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™. At the 2018 Portland Horror Film Festival, we showcased the following films!

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2018 Feature Films

This is the World Premiere of this exciting creature feature, shot on location in southern Washington. Cast and Crew will be here for the screening and Q&A afterwards! Synopsis: An ex-soldier returns to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest to uncover the truth behind his fiancee’s disappearance.

Big Legend

At Alex’s farewell party with his friends, three strange invaders will kidnap them with the only goal of playing twisted mortal games while live streaming it, turning all this insane torture into a viral show. [Fest director note: This is one of the most brilliantly candy-colored and joyously bloody and gory films we’ve seen in […]


Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Thomas Lennon of Reno 911) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and and comic book pal Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) join Edgar […]

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

A glass in free fall. Have you ever thought if it is possible to calculate into how many pieces it can break into? After numerous experiments, a team of researchers succeeds in doing just this apparently impossible task. Attracted to their experiment, a mysterious professor invites the scientists in his isolated mansion to know more […]

The Laplace’s Demon

After a run-in with the cops at a punk show goes sideways, Chelsea (Chloe Levine – ‘The Transfiguration’) and her pals flee the city in search of a place to lay low. Running to the security of Chelsea’s old, abandoned family cabin in the woods, they fall under the watchful eye of an overzealous park […]

The Ranger

2018 Short Films

When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock.

Alfred J Hemlock

While she was under the supervision of her big sister, Olivia got lost into the woods over night and got back with something different. She didn’t come back alone.


*This film played only at the special event “An Evening of Satanic Panic” An urban odyssey scattered with supernatural events as real life character Dave Baby reveals his unusual philosophy. Dave Baby is an artist who is fascinated by satanic imagery and the occult. We see him carve a symbol on a piece of solid, […]

Blindman’s Lane

A misfit girl with head gear is victimized by bullies and comes home to her strange parents with a dark secret.

Brace Face

In the midst of national hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy, a child is born bearing the scars of other people’s sins.


A first date goes tragically wrong when young teens play a game of “What scares you?”

Cathy’s Closet

Set in a medieval village, Cecilia follows the story of a young woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. Cecilia’s psychic visions set the tone of the thrilling and bizarre experience of a classic mind expanding and occult thriller.


An introverted mother’s worst fears are amplified when she is stalked by the feral children living in the woods surrounding her home.


As we follow an unknown man in his day to day life, we soon start to see the dark underside of what his compulsion is and what it drives him to do. To give in, the blood must flow.


“Cryptina’s Spook-Time Variety Show” is a sketch comedy horror anthology show. The series is hosted by Cryptina, an albino mistress of the dark that introduces each sketch with the unwanted help of her ex-boyfriend Ghoulsby, a vampire permanently stuck in bat form due to a gypsy curse.

Cryptina’s Spook-Time Variety Show

A dinner party with a difference: meet loner Maurice as he struggles to entertain his new friends. His party is in full swing when a routine search brings the police to his front door. Unfazed by this interruption the party continues, but it isn’t long before Maurice is keen to say goodbye to all his […]

Dead Cool

As Hannah explores an abandoned tunnel alone she hears someone else in the dark… or something?


After mindlessly stepping into her trap, a troubled teenager must save her little sister from a bloodthirsty fairy lurking in the forest, before it devours them both.

Feast on the Young

A boy finds a photo of a beautiful girl on the street. A photo that has its own secrets.

First Love

A blind date takes a monstrous turn as a young couple meets on a cold Christmas night.


A young woman is trapped in her apartment by her childhood imaginary friend, who has come back to haunt her.

Goodbye Old Friend

A boy cuts himself preparing food, and his father is a dick.

Hand Cut (Bumper)

Her boyfriend sucks… blood. A short horror-comedy about dating the undead.

Heavy Flow

Holy Saturday is a day of burning the Judas Doll … do you have courage?


Dreams die, blood is eternal.

Jules D.

The scientist uses his dead wife’s gene to make a seed because of missing her. He planted it in his favorite garden with care and waited for her rebirth. One day, his dreams came true. But he also found out the reborn woman from the soil was not his wife. Just another person who had […]

Kiss Me Deadly

A choreographer pursues creative inspiration at a cottage retreat while attempting to wean her demanding toddler — and unknowingly awakens a vile fairy corpse in the process. When she discovers the creature’s terrifying intentions, she will have to put her creativity to good use to lure the repugnant beast.


A woman moves through her day, facing harassment, dismissal, unwanted advances and one man always seems to be there, lurking in the background, but who is predator, and who is prey.


A boy. A garage. A monster. In the film MADE YOU LOOK, nothing is as it seems. Better keep your eyes wide open! Written and directed by Justin Zimmerman, featuring special effects by Academy Award-winner Chris Wales, and co-written by and introducing Kian Doughty, MADE YOU LOOK is simply spooky fun!

Made You Look

A lonely man spends an evening watching horror movies, for the first time in his life, and can’t differentiate between his imagination and reality.

Mikey’s Night In (Bumper)

Christmas is coming. If that’s not stressful enough, Lily (Brea Grant) has to contend with a clueless partner (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and an unexpected, inter-dimensional holiday guest who just wants two things — blood and cuddles.

My Monster

Max is desperate to make a meaningful connection, but when she decides to meet an online dating match at home she gets herself into a painfully sticky situation.


Secretly Juno dreams of Pan – the god of the forest. He hunts her like a young nymph. On a techno party in a house close to the forest she meets him – the real Pan, a normal guy, loved by all the girls. But of course he does not even notice her.But something is […]


A young man is trying to escape from a Popcorn box that wakes him up in the middle of the night by a text massage. But whatever he does and wherever he runs, the Popcorn box never leaves him alone.


Elisabeth, a young college girl, comes to her faculty, amid a thick fog, prepared to study while everyone is celebrating Halloween night. With the only company of her walkman, sleep begins to take hold of her, but she hears a recording on her walkman, which will trigger the harassment of a terrifying presence.


Dawn. A baby breaks the silence.


The kids at Camp Nawgonamakit are about to find out the tragic tale of Squirt Reynolds is more than just a legend.

The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds

Candice lives alone with her mother since the divorce of her parents. As her birthday approaches, the little girl is delighted at the thought of seeing her father again. On the other hand, her mother’s attitude starts to change, which slowly plunges their fragile balance into a terrifying nightmare.

The Day Mum Became A Monster

A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences..

The Dollmaker

Mary has gone missing for a few days. The young woman is slightly marginal, and this does not make things easy for the 3-cop team conducting the investigation. They question Old Sam, hoping to discover some interesting clues.

The Warehouse

In this stop motion short film based on true events, a frat-boy encounters a “grody” Clown across a suburban street in the war torn year of 2016.

Viral Blood

They just wanted to be cool. Instead, they got a demon.

We Summoned a Demon

A young woman tries to cope with the loss of her father, and the rejection of nature that he tried to foster in her. She hides in an underground parking complex away from nature and tries to channels her nightmares into drawings.

What Leaves Remains

Three women going to a three day metal festival in the desert find something disturbing in the freezer of their isolated vacation rental.

What Metal Girls Are Into

While staying at a strange hotel owned by her mysterious aunt, a young woman comes to learn of her hidden witchcraft powers.