Experience the dark side of cinema with the Denver Film Festival’s Late Night Showcase. This year, we highlight seven features and a shorts program from around the world, including two mind- altering animated features, a Christmas zombie musical, and a demented documentary about, well, anthropophagy. Our mix of cult flicks and arthouse shockers will keep your adrenaline pumping well after midnight.
“Full moon, all the crazies are out.” Four seedy stories transpire over the course of one late-night order at a 24-hour deli.
Just in time for Christmas, the apocalypse has begun, and the undead are descending on the sleepy Scottish town of Little Haven. Now teenaged Anna and her friends must fight—not to mention sing and dance—to survive in this zany, candy-colored zombie holiday musical.
This experimental documentary explores a sinister theory surrounding the death of baseball player Ray Chapman in 1920 and the subsequent rise of the Yankee dynasty.
In this psychological thriller set in the world of Web porn, ambitious camgirl Alice (The Handmaid’s Tale's Madeline Brewer) discovers she has a doppelgänger with similar ambitions—to replace Alice in her own life. A meditation on identity in the social-media age, penned by a former camgirl.
Issei Sagawa murdered and cannibalized a woman in 1981, yet he’s been a free man for 32 years. Now old and infirm, he’s cared for by his brother Jun. This relentlessly close-up documentary reveals the nuances of their relationship—by turns competitive, deeply loving, resentful, and oddly paternal.
Lost in the desert, a woman gets lured into a nightmarish world of cult violence in this deeply chilling take on Mesopotamian mythology, told through ferocious dance movements.
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
A quartet of friends heads to a remote desert retreat for the weekend, where they’re startled by a late-night knock at the door. The choice they make next sets the scene for the rest of this intense (and gory) thriller, in which no one is quite who they appear to be.
Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.
On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.
A young man with a violent past enters a mysterious clinic where he's given the chance to transform himself, body and mind, via surgical implants. But they come at a great cost in this artsy sci-fi horror co-exec-produced by Steven Soderbergh, with music by Flying Lotus.
Young Bobby and Akkun stumble upon an amusement park only to discover it’s run by a deranged scientist with a terrifying ulterior agenda. Though a marvel of gekimation—a type of animation involving paper dolls—this Japanese adventure is definitely not for kids.
Banished from her home and pursued by a wolf, Maria finds shelter and relief in a home inhabited by pigs—but events quickly take a twisted turn in this Chilean fable made wondrous through stop-action animation, painstakingly crafted with paper, paint, tape, and other objects come to life.