Festival program and time

The 2019 International Dead IN Decatur Film festival…….; phew say that three times fast, is proud to announce this years line up for our show.  Additionally since we will be having our event in the bountiful space at the Decatur Area Arts Council we will also be showcasing 7 amazing industry professionals leading panels on The Women in horror: Icons and role Models, cinematography, distribution, acting in genera films, directing, Regional horror and the lost art of the local favorite, and special effect makeup tutorials.

*Attention:  times are not set in stone, and are subject to running late or early depending on circumstances*


Big Bad Jake

Doors open at 5:00 Show Starts at 6

Friday Nights Special guest is Jake McKinney-Schmidt special effects make up artist will be on site showing off some of his work as well as explaining tips and tricks for what he does.



The festival kicks off with our Sci-Fi block

6:10 – reservoir


In the near future, after a revolutionary A.I. replaces every working American’s job, a financial accountant searches for meaning outside of work.

6:31 – Captain France



The life of Capitaine France, the greatest french superhero the world has ever known.

6:52 – Rogue Hunter  



The ultimate macho man and a snarky A.I. team up to take down an anti-technology terror group.

7:05 – Attack of the Cyber octopus

Neo-Berlin, 2079. A dark city held by mega corporations where the only way to enjoy life is by connecting into cyberspace. Here a team of detectives are investigating a new menace: an army of cyber octopuses that are terrorizing the government.

7:25 – Team Teenettes   


Balancing regular battles against a giant robot and a mad scientist with high school life leaves supercharged teen hero Kaylee questioning the predictability of her team’s missions.

7:50 – Abi


Vincent Forrester’s biological computer prototype could change the world, but when a virus in the system infects his lab assistant, Abi, it could mean his death.

8:00 – Captain kinesis




Sebastián is a retired superhero who lives alone in a small flat. He leads a quiet life and it’s ages since he last used his superpowers, but an unexpected visit puts his world at risk and he will be forced to defend it.



There is a ten minute break from 8:10 – 8:20 then our Supernatural Block will begin



8:20 – Let’s play



Everything looks like fun at school until the teacher asks Memito about his homework, and he starts a story which begins with everyday pretexts but becomes a fantasy tale.

8:29 – Hammer down



Two employees endure another late night on the job in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. It’s a supremely dirty job but it’s a living. Humor coupled with explicit depictions of graphic cartoon violence.

8:32 – Paralysis



Shin is caught between dreams and reality. She tries to cope with everyday responsibilities, not being sure, if what she sees is real or not

8:39 – Dead air


It’s Halloween night at WRXN 101.5FM and DJ Mickey Monstro has some tricks up his sleeve for his ghoulish listeners. But little does he know that a mysterious record will unleash the ghosts of the station’s past and wreak havoc across the airwaves to all that are listening. Turn on. Tune in. Drop dead.

8:55 – La Llorna



After a harsh breakup, Pranay decides to ease the pain with alcohol. Little did he knows his life was about to change when he encounters a young undead bride looking for revenge.

9:18 – Nomvula



Whilst trying to cope with the sudden and recent loss of her mother, Nomvula takes refuge in establishing a friendship with a strange creature that has taken shelter in the industrial landscape of South Africa.

9:33 – The choice




A man struggles with the loss of his wife, leading him to a cabin in the woods, and a deadly choice.

9:41 – The Graveyard shift




On his first night on the job, a night watchman for an office sees a ghost on his surveillance feed.

9:51 – Deuces



When dejected circus clown Deuces is awakened by a mysterious stranger, he soon finds himself in a battle of wits with the Angel of Death, and must find a way to defeat the stranger, or risk losing what’s left of his soul.

10:02 – Crop Dust



Pursued by a killer scarecrow, two young women hold on for dear life.

10:03 – The reparation

A young boy comes into continual contact with a dark apparition known as the Tooth Fairy. Although friendly as she may appear, the Tooth Fairy manipulates the boy in more ways than a mere tooth count.

10:27 – Hunters for Metal

Two guys in search of metal in the forest and stumble upon an old spooky house, where they think they can find something worthwhile, but it turns out they are not alone…

10:33 – Little familiar


A small mysterious girl is abducted by a pair of shadowy individuals with questionable motives. Their fate, however, becomes sealed as the young girl’s grizzly guardian hunts them down in order to be back by her side.

10:41 – Nom




An old cyclist sets off on a last journey with an uncertain end…

10:52 – Hide and seek

Would you dare face your true self? Yifei, a university student who struggles with his identity and longs to ‘find himself’, picks up an abandoned USB. Curious, he plugs it into his laptop to find two images: one which says ‘HIDE’, the other shows a disturbing image. This triggers a curiosity where throughout his day he begins to see a numbered countdown. Will he find himself? Be careful what you wish for.

11:06 – The desolation prize

The Desolation Prize is a gothic horror that draws its inspiration from old Hammer Films, and the works of Val Lewton, Robert Wise and Jack Layton and combines them all into a sort of John Carpenter aesthetic.

11:21 – Melvin and the Microphone

Nailgun is a struggling heavy metal band that seems to never get the break they think they deserve thanks to the endlessly bad decision making by their fearless leader, Melvin. The band is ready to call it quits when Melvin steals a magical microphone forged by Satan that grants the wishes to anyone who sings through it.

11:33 – The housewife



When a child finds a strange box in her house, she brings it to her mother who pays the price for opening it.

11:36 – Copenhagen road

Late one night Craig, a mechanic, reluctantly agrees to help Nicole, a desperate young woman with a flat tire, in a car all too familiar to him. Nicole’s mysterious incident on the old Copenhagen Road slowly strikes an eerie note for Craig and brings his own shady past rushing forward.

11:43 – Bannister Dollhouse

After the death of their eldest sister the girls of Bannister family begin to feel that something is very wrong, but how is it connected to them and how will they survive the nightmare that is the Bannister DollHouse.






Doors open at 11:30 show begins at 12 Noon


 1 – 2 PM

Jake McKinney-Schmidt special effects make up artist will be hosting a special effects tutorial  in the classrooms on floor two







2 – 3 PM

Zach Applebee (Writer Monkey) will present his panel  Horror in Gaming on floor two. 









12:10 – It came from lake  Menomin                       

In a small Midwestern college town a half fish half man has been forced from his home in the lake due to the extreme pollution caused by a vengeful scientist. In order to return to his way of life the fish man must defeat the scientist and save the town.

12:18 –    Vampire rebound                

In a society fearful of vampires, Ernesto Murciélago, a detective and luchador, must rescue a kidnapped basketball player and defeat the city’s evil leader, L0L1TA (a fascist tape recorder).

12:23 – Queen of the Snakes


Angry at her daughter/caretaker for being directly responsible for her paraplegia, the reclusive Mrs. Crawford accidentally receives a package containing a mysterious amulet. The ancient treasure grants her the horrific powers of a lesser Norse goddess known as the Queen of Snakes and, in a quest to control them, becomes a danger to herself…and potentially the ENTIRE WORLD.

1:33 – Lake Michigan Monster


The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man verses beast, soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks. Lake Michigan Monster — banned in four lakes!


there will be a ten minute break from 3:00 – 3:10, then our Human Block will begin




3-4 pm

TBD in the classrooms on floor 2





4 – 5 PM

Tim Lynn will be presenting his panel The Art of Cinematography in the classrooms on floor two.









6 – 7 pm

 Nixon Vicci will be holding her panel  The Art of Acting in a Genera Film in the classrooms on floor two








7 – 8 PM

Ash Hamilton will be hosting his panel Distribution & Technology: How to get your project seen in the classroom on the second floor






8 – 9 PM 

Marc Girdler will be hosting his panel Regional Horror and the Lost art of the Local Favorite in the classrooms on the second floor




3:10 – Embryo




A journalist and his team are kidnapped by a medical research group and end up being part of their experiments.

3:26 – From delusion till fear



A man desperately trying to sleep is plagued by the same night terror, so much so that it begins to play trick on his mind.

3:31 – Dead Celebrities



Meet Mick, he’s a psychopath who wants to be famous and he’s found a way of achieving his dream… But Mick is no ordinary killer, he knows a secret. A secret he shares with Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland & other dead celebrities…

3:54 – Experimento de terror

  • DAAC Venue only



During the Christmas holidays, a couple in desperate need of an apartment find an incredible deal…but is it worth the price?
Experiment in Terror is based upon a 1950s pre-code horror comic book.

4:13 – James



A peculiar young boy, James, is haunted by the presence of his deceased father whom his mother refuses to speak of.

4:28 – Mental



When professional insomniac Ty (Emmy-nominated T.O.N.E-z) Brown’s music career hits a slump, he grows frustrated by his future step-daughter’s erratic behavior, and must confront her in order to bring harmony back to the household.

4:34 – The son, the Father….




The events on a young boy’s birthday have twisted consequences far into his future.

4:39 – Once Bitten




Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there’s one problem: her plumber may be a vampire.

4:49 – I’m sorry




A guild-ridden mother makes a grisly confession following the unexpected return of her missing son.

4:53 – The rejected




A woman wants to get rid of her unborn baby by home abortion. But that won’t be as easy as she thinks it would be.

5:02 – S



Mary, a recent graduate, travels to Spain for an internship at a mental hospital. In addition to facing the difficulties of living in a foreign country, she will meet the first patient she must treat. This will affect her in a way she hadn’t expected.

5:31 – Clown College




A twisted dark comedy about a coed overcoming the memories of an over bearing father.

5:41 – Triangle

Three old friends join for their traditional fishing excursion at the river. The day is marked by carefree jokes, cigarettes and beers until twilight. Once gathered around the campfire, with the moon as accomplice, the chatter escalates into the narration of a legend about an old tower, not far from the camp. The trio ventures in the wood to look for the abandoned tower, both as a joke and a challenge. However, what they find interrupts the laughs and their complicity, exposing secrets and unexpected backstories which were concealed by a seeming great friendship… Can a legend transform into reality?

5:57 – Is your daughter home?




Mark struggles to find the words to say to his love’s mother.

6:04 – Beautified

  • DAAC Venue Only



Three enslaved girls are immersed in beautiful surroundings, hidden beneath this beauty lies a dystopian society pushing the girls to perfection.

6:13 – Void



A woman awaits as Jackie Willbanks awakens in a room, handcuffed and confused, only to be accused of something deadly by her.

6:30 – Childs play


Two children live out a fantasy adventure on the playground.

6:32 – Why haven’t they fixed the cameras




Late at night, a woman leaves her holiday work party to discover the security cameras are still broken.

6:36 – Overdue


A film about Carl, a mild mannered custodian at the Jamestown Library by day…a self appointed overdue book collector by night. Follow him as he makes his list and hunts down his prey, exacting literary justice in a most unique and gruesome manner. No one should ever be allowed to forget to return their books on time.


There will be a ten minute break from 8:30 – 8:40, then our  Prime Time Block will begin


8:40 – The Countryside

Winner of “Best in Show” for the 2019 Milken Images in Motion film festival 



When a grandson goes to help feed his grandmothers dogs, he ends up getting stranded out in the middle of nowhere. trying top  find someone to help he stumbles upon a creature of the dark hell bent on using him to slate its lust for flesh.

8:46 – The Darkening Hallow

A Carbondale, IL film



A group of would-be attackers pursue a vulnerable young woman into the woods, unaware of the TERROR that awaits them in…The Darkening Hollows

8:54 – Don’t go in the basement



After Wendy journeys into the basement, eager to help her PTSD suffering brother living down there, she finds that he may be too far gone… Now she must fight for her own survival.

9:06 – R&R




A loving couple retreats to a cabin in the mountains, for some fresh air, quiet, and to work on private project they hope will make the whole world a better place.

9:19  – Slash




Sydney thinks she knows how she’d react in a slasher film until one night…

10:08 – Unholy Mole

Starring Ray Wise as the devil




A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to Satan in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him. Things go wrong…

10:14 – The music of John Low


The traumatized private investigator, John Low, is on a misssion to find an ancient occult book. On his way he has to deal with childhood memories, a broken marriage, a mad professor and finally a monster.

The Music of John Low is a twisted noir/horror/drama, set in the 1930’s, and is inspired by the author H.P. Lovecraft

10:47 – Five course meal



Mark and Jenny agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy.

10:53 – EMMA – An American Alptraum in Austria


The story of a female documentary filmmaker who’s revealing the mystery of her husband’s idiosyncratic birthplace, Muhr in Austria, where a giant wooden totem called “The Samson”, brings death to the inhabitants and also threatens her unborn daughter, Emma.

11:01 – The thing about Beechers Gate

Deputy Eli Stoker (Morgan McLeod) knew was he was getting into. Everyone told him the same thing. Watch out for the boys from Beecher’s Gate. But he still filed for a transfer as soon as he saw an opening. And there always seemed to be an opening in Beecher’s Gate. It didn’t much surprise Stoker when the Sheriff (Chris Cipa) gave him a short-straw shift before the end of his first week: spend the night in a shed out in the middle of the woods. No explanation. No expectation. All the Sheriff could offer was a flashlight, a shotgun and a word – tradition. It happened every year, and the fresh meat always handled it. Whatever it was. The Sheriff’s son, Deputy Clancy (Alex Bryan), tried to help as much as he could, but if he was in on the joke, he didn’t seem to find it funny anymore. Whether it was a prank or pure waste of time, Stoker would have to wait until the oldest tradition in Beecher’s Gate came knocking at the door.

11:27 – Waiting Room


Five people wake up in an abandoned warehouse. None of them has any recollection of memory of who they are and how they got there.All of them have to remember and to find a way to get out of this place before it is too late.