Hightlights – May 2020

Title: Bliss
Director(s): Joe Begos
Cast: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield
Release Date: Currently Live

A brilliant painter spirals into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder.

Title: Nazi Undead
Director(s): Steven Spiel
Cast: Andy MCPHEE; Georgia CHARA; Leigh SCULLY; Jolene ANDERSON; Emma LEONARD; Amelia AYRIS; Charlotte MCLEOD; Erik VENT; Emma BURNSIDE
Release Date: Currently Live

College sweethearts Brad and Ashley venture into the heartland of Germany for a romantic holiday. Things take a sinister turn when they encounter a Nazi SS officer at an isolated farmhouse thrusting them into a psychological vortex of horror.

Title: #Screamers
Director(s): Dean Ronalds
Cast: Tom Malloy, Chris Bannow, Griffin Matthews
Release Date: Currently Live

When an internet company decides to investigate a series of ‘Screamer’ videos, they are confronted with havoc and hell they could never expect.

Title: Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains
Director(s): Paulo Biscaia Filho, Gary McClain Gannaway (co-director)
Cast: Elizabeth Maxwell, Ariana Guerra, Ammie Masterson
Release Date: Currently Live

A bumbling young film crew, shooting a low-budget horror movie in an abandoned orphanage, discovers that a family of sadistic killers has rewritten their script.

Title: The Cleaning Lady
Director(s): Jon KNAUTZ
Cast: Alexis KENDRA; Stelio SAVANTE; Rachel ALIG; Elizabeth SANDY; Joanne MCGRATH; Mykayla SOHN
Release Date: Currently Live

A cleaner whose face was disfigured in a horrific childhood accident develops an unhealthy obsession for her rich, beautiful employer.

Title: Deathgasm
Director(s): Jason Lei Howden
Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Release Date: Currently Live

A heavy metal band inadvertently opens the gates to hell by playing a forbidden piece of music.

Title: The Dark Red
Director(s): Dan Bush
Cast: April Billingsley; Kelsey Scott; Conal Byrne
Release Date: Currently Live

The Dark Red’ is a seat-edge twisted shocker from acclaimed director and genre favourite Dan Bush (‘The Signal’, ‘The Vault’). Sybil is being held against her will in a psychiatric ward because her claims are extreme. She says her newborn baby was kidnapped by a secret society to harvest its supernatural blood. She says the ancient bloodline has great powers – it lets you hear other people’s thoughts. And she begs the doctors to let her go so she can rescue her child from the cult’s dungeons. Is she telling the truth, or is it just mere delusion?

Title: Starry Eyes
Director(s): Kevil Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy
Release Date: Currently Live

A desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime, no matter what the cost.

Title: Troll Hunter
Director(s): André Øverdal
Cast: Otto Jespersen; Glenn Erland Tosterud; Johanna Mørck; Tomas Alf Larsen; Urmila Berg-Domaas; Hans Morten Hansen
Release Date: Currently Live
The government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it – and neither do a trio of college students. Their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero – The Troll Hunter – risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.

Title: The Siren
Director(s): Perry Blackshear
Cast: Margaret Ying Drake; MacLeod Andrews; Evan Dumouchel
Release Date: Currently Live

The Siren is an enthralling, seductive and creepy supernatural tale about cursed star-crossed lovers. Tom rents a cabin on a secluded lake marked by a local legend of a lovelorn spirit who haunts the surrounding woods and drowns anyone she encounters. Drawn to her immediately, Tom knows he has found his soulmate in the seemingly human Nina, who must battle to repress her demonic instincts when she feels the same towards him. Meanwhile, a man possessed by vengeance circles the pair, getting ever closer to tracking down the monster that murdered his husband… Part dark fairy tale and part elegant nightmare, The Siren is a heart-wrenching story of passion and revenge that will take hold of you and never let you go.

Title: Victor Crowley
Director(s): Adam Green
Cast: Parry Shen, Kane Hodder, Laura Ortiz
Release Date: Currently Live

Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

Title: The Assent
Director(s): Pearry Teo
Cast: Robert Kazinsky, Peter Jason, Florence Faivre, Hannah Ward, Caden Dragomer, Douglas Spain, Tatum O’Neal
Release Date: Currently Live

A widower reluctantly seeks the help of a disgraced priest to save his son, whom he believes is possessed by the devil.

Title: XX
Cast: Natalie Brown; Melanie Lynskey; Casey Adams; Christina Kirk
Release Date: Currently Live

XX is a new horror anthology with a wicked gender twist – all segments will be helmed by accomplished female horror directors and will star female leads.

Title: Framed
Director(s): Marc MARTINEZ JORDAN
Cast: Alex MARUNY; Joe MANJON; Claudia PONS; Julia MOLINS; Daniel HORVATH; Biel MONTORO
Release Date: Currently Live

A group of friends at a farewell party are attacked by home invaders and subjected to a twisted game of life and death. Their terrifying ordeal is streamed live on the internet where the perpetrators achieve celebrity status.

Title: Crystal Eyes
Director(s): Ezequiel Endelman; Leandro Montejano
Cast: Silvia Montanari, Anahí Politi, Erika Boveri
Release Date: 5 May 2020

Buenos Aires, 1985. It’s the first anniversary of the death of Alexis Carpenter, the unstable supermodel who died tragically when she was set on fire while closing a runaway show. Lucia L’uccello – Editor-in-Chief of the most important magazine in Buenos Aires – chooses supermodels Eva Lantier and Irene del Lago to honor Alexis on the cover of the anniversary issues dedicated to the famous model. The night before the photo shoot, Alexis’s original dresses that were going to be used by the models are stolen. From that moment, members of the important fashion magazine and the agency begin to disappear, one by one, at the hands of a stealthy, sinister female silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave?

Title: The Witch in the Window
Director(s): Andy Mitton
Release Date: 5 May 2020

When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger.

Title: The Ice Cream Truck
Director(s): Megan FREELS JOHNSTON
Release Date: 8 May 2020

A young mother moves back to her home town where she becomes the focus of her neighbours teenage son. The temptation to re-discover her youth and have an affair with the boy manifests itself in the form of an evil slasher that stalks the suburbs in an ice cream truck.

Title: We Go On
Director(s): Jesse HOLLAND, Andy MITTON
Cast: Annette O’TOOLE, John GLOVER, Clark FREEMAN
Release Date: 8 May 2020

Miles Grissom offers $30,000 to the first person who can prove to him that we go on after death.

Title: The Devil’s Machine
Director(s): Lawrie Brewster
Cast: Jamie Scott Gordon, Jonathan Hansler, Alexandra Hulme |
Release Date: 12 May 2020

Antique expert Brendon Cole is sent to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with notorious history, aka “The Inferno Princess”. In the remote Scottish mansion where it was discovered, Brendon soon finds himself the victim of the automaton’s legendary curse.

Title: The Stakeland 2
Director(s): Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
Cast: Connor Paolo, Laura Abramsen, A.C. Peterson
Release Date: 15 May

Martin is in search of Mister, hoping to reteam with him against a new Vamp threat.

Title: The Eyes of My Mother
Director(s): Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Kika Magalhães; Will Brill; Paul Nazak; Flora Diaz; Clara Wong; Diana Agostini
Release Date: 15 May 2020

In a secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. A mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing her but also awakening some unique curiosities.

Title: Tethered
Director(s): Chris Foster
Cast: Nathan Bonk, Alexandra Pica, Brian Ballance
Release Date: 19 May 2020

When Peter is sentenced to house arrest, he soon realizes that jail isn’t the worst thing that could have happened.

Title: Videoman
Director(s): Kristian A. Söderström
Cast: Stefan Sauk; Lena Nilsson; Morgan Alling |
Release Date: 19 May 2020

A darkly comic, creepy and incredibly moving celebration of giallo, genre cinema and the films of Mike Leigh. From award-winning Swedish director Kristian A. Söderström, Videoman was one of Time Out’s top picks to see at FrightFest 2018. Ennio a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem, finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen. So begins Ennio’s desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator while, along the way, he meets Simone, an alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s. As Ennio searches for the tape and begins to lose a grip on reality, his and Simone’s mutual love of nostalgia draws them together. Can they find redemption in each other?

Title: Last Ones Out (SA FILM)
Director(s): Howard Fyvie
Cast: Greg Kriek, Christia Visser, Tshamano Sebe
Release Date: 13 May 2020

A skeptical American man is stranded in the middle of a zombie-infected Africa and must trust the help of three mysterious strangers in order to make it out alive.

Title: Catch Up (SA FILM)
Director(s): Dayakar Padayachee
Cast: Kajal Maharaj, Yateen Dayaram, Kwenzo Ngcobo, Caitlin Goulding, Nicole Theunissen, Nesan Pather, Sanam Sitaram, Quinton De Beer
Release Date: 13 May 2020

Anita Naidu, sets up a chat with some friends during a global pandemic. While on lockdown, strange things are afoot. launches

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Title: Deprivation
Director(s): Chris Foster
Cast: Silas James Rowland, Chris Foster, Don Kimenker
Release Date: 22 May 2020

Three friends film themselves attempting to stay awake in a cabin for an entire week straight. As they expectedly begin to hallucinate, they realize that their “hallucinations” are showing up on camera.

Title: Satanic
Director(s): Jeff Hunt
Cast: Sarah Hyland; Justin Chon; Clara Mamet; Steven Krueger
Release Date: 22 May 2020

SATANIC follows a van full of young, college-aged coeds who are visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.

Title: Primal
Director(s): Josh Reed
Cast: Krew BOYLAN, Lindsay FARRIS, Wil TRAVAL
Release Date: 26 May 2020

A group of friends travel into the Australian wilds to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust.

Title: The Coffin Footage
Director(s): Trent Coffin
Cast: Trent Coffin
Release Date: 26 May 2020

A young man slowly realizes that he has become the chosen target of an ominous supernatural presence. As he scrambles to stop it, he realizes there is more to this haunting than meets the eye.

Title: Desolation
Director(s): David Moscow
Cast: Cailey Fleming, Dominik Garcia, Raymond J. Barry
Release Date: 29 May 2020

After being whisked away to Los Angeles by a handsome Hollywood star, Katie is left alone in his apartment, where strange and scary things begin to happen.

Title: The Night Sitter
Director(s): Abiel BRUHN, John ROCCO
Cast: Elyse DUFOUR; Jack CHAMPION; Jermaine RIVERS; Amber NEUKUM; J. Benedict LARMORE; Ben BARLOW, Bailey CAMPBELL; Joe WALZ
Release Date: 29 May 2020

A con artist poses as a child minder in order to rob the house of a wealthy occultist and his reclusive young son. But when her accomplices arrive, the boy summons a trio of witches who treat the villains to a night of mayhem.

Title: Howl
Director(s): Paul HYETT
Release Date: 5 June 2020

When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.

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