Screenland and Downright Creepy Announce Panic Fest 2018 Programming

The 6th annual Panic Film Fest, a three day celebration of new, independent horror films, live events and vendors returns Jan. 26 – 28th, 2018 at Screenland Armour Theatre in Kansas City, MO.

Building on the incredible success of last year, we are excited to welcome special guests Directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch hosting a live edition of their popular podcast, The Movie Crypt, The Generation Why? Podcast which delves into the macabre of true crime in a presentation style live event.

In addition to these special events, for the first time we are introducing awards including; Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Short Film and Audience Choice Feature Film.

“We are thrilled to reveal the film line-up for 2018, as we were bombarded with exciting new films from all over the world. We truly believe this is the most solid film line-up we’ve had to date” said Adam Roberts, co-founder of the festival and owner of Screenland Armour.

This years festival will feature over 20 new Horror, Thriller and Science Fiction films as well as two short film showcases.

“We really wanted to take a big step forward in becoming the forefront for emerging films and filmmakers in these genres.” said Tim KC Canton, co-founder of the festival and founder of DownrightCreepy.com.

In addition to the films, the festival features vendors from all over the country with the Phantom Podcast Network hosted live events.

The 2018 Panic Film Festival runs from Jan. 26th – 28th 2018 at Screenland Armour Theatre in Kansas City, MO.

Panic Fest is sponsored by Screenland Theatres, Downright Creepy, Boulevard Brewing Company, IFC Midnight and Film Society KC.

Full Festival Information can be found at panicfilmfest.com

After months of planning we are proud to announce 2018 line-up! Expect a couple more films to be added this week. Until then check out our full list of programming below and BUY TICKETS HERE.

2018 FILM LINEUP 

MOHAWK
Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

Special Guest: Director Ted Geoghegan

LOWLIFE
The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.

Special Guest: Director Ryan Prows + TBA

THE CURED
A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

MIDNIGHTERS
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness.

VICTOR CROWLEY
Ten years after the events of the original movie, Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and proceeds to kill once more.

Special Guest: Director Adam Green

SCARY STORIES (DOC)
A documentary about children’s horror classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It includes the author’s family, scholars, folklorists, artists, and children’s book authors such as R.L. Stine, Q.L. Pearce, and more.

 

CHARISTMATA
Psychological horror about a police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders.

RUIN ME
Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive.

VIDAR THE VAMPIRE (NORWAY)
A Christian farmer searching for a higher purpose to life, falls into sin and wakes up as the Prince of Darkness in the city of Stavanger, Norway.

THEY REMAIN
Two scientists who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behavior on the site of a Manson Family-style cult’s compound.

Special Guest: Director Philip Gelatt

REPLACE
Kira’s skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. But then she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else’s.

MOM AND DAD
A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

 

DEAD SHACK
While staying at a run-down cabin in the woods during the weekend, three children must save their parents from the neighbor who intends to feed them to her un-dead family.

MAYHEM
A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

Special Guest: Director Joe Lynch

 

BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
Three children decide to leave their homes looking for a better life.


SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: BLOCK 1 & BLOCK 2
We will have two 90 minute blocks of short films!

2018 EVENT LINEUP 


MOVIE CRYPT PODCAST
Hailed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 20 Podcasts” (Issue #1345 – Jan. 9, 2005), celebrated genre filmmakers Adam Green (HATCHET, FROZEN, DIGGING UP THE MARROW) and Joe Lynch (EVERLY, WRONG TURN 2, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM) host this informative and inspiring filmmaking podcast that has been called “audio film school” by both aspiring and working artists alike. Showcasing a different celebrity or other accomplished industry professional each week, Adam and Joe lead extremely candid discussions that focus on each guest’s individual journey through Hollywood and their comical, heartbreaking, and brutally honest tales from the trenches that reveal far more insight about the business than any film class could ever offer. Listen, learn, and laugh along with this highly addictive show that has quickly become one of the most popular film and television podcasts on the internet.

GENERATION WHY PODCAST
Two friends, Aaron & Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime on the hugely popular Generation Why podcast.


NIGHTMARE JUNKHEAD PODCAST

Join Greg D and Jenius McGee for the Phantom Podcast Network original show Nightmare Junkhead. Exclusively on DownrightCreepy.com.

 

PUMPKINHEAD SCREENING & LIVE COMIC REVEAL EVENT
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. You’ll get to see Pumpkinhead on the big screen and participate in a Q&A with illustrator Kyle Strahm who is bringing Pumpkinhead to live in a new comic series!