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“JUG FACE” creator’s new horror film “DEMENTER” sets premiere

Monday, September 9, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

After winning widespread applause for his debut feature JUG FACE, writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle returns with DEMENTER, which has its world premiere next month.

DEMENTER will see its debut screening Thursday, October 10 at 8:30 p.m. CST at the Nashville Film Festival; it will have a second showing Friday, October 11 at 12 p.m. Kinkle, who also produced with Ashleigh Snead, designed the project around his sister Stephanie, who has Down syndrome and plays one of the leads. Katie Groshong, Brandy Edmiston, Eller Hall and Larry Fessenden also star; the synopsis: Katie [Groshong], a young woman determined to do something positive with her life after fleeing from a backwoods cult, takes a job at a center for special needs adults. Desperately attempting to live a normal life, she is overwhelmed by signs that ‘the devils’ are after Stephanie [Stephanie Kinkle], a woman with Down syndrome that she now cares for. Using writings from a strange notebook, Katie creates rituals to ward away the evil while taking care of Stephanie at the center and in her home. But nothing seems to work, and Stephanie is becoming sicker with each passing day…”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.