The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: The Portland Horror Film Festival 2019


It’s back to back Podcast festival extras! In this episode we’re staying local, with a discussion with Gwen and Brian Callahan about what frightful offerings they have in store for 2019 Portland Horror Film Festival.

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PHFF’s Gwen and Gretchen!

The Portland Horror Film Festival and The Scariest Things have a special symbiotic relationship. We at the Scariest Things are proud to sponsor their exceptional festival, and we encourage all of our Portland fans to get tickets to this fantastic event. Their ability to attract top notch independent horror movies and shorts to Portland is a huge win for the local horror film fan community. In addition to the PHFF, they are the organizers of the HP Lovecraft Festival, which is Portland’s largest and longest running genre film festival (24 years!)

Last year we were treated to Big Legend, The Ranger, Puppet Master The Littlest Reich, Framed, and The LaPlace’s Demon. And that’s not to forget some of our favorite short films like The Ballad of Squirt Reynolds, The Dollmaker, and Heavy Flow. Which reminds us: we strongly encourage you to go to the short film panels, as this is horror short film heaven!

This year, the festival has six new feature films, and Mike and Eric will join the PHFF on stage to help moderate a panel with Mick Garris, where we get to talk to him about his latest film Nightmare Cinema! Chines actress, Kunjue Li (no relation) the star of The Funeral is travelling all the way from London to be at the WORLD PREMIERE of her movie. So, it’s all very exciting, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can still get a cool package of super swag provided by the festival, including one of Brian’s always creepy (but beautiful) exclusive tee shirt designs!

Check out the cool swag!

At the PHFF production of the William Girdler classic Abbey that was shown a couple weeks ago, I realized how many people I knew in the audience, and it’s thanks to productions like this where The Scariest Things gets to interact with the rest of the Portland Horror community, so we’d love to see you there! If you see us, please come up and say hello!

Here is the full press release from PHFF:

Nightmare Cinema Director Mick Garris will be at the festival, and doing a meet and greet!

PORTLAND, OR – Award winning filmmaker Mick Garris (The Stand, Amazing Stories,Masters of Horror) will be a featured guest at Portland Horror Film Festival June 5-8th, at the Hollywood Theatre. Garris will attend the festival Friday for the Portland premiere of NIGHTMARE CINEMA w/Q&A, and will be interviewed on stage by local horror podcast The Scariest Things on Saturday.

NIGHTMARE CINEMA is the new twisted horror anthology with segments directed by Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead), David Slade (30 Days of Night), Ryuhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train), and Joe Dante (Gremlins). Mickey Rourke stars as the Projectionist in a creepy movie theater where audience members witness a series of screenings that show them their deepest fears and darkest secrets.

The 4-day lineup at Portland Horror Film Festival boasts a buffet of international independent horror films, including two World Premiere feature films. STAY OUT STAY ALIVE (US), is Dean Yurke’s debut feature as writer and director and will open the festival with Yurke in attendance on Wednesday night with a double feature showing of FANGORIA’S new horror comedy SATANIC PANIC, directed by Chelsea Stardust. THE FUNERAL (China) written and directed by Yujie Qiu will close the festival on Saturday with lead actress Kunjue Li in attendance.

Come see the Funeral’s Kunjue Li in person!

The Pacific Northwest premiere of Larry Fessenden’s new Frankenstein film, DEPRAVED, will hit the screen on Thursday June 6th. REBORN, directed by Julian Richards, starring Barbara Crampton and Kayleigh Gilbert, will screen on Friday. A veritable smorgasbord of over 40 Short Films sprinkled between features rounds out the program. This year boasts a large cadre of attending filmmakers who will do Q&As after their films screen.

Now in its fourth year, Portland Horror Film Festival was launched by Gwen and Brian Callahan, directors of the popular H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®. With the goal of promoting and nurturing independent horror film, the Portland Horror Film Festival is the first dedicated all-genre horror film festival in Portland, OR. Film programming is comprised of international independent short and feature length horror films, many of which you can’t see anywhere else.

Besides being enjoyed by Portland’s distinguished horror fans, and being eligible for a number of Festival Awards, selected films are also reviewed by an industry insider for the Bloody Judge Award. This year’s judge is actor, producer, and makeup effects artist Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Cabin in the Woods). Past judges include Brian Yuzna, producer of Re-Animator and director of Return of the Living Dead III, Gregg Hale, producer of The Blair Witch Project, and Richard Stanley, director of Hardware and the upcoming The Color Out of Space.

Portland Horror Film Festival takes place June 5-8, 2019 at the historic Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212. Tickets and festival passes are available now. For more information on the festival and upcoming events, please visit

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