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™.
Stay tuned for announcements of 2022 films featured at Portland Horror Film Festival, June 22-25, 2022. In the meantime, check out the films we showcased in 2021 below.
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After finding a tape of what appears to be a monster, two friends journey into the woods to uncover if the video was a hoax.
In the Summer of 2018, a film team went out to the Stockholm archipelago to film a horror film where the scenes were improvised in chronological order, keeping the cast in the dark about the story. But, what happens behind the scenes may be the real horror! Blending beautiful cinematography with behind-the-scenes documentary film, this […]
One by one, a group of people dies a horrible death after they visit and accepted the challenge to confront the evil spirit of the haunted ruins of MiiMaland.
A family of four isolating against a pandemic that spreads through the internet and disrupts your ability to perceive reality–often violently–begins to unravel when they suspect that one, or all of them, may be infected. Shot under Covid lockdown by one family serving as the entire cast and crew.
A struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.
A revealing, intimate documentary from veteran actor insider Ruben Pla, THE HORROR CROWD spotlights the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Women In Horror, Race Relations, Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination, Helping Each Other, and The Dark Side.
What started as a week-long adventure with friends quickly turns into a terrifying fight for survival in The Stairs. With each step away from civilization they are pulled deeper into the treacherous trap of the mountain terrain where they stumble upon a set of ominous stairs.
Adaptation of Henry James’ ghost story set in a theatre over one evening. As Julia, a replacement actress, interacts with the other characters on stage and the story becomes increasingly terrifying, she begins to believe that not only is the fictitious story haunted, but also the real theater!
After going off to kill a vampire, a man returns home at the magic hour, between night and day. Is he still human or was he been bitten by the undead? His teenage daughter is determined to defend him, but their doubts and fears grow as the darkness of the night approaches.
What starts off as a series of secretive biological experiments has distorted into a complete dystrophic state as Borneo Island is crippled by a zombie-like epidemic in year 1999.It spreads so fast that it has reached a point of no return.
2021 Short Films
A pharmacist seeks revenge as he searches for the man who took everything from him.
Out for a morning walk, Sarah will face a world she had long forgotten, but has not forgotten her. Entering a forbidden place, she will learn that nothing is forgotten Within the Frame.
It’s Penny’s first night stripping at a secretive underground club. Will she go all the way? And what happens to her if she doesn’t?
It’s one minute to midnight, during a zombie apocalypse! This is a finalist in our Annual Bumper Competition, the audience votes determine the winner!
A terrible phone call in the middle of the night shakes Laura’s world. Meanwhile, little Ainara plays in her room. The appearance of an anknow being? It will test the mental and emotional stability of the two sisters.
Anna and Dylan meet on a dating app, and the two begin a budding relationship. As their chemistry progresses, we begin to see there is more to this seemingly chance encounter than we were originally led to believe. One thing’s for sure — someone is getting an axe to the face.
Ridden with guilt after the untimely death of his wife from a rare blood disease, grief-stricken Getty turns his hobby shed into a bloody altar of worship and brutal sacrifice in his relentless search for Redemption. As he descends into madness, many will bleed… BLOODSHED. It’s where you bleed.
A group of vigilantes abduct wrongdoers and coerce them into confessions, forcing them back on the straight and narrow. Tonight their attempt at justice has unexpected consequences.
An underground rage room gives a group of out-of-work technophobes a chance to take out their grievances on a sentient robot, only for their own inhumanity to turn against them.
A pregnant woman is renting a house out of town with her husband to avoid air pollution and the harmful frequencies of urban space, on the first night they move to their new home, an anonymous person calls them and warns them to leave as soon as possible.
After a tough split, a girl takes a “me day” to help her move on.
A woman is taking an old elevator up to her new apartment that she has just moved into. The oddly old and ringing phone inside the cabin is freaking her out. Over the line she is told about nightmares that are about to become true. In the end it´s just her mean friends and a […]
A writer faces something in the tent which his girlfriend bought from the friend.
An 80’s neon colored music video silliness. Careful what dairy products you summon! This is annual bumper competition finalist! The winners are chosen by audience vote.
A man wakes from a nightmare, only to be haunted by the sounds that inhabit his dreams.
Two roommates disagree about watching a ghost hunting reality show that filmed on their reservation.
On the razor’s edge between awake and asleep is where nightmares become reality.
After surviving assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
On the anniversary of his mother’s mysterious death, a young man brings his new boyfriend home to meet his reclusive, conservative father, and secrets rise to the surface.
A graduation short film created in technique of stop-motion/doll/2D animation with handmade dolls and scenography. It’s an interpretation of the legend of Faust, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust”, where an alchemist trying to find a meaning of life signs a deal with the devil.
After being caught red-handed by her boyfriend Chaim during a grisly act, Ana must quickly think of a solution to her homicidal situation.
This is Bill before the Festival… This is a finalist in our Annual Bumper competition, and the audience votes determine the winner!
Joe’s on a promising at-home date with Kat until she reveals her apartment is haunted by “friendly” ghosts. The night takes a sinister swerve when Joe realizes he’s not welcome in their home.
An actress visiting Hollywood for the first time books a dream apartment on AirBnB, only to discover a horrifying presence is staying there with her.
A woman searching for love and connection surrenders everything in this darkly comic absurdist nightmare.
A masked intruder strikes during a midnight swim on Halloween reminding Molly that the shadows of the past can be deadly.
Samsa has rented a room through an Internet App. The house is run by Mr. Gregori, an anthropologist who has traveled all over the world studying ancient tribes and their rites. In this hostile place everyone keeps their own secrets so…Would you pay for sleep at strangers house?
“Hurt Luv” is a fun and campy musical slasher, featuring the music and face of my beloved Devyn Grace, who is one of my best friends in the world. Heavily inspired by Suspiria, The Slumber Party Massacre, and any gory and fun 70s slasher you can think of.
Sixteen year old Parker has to go live with her reclusive Aunt Len while her Mother is sick in the hospital. She quickly realizes her Aunt lives alone for a very dark and horrific reason.
A mysterious old woman who claims to be a 400-year-old vampire, and a con man who tries to swindle her out of money. What will happen at the end? A dialogic play that takes place at a coffee shop outside the town.
Jack confronts creatures both real and imaginary on an extraordinary animated visual rollercoaster created with some of the comic world’s finest artists. Jack emerges triumphant, reborn… and the lead singer of the best band around to boot.
In this supernatural horror tale based on a Korean ritual starring Margaret Cho and Lyrica Okano, a woman entertains a macabre marriage offer that would let her pursue her dreams, for better or for much much worse.
Milagro knew she was adopted, but just found out there is no record of her birth parents. So her boyfriend Davis takes her on a camping trip to help her relax. As the trip progresses Davis reveals he is not as wholesome as he seems, and the truth to Milagro’s identity is hiding deep in […]
Logan Lee is in love with Beatrice Pan, and tonight, she’s throwing a party! Now if only he wasn’t so nervous. But not to fear, Auntie Bobbie is here with some of the rarest weed she’s ever laid lungs on. Unfortunately, there’s more to Purple Dawn than its soothing effects.
During a nighttime transfer, maximum security inmates escape and head for a small town. The authorities call on citizens to assist in the capture of the fugitives – by any means necessary – offering a large cash reward. Amid the chaos that ensues, a young couple in crisis tries to stay alive.
Welcome to the 1984 Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant! Where the girls are a feast for the eyes and as sweet as honey. Follow these three finalists as they navigate the twists and turns of a pageant that reveals a much more sinister secret.
When a financially-strapped couple encounters a mysterious Money Cat, one of them touts it as a good luck charm while the other remains a skeptic. They’re both surprised when good fortune seemingly befalls them, but everything comes with a price.
A grief counselor is visited by a very disturbed man.
A little girl every week playing and feed food to her pet at home. This is a finalist in our annual Bumper Competition! The audience votes determine the winner, announced in our awards video.
After a trivial couple’s argument, a beekeeper accidentally kills his wife. Panicked, he cowardly decides to bury the body under his vegetable patch. But, while he thought he was rid of it, the more days go by and the more his garden seems strangely to degenerate. Will his guilt resurface?
“Necroman” tells the story of Ali, who loses touch with reality after the night his younger sister and older sister are killed by an unknown attacker in front of his eyes.
A pizza boy on his rounds becomes embroiled in a crazed customer’s monster hunt.
A young Catholic school girl encounters foul spirits.
A guy’s phone call gets interrupted by a noise from his attic.
When his car breaks down, Jay is lost in a cold foggy landscape. There’s no cell phone signal, and his battery is dying. At last, there’s a passing car, and he hitches a lift. But he has no idea where the car will take him.
Emily is surrounded by her friends as she reveals a dark secret.
After a long day on set, a sound recordist starts to hear more than just toxic conversation, leading her on a descent into horror. Room by room she searches for the source of an ominous sound she can’t escape from.
An aspiring rapper travels through the Palm Springs desert with her DJ and manager after receiving a suspicious request to perform at a secret Coachella afterparty.
Nigel is on his way to meet his partner’s daughter Emily for the first time and he hopes to make a big impression.
A guy jogs at night listening to a “how-to-pick-up-girls” tutorial. Trying to improve his game. Suddenly a girl appears right in front of him also jogging. Perfect moment to use the tips from the tutorial. If only the girl wasn’t running away all the time…but wait – why is she running at all?
On the eve of ritual suicide, the most devout follower in a spider-worshiping cult receives a visit from a powerful demon. With dawn approaching, she must choose between this demonic spider or her abusive leader.
When her mutant son develops a taste for human flesh, a timid mother must find a victim to satisfy his ravenous appetite.
When bitterish Man falls asleep late in the morning, his brain cells wake up and begin preparing for filming in order to give him a perfect nightmare.
A skateboard slasher film showcasing an eager skateboarder, Christiana Means, doing whatever it takes to get noticed in a saturated industry.
A man looking to buy a snake gets far more than he expected as he is drawn into a mysterious woman’s home of exotic reptiles.
Brianna discovers that sometimes, even if there is chemistry between two people, some people are resistant to that chemistry. For such folks, she’ll need to plan a bigger dose.
Stevie finds herself chased by a Mad Man in a remote Pacific Northwest forest. Once he catches her the story shifts to show what led up to these final moments. Desperation, delusion, and determination are on brutal display in this twisted slasher.
After school, Reina and the others discover a video on the internet. A high school girl’s suicide live was filmed there.Reina notices that the uniform in the video is the same as her school.Then she goes to the restroom where the suicide Live took place to find out the truth.
Through unearthed behind-the-scenes set footage, rare photos, newly digitized film reels of daily footage, and never-before-told stories from the filmmakers, this documentary tells the story of an unfinished 90s film about a man eating turtle that wreaks havoc on a lakeside community in New England.
A mysterious package offers a woman a reprieve from her melancholy, only it’s results are more permanent and pervasive than she realizes.
There are some things you can’t run away from… A young woman must fight for her life when her abilities start to shut down.
Bryce & Mitchell’s trip home is disrupted after making a pit stop in a mysteriously unwelcoming town.
A killer hunts the streets of town and selects his target, motivated by magic. But an incorrect incantation turns the tables and he finds only a consuming curse.
A son attempts to warn his father about the evil looming around their home on the day after Halloween.
A 1950’s man named Jack Rabbit is going through the biggest heartbreak of his life- in the middle of the woods. As he meets a little goat named Nemo, he learns a very important, yet unfortunate lesson that the suburbia town, SunnySide Down, has already learned many nights ago.
A lone mariachi commits atrocities while under the influence of supernatural forces. When he comes to, he’s arrested and sentenced to death. But Death and The Rattlesnake Witch have other plans. This stop motion western short features a silent film style with a southwest rock soundtrack.
A group of adventurers in search of a mythological object get more than they bargained for when they discover the legend foretelling the end of all life in the universe could actually be true.
When Sophia, a non-binary teenager, moves to a new town, they aren’t counting on acceptance, and the last thing they expect to find is love. Rebellious and confident, Gen seems to be exactly what Sofia needs, but as they are drawn deeper and deeper into a world of punk, drugs and black magic, they w
Everybody need sleep. But sometimes, sleep can be your worst enemy. Who knows what will meet us if we fall asleep.
During the Covid-19 lockdown in Singapore, visiting another household becomes illegal. A thirsty man sneaks his girlfriend in for a booty call, but he may not be able to handle her appetite. A short film entirely remotely created and produced during lockdown.
A dreamy Tinder match. Two tango aficionados meet for the first time and it turns out to be a hell of a date!
A homeless man seeks shelter under a bridge in a storm, and finds a curious shrine, and a longing for life just out of his reach.
Corey takes his new boyfriend Luis on a cute little camping trip — but something feels off that they can’t quite place.
Hoping for a quiet night in, an older woman encounters an unwelcome intruder.
When an odd boy is confronted by a bully, conflict leads to a grim conclusion.
It was an ordinary day. Until it wasn’t.
While on assignment a photographer sees an old woman placing a lantern on a grave. When the photographer shoots a picture of this very private moment, she soon finds out that this haunting image is more haunted than she bargained for.
Rollyn takes his pet zombie for a walk through post-apocalyptic downtown Portland, Oregon.