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  • The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) 3000 West Scenic Drive North Little Rock, AR, 72118 United States (map)


Directed by Chad Ferrin

USA | 2016 | 80 mins

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Fantasia Film Festival (World Premeire), HorrorHound, Arizona Underground Film Festival

Parasites is intense from the first shot to its harrowing curtain call. Extremely well-acted, well-crafted, well-shot, and proper gritty, it’s hands-down one of my favorites coming out of Fantasia Festival. It’s got something to say without cramming it down our throats and it takes a simple premise and runs with it down to hell.
— Bloody Disgusting


A group of friends get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts that seizes them and one-by-one, horrifically kills all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture.




Mad Max: Fury Road on legs with a horror skew, Parasites offers a powerful message and plenty to entertain.
— Hollywood Now
Los Angeles becomes an eerie, desolate, almost purgatorial wasteland, as Ferrin recreates the same dusky vibe from vintage Carpenter films.
— Oh, The Horror
Ferrin has delivered one of the few true throwbacks to the grindhouse days with Parasites.
— Beneath The Underground


Born in a small Minnesota town straight out of a David Lynch film, Chad Ferrin spent his formative years on a farm. The brutal winters, social isolation and exposure to violent animal slaughters influenced the predatory and survivalist themes he would later explore cinematically. In 1988, Ferrin sold his home in Minnesota to finance his first film, UNSPEAKABLE. Lloyd Kaufman, president of notorious genre production house Troma Entertainment, took a personal interest and distributed the film. After a multi-year relationship producing, writing and directing for Troma, Ferrin sold his 1968 1/2 Ford Mustang to finance his independent hit, THE GHOULS. Called “Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL revisited”, hailed by Variety and a winner of numerous international festival awards, THE GHOULS was an underground commercial and critical success. Ferrin immediately followed up with EASTER BUNNY, KILL! KILL!, a film teeming with dark humor and social commentary in the vein of Sam Peckinpah and Sam Fuller. In 2009, SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR took the festival circuit by storm with tried-and-true psychedelic grind-house style, Ferrin has paid tribute to the 60s, 70s and current tone in American youth. PARASITES is the next progression of a true independent American auteur, mixing social and political commentary in the modern retelling of John Colter's Run.

Earlier Event: October 28
Later Event: October 29
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