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Montreal HorrorFest First wave of short films.
2079 : THE FORTUNE TELLER
*World premiere / Country : Canada / France / Director : Nicolas Cliet-Marrel / Cast : Ben Cliche, Eva Carol, Sébastien Cloutier, Dorotea Saykaly, Alexandra Bonan / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : 2079. After the Great Delusion, the World is out of order. To avoid chaos and save humanity, its leaders decided to trust the wisdom of the Fortune Tellers, superior people granted with the power of foreseeing the future. But they do not only foresee the future, they choose it for you.
SYNOPSIS : At 8 years old, will, discipline and personality of a child begin to take shape, and the distinction between good and evil starts to be defined. The time to see our wish fulfilled came at last. His wish. Remain silent.
*Montreal premiere / Country : USA / Director : Chris Capel /Cast : Phillip Andre Botello, Paul Majo,
SYNOPSIS : 38:50:00 follows Andrew and John, two co-workers who hike out into the woods to face a difficult decision.
This was always the plan.
AN EVENING WITH MY COMATOSE MOTHER
*Montreal premiere / Country : Switzerland / Director : Jonathan Martin / cast : Wendy Macy, Michele Turner Wilson, Miss Hill / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : When Dorothy is invited over to the Poe’s on Halloween night, no one ever told her about their decomposing, comatose mother living in the upstairs bedroom. She’ll wish somebody had when the storm hits, and Mother wakes up
*Montreal premiere / Country : Portugual / Director : Pedro Florêncio, Fernando Alle / Cast : Pedro Florêncio, Fernando Alle, Mário Oliveira, Luís Henriques / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : Six adventures go on a quest for a mystical cemetery. After disturbing the dead, they trigger an ancient curse that will destroy the entire world.
*Montreal premiere / Country : Argentina / Director : Pedro Cristiani / Cast : Gaston Ricaud, Bernarda Pages, Julia Perette, Simon Ratziel, Ana Paulis / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : A fragile border separates our world from the realm of darkness, where nightmarish creatures await in the shadows, looking for a way into our world. Only one thing has been standing in their way: a secret order of priests, who devote their lives and souls to protect this border .They are the ‘Deus Irae’
*Montreal premiere / Country : USA / Director : JT Seaton / Cast : Lynn Lowry, Anne Postell / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : Audra LaCombe is a fake psychic who has been performing bogus séances for years. One night she receives a visitor, a young woman named Carrie-Anne Normand, who claims to have come for a reading. However, Carrie-Anne has entered Audra’s home under false pretenses. And soon Audra discovers that you can’t rob the loved ones of the dearly departed and not pay a price.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
*Montreal premiere / Country : Switzerland / Director : Olivier Begin / Cast : Catriona MacColl, Caroline Althaus, Frédéric Landenberg, Laurent Lecoultre, Christiane Margraitner / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : Stéphanie accompagne les chômeurs vers le chemin de l’emploi.
Mais lorsque ces chômeurs sont des personnages aussi mythiques que des vampires, des sorcières ou des fées, le chemin promet d’être semé d’embûches.
THE HEADLESS LOVER
*Canadian premiere / Country : Danmark / Director : Kim L. Anderson / Cast : Maibritt Saerens, Jorn Faurschou, Michael Caroe / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : Written, directed and produced by Kim Lysgaard Andersen, The Headless Lover is actually part of a larger anthology project entitled The Book of Horror. This trilogy of films is inspired by and written in tribute to the “Tales from the Crypt.” – dreadcentral
THE MECHANICAL GRAVE
*Canadian premiere / Country : USA / Director : Jon Keeyes / Cast : Nicole Leigh, Jonathan Brooks, Matthew Tompkins, Michael Crabtree, Charles Baker / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : The year is 1895. Steam-powered ships fly through the air. Clockwork robots have replaced servants. And a grisly murder has taken place in the dark night of New York City. Called to the scene of the ritualistic murder, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt discovers Detective Wayne and his police officers power usurped by two special investigators appointed by the White House: Occultist Edgar Allan Poe, a clockwork automaton housing the soul of the literary legend, and Mrs. Emma Entwistle, a dangerous assassin with a unique connection to the Otherworld. When they elicit information from the demon Neshrew, a much darker and more dangerous plot of world domination is uncovered.
SYNOPSIS : March 18, 1938, Spanish Civil War. The population of Barcelona is devastated by the continued indiscriminate bombing of fascist aviation. Jordi and Aina are a young couple in love who has not lost faith in salvation and freedom, and safeguard one of the many bomb refuges throughout the city of Barcelona.
Something unknown is hidden in the darkness of the refuge, hidden and waiting to take one by one people are hidden from external danger. Aina and Jordi try to find a loophole for all those people, before the outputs are closed.
SYNOPSIS : A police officer (Sean Tucker – Guy X) on the night shift studies Demonology while his partner (Matthew Stefiuk – Donkey) pokes fun at him. Meanwhile a young woman’s attempt to get revenge on her boyfriend by raising a demon, ends catastrophically. The janitor (Jon McLaren – The Stepson) finds the bodies and calls 911 just as the demon rises behind him. Our two police officers respond to the call to find the demon still lurking...
A young girl (Essie) turns to the fantastical world of her imagination to escape her emotionally-abusive home. Her father, a veteran, committed suicide after witnessing the horrors of war in Afghanistan. Her older brother (Braden) is now lashing out with anger and violence at the world around him. One day, Essie oversees Braden and his friends beating a frail teenage boy (Sebastian) and imprisoning him in a cage. Essie rescues Sebastian, telling him she is a fairy princess. When Sebastian promises to grant her a wish, she discovers that he’s more than he appears. Her secret wish comes true, but at a dark price.
SYNOPSIS : A RETELLING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE’S CLASSIC TALE -THE TELL TALE HEART – MADE FOR THE UPCOMING 2013 ANTHOLOGY ‘TALES OF POE’. A young home nurse (Debbie Rochon) is assigned to a large mansion to aid and care for an aging silent-screen star (Alan Rowe Kelly). The story, narrated by the nurse in flashbacks from inside an institution, is told to a fellow patient (Lesleh Donaldson), explaining how she couldn’t handle the old actress’s dripping, lifeless eye and what steps she had to take to rid herself from her unpleasant duties.
WHERE MOTHS FLY
*Canadian premiere / Country : USA / Director : Manuel Esparza / Cast : Joey Sinko, Brianna Jesme, Frank Piciullo, Dawn McCoy / Trailer
SYNOPSIS : A family offers their dying robot the chance to live forever. But rather than live, he will choose to see where he goes when he dies.