2nd annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival adds ‘June’ and ‘JeruZalem’ to the lineup

2nd annual bruce campbell horror film festival

The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running Aug. 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), is proud to announce the addition of two more films to the already bursting schedule.

June, starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice), who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. Though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily and Dave (Van Dien) that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. June enjoys its North American Premiere on Friday, Aug. 21.


On Sunday August 23, JeruZalem will hold its U.S. Premiere. Two American girls on vacation follow a mysterious and handsome anthropology student on a trip to Jerusalem. The party is cut short when the trio are caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the three travelers must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them. JeruZalem is directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz, and stars Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin and Danielle Jadelyn.

Films will screen at the Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., mere blocks from the Wizard World convention hall. Screenings are free for Wizard World Comic Con Chicago badge-holders (space permitting), and a limited number of festival badges and single tickets are available for fans who are not registered for Wizard World.

Festival badges are on sale for $66.60, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view Festival schedule updates, visit www.bchff.com.”


Thursday August 20

7:30 PM – Tales of Halloween (Opening Night film), with cast & crew appearance

10:00 PM – Hellions

Friday August 21

7:30 PM – Fright Night, followed by Q&A with writer/director Tom Holland

9:30 PM – The Pack – North American premiere

11:59 PM – Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, with cast & crew appearance

Saturday August 22

12:00 PM – Synapse – World Premiere, followed by Q&A with cast & crew

3:00 PM – Some Kind of Hate

5:00 PM – Body

7:00 PM – Bubba Ho-Tep, followed by Q&A with Bruce Campbell

9:30 PM – Contracted: Phase 2 – North American premiere

11:59 PM – Bunny the Killer Thing – U.S. premiere

Sunday August 23

12:00 PM – Cannibal Holocaust, with introduction by Eli Roth

Featuring “cannibal breakfast” with mountains of breakfast meat

(Paid ticket or Film Festival Badge required for admission)

2:30 PM – Nina Forever

4:30 PM – Sun Choke

7:00 PM – He Never Died (Closing Night film), with special guests in attendance


Body — Chicago Premiere

Three bored young women break into a house for cheap laughs, stumble across someone who shouldn’t be there, and commit a terrible deed.

Cast: Helen Rogers, Lauren Molina, Alexandra Turshen and Larry Fessenden

Dir: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) — followed by a Q&A with lead actor Bruce Campbell!

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Heidi Marnhout and Bob Ivy

Dir: Don Coscarelli

Bunny the Killer Thing — U.S Premiere

A group of Finnish and British people get stuck in a cabin when a creature — which is a half human & half rabbit — attacks them. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, and it is after anything that resembles female genitalia. Yes, really. Based on the 2011 short film of the same name.

Cast: Gareth Lawrence, Veera W. Vilo, Roope Olenius and Enni Ojutkangas

Dir: Joonas Makkonen

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) — 35mm screening introduced by Eli Roth!

A New York professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon with footage shot by a lost team of filmmakers. And it’s pretty damn gruesome.

Cast: Robert Kerman, Perry Pirkanen, Francesca Ciardi and Luca Barbareschi

Dir: Ruggero Deodato

Contracted: Phase 2 – North American Premiere – Cast & Crew in attendance!

Picking up directly where the creepy indie hit Contracted left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with the ill-fated Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but possibly the world as we know it.

Cast: Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Stacy Burcham, Laurel Vail, Anne Lore and Morgan Peter Brown

Dir: Josh Forbes

Dude Bro Party Massacre III — Special Screening with Filmmakers & Greg Sestero in attendance!

In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.”

Cast: Alec Owen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon, Paul Prado, Brian Firenzi, Tomm Jacobsen, Greg Sestero, Andrew W.K., Nina Hartley, Larry King and Patton Oswalt

Dir: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon

Fright Night (1985) — followed by a Q&A with writer / director Tom Holland!

A teenage boy is convinced that his new neighbor is a bloodthirsty vampire, but nobody will believe him — until he enlists the assistance of a fussy old actor who used to kill the creatures all the time. In movies, that is.

Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys and Roddy McDowall

Dir: Tom Holland

He Never Died — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!

Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. A masterful combination of film noir, crime thriller, character study, and horror story.

Cast: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey and Steven Ogg

Dir: Jason Krawczyk

Hellions — Chicago Premiere

A troubled teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. And refuse to go away. From the director of festival favorite Pontypool.

Cast: Chloe Rose, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson and Robert Patrick

Dir: Bruce McDonald

Nina Forever — Chicago Premiere

After his girlfriend Nina dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.

Cast: Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, David Troughton and Fiona O’Shaughnessey

Dir: Ben Blaine & Chris Blaine

The Pack – North American Premiere

A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night. An exercise in suspense, in the same vein as OPEN WATER & BACKCOUNTRY, this grisly Australian horror/thriller packs a ton of bite.

Cast: Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, Hamish Phillips and Katie Moore

Dir: Nick Robertson

Some Kind of Hate — Chicago Premiere

A bullied teenager is sent to a reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors.

Cast: Grace Phipps, Lexi Atkins, Ronen Rubenstein, Spencer Breslin and Noah Segan

Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Sun Choke — Chicago Premiere

Recovering from a violent psychotic break, Janie is just trying to get well under the care of her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman to whom she feels an inexplicable yet profound connection.

Cast: Sara Malakul Lane, Sarah Hogan, Evan Jones and Barbara Crampton

Dir: Ben Cresciman

Synapse — Wizard World Presents a World Premiere!

Voyeuristic technology has surpassed our wildest nightmares and our most explicit fantasies. Running from SYNAPSE, an agency tasked with memory drug enforcement, a rogue agent fights against the organization that once employed him.

Cast: Henry Simmons, Joshua Alba, Sophina Brown, Adam Simon, Charley Boon and Will Rubio

Dir: Adam Simon

Tales of Halloween — Chicago Premiere – Filmmakers in attendance!

Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

Cast: James Duval, Greg Grunberg, Pollyanna McIntosh, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, Booboo Stewart, Barbara Crampton, Lisa Marie, Sam Witwer, Clare Kramer, John Savage, Ben Woolf, Alex Essoe, Elissa Dowling, Noah Segan, Kristina Klebe, Caroline Williams, Graham Skipper, Robert Rusler, Dana Gould, Marc Senter, Ben Stillwell, Adam Green, Pat Healy and many more!

Dir: Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet”

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