How groovy is this?! Cult Classic horror movie legend, Bruce Campbell, is swooping into Chicago during the annual Wizard World Convention to world premiere a slew of fantastic independent films! From August 20th to the 23rd at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Mr. Bruce Campbell himself will be there to showcase Horror and Sci-Fi films with loads of special guests. All films, schedules and guest announcements are all provided below courtesy of Wizard World.
“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters, I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!” – Bruce Campbell.
Films will screen at the Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., mere blocks from the Wizard World convention hall. Screenings are free for Wizard World badge-holders (space permitting), and a limited number of festival badges and single tickets are available for fans who are not registered for Wizard World. Get your #WWChicago2015 tickets here: Wizard World Chicago
Festival badges are on sale for $100, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view Festival schedule updates, visit www.bchff.com
Horror Fans Invited to Sit Back, Relax, and Lose Their Minds at Second Annual Event
“With this program we covered just about all of our favorite scary things,” says festival director Josh Goldbloom. “Vampires, psychotic breakdowns, cannibals, killer dogs, contagious diseases, mummies, bad decisions, and easily the most evil half man, half bunny rabbit of all time. I can’t wait to present it to our fellow film nerds in Chicago!”
Opening Night gives audiences the chance to see the highly-anticipated horror anthology film “Tales of Halloween“, which features shorts from some of the best filmmakers in independent horror including Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw franchise) and Lucky McKee (The Woman, May, Masters of Horror), and starring Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Greg Grunburg, Lisa Marie and more.
U.S. premieres include the gruesome “Contracted: Phase 2“; the ferocious Australian import “The Pack“; and the certifiably insane “Bunny the Killer Thing“. Special film events include a 30th anniversary screening of “Fright Night“ (1985), with writer/director Tom Holland in attendance;
a Cannibal brunch featuring mountains of breakfast meats followed by a 35mm screening of the infamous “Cannibal Holocaust” (1980) introduced by Green Inferno director Eli Roth; and a special screening of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002), followed by a discussion with Bruce Campbell himself.
Plenty of surprises are in store for audiences throughout the four-day event.
Jason Krawczyk’s “He Never Died” closes the Festival, starring Henry Rollins as Jack, a social outcast thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. The film is a masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study and horror story.
Thursday August 20
7:30 PM – Tales of Halloween (Opening Night film), with cast & crew appearance
10:00 PM – Hellions
Friday August 21
7:30 PM – Fright Night, followed by Q&A with writer/director Tom Holland
9:30 PM – The Pack – North American premiere
11:59 PM – Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, with cast & crew appearance
4:30 PM – June
Saturday August 22
12:00 PM – Synapse – World Premiere, followed by Q&A with cast & crew
3:00 PM – Some Kind of Hate
5:00 PM – Body
7:00 PM – Bubba Ho-Tep, followed by Q&A with Bruce Campbell
9:30 PM – Contracted: Phase 2 – North American premiere
11:59 PM – Bunny the Killer Thing – U.S. premiere
Sunday August 23
12:00 PM – Cannibal Holocaust, with introduction by Eli Roth
Featuring “cannibal breakfast” with mountains of breakfast meat
(Paid ticket or Film Festival Badge required for admission)
2:30 PM – Nina Forever
4:30 PM – Sun Choke
7:00 PM – He Never Died (Closing Night film), with special guests in attendance
9:00 PM – JeruZalem US Premier special guest in attendance
Body — Chicago Premiere
Three bored young women break into a house for cheap laughs, stumble across someone who shouldn’t be there, and commit a terrible deed.
Cast: Helen Rogers, Lauren Molina, Alexandra Turshen and Larry Fessenden
Dir: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) — followed by a Q&A with lead actor Bruce Campbell!
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Heidi Marnhout and Bob Ivy
Dir: Don Coscarelli
Bunny the Killer Thing — U.S Premiere
A group of Finnish and British people get stuck in a cabin when a creature — which is a half human & half rabbit — attacks them. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, and it is after anything that resembles female genitalia. Yes, really. Based on the 2011 short film of the same name.
Cast: Gareth Lawrence, Veera W. Vilo, Roope Olenius and Enni Ojutkangas
Dir: Joonas Makkonen
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) — 35mm screening introduced by Eli Roth!
A New York professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon with footage shot by a lost team of filmmakers. And it’s pretty damn gruesome.
Cast: Robert Kerman, Perry Pirkanen, Francesca Ciardi and Luca Barbareschi
Dir: Ruggero Deodato
Contracted: Phase 2 – North American Premiere – Cast & Crew in attendance!
Picking up directly where the creepy indie hit Contracted left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with the ill-fated Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but possibly the world as we know it.
Cast: Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Stacy Burcham, Laurel Vail, Anne Lore and Morgan Peter Brown
Dir: Josh Forbes
Dude Bro Party Massacre III — Special Screening with Filmmakers & Greg Sestero in attendance!
In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.”
Cast: Alec Owen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon, Paul Prado, Brian Firenzi, Tomm Jacobsen, Greg Sestero, Andrew W.K., Nina Hartley, Larry King and Patton Oswalt
Dir: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon
Fright Night (1985) — followed by a Q&A with writer / director Tom Holland!
A teenage boy is convinced that his new neighbor is a bloodthirsty vampire, but nobody will believe him — until he enlists the assistance of a fussy old actor who used to kill the creatures all the time. In movies, that is.
Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys and Roddy McDowall
Dir: Tom Holland
He Never Died — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!
Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. A masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study, and horror story.
Cast: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey and Steven Ogg
Dir: Jason Krawczyk
Hellions — Chicago Premiere
A troubled teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. And refuse to go away. From the director of festival favorite Pontypool.
Cast: Chloe Rose, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson and Robert Patrick
Dir: Bruce McDonald
Nina Forever — Chicago Premiere
After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.
Cast: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, David Troughton and Fiona O’Shaughnessey
Dir: Ben Blaine & Chris Blaine
The Pack – North American Premiere
A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night. An exercise in suspense, in the same vein as OPEN WATER & BACKCOUNTRY, this grisly Australian horror/thriller packs a ton of bite.
Cast: Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, Hamish Phillips and Katie Moore
Dir: Nick Robertson
Some Kind of Hate — Chicago Premiere
A bullied teenager is sent to a reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors.
Cast: Grace Phipps, Lexi Atkins, Ronen Rubenstein, Spencer Breslin and Noah Segan
Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Sun Choke — Chicago Premiere
Recovering from a violent psychotic break, Janie is just trying to get well under the care of her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman to whom she feels an inexplicable yet profound connection.
Cast: Sara Malakul Lane, Sarah Hogan, Evan Jones and Barbara Crampton
Dir: Ben Cresciman
Synapse — Wizard World Presents a World Premiere!
Voyeuristic technology has surpassed our wildest nightmares and our most explicit fantasies. Running from SYNAPSE, an agency tasked with memory drug enforcement, a rogue agent fights against the organization that once employed him.
Cast: Henry Simmons, Joshua Alba, Sophina Brown, Adam Simon, Charley Boon and Will Rubio
Dir: Kenlon Clark
Tales of Halloween — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Cast: James Duval, Greg Grunberg, Pollyanna McIntosh, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Booboo Stewart, Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie, Sam Witwer, Clare Kramer, John Savage, Ben Woolf, Alex Essoe, Elissa Dowling, Noah Segan, Kristina Klebe, Caroline Williams, Graham Skipper, Robert Rusler, Dana Gould, Marc Senter, Ben Stillwell, Adam Green, Pat Healy and many more!
Dir: Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet
June – North American Premiere –
Starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice), who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. Though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily and Dave (Van Dien) that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. Friday August 21.
JeruZalem – U.S. Premiere –
Two American girls on vacation follow a mysterious and handsome anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio are caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travelers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them. JeruZalem is directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz, and stars Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin and Danielle Jadelyn. Sunday August 23.
Films will screen at the Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., mere blocks from the Wizard World convention hall. Screenings are free for Wizard World Comic Con Chicago badge-holders (space permitting), and a limited number of festival badges and single tickets are available for fans who are not registered for Wizard World.
Festival badges are on sale for $66.60, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view Festival schedule updates, visit www.bchff.com.
Bruce Campbell Horror Fest Official Press Release Provided By: Wizard World