The homepage of the HPL Film Festival(s) kindly provides us with a programme for the upcoming movies and shorts.
Please find more information about each movie and the Festival via the provided links.
Portland 2012 short films
The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous mansion. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world.
Chompers is a shape-changing monster which disguises itself as something round, waiting for its prey to slip an appendage into its mouth. In the wild, it took the shape of hollowed out logs and stumps. In suburbia, its found trashcans, cookie jars, coffee cups, and so much more.
It gets bigger and better at camouflage as it eats. Read more
Peerless science student Walter Gilman meets his match in Eve Walpurgis and promptly falls in love. But when Eve is taken by an extra dimensional terror, Walter is forced to summon a demon of his own: the anachronistic Doctor Glamour! An outrageous sci-fi musical comedy with psychedelic special effects, sexy sharp humor and a slew of hard hitting rock numbers.
This half-hour short, starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, and David Warner was to be part of the horror anthology Pulse Pounders, which never saw the light of day. After decades of languishing in the vault, attendees of the Los Angeles festival will be blessed with a sneak preview look at this forgotten gem weeks before it's released on DVD, courtesy of Full Moon Horror and Charles Band.
A S.W.A.T. team is called into action to respond to a missing police offer in the dead of night. What originally seemed like a routine call has left a grizzly scene inside a home, and the officers find more than their training prepared them for. "Feed A" is a marriage between horror/sci-fi/and the found footage genre. Will they get out of this house alive, or worse, find the truth of the terrible events that were taking place before they arrived?
GAMMA is a story of urban regeneration in a nuclear irradiated future. GAMMA, a new urban developer proposes to regenerate the cities back into civilisation. GAMMA sets out to stabilise the atomic mistakes of yesteryear for the re-inhabitation of future generations. Using its patented "Nuke-Root" technology; part fungi, part mollusk, GAMMA intends to soak up the radiation and remove it from the irradiated cities, rebuilding them in the process. Read more
Doctor William Dyer may be the smartest theoretical physicist alive, but he has just blown it. After a routine CERN experiment goes horribly wrong, Dyer has to get to the emergency data access facility he has installed in an abandoned building nearby.
A race against time to avoid unthinkable Armageddon turns into something else - a struggle with himself and his own guilt. Only now, he not alone.
Something older than time itself that has been waiting through the aeons for the chance to return.
And now, the door is open.
The Music of Jo Hyeja is a cross-cultural adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Music of Erich Zann': a young student living in a ghetto on the edge of Seoul named Miju, encounters a mysterious upstairs neighbor, an elderly zither-player named Jo Hyeja whose bizarre musical performances fill the air each night.
A mysterious window in Mrs. Jo's lightless upper room beckons menacingly, calling Miju to the attic. Will she survive her brush with the ancient, macabre terrors summoned by a song that shatters the laws of music, sanity, and the very universe itself?
Following the break-up of Mystery Inc., the gang moves on with their lives by touring a nearby university, but the campus is terrorized by a mysterious creature known as Char Gar Gothakon, whose screams can destroy anything in its path. With the voices of Jeffrey Combs as "H.P. Hatecraft" and Harlan Ellison as Himself.
While studying the ecosystem of a lake, an ambitious science student discovers a strange and sinister artifact. Fascinated by it, he shows it to his professor, who immediately recognizes it as something dangerous. When the professor attempts to destroy the artifact, the student takes it and flees, studying it on his own. When it is stolen from him by a mysterious figure, the student must confront the horrifying nature of the artifact.