The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is back for its second year, running from September 28-October 1, 2017 at the Proscenium Theatre in Philadelphia. They announced their final schedule of films yesterday and for a genre film festival in only its sophomore year, it is an impressive lineup.
The opening night films are IMITATION GIRL, starring DAILY GRINDHOUSE favorite Lauren Ashley Carter, and killer clown opus TERRIFIER. The closing night film is the rarely seen, shot-on-video, infamous 2003 horror flick NIGHT CREEP starring Don Calfa of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD fame, making its world theatrical debut.
Other interesting films being shown are the festival circuit hit TRAGEDY GIRLS, the U.S. premiere of the cool sounding documentary SPOOKERS—about a family that puts together a long-running haunted house in New Zealand, the U.S. premiere of RUIN ME, and the world premiere of 100 ACRES OF HELL.
Among other special guests, IMITATION GIRL writer/director Natasha Kermani and the cast and crew of 100 ACRES OF HELL will be on hand for Q&As.
You can get full info on the films and buy badges at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival web site. The complete schedule of film from the press release is below:
7:00 p.m.: “Imitation Girl” (Dir. Natasha Kermani)
Starring Lauren Ashley Carter (“Darling,” “The Mind’s Eye”), “Imitation Girl” is a meditative sci-fi film in which a mysterious young woman materializes in the middle of the desert, adjusting to her new existence and the world around her only to discover that she has a twin with whom she shares more than just an outward appearance.
Q&A with Filmmaker Natasha Kermani to follow.
9:30 p.m.: “Terrifier” (Dir. Damien Leone)
Starring Jenna Kanell (“The Bye Bye Man”) and Catherine Corcoran (“Return to Nuke ‘Em High”), this gory slasher based on the segment of the same name from the anthology horror film “All Hallows Eve” follows a terrifying clown named Art as he wreaks havoc on unsuspecting partygoers.
Opening Night Film presented by Arrow-in-the Head; Preceded by Legacy Award Ceremony.
7:00 p.m.: “Tragedy Girls” (Dir. Tyler MacIntyre)
With an all-star cast that includes Brianna Hildebrand (“Deadpool”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Nicky Whelan (“Halloween II”), Kevin Durand (“The Strain”), and Craig Robinson (“This is the End”), this horror-comedy follows two death-obsessed teenage girls who aim to cement their legacy as modern horror legends on social media before graduation. Described as a cross between “Mean Girls” and “Scream,” “Tragedy Girls” has previously played to critical acclaim at South by Southwest, Fantasia International Film Festival and FrightFest.
Preceded by Prom-Themed Lobby Party.
9:00 p.m.: Bizarre Shorts Block (Various Directors)
A selection of experimental, weird, and shocking films from around the globe. This screening is free to anyone who purchased a ticket to another film at PUFF 2017.
11:00 p.m.: “Assholes” (Dir. Peter Vack)
Body Horror meets John Waters in Peter Vack’s gross-out directorial debut, which tells the tale of two recovering addicts in New York who fall in love in, become hooked on poppers, and descend into weird and wild depravity. An unclassifiable oddity that could never find its way into the multiplex, “Assholes” will leave the midnight genre crowd in hysterics… if they’re not heaving and hurling, that is.
2:30 p.m.: “Spookers” (Dir. Florian Habicht)
Previously featured at such lauded international festivals such as Toronto’s Hot Docs International Documentary Festival as well as Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival, “Spookers” follows the eponymous New Zealand-based haunted attraction, infamously set at the defunct psychiatric institute, Kingseat Hospital. A family-run affair with a staff of dedicated and passionate performers who embody zombies, killer clowns, and murderous nurses with one-of-a-kind production value, this charming and occasionally surreal story delves into the minds behind this renowned horror hotspot.
4:30 p.m.: International Shorts Block
From Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States, these frightening genre shorts range from strange and beautiful to brutal and bloody.
7:00 p.m.: “Charismata” (Dir. Andy Collier, Toor Mian)
Sarah Beck Mather (“Black Mirror”) stars as a female detective obsessed with a strange and brutal string of ritualistic murders that she believes to be the work of a serial killer. Her dismissive male coworkers refuse to take her seriously, yet as she gets closer to this bizarre case, she finds herself losing touch with reality.
Q&A with filmmaker Andy Collier to follow.
9:00 p.m.: “Ruin Me” (Dir. Preston DeFrancis)
Convinced by her boyfriend to take part in an immersive “horror movie” experience in secluded forest grounds, a troubled woman suspects that the people behind this interactive game have far more sinister intentions in mind. Previously selected by London’s Frightfest, PUFF is excited to host the U.S. Premiere of this twisty horror-thriller.
1:00 p.m.: “Rift” (Dir. Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen)
The winner of the Artistic Vision Award from the 2017 L.A. Outfest, “Rift” follows two ex-lovers who reunite after a mysterious and concerning phone call brings them to a secluded cabin. Forced to face the remnants of their broken relationship, the two men soon discover that they are not alone.
3:30 p.m.: “100 Acres of Hell” (Dir. Jay Lee)
Starring former WWE Superstars Gene Snitsky and Sam Anoai (a/k/a Samu), PUFF is proud to present the World Premiere of the hard-hitting slasher throwback “100 Acres of Hell.” Featuring supporting turns by Ernest O’Donnell (“Clerks”), Eileen Dietz (“The Exorcist”), and Catherine Corcoran (“Terrifier”), “100 Acres of Hell” follows Buck Severs (Snitsky), a down-and-out ex-pro wrestler who is lured out of seclusion by his friends for a weekend of hunting and partying on an abandoned wildlife preserve. However, Severs and his friends soon learn that they’re not alone, as the bloodthirsty local legend Jeb Tucker (Anoai) aims to raise hell to dispose of these trespassers.
Q&A with Cast and Crew to follow.
5:30 p.m.: Local Shorts Block
This year our local filmmakers have taken PUFF in an all-new direction with an interesting mix of genres and topics. Our 2017 block of local films includes a tearjerker, a dark comedy and, of course, horror.
To be followed by Best Local Film award ceremony.
8:00 p.m.: “Night Creep” (Dir. Greg Travis)
From actor / director Greg Travis, “Night Creep” follows an exotic dancer who begins having shocking nightmares after taking a psychotropic drug. As these nightmares become more vivid and terrifying, she begins to question her own reality. Has her past come back to haunt her? Or is she a victim of… the Night Creep?! Lost for nearly 15 years and featuring a shocking performance from “Return of the Living Dead” actor Don Calfa, PUFF is excited to bring “Night Creep” to U.S. audiences for the very first time. Trust us: you won’t want to miss this jaw-dropping genre experience.
World Theatrical Premiere & Closing Night Film.
Tags: 100 Acres of Hell, Don Calfa, Imitation Girl, Lauren Ashley Carter, Natasha Kermani, Night Creep, Philadelphia Unnamed Film Fesitival, Return of the Living Dead, Ruin Me, Spookers, Terrifier, Tragedy Girls