PORTLAND, OR – Portland Horror Film Festival made history last year by being the first horror genre festival in the US to offer isolated horror fans much-needed relief and community by taking its program entirely online. This year, Portland Horror Film Festival is back again with 5 days of screenings at the newly reopened Hollywood Theatre, as well as an entire 9-day schedule of streaming films.
The fully hybrid event runs July 28-August 5, and horror Fans can soak up a diverse, international, and inclusive lineup of more than 80 short and feature films, live Q&As, interviews with Horror icons, and pre-recorded content during the 9-day event.
The lineup of 10 feature films includes the US Premiere of Vurdalak Blood, by Argentinian director Santiago Fernández Calvete (based on the Tolstoy story “The Family of the Vourdalak”), the most chilling adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by New Zealand director Alex Galvin, Ove Valeskog’s reality-bending horror-thriller Mareld, the Pacific Northwest Premieres of Sean Nichols Lynch’s vampire horror comedy Red Snow, Peter Tiemann’s unsettling forest adventureThe Stairs, Josh Stifter’s love letter to monster movies Greywood’s Plot, Paul Schuyler’s heavy-hitting Red River Road, shot entirely during quarantine with his family serving as cast and crew, Ruben Pla’s documentary The Horror Crowd, and a fantastic Malaysian Double Feature! Director Nevin Hiong’s Miimaland, set in the abandoned amusement park of the same name will screen with Ray Lee’s Zombie Infection-Belaban Hidup, featuring the Iban people of Borneo who star alongside international actors like Pablo Amirul.
In addition to showcasing independent horror filmmakers, Portland Horror Film Festival firmly believes that representation matters. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement that engulfed Portland last summer, directors Gwen and Brian Callahan developed an outreach program to make it easier for BIPOC Directors to submit their films. It has already paid dividends and the diversity of films that were submitted was profound. PHFF is truly excited to present even more amazing horror films made by Black, Asian, Latinx, Queer, Indigenous, and Women filmmakers in this year’s lineup.
Ticket sales will also benefit the historic non-profit Hollywood Theatre, the seat of independent cinema in Portland, which had been closed for almost 18 months due to the pandemic.