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Late Night Showcase

Go to the outer limits of cinema with the Denver Film Festival’s Late Night Showcase. This year’s selection of films includes a multilayered supernatural chiller from Taiwan and an over-the-top splatter fest for a special Halloween screening.

Film Selections

A Banquet

in-person & virtual • UK • Dir. Ruth Paxton

Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton makes an impressive feature directorial debut with this psychological horror about a widowed mother who is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power.

After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

in-person & virtual • france • Dir. Bertrand Manidco

In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed planet, a lonely teenager, Roxy, releases an assassin from the sands she was buried in. Once freed, the criminal sparks death all around. Roxy and her mother are held accountable, banished from their community and forced to track the murderer down, which begins a long journey across the fantastical territories of their filthy paradise.

Alison's Birthday

in-person • australia • Dir. Ian Coughlan

Getting its first official release since the VHS era, this Australian paranormal cult is unearthed! During a Ouija board session with her teenaged friends, 16-year-old Alison gets a message from beyond the grave not to go home for her 19th birthday. Fast forward three years later to the week of her 19th: she gets a call from her mother that they’re having a party to celebrate and they want her there… alone.


In-person • canada • Dir. Ryszard Bugajski

A white lawyer arrives to a remote area in Northern Ontario to defend Indigenous activists who are blocking a logging company’s clearcut of old growth on their land. A pacifist by nature, and perceiving himself as sympathetic to Indigenous concerns, he finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry, rogue Indigenous activist named Arthur (Graham Greene) who insists on kidnapping the head of the logging company to take him deep into the forest—where he hopes to teach him the price of his destruction.

Eyes of Fire

in-person • USA • Dir. Avery Crounse

The seminal American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, now debuts in a new 4K restoration. A rogue 18th century preacher and his followers make their way downriver to establish a new settlement beyond the western frontier and encounter a forest enchanted by strange spirits that will bring an apocalyptic madness upon them.

See For Me

in-person & virtual • canada • Dir.

Sophie, a young blind woman, house-sitting at a secluded mansion, finds herself under invasion by thieves seeking a hidden safe. Her only means of defense: a new app called “See For Me”.


in-person & virtual • Canada • Dir. Maxwell McCabe-Lokos

A satirical feature comedy that follows six disparate characters with nothing to lose as they face off in a bizarre competition for a slightly used habanero-orange compact sport utility vehicle.

The Feast / Gwledd

in-person & virtual • uk • Dir. Lee Haven Jones

Over an evening a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner with guests in their ostentatious house in the Welsh mountains. Served by a mysteriously disturbing young woman, the assembled party do not realize they are about to eat their last supper.

The Innocents

In-person • norway • Dir. Eskil Vogt

The Innocents follows four children who become friends during the summer holidays. Out of sight of the adults, they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.

The Scary of Sixty-First

In-person • usa • Dir. Dasha Nekrasova

While out apartment hunting, college pals Noelle and Addie stumble upon the deal of a lifetime: a posh duplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But soon after moving in, a more sinister picture of the apartment emerges when a mysterious woman arrives and claims the property used to belong to the infamous and recently-deceased Jeffrey Epstein.

The Timekeepers of Eternity

in-person & virtual • greece, uk • Dir. Aristotelis Maragkos

Mr. Toomey has an important business meeting in Boston, but he dreads the thought of arriving. The only relief from the screams of his father in his traumatic dreams of childhood, is obsessively tearing paper - ripping it into strips. When he wakes on his flight, there seems to have been a tear in reality as most of the other passengers have vanished.

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

In-Person & Virtual • USA • Dir. Kier-La Janisse

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its early beginnings to the genre’s revival over the last decade. Touching on over 200 films and featuring over 50 interviewees, it investigates the many ways that we alternately celebrate, conceal and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.

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