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™.

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We’ll be announcing this year’s independent horror films as they are selected; expect the First Wave announcements in late Winter and final film announcements in the Spring. In the meantime, check out last year’s trailer and program information below.

Portland Horror Film Festival™ 2017 (last year) archive

From Satanic guitars to zombie children and sweet, sweet revenge, we had something for everyone, including films from the US, Canada, UK, Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Philippines, Greece, Norway, France, Australia, Turkey, and Iran!

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Feature Films

An alcoholic drifter must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes the target of a deranged sporting event.

Happy Hunting

Nanna lives a lonely and regimented life in Berlin. When her life crashes she receives a phone call from her long lost love, Martin, who reminds her of their carefree childhood. Martin wants her to join him for a hike in the wilderness together with some of their mutual childhood friends. One of them, Peter […]

Huldra – Lady of The Forest

Lilith’s Awakening is a psychological horror art film that tells the story of Lucy, a sexually repressed woman trapped in a loveless marriage and a dead-end job at her father’s service station in a small Iowa town. The highlight of her existence comes at night, when she dreams of a mysterious and beautiful woman who […]

Lilith’s Awakening

Short Films

As Kai goes home drunk from her birthday party, she is surprised with a “birthday treat” by a supernatural being.

A Birthday Treat

Today is special. Apocalypse or not. Unexpectedly reunited with his daughter amongst the ruins of the world as they knew it, a father is determined to make this day special, even if they are already dead.

A Father’s Day

From the writer of Marvel’s upcoming movie DOCTOR STRANGE comes a story about an aging drifter who hunts fallen angels in a desolate city. Society may have turned its back on him, but that doesn’t stop him from moving forward in his endless search.

As They Continue To Fall

A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld. — An authorized music video for “Atlas World” (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.

Atlas World

A group of people organize a special event in an abandoned mansion.

Black Ring

Two souls cross paths in an isolated wilderness. RIDER, who is suffering amnesia following a motorcycle crash. And ROSE, on the run. They both take shelter in an abandoned cottage, where they start to piece things back together.


Two hunters prepare their rifles, but their sights are set on something more sinister than animals.

Blood Sport

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. 

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir

Claire and Bruno are not very happy together. They are going on a vacation, secretly hoping to mend fences with each other. Just in time : the world is coming to an end.

Claire & Bruno : A Story of Love and Fresh Meat

A couples night goes off the rails…

Couples Night

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London, searching for the perfect victims to help Dr. Frankenstein, her master, bring his Creation to life. But what is life without love? A brand new vision that brings together some of horror’s most iconic characters, “”Creatures of Whitechapel”” reveals the monster inside us all in this gothic […]

Creatures of Whitechapel

A metalhead gets passed down a Satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

Death Metal

A twist on classic vampire flicks, Dickeaters is a wild mix of horror, comedy, and drag. On the hunt for women, a group of horny bros prowls the streets of Philadelphia late one night. Lured to a secret strip club by a suspicious new friend, it appears their wildest dreams have come true. 


Full moon on a Friday night. High heels sound in the distance in a lonely street. Agathe runs away from her past just to crash into her future. Nighthawks are bound to meet each other, but that is not necessarily for a good reason. Domestic Affairs is kind of a threesome. A love horror triangle, […]

Domestic Affairs

Oh, the things that get stuck in our heads. When a reclusive man is repeatedly woken up over the course of a night by severe headaches, accompanied by musical repetition from an unknown source, his sanity begins to swiftly unravel. Starring Ernest L. Thomas (What’s Happening, Everybody Hates Chris, Malcolm X) this creepy and unsettling […]


A film in the wilderness gothic tradition, set in a crumbling estate, where strange visions and paranoia afflict its occupants.


Two people are feasting. They are discommoded by flies. Time draws to a close. 


A woman is followed. Bumper contest finalist!


A man who uploads a homemade sex video, taken in secret, gets more than he bargained for when he makes a pit stop.

For A Good Time, Call…

In the final act of a slasher film, Bruce attempts to finish off the killer.

Holiday Fear

Like the rest of his kind, Karl turned into a timid ghoul after being infected by a mysterious disease. While most of the living ignore these hunger-less undead, in the absence of consequences, others became hostile, until… all hope was gone.


One cold dark night, a woman encounters something strange and terrifying on her walk home. When it asks her a question, her sheer terror causes her to lie…

I Should Have Run

A young couple goes on vacation to a horror-themed resort, but they find themselves in over their heads when the owner turns out to be quite the killer host.

Last Resort

Everyone watches horror movies to escape. But, what if there was no escaping a horror movie? “MENACE” is a short homage to 80’s horror movies and everything we love about genre films.


A little girl plans a Christmas surprise for her special doll. Bumper contest finalist!

No Peeking Cindy

One of humankind’s greatest achievements has been to walk on the moon. It was marked in history as a phenomenal success. What if that first step had turned out a little differently?

One Small Step

Diagnosed with total sterility by her doctor and friend, Greta, Ester’s desire to get pregnant becomes a growing obsession that leads her through a number of one-night stands, until Greta brings her face-to-face with a hidden world of horror.

Others Like You

Two friends debate the pros and cons of their favorite kinds of horror movie. Bumper contest finalist!

Popcorn Slasher

A man discovers the horrors of dining alone. Bumper contest finalist!


It took Medusa a thousand lives to stare at what she couldn’t see. “Serpent’s Lullaby” presents an unexpected and emotional twist on the myth of the gorgon.

Serpent’s Lullaby

That voice in her head. It just won’t let go.


In order to stop her abuse at home, Amanda decides to summon a demon for help. What she gets is not what she wanted, but it is exactly what she asked for.


A baby is fed his favorite dish. Bumper contest finalist!

That’s My Boy

A man and his wife sit down for a quiet coffee on her birthday.

The Coffee Doubles

They took away his memory and his life, but gave him something worse in death. Now he must embrace the monster he’s become to regain his humanity.

The Dark Hunger

An oddly touching dark animated fairytale about a girl who finds a doll in the woods.

The Gift of the Woods

After playing the infamous urban legend game “Madame in Black”, Alex and his sister, Emma, experience the wrath of the evil witch Madame in Black.

The Madame in Black

From his window, a child watches his father placing a scarecrow in the garden. During the night, the child can’t sleep and goes back to the window : the scarecrow is not here anymore. At the same time he hears creepy noises coming from the house…

The Scared one

A socially awkward college freshman begins to experience a mysterious and gruesome physical deterioration after a chance encounter at a frat party.

Undress Me

Welcome To The Apocalypse. Bumper contest finalist!

Vandella Day

A romantic date night goes horribly wrong when a couple questions the validity of horror film plots.


A bump in the night causes a man to go exploring through his memories.

You Made Me Love You

After dusting off an old Mystery Date-style board game, a mother and daughter realize the game holds more evil than amusement.

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