If you’ve attended the Chattanooga Film Festival, it’s likely you’ve noticed we’re a genre film friendly place. We firmly believe that some of the smartest and most important works of cinema are horror films, and though we will always make room for curated genre and horror cinema in our CFF line-up, it’s never enough to satiate our BLOOD LUST. That’s why, in celebration of horror and Halloween and everything we hold dear, we host the FRIGHTENING ASS FILM FEST every October. Halloween rules and we believe that if you’re celebrating it without spookiness then you ain’t celebrating it at all.
FRIGHTENING ASS FEATURES
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Remember those videos of a freaky clown that popped up in random places in Florida and went viral by scaring the absolute shit out of a bunch of folks in 2014? Documentarian Michael Beach Nichols sure does, and he takes us directly inside the weird world of Wrinkles, the man behind them who is hirable to scare children, friends, and loved ones via a Craig's List ad. Nichols also wisely uses his film to explore precisely what it is that makes clowns so damn scary and in the process crafts one of the year's most fascinating and frightening documentary experiences.
Dir. Michael Beach Nichols
October 26, 1:30 PM. 75 minutes.
Jack Archer (Chase Williamson) is a short film director who is eager to prove himself with a feature-length film. However, the industry he loves is the same industry holding him back from his dreams. When an opportunity crosses his path courtesy of producer/investor Bob Moseby (Chris Browning), Jack sees this as his big chance and says he’s willing to do whatever it takes for the film to be a success. But when Bob demands Jack stay quiet while one of his actors is murdered during filming or else face deadly consequences, Jack must make the ultimate decision.
Dir. Graham Denman
FAFF-etizer screening Ocober 23, 7:30 PM. 84 minutes.
WRINKLES THE CLOWN
FAFF is pumped to work with our pals at Shudder to bring you a special screening of Tony D'Aquino's absolute ass-kicker of a horror movie. This lightning-paced shredder plays out like one of the most interesting riffs we've seen on The Most Dangerous Game in ages with kidnapped female victims being forced to face off against grotesque masked killers in the Australian Outback. In the wrong hands, that setup could have wandered into misogyny The Furies and it's ferocious lead performance by Airlie Dodds give The Furies and it's "beauty's" some genuine depth even as they face off against the film's numerous "beasts." Don't miss this one!
Dir. Tony D’Aquino
October 26, 3:30 PM. 82 minutes.
FAFF fan favorites Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella (The Battery, Tex Montana Will Survive) tell a tale of love and monsters in Central Florida. Add in amazing performances by Brea Grant, Gardner himself, and Last Podcast on the Left's Henry Zebrowski and you've got one of 2019's most heartfelt horrors. We're proud to share it with our FAFF 9 audience!
Dir. Christian Stella, Jeremy Gardner
October 26, 6:45 PM. 83 minutes.
Filmmaker Joe Begos' latest VFW comes hot on the heels of the amazing BLISS (a shot on 16mm nightmare you can watch on VOD RIGHT NOW) and cements 2019 as THE YEAR OF BEGOS. If you caught Joe and his longtime collaborator Josh Ethier's workshop at CFF a couple years ago or you were in the audience for our screenings of his film's Almost Human or The Mind's Eye, you already know. But if you don't, we invite you to watch Mr. Begos in action and be reminded that as a fan of genre cinema, there are few bigger joys than watching a movie made by someone who truly loves and understands what makes genre great. VFW is a blood-drenched blast of a motion picture with one of the year's greatest cast lists (Stephen Lang, Fred Williamson, William Sadler, David Patrick Kelly, to name a few) a story of vets versus drug-addled punk mutants VFW is tailor-made to have FAFF audiences cheering in their chairs.
Dir. Joe Begos
October 26, 8:45 PM. 92 minutes.
TAMMY AND THE T-REX
We know you love Mac and Me and Ice Pirates as much as we do; it obviously doesn't even need to be discussed. So if we told you that the man who gifted the world with those cinematic delights also made a GORY AF romcom with Paul Walker and Denise Richards in which after getting mauled by wild animals and having his love with Ms. Richards cut short Paul Walker's brain is transplanted in a violent but oh so lovable T-Rex's body (by a Mad Scientist literally played by Bernie from Weekend at Bernie's). Originally released in 1994 and stripped of nearly all its incredible gore and SFX (gore created by legend John Carl Buechler no less!) Tammy And the T-Rex turns 25 this year and to celebrate that milestone the film has now been lovingly restored by the Gods Among Men at Vinegar Syndrome. Believe us, you need this.
Dir. Stewart Raffill
October 26, 10:45 PM. 82 minutes.
Scary ASS SHORTS
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ONE LAST MEAL
Today's the day the Missouri madman Otis Boyle finally gets executed. The Warden and his Captain of the Guards, York, have been looking forward to this for years, but they could never have prepared themselves for his last request. As Warden insists upon fulfilling their most notorious inmate's twisted demand in the name of "tradition" and "protocol," York struggles to keep up in order to keep his job -- no matter how much it asks of him.
Dir. Jill Gevargizian
When Scott brings cookies to his friend's annual weekend long Freddy vs Jason fest, he unwittingly gives Dave an allergic reaction. And what was supposed to be a fun time, turns into a night of uncanny horror!
Dir. Zachary Eglington
Two racist cops try to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. Things don’t go as planned…
Dir. Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr.
THE HAUNTING OF POTTERSFIELD
Two paranormal researchers that stay overnight in one of the most haunted places in the world, the Wallace Mansion. There, they will attempt to prove or debunk the existence of its most famous resident the vengeful ghost of Mary Wallace, Mary is said to haunt the place nearly 150 years after her death.
Dir. Andre’ Dixon
Through a surrealist imaginary and highly symbolic violence, LVRS explores the paradox of why a woman might choose to stay in an abusive relationship.(pronounced 'lovers') is a magical-realism/horror film that explores the paradox of a woman choosing to stay in an abusive relationship.
Dir. Emily Bennett
In the fever of her first period, a curious teenager is drawn to her small town’s local legend, only to find that the “Boogeywoman” is flesh and blood--the mother she never had.
Dir. Erica Scoggins
Two sleazy tourists have the night of their lives at a karaoke bar in the Azores.
Dir. Francisco Lacerda
When Sarah forgets to invite Matt to the party, her friends just can’t let it go. They’ve been working so hard to plan the perfect night (everyday isn’t a full moon, you know...).
Dir. Mackenzie Bartlett
A failing writer loses his grip on reality as his wife grows pregnant with their child.
Dir. Charles Pieper
THE LEGEND OF BUDFOOT
Indie toymaker Jo Carver’s latest creation has come to life, and it’s trying to kill him! The lines between reality and delusional paranoia are blurred as Jo battles his way through his cartoonish nightmare laboratory, set on destroying the demonic weed monster before it destroys him!
Dir. Tim Reis, James Sizemore
One late night Dan walks out to his car and is greeted by a ghostly visitor.
Dir. Austin Faust
THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN
Lost in a bamboo forest, his Shogun murdered by an evil supernatural force, a lone samurai collapses to his knees with an anguished cry. Disgraced and humiliated at having failed to save his Master, the Samurai prepares to commit seppuku. But a voice stops him. A voice emanating from a cursed severed head who offers to guide the Samurai on a quest for vengeance. Thus begins the tale of...The Haunted Swordsman.
Dir. Kevin McTurk
FAFF-etizer Wednesday, October 23 at Stone Cup
7:30 PM: Greenlight
Saturday, October 26 at Stone Cup
11:00 AM: SHOCKING ASS SHORTS
1:30 PM: WRINKLES THE CLOWN
3:30 PM: THE FURIES
5:30 PM: ARTIFICE THE Mentalist
6:45 PM: AFTER MIDNIGHT
8:45 PM: VFW
10:45 PM: TAMMY AND THE T-REX
Individual tickets on sale Friday, October 18!