Hulu's Sarah Paulson Thriller 'Run' to Open Virtual NIGHTSTREAM Fest

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The online frightfest from Oct. 8-11 unveiled the lineup for the collaborative genre film event.

Run, the Hulu original thriller starring Sarah Paulson, is set to open the virtual NIGHTSTREAM genre film festival, organizers said Thursday.

Director Aneesh Chaganty's film portrays a wheelchair-bound teenager whose fragile, isolated existence with her doting mother is threatened when she begins to notice strange occurrences around her house. And the North American premiere of Quentin Dupieux's Mandibles will close the first-time virtual festival.

The four-day NIGHTSTREAM event, to launch Oct. 8, also has world premieres for Ryuhei Kitamura’s The Doorman, starring Ruby Rose; Devereux Milburn rural-horror Honeydew; Jesse Blanchard’s Frank & Zed; Nicholas Payne Santos’ It Cuts Deep; Jake Mahaffy’s Reunion; and Terence Krey’s An Unquiet Grave.

NIGHTSTREAM will feature films from five U.S. genre festivals navigating the COVID-19 crisis: the Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights festivals.
Their new online-only festival will jointly screen films and other programming from their events.

There's also North American premieres for Albert Pinto's 32 Malasana Street; Emre Akay's The Hunt; Jonathan Cuartas' My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To; and Kourosh Ahari's The Night.

NIGHTSTREAM also plans virtual conversations with Candyman and Little Woods director Nia DaCosta, American Psycho director Mary Harron, and screenwriters and directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, also known as Beck/Woods.

Programmers from all five festivals collaborated on the NIGHTSTREAM film line up, with a focus on U.S. and international horror, fantasy, sci-fi, vanguard and underground titles. The participating five genre festivals either had to cancel or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic ahead of their alignment in the online space timed for Halloween.

The launch of NIGHTSTREAM follows the COVID-19 crisis shutting down live events in the entertainment industry, including film festivals which have seen a sharp drop in their revenues.