The films are the reason you’re here, and you can expect to see the best independent horror films, some funny, some gory, some scary, but all cooler and more innovative than anything you can see at the multiplex. Independent filmmakers are the ones creating fresh looks at horror, and you can see the best films from the horror masters of tomorrow at the Portland Horror Film Festival™.

When are you coming? Whether you get a full pass, a ticket for our Friday night showcase, or join us for the INDEPENDENCE EVE OF HORROR, or any show in between, check the FULL SCHEDULE to see when everything is playing!

2022  Feature Films

A young couple set out to open a guesthouse in a remote place in Iceland. They come for peace but soon find out that something evil is lurking beneath their basement and hunting them in their dreams while they sleep.

It Hatched

After a childhood incident leaves her without any memories, Maya is adopted by an elderly couple, along with another orphan, Kalika, who she forms a sisterly bond with. Through feverish nightmares and unsettling events, Maya rediscovers her traumatic childhood through the grips of Jinn possession. Writer/Director K/XI filmed Maya entirely on location in Pakistan. “Despite […]


Luna is a young embalmer with a strange passion for everything concerning death. One day, during a trip in the woods, she finds two bodies. The first one is a dead woman, the other one is a man who is still barely breathing. From this moment, Luna’s life will change forever.

Nati Morti

Due to distribution requirements, this special exclusive scope theatrical screening will not be available to stream from home. Tensions rise when a stripper and religious protester are trapped together in a peep show booth and must come together to survive the apocalypse in 1980’s Chicago.

Revealer (theater exclusive)

Stag is a horror-comedy about an urban loner who must fight for a second chance at redemption when she attends her estranged BFF’s bachelorette party.


A concerned young woman moves home to look after her ailing grandmother and soon finds herself fighting a malevolent presence with a dark secret.

The Creeping

Based on his own experiences with night terrors and sleepwalking, director Stephen King Simmons’ stunning black-and-white feature debut is an existential nightmare. A woman suffering from night terrors and plagued by a troubled past schedules a series of appointments with a psychologist.

The Parker Sessions

Set in Lebanon, What Is Buried Must Remain is a modern ghost story with ancient roots. When three young filmmakers set out to make a documentary about a French industrialist, accused of murdering his family, they are confronted by supernatural forces engaged in a war for the very soul of the land.

What Is Buried Must Remain

When a man living alone in the woods finds Emily unconscious in the forest, he helps her get back to health so she can get home. After a few tense days, Emily discovers a crudely built shed behind the man’s home. When she opens it, she unleashes something truly haunting.

Woodland Grey

2022  Short Films

#Nofilter addresses the ever-growing issue surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder through the eyes of Beth, an insecure twenty-something, who becomes obsessed with an insidious filter, leaving her to question true beauty.


Olivia and her friends sneak into an abandoned house to play a game of seven minutes in heaven. As luck would have it, she and her crush, James, end up in a closet together. However things go from awkward to terrifying when the closet goes dark and they are attacked by a shapeshifting monster.

7 Minutes in Hell

When a girl playfully responds to a mysterious post-it note, she finds herself unable to escape the conversation she began.

A Conversation with E

Bride of Satanic Panic exclusive screening on May 31st. CONTENT WARNING: includes depictions of suicide and explicit masturbation that will not be suitable for all viewers. A warning will be issued before this plays in the theater. Asmodeus: the worst of demons (Asmodaios) or the king of the earthly spirits (Ashmedai). Asmodeus: lust. A movie […]

Asmodeus (Bride of Satanic Panic, May 31st only)

A popular teen’s dream to be crowned Prom Queen is threatened when she discovers she is pregnant with something even worse than her dumb jock boyfriend’s offspring.

Baby Fever

A deadly shadow brings terror to the projects.


A queer man prepares to face his deepest fears about intimacy before a romantic evening. After his date arrives, the night takes a grotesque dive into terror.


Some house guests are a real pain in the ass.

Bug Bites

Inspired by true events… this Australian horror follows 2 sisters on a hiking trip gone wrong, when they realize they aren’t alone in the isolated Victorian High Country and are being stalked by an enigmatic bushman.

Button Man

A graduate student interviews a young volunteer caregiver for his class project, but something isn’t quite right.


A mysterious organic box appears floating above the ground just outside of town. Samara convinces her best friend Ava to check out the box and its sinister revelations quickly unfold.

Death in a Box

A woman is terrorized in her home by an unseen force.


A mysterious woman is forced to face herself in this dizzying karaoke nightmare


An exterminator encounters his deepest sexual fantasy while on the job.

Erotic Insect

A guy with his guts on the outside of his body really wants a promotion.


A maintenance worker at a state-run gate to Hell has a bad day.

Hell Hole

A maniacal webcam host takes a morning Zoom class to extreme levels.


Two sisters from a broken family chant a summoning ritual in the hope it might improve their bleak lives, but they do not anticipate the irreversible consequences of what they summon.

I Call Upon Thee

Awoken in the middle of the night, a women and her partner discover eerie connections in the nightmare she just had, only to realize they might not be alone in their new house.

I’ll Be Back Tomorrow

A cured zombie lives in seclusion, haunted by the crimes of her past.

I’ll Never Be Alive Again

In the Dark is the story of a charming date that takes a nightmarish turn when the lights go out…

In The Dark

As a woman packs up her childhood home following the passing of her father, she comes to learn that there may have been a more sinister threat behind his death, long buried on the grounds of the family home.

In The Shadow Of God

Despite his boyfriend’s insistence to the contrary, Ethan has come to believe their home is slowly being overtaken by bugs. As his life spirals out of control, Ethan learns that there’s more than one way to be infested.

Infested Hearts

Today is the day these two pregnant cult members have been waiting for.

It Takes A Village

In this entry to our annual bumper contest, a ride-share driver makes his last pickup of the day.

Last Pickup (bumper contest)

Soon after moving in together, a couple is forced to confront their challenges with intimacy, exacerbated by a toxic yeast infection and deep rooted insecurities, as their relationship slowly devolves.

Love is a Fire

After the sudden death of her father, a young woman becomes haunted by the uncertainty of the world around her.

Love You, Mama

An ex-con, sentient pile of hamburger meat teaches after-school lessons to a child.

Meat Friend

In 1983, a scientist in isolation resurrects a dead colleague.

Memento Mori

Embroiled in an argument on their drive home, Derek and Jess slam into a living nightmare. What they hit isn’t dead … and very angry.

Midnight Screams

An elderly woman recounts the disturbing history of a tradition called “Mummering” in 1920s Newfoundland. Eve witnesses a murder; her only escape is into the woods. Mysterious pursuers, sprawling forest and unrelenting terror press her journey as a darker truth comes to light.

Mummering Legends

Riktus Grim, decaying away in a wretched squawler, awaits his only solace: a new tale from his Old Time Radio. Intended as the introduction to a horror anthology, “Old Time Radio” is Joel Harlow’s homage to the radio serials.

Old Time Radio

During a zombie outbreak, a Chinese guy is forced to face his family problem head on when he realizes no one, not even the government, is able to help him and heal his childhood trauma. He must learn to live with his parents, who have turned into zombies!

Ordinary Family

An environmentalist confronts her littering neighbor.


When a trail cam captures a frightening encounter in the woods, the scariest part is what you don’t see. Posted No Hunting is a new twist on the found footage horror film – it’s told through stop motion animation and stars puppets made of wool, rubber, and clay.

Posted No Hunting

Viktor, apparently our typical pumpkin-spice-latte-lover-Brooklynite has a lot to figure out before the turn of the century. How does one come to terms with their struggle to be vegan once faced with their object of bloodlust? Can addiction be tamed by modern tools such as a podcast?

Relax with Draco

In this entry to our annual bumper contest, a man asks for something back.

Return (bumper contest)

While babysitting a precocious 8 year old, Mia is stalked by a shadowy presence that trips the home security system. As loud beeps sound off whenever a door or window is opened, the system meant to protect her becomes an amplifying terror while she attempts to survive the night.

Safe and Sound

Alicia is haunted by the spirit of a cyclist, who compels her to complete its unfinished business in life. Intense visions of death start to disrupt her daily life, and soon she is forced to negotiate the dangerous territory between justice and vengeance.

Shadow of a Silhouette

Fifty-year-old Barry is a special kind of cleaner: he cleans crime scenes where demons have wreaked havoc. While making a corporate film about his work, a normal working day for Barry gets out of hand in a bloody way.

Shiny New World

When a young woman struggles to smile, her depression becomes something truly monstrous.


Darren, James and Andrew love telling scary stories, and they have the perfect place to do it: their backyard clubhouse. It’s all fun and games until the legend of Spaghetti Face turns out to be more than just a simple story.

Spaghetti Face

Sophia, a fearful young woman, accidentally lets a demonic entity loose while moving to her new house. She has to face the entity who reflects her personal struggle with insecurity.


A film crew follows a horror-obsessed VHS collector as he puts himself in dangerous situations to find his holy-grail tapes.


In this entry to our annual bumper contest, a young boy investigates monstrous sounds coming from the bedroom!

The Beast in the Bedroom (bumper contest)

This entry to our annual bumper contest asks, what’s really in a communion wafer?

The Body (bumper contest)

Joey Pratt woke up dead today, but that won’t stop his family from loving him. This sweetly elegiac short about death, grief, and enduring is made of paper cut-outs and cardboard dioramas and is the directorial debut of longtime genre screenwriter Sean Keller.

The Boy Who Woke Up Dead

Sarah tries to resist temptation but those adorable Chipmunks are everywhere constantly hawking their cookies. As the day disappears and the surreal nightmares emerge, will she ever be able to escape?

The Cookie Crumbles

An ostracized town priest and his acolyte face the ramifications of their dark past. Guilt turns to paranoia as an evil ignites their once peaceful town.

The Druid’s Hand

A mischievous 8-year-old girl unleashes a twisted Christmas nightmare, when her plans to capture Santa Claus go horribly wrong.

The Last Christmas

An obsessive photographer focused on getting the “perfect shot” in a photoshoot discovers too late that with every click of her camera, the model gets infected with a sickness that spreads, driving her mad and taking on a twisted and surreal journey.

The Sickness of Perfection

Randall, broke and in debt, finds ancient treasure in an old strong box. The treasure can be his…if he grants one simple request.

The Strong Box

A teen and her father find an old trunk chained up and buried in the woods. They bring it home and soon discover that what’s inside was locked up for a reason.

The Trunk

Along the southern US border, a truckload of undocumented migrants will experience an unspeakable horror when the full moon rises.

The Wereback

As a young urban couple on a working holiday hopes to connect with nature at Tistlebu farm, a primordial power comes into play, changing them both forever.


Haruka, Nana, and Takanori visit the house of Souta, a band member who has lost contact with them. But Souta’s behavior is a little strange.


A lonely, poor little girl was invited by mannequins into a luxury clothing store in the midnight. They offer her free accessories, dress, shoes, and seduce her to take more. But the little girl has no idea what price she need to pay later.


When a cold case novelist’s career implodes, she seeks refuge in her friend’s remote vacation home. Upon arrival, she encounters a strange couple who claim to be the caretakers.

While Mortals Sleep

After suffering their fourth miscarriage using IVF, lesbian couple Willow and Lydia are desperate for a baby and running out of options, which leads Willow to try an ancient fertility ritual.

Willow & Lydia

During a men’s rights uprising in Portland, a female ride-share driver accepts a passenger heading to an isolated cabin far outside the city. During the drive, she realizes she knows her rider, and that he harbors deep resentments toward her that may boil over before they reach their destination.

You Will See Us

Lucy brings Brian home after a great first date, but Brian doesn’t know that Lucy has a very particular kink, which involves her caged zombie.

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