The 2nd Annual IHSFF Horror Showcase

It’s that wonderful time of year again horror fans. The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival is excited to announce the films for the 2nd Annual Horror Showcase.

The Horror Showcase takes place over three nights from October 18th -20th at Harkins Scottsdale 101. Each movie starts at 7pm.

Tickets are $10 each or you can purchase a showcase pass to all 3 films for $20.

Tuesday October 18th:
The Monster

Starring Zoe Kazan
Directed by Bryan Bertino

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter (Ella Ballentine) must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father.  As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt.  Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads—a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave…

A chilling and tension-filled experience, The Monster pits two ferociously strong women against one of the scariest and most shocking monsters you’ll ever see. It will be a battle no one will forget.

Wednesday October 19th: 
Let Her Out

Directed by: Cody Calahan (Antisocial)
Cast: Alanna LeVierge, Nina Kiri, Adam Christie

After suffering a traumatic head injury, bike courier Helen (Alanna LeVierge) awakens in the hospital. Experiencing blackouts, hallucinations, strange voices and night terrors, she learns that she has a benign growth in her brain. As the symptoms worsen, the dark visions manifest as a twisted female stranger who haunts Helen during her recovery. Finally buckling under the stress, Helen breaks into manic psychotic episodes that threaten her relationships. She struggles to understand what is happening to her, ultimately discovering a horrifying truth that has followed her throughout her life. 

Thursday October 20th: 
Sadako vs. Kayako

Directed by Kōji Shiraishi

Two of J-horror’s most iconic franchises meet in a battle royale that pits the house-haunting ghost Kayako from the Ju-On (The Grudge) franchise against the VHS-haunting demon Sadako from the RINGU (The Ring) franchise.

Two university students named Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) unwittingly buy a VCR to transfer home videos to DVD, however inside they find a VHS tape inside the VCR. When the two play the VHS tape, Natsumi encounters a curse thought to be an urban legend.

Meanwhile, a high school student named Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) begins to have dreams about a forbidden house cursed by a family tragedy. The girls eventually realize that they can help one another by pitting the two evil entities against each other.

“Sadako vs. Kayako” is completely aware of itself and the team understands exactly what the audience wants. The mash-up is a fun, clever, fright-filled time that will have audiences picking sides and cheering by the end of the film.