Cinepocalypse (formerly Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival) has announced their stacked first wave of films for the festival happening November 2 – November 9 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.


Among the highlights are MOHAWK, writer/director Ted Geoghegan’s follow up to WE ARE STILL HERE; violent organ-harvesting thriller LOWLIFE; BEFORE WE VANISH, the latest film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa; HOUSEWIFE, from BASKIN director Can Evrenol; and a 40th anniversary screening of the recently discovered uncut Italian 35mm print of SUSPIRIA.



The complete list of films, special guests, and programs is below. You can find all the details and buy a festival pass at the Music Box web site.


From the Music Box Theatre event page:

The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce their first wave of programming and guests for the debut year of CINEPOCALYPSE (an evolution to the program design of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival), which will take place November 2 – 9 at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. The Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans, the festival’s organizers are proud to have acclaimed screenwriter Simon Barrett (You’re NextThe Guest) guest host the entirety of the festival.

Writer/director Joe Carnahan (The GreySmokin’ AcesThe A-Team) will guest curate “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane” – a special program of 35mm repertory films screening during the fest – while Oscar-nominated thespian Eric Roberts will take part in a very special live recording of Doug Tilley and Liam O’Donnell’s acclaimed film podcast “Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man” – uniting the actor and the program that bears his name for the very first time!

Cinepocalypse’s first round of phenomenal feature films have also been unleashed upon the world. Featuring a wide variety of World, U.S., and Regional Premieres, they represent the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the globe. First Wave titles include:

2017 Film Lineup

Finland, 2017 | Director: Jesse Haaja | World Premiere
Finland’s first superhero film, Rendel is dystopian action/fantasy unlike anything ever witnessed Stateside. When a massive criminal organization takes over his town, a masked vigilante strikes back through a series of brutal attacks that leave blood spilled and cash ablaze. A dark adventure that harkens to the finest in 80s era comics, Rendel is the anti-Marvel crusader: an all-too-human superhero from the streets, driven solely by rage and revenge!

UK, 2017 | Director: Dominic Brunt | North American Premiere
High-powered middle-aged men intend to refuel the world’s economy by very sinister, sick, and monstrous means in this British gross-out extravaganza.

USA, 2017 | Director: Ryan Prows | U.S. Premiere
The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a Luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong in this wildly clever – and incredibly brutal – modern LA noir.

USA, 2017 | Director: Ted Geoghegan | U.S. Premiere 
Over one very long day late in The War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers strike back at a squadron of American soldiers responsible for the death of her people. From the writer/director of We Are Still Here.

Canada, 2017 | Director: Navin Ramaswaran | U.S. Premiere
A female serial killer and her next victim form an unexpected relationship in this intense thriller that won raves out of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival.

Germany, 2017 | Director: Greg Zglinski | Midwest Premiere
A vehicle colliding with a sheep on a country road starts into motion a series of strange and unsettling events for a couple in this darkly comical, Lynchian nightmare.

Japan, 2017 | Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Midwest Premiere
In this Cannes smash, three aliens travel to Earth in preparation for a mass invasion, taking possession of human bodies and learning what it’s like to live and love in modern day Tokyo. From the writer/director of Pulse.

Canada, 2017 | Director: Peter Ricq | Midwest Premiere
While staying at a rundown cabin in the woods, three children must save their parents from a neighbor who intends to feed them to her undead family.

Germany, 2017 | Director: Lukas Feigelfeld | Midwest Premiere
Set in the Austrian Alps during the Middle Ages, this morbid and visually-stunning tale deals with the fine line between ancient belief in magic and delusional psychosis.

Turkey, 2017 | Director: Can Evrenol | Midwest Premiere
On a snowy eve, a young girl’s mother kills her father and sister. 20 years later, as she’s slowly losing her grip on reality, the girl runs into a celebrity psychic who claims he is destined to help her. And then things get ultra weird. From the writer/director of Baskin.

Cambodia, 2017 | Director: Jimmy Henderson | Midwest Premiere
As all of Kol Kla Prison riots, a no-nonsense special task force is in to protect a key witness – and kick a whole lot of ass. Featuring a phenomenal, hard-hitting international cast, and a star-making turn from adult film star Celine Tran.

USA, 2017 | Director: Jamie M. Dagg | Midwest Premiere
A former rodeo champ with a dark past unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who has a propensity for disturbing sociopathic violence that has suddenly gripped a small town.

Canada, 2017 | Director: Leo Scherman | Midwest Premiere
In the final days of World War I, a shell-shocked soldier must lead a mission deep beneath the trenches to stop a German plot that could turn the tide of the war. But what lies beneath is far more dark and sinister than he ever could have imagined.

Spain, 2017 | Director: Paco Plaza | Midwest Premiere
After making a Ouija with friends, a teenager is besieged by dangerous supernatural forces that threaten to destroy her entire family. From the writer/director of the [•REC] franchise.

USA, 2017 | Director: Tyler MacIntyre | Illinois Premiere
This clever twist on the slasher genre follows two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online profiles dedicated to real-life tragedies to send their small Midwest town into a frenzy – and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

Italy, 1977 | Director: Dario Argento | 40th Anniversary Screening

Newly-discovered Italian Uncut 35mm print!



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