horses of genre. The Night Mare is sculpted and painted by renowned toy and figure creator Tony Simione (Marvel, Star Wars, Godzilla, Alien). 

A complete list of features, shorts and screenplay finalists follows below.

Want to make the pilgrimage to Nightmares this year? Some passes are still available, though they always sell out. 

Nightmares Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. It has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for 35 consecutive months. 



The Lodge       
The Girl on the Third Floor     
Eat, Brains, Love         
Daniel Isn't Real
She Never Died
Blood Machines
A Nun's Curse
To Your Last Death     
Making Monsters
Beyond Horror            
Slaughterhouse Slumber Party
Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary
The Obsessed
Scare Package
29 Needles
Puppet Killer   
Lake Michigan Monster

Bathwater - Kevin Talley
Demon Inside Me - Brandon Rutherford
Gender Reveal Party - Alison Parker
Hush Little Baby - Ricardo Bravo
Cave of Tits - Stephen Stull
Vuorwro - Ron Riekki
Boogeyman Bait - Kay Phillips
Field Test - Chris Hicks
Love as a Practice for Dying - Shayna Connellly
Mary, Dispossessed - Kristy Walsh
The Garden - Guillermo Ortiz
The Squirrels in the Attic - Rachel Thomas-Medwid
Who Wants Dessert? - Venita Ozols-Graham

Night People - Søren Budge
Mom Died - Michael Klug
The Chamber - Sergio Pinheiro
Timmy Cooke: A Cannibal Love Story - Aaron Barrocas
Persona - Jeffrey Howe
The Mothman - Jackson Murray
No Overnight Parking - Meg Swertlow
Serial Killers Anonymous - Robert Forsberg
Daughters of Virtue - Michael Escobedo, Greg Sisco
Third Date - Avishai Weinberger
He Brings The Night - Kevin Donner
Monger - David Axe
Girl Trouble - Devi Snively

Trust Me
In Sound, We Live Forever
The Tattooist
To Enter You Must
Off Fleek
Atomic Ed
Steve And The Dead Girl
She Must Vanish
The Burden
Destroyer of Worlds
Room 106
The Vicious
Water Horse
How To Be Alone
Night Crawl
Portraits of Fright
Z-GOAT: First Bleat
Asian She - Competitive Mourning
The Third Hand
She Fell
Songs My Mother Taught Me
A Doll Distorted
I Learned How to Drive at the End of the World
The Orchestra

Nineteen Ninety Nine
The Taste of Blood
A Clown's Tale
Man in the Corner
It Came Nameless in Spring
The Housesitters
We Die Alone
Maggie May
Communication is Key
One Bad Night
The Automaton
A Noise That Carries
Lock and Key
Buffalo & Trout
The Itch
Playtime's over

VR Food
Hot Dog
Existential Donut
Valerio's Day Out
The Program
Little Willy
The Outsider
Five Course Meal
The Animator
Imagine a World
The Guy
The Contract
Unholy 'Mole
Diddie Wa Diddie
Daughter of Dismay
I See Through You
A Night Without

Killer Date
Dead Teenager Séance
Bad Fun
Exhibit Man
We Got a Monkey's Paw
We Follow You
Ghost Turd
Blow Out
Scary Stories: Bloody Mary
Sleep Tight

Winter's Blood
Forgive Me
Look Twice
Where The Shadows Fall
Unknown Number
Madness' by Black Liquid
Tea Time for Lions
Wake Up Mark
The Coffin
Benito's Brew
The End of the World: An Update
The Things With The Glowing Green Eyes

CONTACT: Jason Tostevin, co-founder and programmer

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ugh, We're sorry. AGAIN.

OK, Kids, I know it's been FOREVER since there's been an update but we've had to make some changes.

Andy is no longer with us, unfortunately. Not permanently, not forever, and he may give us a guest spot from time to time but his job is booming, at the moment, and he just doesn't have the time to spend with us that he used to have. We wish him all the luck and love in the world.

I, on the other hand, have had the year from Hell, and what with one crisis or another, have just not had the energy to give to you. I really wish I did, and I really wish that this year hadn't just halted me in my tracks, but it did and my brain thanks you for being understanding.

I'll be taking over our Producer duties (heehee... duty) for the foreseeable future and it'll just be RC and I until we find a suitable and compatible co-host. (Local folks that want to join us can see me about an interview.)

We're not looking to make huge changes, but we do want to put a little more into marketing materials so that, y'know, you guys actually get your money's worth here and in Patreon. We're well aware that the Discord bennies are bullshit.

We ALSO want to take the show on the road from time to time. We're discussing trips to, say, HorrorHound in Indy and a repeat of Nightmares, so all the assistance you give is super-helpful, there. But, we've also upgraded some equipment and made sure that our presence is visible at these events so folks know where to find us.

Anyway, we're coming back. Our schedule for the next month is:

April 3rd: Clowntergeist (Available on Amazon Prime)

April 10th: Little Shop of Horrors (1986 version, not the original. Available for rent on iTunes, VUDU, or Google Play. Yeah, I've wanted to do this for a while. It will not be a musical episode because I said so.)

April 17th: Under the Shadows (Netflix)

April 24th: The Rake (Amazon Prime)

I know. I'm scared, too.

But, seriously. THANK YOU for your support and for being a part of our story. Without you, we wouldn't be here.

We still love you, unconditionally.

Except you, Chuck. You know what you did.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Hey, all! I know the writing has been sparse here, lately, as we focus on the Podcast, but I do, at least, want to start using this page as updates for that piece (and maybe still throw in a review from time to time).

That said, I just want to announce that there will be no episode next week because we're podcasting FROM NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL starting on Thursday, 10/18/2018!

We'll have mini recap episodes posted every day, live Facebook feeds throughout the weekend with, hopefully, interviews with some of the directors, writers, and stars of these awesome films, a WHOLE lot of flirting with Jason Tostevin, the devilishly handsome maniac behind the festival, swag updates (because who doesn't like movie stuff?), and a big wrap-up on Sunday. (Which might, possibly, not go out until Monday, but this is our first time. Be gentle.)


Thursday, May 10, 2018


Hey, kids!

I'm still with you and I hope you're enjoying the podcast! Sorry I haven't written a lot lately. Tons of irons in the fire, as it were. I just had a moment with someone on Facebook and I thought I'd share.

A person wrote in a horror forum I belong to that "everything is misogynistic these days" in response to the original post about someone's lesbian co-worker saying that he shouldn't enjoy horror movies because they're all misogynistic.

 Now, first off, people have been saying this since the Women's Rights movement began (and, really, way before then, because it's true that horror movies tend toward the sexist due to their primary demographic being young men) but things are changing, particularly since the advent of the Final Girl trope, but when I pointed this out to him, his response was "Makes my point no less valid."

 My response at that point went as follows:

 "I mean, saying that something is misogynistic isn't automatically false, either. There's a LOT of anti-feminist material in horror movies even to this day and we do have to recognize that women, even though they make up the larger half of the population, are still mistreated.

Is EVERYTHING about horror misogynistic? Absolutely not. Should we recognize and call out misogynistic cinema and work to change it? 100% yes. If we can call out homophobic, transphobic, or racist material, we should be doing the same for women.

For example, the gay-themed slasher Hellbent. Hellbent contains a scene in which a character is beheaded ON A CROWDED DANCE FLOOR AND NO ONE REACTS TO IT, which displays gay people as shallow, narcissistic, puppets that don't pay attention to the world around them. I don't want that kind of representation, do you?

 I'm not saying "Write me Mary Sue Horror" at all, just make things believable. Write in misogynistic characters but write women strong enough to see those characters either quake in their boots or learn how NOT to be misogynistic. Write in misogynistic situations but then let women side-step or confront those situations in a positive way. Write LGBTQIA characters as actual people and not caricatures of themselves and, for fuck's sake, stop giving me AIDS-era tragedy porn.

We can make better and more positive cinema happen. We just have to make sure that problematic subject matter is written well and handled appropriately."

ANYWAY, kids! Reach out to us! Let us know what you like and what you don't like about the podcast and continue to like, subscribe, rate and review the podcast so that we can TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND INSTITUTE CTHULHU-CULT-LIKE MADNESS!

Friday, September 29, 2017



Having multiple irons in the fire is ROUGH!

I'll get back to writing reviews, I swear.  I'm just trying to get into a groove with the Podcast.

I have not forsaken you!

In the meantime, though, please feel free to like, subscribe, rate, review and all of that other stuff that makes a podcast happy!


Monday, September 18, 2017

An Apology.

It's come to my attention that the "Transgender nun" comment made during the trailer portion of the It podcast was offensive.

The villain of Insidious 2 was not transgender.  He was an abuse victim, forced to live as a female, and could not break the cycle of abuse which is why he was the villain of the piece.  This is akin to Dorian Gray and Buffalo Bill and we no longer wish to portray members of the LGBTQIA community as abused, unstable, or deranged as we feel that this can and does lead to violence against us.  While we recognize the "Depraved Homosexual/Murderous Transsexual" trope exists, we do not wish to further it.  James Wan should have known better than to use the trope.

The comment (while, at the time, we felt it was an accurate descriptor, it wasn't) was not intended to harm and we now know that it is inappropriate as it is misrepresentative of our trans brothers and sisters.

Please forgive us. We can do better.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

But, What if I Don't WANT To Float?

You thought I was gonna write a review, didn't you?


No.  You're not getting a review right yet.  Next Wednesday, though, the podcast is gonna be FUN! 

At least, that's the plan.

See ya then.