Las Vegas Gearing up for The PollyGrind 2010

In Dread Central’s effort to promote independent horror, have we got the goods on a great horror film festival in Las Vegas! From May 12-16th Sci-Fi Center at 2520 State Street, Las Vegas, NV 89109, will be hosting The Polly Staffle Grindhouse Fest (aka PollyGrind), which includes 30 different films with five world premieres, seven Las Vegas premieres, and one U.S. premiere. There will also be a ton of music videos and trailers and more horror-related goods for you to feast your eyes on.

Read on for the full line-up, and look for more from Dread Central on PollyGrind (click here for the official site) soon!


Las Vegas Gearing up for PollyGrind 2010 (click for larger image)5:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

7 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s Soldier Killer (30 seconds) (World Premiere)
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s The Texas Chainsaw Champion (1:23 minutes) (World Premiere)
Trailer – Pete Schuermann’s Evil Brain from Planet X (4 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Christian Schleisiek’s Babylon 2084 (30 minutes – Germany) (In German with subtitles – Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Scars of Youth” – (World Premiere)
(82 minutes – Pensacola, Florida)
From the creator of “Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare”
Written, Produced, Directed, Photographed and Edited by John R. Hand
Starring Jeremy Hosbein, Amanda Edington, Bruce Culpepper, Donovan Hosbein and Ferrin Thomas
Synopsis: Two hundred years in the future, society has broken down into fragmented groups who now dwell within a tangled wood, completely unaware of any civilization that exists beyond and governed by the white-suited agents of some ominous force, which could perhaps be nothing more than a high-tech manifestation of their own guilt and suffering. In this world, a young man living in a decaying wreck of a dwelling struggles to come to terms with his bleak existence while trying to save his mother from the grip of a strange black fluid which seems to prolong life but at the same time leaves it’s users in a drug-like haze and causes scar-like tissue to cover their bodies.

9:15 p.m.
Short film – Jeffrey Anderson Bliss’ Telefone (4:50 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short film – Lucas Figueroa’s Because There Are Things You Never Forget (13 minutes, Madrid) (In Italian with subtitles / Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – David Wanger’s Anatinus – Song by LIGO (2:16 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – Elona’s Warrior – Song by Elona (4:32 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Slime City Massacre” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(85 minutes – Buffalo, New York)
Sequel to the 1988 cult classic “Slime City”
Written and Directed by Greg Lamberson
Starring Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins, Brooke Lewis, Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke and Lloyd Kaufman
Synopsis: In the wake of a “dirty bomb” attack, a New York City neighborhood known as “Slime City” has been evacuated, except for the homeless. Four squatters searching for food in the ruins of a soup kitchen discover a supply of mysterious wine and jars of brightly colored goop. After finishing their buffet of goodies, they are transformed into hideous slime creatures driven to murder.

ZOMBIES-A-GO-GO! (Triple Feature)

Terror Card Night! (free packs for everyone through the door)

5:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

7 p.m.
Trailer – Jeffrey Blake Palmer’s The Sleeping Deep (1 minute) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Rob Prior and Paul Jenkins’ Get Your Dead On – Song by Scum of the Earth (3:59) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Michael Dunn’s The Bet (Midnight movie version) (19 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “The Dead Undead” – (World Premiere)
(90 minutes – Santa Clarita, California)
Soldier Vampires vs. Zombie Vampires
Written by Edward Conna
Directed by Matt Anderson and Edward Conna
Starring Luke Goss, Matt Anderson, Edward Conna, Vernon Wells, Spice Williams and Forrest J. Ackerman.
Synopsis: A group of peaceful Vampires are infected and turned into crazed zombie like creatures whose only motivation is to feed on flesh. A group of Vamprie commandos try to keep their identity secret, while trying to stop the spread of the infection. Soldiers from across the ages, it’s up to these vampires to end the zombie infection. Caught in the middle is a group of human kids on a camping trip, who team up with the Vampires in an attempt to survive.

9 p.m.
531 Productions Showcase
Intro (1:25 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Henry Weintraub’s “Scent of Your Blood” by Monday with a Bullet (5:08 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Henry Weintraub’s “Depraved” (26 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Melvin” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(63 minutes – Eugene, Oregon)
Written, Edited & Directed by Henry Weintraub
Starring Leif Fuller, Patrick O’Driscoll, Lilly Maher, Ben Chinburg and Lloyd Kaufman
Synopsis: Melvin is dead. Now, three years after his accidental murder, he’s finally making up for lost time in this entry from 531 Productions. After enlisting the involuntary help of nerdy college student Norton Pincus, he’s ready to take on those who are responsible for his death. Melvin’s thirst for vengeance will take this dynamic dork duo on a mind-blowing streak of throat-ripping, vomit-spewing, head decapitating and much, much more.

10:30 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s I Piss on Your Grave (1:53 minutes) (World Premiere)

Calvin Lee Reeder Rambler Showcase
Short Film – Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Rambler (13:26 minutes)
Short Film – Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Snake Mountain Colada (13:41 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Zombie Apocalypse Now: A Zombie Hunter” – (United States Premiere)
(70 minutes – Argentina)
In Spanish with English subtitles
From the creator of “Sadomaster”
Written and directed by German Magariños
Starring Leandro de la Torre, Ezequiel Hansen, Vic Cicuta, Fernando Giangiacomo and Lloyd Kaufman.
Synopsis: In a city crowded with zombies, a sexual deviant is recognized as the most important hunter of the undead. Hired by the Catholic Church to kill zombies, Toro uses his earnings to fulfill his sexual desires in this extreme zombie film from the underground. The Argentina import from Gorevision Films is oh-so wrong in oh-so many ways.


6:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

8 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s Star Wars Grindhouse (2:03 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – John Fallon’s The Red Hours (8:14 minutes – Canada) (U.S. Premiere)
Music Video – Michael Dunn’s Hallway – Song by Justine Bellinsky (4:48 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(92 minutes – Vancouver, Canada)
Directed by: Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska
Starring Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Ricki Gagne and C.J. Wallis
Synopsis: From the Twisted Twins comes this underground sensation about a tale of four friends, fighting for their lives after they discover the body of a dead prostitute in the trunk of their car. Lead by a sexy impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body.

10 p.m.
Short film – Pete Jacelone’s Hypochondriac (32 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Frat House Massacre” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(95 minutes – Boston, Massachusetts)
Written by Draven Gonzalez
Directed by Alex Pucci
Starring Jon Fleming, Nikki Notarile and Rane Jameson
Synopsis: Set in the late 70s, this gritty and twisted tale from the Scream Kings taps the physical and mental underpinnings of the meaning of the word “brother” in a way reminiscent of the best of late 70s grindhouse and early 80s slashers.

Special Midnight Screening
Short Film – Michael Ramova’s Slice (1:42 minutes) (World Premiere)
Music Video – Ryen McPherson’s Jitterbug – Song by Walker Rose (1:50 minutes) (World Premiere)
Jason Shipley’s Blood Shed (16 minutes – Canada) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Terror Overload” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
Tales from Satan’s Truckstop
(83 minutes – St. Paul, Minnesota)
Written by Joe Knetter, Dustin LaValley and Robbie Ribspreader
Directed by Brant Johnson, Kevin Myhre and Jason Stephenson
Starring Joe Knetter, Scarlet Salem, Rachel Grubb, Nicole Kruex and Ari Lehman.
Synopsis: A creepy truck driver spins terrifying tales to stranded motorist Debbie in this anthology from Not For The Squeamish Production. The journey into the macabre begins with Dinner Date then to Lot Lizard and finally the shocking Mongo Chupa. As the stories unfold, Debbie begins to suspect she might be the next chapter in the devil driver’s story.


6:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

8 p.m.
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Erection
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s He
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Peeping Blog

Feature – “Orgy of Blood” – (World Premiere)
(120 minutes – Hollywood, California)
Written and directed by Creep Creepersin
Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Jeff Dylan Graham, Elissa Dowling, Jed Rowen, Ariauna Albright, Elina Madison, Devanny Pinn, Creep Creepersin, and Luke Y. Thompson.
Synopsis: An erotic vampire tale set in a surreal world of pleasure and betrayal. Fosco, a 300 year old vampire, lives in a beautiful mansion with his wife Sabina and their son Dimitri. Their lives are a non-stop lust orgy where anything goes and always does… Until, Fauna (a naive young woman) and her boyfriend Micah show up and turn the ecstasy-driven clan into murderous back stabbers, hell-bent on revenge and power.

10:15 p.m.
Q&A—Creep Creepersin and Orgy of Blood cast/crew
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s The Corporate Cut Throat Massacre
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Ding Dong Dead
Sneak Peak—Creep Creepersin’s The Brothers Cannibal

Double Feature – “Vaginal Holocaust” (World Premiere) and “Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go” (World Premiere)
(120 minutes – Hollywood, California)
Both written and directed by Creep Creepersin
Vagina Holocaust cast—Nathaniel Branch, Sean Cain, Creep Creepersin, Elissa Dowling, Christine Eaton, Elske McCain, Shane Ryan, Natasha Talonz and Matty Thunders.
Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go Cast—Monique Dupree, Lloyd Kaufman, Elina Madison, Elissa Dowling, Shane Ryan, Ted Alderman, Creep Creepersin, Elske McCain, John Karyus, Sean Cain and Ariauna Albright.
Synopsis—Two sick pictures for the price of one. This grindhouse double feature begins with a Vaginal Holocaust, featuring rape, revenge, hicks, vampires and, of course, a man eating vagina. Then sit back and climax to Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go, a women-in-prison thriller that pulls out all the stops – and fistfuls of hair along the way.

12:30 a.m.
Q&A—Creep Creepersin and Vaginal Holocaust/Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go cast/crew


4:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

6 p.m.
Trailer – Jamie Heinrich’ s Nancy Scanner (3:00) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Ginnetta Correli’s Hippodome Mime (4:38) (World Premiere)
Aaron Mento Showcase
Short film – Aaron Mento’s Heathen’s Gate (7:17 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short film – Aaron Mento’s Absent (20 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Horrid” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(92 minutes – Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Written, Shot & Directed by James Pronath
Starring Kevin Kiser, Kyle Berg, Chase Stoeger, Liz Ribarchek, Amber Rae Halama, Lindsey Gagliano and Charles Ramsey
Synopsis: Three friends travel to the north woods for a bachelor party weekend filled with beer, booze and babes in this entry from Six Foot Hamster Films. After a night of partying and unexpected encounters, the three find themselves trapped in the small town, while a cannibalistic disease overtakes the townsfolk and turns them into ravenous monsters.

8:30 p.m.
Short film – Colin Clarke’s Frankenstien vs. Wolfman in 3D (20 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – William Mager’s Stiletto (16 minutes – UK) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Deborah Haywood’s Sis (11 minutes – UK) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – Alvaro de la Hoz’s Long Goodbye – Song by Lazy (6 minutes – Spain) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Red Velvet” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(87 minutes – Los Angeles, California)
It’s all about the stains!
Written by Anthony Burns and Joe Moe
Directed by Bruce Dickson
Starring Henry Thomas, Kelli Garner, Cristen Coopen, Eric Junmann and Forrest J. Ackerman.
Synopsis: This gem from 3Mac Studios is part romantic arthouse dark comedy and part deconstructive slasher. A chance encounter at a laundromat between a young man and young woman turns into an afternoon of story telling – some fact, some fiction – about each other’s past. Eventually, the man delves into a story about a birthday party whose guests began to be systematically killed off by a maniac in a white jump suit. Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship or a building block leading to a day ending in madness beyond fairy tales?

Heather Wixson

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