Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss the 10 films that played during the 18th Annual Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, NC, February 24-26, 2017. Each year, the highly anticipated film festival shares some of the best the horror genre has to offer – along with some sci-fi and thriller options as well. Ten films were presented during the weekend, 9 were in competition and one (The Love Witch) was an official release included during the event. Each film had something unique to offer. Doc and Paul share their thoughts on each film
Not only does the Nevermore Film Festival have some of the best horror films, it also schedules a number of terrific shorts in a series of 90-120 minute blocks. They too are always fantastic. While Doc and Paul concentrate on the features for this podcast, they also caught some fine examples of short films, including but not limited to The Call of Charlie, Born Again, Death Metal, and The Fisherman’s Wife. Below are the ten feature films.
- 2307: Winter’s Dream
In 2307, a future soldier is sent on a mission to hunt down the leader of the humanoid rebellion.
- w./d. Joey Curtis
- Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Arielle Holmes
- The Barn
Its Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within “The Barn”.
- w./d. Justin M. Seaman
- Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps
- Capture Kill Release
A couple plots to murder a random stranger just for the thrill of it, but things turn ugly when one of them decides not to go through with it.
- w./d. Nick McAnuity, Brian Allan Stewart
- Jennifer Fraser, Farhang Ghajar, Jon Gates
- The Dark Tapes
A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.
- w./d. Michael McQuown, Vincent J. Guastini
- Emilia Ares Zoryan, Danielle Baez, Katelyn Bailey
- Gehenna: Where Death Lives
A group visits Saipan to search for locations for their company’s newest resort. As they find what they think is the perfect spot, they discover a hidden bunker on the property which they decide to explore. However, they soon find out that curiosity can kill. As each member faces their most private secrets and the secrets of the bunker itself, the results lead to a most shocking conclusion. …
- w./d. Hiroshi Katagiri / Nathan Long and Brad Palmer
- Lance Henriksen, Doug Jones, Patrick Gorman
- The Love Witch
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.
- w./d. Anna Biller
- Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell
A documentarian named Annie has roped her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate universe.
- w./d. Russ Emanuel / Julia Camara
- Robert Picardo, Briana White, Michael Pugliese
- The Power
Abducted and imprisoned by a Cult, Magda awakens in a filthy cell. Despite hearing distant voices, her screams for help go unanswered. She’s a prisoner, seemingly without hope – In time, she befriends another hostage, a girl who provides some comfort.
- w./d. Paul Hills
- Grace Vallorani, Constance Carter, Valentine Pelka
- The Void
When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.
- w.d. Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
- Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Welsh
- Welcome to Willits
Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers the situation quickly escalates into total carnage.
- w.d. Trevor Ryan / Tim Ryan
- Anastasia Baranova, Dolph Lundgren, Garrett Clayton