Tuesday 18 July 2000

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival 2018

Here's my usual index of all the films, features and shorts, that are being screened at IHSFFF in 2018, with directors, years and IMDb pages (where they exist). I'll link to my reviews as I write them.

Those of you who have been following my coverage of the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival over the years, especially those who have read my book, The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival: The Transition Years will know that I see it as unfolding in sets of three years. We've gone through the Early Years as it figured out what it was, the Indie Years when it went on the road, the Transition Years when it was subsumed by the Phoenix Film Festival to be its genre track and the Pre-Teen Years, when it realised it still had an identity but wasn't quite sure what it was.

2018 is the middle year in a new set of three, firmly under the guidance of festival director Monte Yazzie, and he's made a serious expansion this time out, taking advantage of the longer running time of the Phoenix Film Festival as a whole.

There are 16 showcase features this year. That's not just up from 11 in 2017, it's two higher than the previous high of 14 way back in 2007. Everything else remains stable: three competition features and two sets of shorts for each of horror and sci-fi. That makes 26 slots total, matching 2007's high, when there were six sets of shorts.

As with the previous two years under Monte's guidance, attendees can see every single IHSFFF film, feature or short, and that's much appreciated. What's more, it's easier than it's been, because films are screening more often. Everything in competition is screening three times this year, rather than the usual two, and the showcase features (with three exceptions) are all screening twice. Those exceptions are The Ranger and Summer of 84, along with the first older film to make the cut since 2014, Flash Gordon. This is showing at the end of the second weekend, so will serve as a sort of closing night film for IHSFFF.

One notable difference that's surely out of Monte's control is that there's very little genre material in the wider Phoenix Film Festival and, where there is, it's not really horror/sci-fi.

The crew behind the festival remain the same as last year, starting with Jason Carney and the folk at the Phoenix Film Foundation. Danny Marianino and Brandon Kinchen are in charge of horror competition titles and science fiction writer Mike Stackpole handles the sci-fi competition side. Monte Yazzie is the Festival Director.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Horror Features
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Evil Within 2017 6 5 Andrew Getty IMDb
Marla Mae 2018 5 - Lisa van Dam-Bates IMDb
Secret Santa 2018 6 - Adam Marcus IMDb

Sci-Fi Features
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Andover 2018 6 6 Scott Perlman IMDb
Chimera 2018 5 5 Maurice Haeems IMDb
Darken 2017 4 4 Audrey Cummings IMDb

Showcase Features
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
All the Creatures Were Stirring 2018 5 5 Rebekah & David Ian McKendry IMDb
Closer Than We Think 2017 6 - Brett Ryan Bonowicz IMDb
Cynthia 2018 5 5 Devon Downs & Kenny Gage IMDb
Director's Cut 2016 5 5 Adam Rifkin IMDb
Downrange 2017 6 5 Ryuhei Kitamura IMDb
Feral 2017 4 4 Mark Young IMDb
Flash Gordon 1980 5 5 Mike Hodges IMDb
The Heretics 2017 5 5 Chad Archibald IMDb
Imitation Girl 2017 4 3 Natasha Kermani IMDb
Lowlife 2017 6 5 Ryan Prows IMDb
The Ranger 2018 4 4 Jenn Wexler IMDb
Revenge 2017 5 5 Coralie Fargeat IMDb
Rock Steady Row 2018 5 5 Trevor Stevens IMDb
Summer of 84 2018 6 5 François Simard & Anouk & Yoann-Karl Whissell IMDb
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story 2017 5 5 Derek Dennis Herbert IMDb
Wildling 2018 5 5 Fritz Böhm IMDb

Horror Shorts A
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Love Cuts Deep 2016 6 5 Veronica Shea IMDb
Fisher Cove 2017 5 5 Sean Skene IMDb
It Began without Warning 2017 4 4 Jessica Curtright & Santiago C. Tapia IMDb
The Night Delivery 2017 4 4 Scott O’Hara IMDb
The Dollmaker 2017 6 6 Al Lougher IMDb
Avulsion 2017 6 6 Steven Boyle IMDb
Something in the Darkness 2017 5 4 Fran Casanova IMDb
Rigor Mortis 2017 5 5 Matthew E. Robinson IMDb

Horror Shorts B
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Alfred J. Hemlock 2017 Edward Lyons IMDb
Hope 2017 6 6 Adam Losurdo IMDb
En Passant 2015 4 4 Barron Hilton IMDb
What Metal Girls are Into 2017 5 5 Laurel Vail IMDb
The Day Mum Became a Monster 2018 5 5 Joséphine Hopkins IMDb
Grin 2017 5 5 Tanuj Chopra IMDb

Sci-Fi Shorts A
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Invasion 5 - Vesa Manninen n/a
Isabella 2017 5 - Qihong Wei IMDb
Metta Via 2017 5 - Warren Flanagan IMDb
Echo and Solomon 2017 4 - Jem Garrard IMDb
The Apocalypse Will Be Automated 2017 6 - Melanie Killingsworth IMDb
Visage 2017 6 - Jackson Tobiska & Blake Hodges IMDb
Bullies 2018 6 - Daniel Bydlowski IMDb

Sci-Fi Shorts B
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Land of Behemoths 5 5 Fred Grant n/a
Noro 2016 6 5 Duncan Roe IMDb
Wishing You Well 2017 5 5 Carolyn Corkindale IMDb
SandBox 2017 6 5 Eddie Lebron IMDb
Caronte 2017 5 4 Luis Tinoco IMDb

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