Bill Lustig And Scott Schirmer Are Among The Filmmakers Attending This Week's Nightmares Film Fe

Continuing its reputation as “the best networking opportunity at a festival, bar none,” Nightmares Film Festival today confirmed several household-name genre directors representing multiple horror eras will attend to present their newest films, including Bill Lustig (1980’s Maniac), Fred Vogel (2001’s August Underground) and Scott Schirmer (2012’s Found).

“We’re thrilled Nightmares is a space that brings together both new and established filmmakers to celebrate each other’s work,” said NFF co-founder and programmer Jason Tostevin. “We’re not a convention and they won’t be behind a table. These iconic filmmakers are coming to Nightmares to show their newest films, talk about them at the bar and watch other people’s movies.”

Fan favorites attending and screening include:

  • Director Bill Lustig (Maniac, Maniac Cop) will present the Midwest premiere of the brand new 4K restoration of his classic slasher, Maniac (opening night film, Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.)

  • Director Fred Vogel of Toetag Pictures (August Underground) will present the world premiere

of his new thriller, The Final Interview (Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 p.m.)

  • Director Jason Trost (The FP, All Superheroes Must Die) will present the Midwest premiere of

his sequel to The FP , Beats of Rage (Friday, Oct. 19, 10 p.m.)

  • Director Jordan Downey (ThanksKilling, Critters: Bounty Hunter) will present the North

American premiere of his new Middle Ages feature, The Head (Saturday, Oct. 20, noon)

  • Director Scott Schirmer (Found., Headless, Harvest Lake) will present the world premiere of his

new twisted kidnap chiller, The Bad Man (Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.)

  • … and director Cam Evrenol (Baskin) will make a video introduction to the midwest premiere of The Field Guide to Evil , containing a segment by him (Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m.)

Nightmares begins this Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m. and runs until Sunday night, Oct. 21. Fans who are ready to make the pilgrimage to Columbus, Ohio will find a limited number of individual screening block tickets still available for the festival at

Nightmares Film Festival is a one of the top horror film celebrations in the world. It has been the number-one rated genre film festival on submission platform FilmFreeway for 30 consecutive months.


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