London After Midnight: Film4 FrightFest to screen Hatchet 2 and Last Exorcism

Hatchet 2August 26 this year sees the World Premier of HATCHET 2 at this this year’s Film4 FrightFest in London’s Empire Cinema. The opening night event will be attended by director Adam Green and cast members including Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris and Tony Todd.
HATCHET 2 promises even more gore and darker humour. Green says “Having the World Premiere at the opening night of FrightFest is really a homecoming for my monster Victor Crowley and I. It’s important to me that the first audience to see this should be the very audience that breathed life into HATCHET and turned it into a franchise. While the first film was a love letter to the films I grew up on, this film is my love letter to the fans – the original “Hatchet Army”.
And although FrightFest have premiered both HOSTEL and CABIN FEVER, Director Eli Roth will be making his first FrightFest appearance, when he and director Daniel Stamm close the festival with the European Premiere of THE LAST EXCORCISM on Monday August 30th.
THE LAST EXORCISM sees the disillusioned Reverend Cotton (played by Patrick Fabian) arrive at a Louisiana farm expecting to perform his last ‘routine’ exorcism but nothing could prepare him for the true horrors that lie ahead….
With such a fantastic opening and closing night already announced, one can only imagine the horrors that will be sandwiched in between!
Film4 FrightFest 2010 runs from Thurs 26th August to Monday 30th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Festival & day passes go on sale from 3rd July. Tickets for Individual films will be on sale from 26 July. Bookings: 08 714 714 714 or www.empirecinemas.co.uk
As from 16th July, FrightFest will be launching a bi-monthly E-zine, packed full of exciting content, with exclusive world-wide access to the talent both in front and behind the latest films. To register for the E-Zine go here: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/e-zineregistrati.html
I’ll announce more updates as they happen.

London After Midnight: Edinburgh's FAB Fest Films Announced

FABFestADThe FAB Fest horror and fantasy festival will run from 30th April to 2nd May inclusive. Screening more than 15 features at The Filmhouse Theatre in Edinburgh, the festival promises to be frighteningly entertaining. Announcing lost treasures and premieres, guest appearances, give-aways and Q & As, the organisers are promising three days of movie excess.
Premieres confirmed so far are as follows:
UK premieres:

  • KAIFECK MURDER – Terrifying supernatural chills in the Bavarian wilderness.
  • THE END – Audacious and gripping. Without doubt one of the most original films of the last few years.
  • THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE – Best director award winner, and a genre-defying cult classic in the making.
  • 8TH WONDERLAND – Award-winning, ground-breaking fantasy epic. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN – The latest gut-wrenching urban horror film from legendary New York director Buddy Giovinazzo, who will be attending the festival as our guest of honour and will also be screening his personal director’s cut print of his cult classic debut COMBAT SHOCK. 

Scottish premieres:

  • A DAY OF VIOLENCE – Unrelentingly brutal new British sensation. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • YESTERDAY – This zombie apocalypse labour of love is one of the great DIY horror films.
  • MUST LOVE DEATH – A brilliantly shocking, wickedly cruel and humorous outsider view of love gone mad.
  • RESURRECTING THE STREET WALKER – Superb new British indie horror that heralds a major new talent. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • NEIGHBOR – An astonishing modern Grand Guignol masterpiece. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)
  • REEL ZOMBIES – The most downright clever zombie movie of the last few years. (PLUS GUESTS / Q&A)

Tickets are available from www.filmhousecinema.com or by calling 0131 288 2688 . Tickets can also be purchased in person at the box office.  Tickets are £65 for the full three days.
There’ll be more films announced shortly, and we’ll do our very best to keep you up to date.

London After Midnight – Day of the Undead Festival

LA HORDE will screen at
One of many films screening at the 12-hour zombie-fest.

Wow! This one very nearly slipped through my net! DAY OF THE UNDEAD scheduled for 28th November 2009 in Phoenix Square, Leicester, England is a 12-hour Zombie-fest,  now in its third year. It promises Zombie films, make-up artists, computer games (with great prize for whoever kills the most virtual Zombies!), caricaturists, book signings, horror traders, and a ‘best dressed Zombie’ competition.
There’s a world’s first screening of the British Zombie feature, Zombie Undead (2009). The original Dawn of the Dead (1978) in Hi-definition (which will be a highlight for me, I’ve been dying to see this on the big screen!), Pontypool (2008) , Dead Snow (2009), La Horde (2009) – which is another one I’d recommend – and Zombieland (2009).
Confirmed special guests are:
Jasper Bark: author of ‘Way of the Barefoot Zombie’ from Abaddon Books, who will be signing copies of his novel.
Nick S. Thomas and Michael G. Thomas: authors of the indispensible ‘ZOMPOC – How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse’ released on October 31st, 2009, they will be also be signing copies of their book.
Tickets for the full 12 hours are £20 with individual tickets at £5.80.
Details of how to get tickets can be found on their website here.
It’s worth turning up early because the first 250 people through the door will get a lucky bag with lots of zombie bits and pieces; some will contain DVDS and signed books, and there are prizes to be won all day long….
As a Zombie fan, this is one I won’t be missing – and I hope to see you there!!

London After Midnight: Abertoir Horror Festival Review

AbertoirWe managed to survive our trip to Wales for the Abertoir Festival in spite of the all-consuming fog that threatened to swallow us up on what turned out to be a quite perilous journey home in the wee hours of Monday morning. As delighted as we were to return from Aberystwyth, and leave behind the horrendous weather we had endured over the previous five days, we were sad that the festival had come to an end – our time there had been filled with great horror films, fantastic special guests, informative talks, and wonderful company. Gareth Bailey had clearly tried to organise a very ambitious festival this year – and I’m pleased to say he succeeded. The fourth Abertoir festival was bigger and better than ever!
The festival, which ran from the 4th to the 8th of November, had many great films, which I’ll be reviewing separately over the coming weeks. One of my favourites was THE DESCENT PART 2, and I was delighted to meet the Director Jon Harris, who was there to introduce the film. There was also a very interesting question and answer session after the screening. Harris spoke of how odd it was to film in polystyrene sets that were tiny and looked unreal; it made it very difficult to direct because a lot of vision and imagination was needed – at the moment of shooting, a lot of it looked plain ridiculous!
 Harris also praised his cast for doing an amazing job of looking scared, given the fact they were, in effect, being confronted by ‘stupid bald guys wearing nothing but a thong and KY Jelly!’ He added that the men who played the crawlers were freezing cold because they were pretty much wearing nothing but the aforementioned thong and KY Jelly. Fortunately, they were cast from a dance school, so their on-screen movements work very well.
Abertoir had a great werewolf-themed evening, which kicked off with a rare opportunity to see the AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1982) on the big screen. Following this was an interesting and informative talk called ‘Werewolf Hunting for Fun and Profit’ by author, journalist, and occult expert Gavin Baddeley. Gavin is currently promoting numerous projects, including his books ‘The Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence and Darkness,’ which is available for pre-order, and his recent release ‘Saucy Jack: The Elusive Ripper (Devils Histories)’
Other special guests included the Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, who was there to introduce his newest film THE UH-OH SHOW – those of us at Abertoir were the very first to see this as it was fresh from the cutting room, and not quite finished! As well as introducing his film, Lewis also offered a low-budget film making master class.

Deborah Louise Robinson & Doug Bradley
Actor Doug Bradley & CFQ correspondent Deborah Louise Robinson

Doug Bradley (AKA Pinhead from Hellraiser) was also at Abertoir, to introduce the second in his Spinechiller series: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-tale Heart. He gave a presentation on film make-up and masks called ‘The Man in the Mask’. I spoke to him about ‘The Tell-tale Heart,’ and he was a lovely guy who was genuinely interested in what I had to say. Again we had an opportunity to see a classic film on the big screen with an afternoon screening of HELLRAISER.
The Carlsberg Short Film Festival gave us the chance to watch and judge a lot of great (if a little weird!) shorts, including the winning film WHEELCHAIR WEREWOLF which was pure genius!
Tony Hickson’s NASTY SPLURTY BRAINS was one of the short films entered, and Tony was there for the full five days which meant I got to spend a lot of time talking to him; we’d met at another festival earlier in the month and it was nice to see a familiar face.
Abertoir also had a special performance of A Night at the Grand-Guignol. Anyone with a love of amateur dramatics would enjoy this. Although I confess that this is not quite my cup of blood, it was clear that the majority of the audience thoroughly enjoyed it.
Gareth Bailey worked relentlessly to ensure that events ran smoothly, and the result was a very well-orchestrated and friendly festival. His special guests spoke of how well he’d looked after them and how he had spent the time to make them feel welcome. On top of looking after the guests and organising the festival, Gaz also worked as the projectionist for a lot of the screenings. I think the guy must have almost lost his mind trying to keep it all together, though honestly he seemed quite sane – until the day he turned up dressed as a pimp – but that’s another story!
Kudos to the Film Agency for Wales for helping Gaz to make this happen.

London After Midnight: Mayhem Horror Festival Review

mayhem-horror-festivalWith such a lot of great festivals to choose from this Halloween, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I had to choose – eventually I opted for the Mayhem Horror Festival in Nottingham, England, which ran from 29th October to 1st November. There was always a risk of regret, but I liked the look of their programme, and it was only a couple of hours drive away, so I was happy to take the chance. I’m so glad I did, the festival was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more……
I arrived in Nottingham on the 29th with my son Steve, and after throwing our things in the hotel, we hot-footed it down to the venue: The Broadway. My first impression was of an ordinary cinema. However, some time had been taken to ensure people knew they were in the right place – the Mayhem logos in the windows, for example.
I was quickly met by one of the festival directors Chris Cooke. The poor bloke had been suffering with a bad cold/flu which had decided to surface just when he needed it least. But in true Brit style he maintained a stiff upper lip, and soldiered on as if all was well with the world.
My notion that this was an ordinary cinema flew out the window as soon I sat down – man, those seats were so well upholstered, plump and spongy! Steve and I looked at each other, let out a happy sigh, and nestled in for the film.
The festival was certainly geared towards quality over quantity; in fact, I’m surprised to report that although some were worse than others, there was not one really bad film! In fact there were some damn good ones, and I quickly realised that their criteria for selection was ‘the more wrong it is, the more right it is’!
The schedule included old favorites like HELLRAISER, CARRIE, and THE HAUNTING, along with new fare like LA HORDE, a french “end of the world battle between gangsters, cops, and zombies” from Xavier Gens (exec producer of FRONTIERS) and HIERRO, a nightmarish film from debut director Gabe Ibanez, which features some of the team who worked on THE ORPHANAGE and PAN’S LABYRINTH. Other titles included MACABRE (a tongue-in-cheek splatter combo of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE ADDAMS FAMILY) and SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR (in which bad drugs resurrect the spirits of crazed ’70s killers). The fest wound up with the off-beat GRACE, which portrays what happens when the titular mother brings her dead fetus to term, and it mysteriously ressurects…
I was very pleased to meet Steven Sheil and discussing the horrors his film MUM & DAD contained, including whether they were entirely necessary. We agreed they were (yes, even that ‘meat’ scene)!!
I was also lucky enough to meet Marc Price, the filmmaker behind the £45 Cannes sensation COLIN (whose gimmick is to tell the story from the POV of the titular zombie, from “being bitten to returning from the dead and wandering through a suburban zombie apocalypse”). Although I can’t believe his £45 claim, I found Price to be a very funny guy.

CFQ correspondent Deborah Louise Robinson with filmmaker MIke Hodges
Deborah Louise Robinson and Mike Hodges

The highlight for me was meeting Mike Hodges, who was there for a Q & A session following a screening of his BLACK RAINBOW, his excellent but sadly overlooked supernatural thriller (the United States didn’t even bother to put it in theatres, shipping it off to Showtime – shame on them!).  I enjoyed BLACK RAINBOW, and also his brilliant GET CARTER, but my main reason for being delighted to meet him was that he was also the man behind FLASH GORDON back in 1980. I’ve always had a soft spot for this film, as it was one of the first features my twin sister and I saw on the big screen back when we were kids. Over the years I’ve seen it countless times, as have my own kids. Yes, I know, the acting isn’t amazing, but it has some great action, fantastic direction, and some kick-ass funny lines – not to mention Brian Blessed’s perfect performance as Prince Vultan! Mike Hodges, I salute you.
fright meterI also volunteered to be the ‘victim’ in Mayhem’s first experiment in terror from The Thrill Laboratory. I was told I was meant to be the second person to take part, but the journalist who was due to go before me (who shall remain nameless) had a panic attack and did a runner! So I was first up, and I’m sure a great disappointment to the Thrill Lab guys, as I pretty much flat-lined at zero fear the whole time! It isn’t that the films weren’t scary; they were, and the people who did the test later, did get some more action on their stats. I’m so glad it worked out this way; it wouldn’t do for a die-hard horror fan like me to display fear. Fear is for mere mortals!! In any case, this was a fun addition to the festival.
Alas, I was unable to attend their Halloween party, and that’s a shame, because it looked to be a great shin-dig. Next year I’ll keep my diary clear.
I always like to give a special mention to my festival buddies, and sadly it was not until the last day that I met a great guy called ‘Bear’ and his friends Dee, and a girl who’s name I’ve shamefully forgotten; she was lovely too, so I’m so sorry for having a brain like a sieve – and maybe that goes some way to explaining why I was so diabolical at the quiz too! I’d also like to say a huge thanks to Chris Cooke for making Steve and me so welcome and for smiling through his illness with such good humour.
In summary, the Mayhem Horror Festival was a nice, steadily-paced festival, which whilst not brimming over with films, had a real high quality selection and certainly enough wrongness to gratify the most hardened of horror fans.

Shadow Writer-Director Federico Zampaglione – Interview

Federico Zampaglione at Fright FestFederico Zampaglione’s stunning genre debut SHADOW was well received at Frightfest in August, before moving on to the Sitges festival in October. He’s now being heralded as Italy’s next master of horror, following in the footsteps of genre greats such as Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava. I was lucky enough to catch up with him for a quick interview:
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Federico, you are best known for playing with your band TIROMANCINO, can you tell me what your fans think of your decision to make SHADOW?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: I haven’t talked to them about my decision. I’m trying to keep my music career separate from directing horror flicks. However I’m quite sure they won’t easily understand this move. Indeed, my music style is far removed from a film like SHADOW. Sometimes, to be truly creative you mustn’t think too much about your fans reactions.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: What about the rest of the band, are they suitably impressed?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: My brother Francesco Zampaglione and Andrea Moscianese (both members of Tiromancino) composed the score for SHADOW, so they’re happy and motivated about this new adventure in the horror field. We have created a brand new musical project named “The Alvarius” in order to compose and arrange Horror films scores.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: How long did it take for you to write SHADOW – was it a quick process?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: It took one year of writing. A good screenplay always takes time to be really efficient and ready to be shot.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Can you tell me who you are most inspired by in the genre?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: First of all by my maestros as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato and Lucio Fulci. Then I love Carpenter, Cronenberg and Lynch too. More recent influences include Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), Balaguero and Plaza’s REC and that great film “Let The Right One In”
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: An impossible question maybe, but can you tell me your top five horror films?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: 1) Suspiria 2) Deep Red 3) Halloween (the original) 4) Hellraiser 5) The Sixth Sense. In a way you’re right – your question is an impossible one.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: In spite the great genre talents to come out of Italy, horror films are not as popular in Italy as they are elsewhere, why do you think that is?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: Because of the Industry. They don’t want to invest money in something they can’t easily sell to TV. That’s why they’d rather buy horror films from other countries, just to distribute them. Such a bad mentality. They are putting our genre tradition down. Anyway, I trust things are about to finally change.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: I understand Dario Argento read your screenplay before you started making the film, can you tell me what advice he gave you, and did you follow it?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: Originally the main character was an Italian soldier, and then Dario, after reading the script, did suggest I make him American. He also advised me to shoot the film in English to have a real international chance. He was right. God bless him!
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: I know he’s seen the end product, what did he think?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: He told me he was really proud and excited I will never forget that moment, a real treat.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Your father helped you write the screenplay, and I know there’s some pretty disturbing stuff in there – what does your mother think of it?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: My father is an uncommon and crazy dad and a great genre fan. He has also helped me compose many songs for Tiromancino. Actually he’s the real rock star in my family! When we were writing the nastiest moments of SHADOW, my mum was really disturbed and pretty disappointed. She used to complain a lot about the sense of all that evil.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: I know you specifically wanted Nuot Arquint to play Shadow, why was that? What was it about him that appealed to you?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: I found him surfing on the internet and I was immediately captivated and scared by his figure. I think he has the potential to become one of the more scary and creepy actor-monsters. The incredible thing is he doesn’t need any make up to be that sinister.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Did the remote location pose any problems for you – and what about that weather?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: Tarvisio is a desolate, wild, and cold mountain place up in the Alps. It is a border zone between Italy, Austria and Slovenia. I can tell you it was crazy dealing with both the weather and the natural habitat, especially because we were shooting the film in winter. Making Shadow was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, physically and mentally.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Can we expect to see the film on DVD any time soon? Are you close to getting a distribution deal?
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: Yes, I’m dealing with a really good company, but I can’t say who yet.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: I know you have wanted to make a horror film for a long time; it must be great to know that you finally did it – SHADOW has been very well received so far, and you are now being compared to the likes of Argento, how does that feel?
FedericoZampaglioneonthesetofSHADOW1-300x200FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: I’m honoured and flattered and I’ll try to do my very best to keep my contribution going.
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: What can we expect next? More horror? Tell us a little about what you’re on with.
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: My future is absolutely in the horror genre. I’m considering a couple of interesting projects, both really bloody and scary. One is placed in the dark and cruel medieval times, the other is a brutal and gritty psycho thriller…we’ll see
CINEFANTASTIQUE ONLINE: Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, and I wish you the best of luck getting that distribution deal, my DVD collection will not seem complete without SHADOW!
FEDERICO ZAMPAGLIONE: You’re welcome and let the terror play on!

London After Midnight: The Bram Stoker International Film Festival Review

bram-stoker-posterI have just returned from THE BRAM STOKER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, which took place in Whitby, England from 16th to 19th October. This was the first year for the festival and I was pleasantly surprised at how well organised and professional it was. I had an amazing time and met some great people.
Let’s start with my first impressions. I was warmly welcomed by festival director Mike McCarthy who showed me round the venue (The Whitby Pavilion), and I was instantly impressed by how they’d transformed this quaint, old-fashioned theatre into a cinema: installing a good sized screen and excellent surround sound, not to mention fantastic green and red lighting effects to create the perfect ambiance between the films. It was clear that a lot of effort and attention to detail had gone into the planning. There was a constant countdown to the next film displaying on the screen which was brilliant when we wanted to know if we had time to eat, or powder our noses before the next thrilling instalment. It’s obvious that sitting for over 12 hours in any theatre seat is going to have some negative impact on the old derrière, but the seats were remarkably comfortable for the first few hours. The best thing about the venue for me was how dark it was; darkness is a prerequisite for horror films and this theatre was pitch black.
Just before the launch party my son Steve and I had the pleasure of meeting Biff, the singer from Saxon. I love the band and was delighted to meet Biff and his wife!
I won’t dwell on the launch party for too long, but I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention it. The evening included burlesque dancers, a geisha girl, break-dancers, belly dancers, a contortionist and The Mocky Horror Show. Most of these performances were appropriately themed for a horror event. The Mocky Horror Show, whilst not being as good as I’d expected, did manage to get everyone on their feet for “The Time Warp,” including me, which is no easy task! The highlight of the night was Chris Cross the contortionist: not only is he an absolute freak when it comes to body bending [and I know this wouldn’t offend him, he knows he’s a freak – and he’s cool with it!] but he is also an excellent comedian; he managed to lift the audience where the host ‘Marcus the undie-taker’ had failed. In fact this guy would have been perfect to keep the crowd entertained and bring some levity between performances: he has a real charm about him; he’s a great entertainer – and man, those funky shoulder blades made me cringe! The only real problem with this launch party was Marcus, his between-act links had the crowd groaning: he was the most unfunny, uninteresting, pitiful performer I’ve ever seen, and I know he won’t be invited back next year! All things considered, however, it was a good, entertaining opening night.

Filmmakers' Workshop at the Bram Stoker Film Festival
L to R: Rachel Waters, Caroline Haines, Catherine Taylor, Steve Jaggi, producer-director Darren, Nina Romian, Devi Snively, Augustine Fuentes, Rod Morris, Gavin Baddely

As a screenwriter, I found it most interesting to talk to the directors, producers and actors who attended the festival, and they all gave up their time for a special film-makers’ workshop with some local students. I was delighted to attend and found it a very informative and useful session. I’m sure the students enjoyed it as much as I did, and it was great that the opportunity was there for them. Participating were: actress Rachel Waters (Temptation), actress Caroline Haines (Temptation), director Catherine Taylor ( Temptation), producer Steve Jaggi (Temptation), producer-director Darren (Nightlife), journalist Nina Romian, director-writer Devi Snively (Death in Charge), producer Augustine Fuentes (Death in Charge), writer-producer Rod Morris (Dying Breed), and journalist Gavin Baddely.
The films were a great mix to suit all tastes, nobody is ever going to enjoy all the films at a festival, but with such a variety, there was something for everyone. I’ll review the films separately, but my favourites, which really deserve a mention, are as follows:

  • KIRKSDALE (a macabre and perfectly produced short directed by Ryan Spindell)
  • INSIDE (a brutal story filled with tension directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
  • DYING BREED (a quintessential Aussie horror directed by Jody Dwyer)
  • WASTING AWAY (a Zombie film from the perspective of the zombies, directed by Michael Kohnen)
  • THE FOX FAMILY (a Korean film directed by Hyung-gon Lee, which was as strange as any film I’ve ever seen!)

There were so many other great films which I’ll try to cover on the site in the coming weeks.

(Death in Charge)
Augustine Fuentes, Deborah Louise Robinson, Devi Snively

I have to give special mention to Devi Snively (writer-director of Death in Charge) and Augustine Fuentes (Producer of Death in Charge). My son and I met them on the first night, and over the course of the next few days we shared many a frivolous conversation, talking about film making, the films we’d watched, how tired we were, and of course there were plenty of conversations about nothing in particular, and these are always the most fun!
My gut feeling tells me that next year you’ll need to secure tickets early! The Bram Stoker International Film Festival is here to stay, and it’ll be even bigger and better next year. My heartfelt thanks to Mike McCarthy for making us feel so welcome and for putting on a damn good show. I’ve had the time of my life, and I’m already looking forward to next year!
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London After Midnight: It's Grimm Up North

I Sell the Dead (2009)
Zombie action in I SELL THE DEAD, screening at the first ever Grimm Up North Festival

Declaring that “nothing before has been as big, as bold and as bloody” GRIMM UP NORTH is a brand new horror festival that takes place at The Odeon Printworks in Manchester, England from 30th October to 1st of November. This festival has me wishing more than ever that I could be two, three or even four places at once! Halloween weekend is a nightmare this year!
This festival will screen over 30 films and is advertising red carpet premieres with special guest appearances, and previews of the gaming industry’s hottest unreleased titles. There’ll also be a Zombie Ball where you can kill some time with the Halloween Horror Hunt and other bloodcurdling entertainment.
Films include The Descent 2; Mike Price’s micro budget shocker, Colin; the Australian stalk and slash, The Ferryman; and the U.K. premiere of Autumn. There are also U.S. premieres such as The Graves, and I Sell the Dead. Films are being added all the time, so keep checking their website.
On Sunday 1st November Zombie Aid 2 kicks off with what they expect to be a record breaking ‘walk of the dead’ through the streets of Manchester. I hope they’ve warned the residents, or they’ll be ripping up their floorboards and nailing them across the doors!
There’ll be a horror fair with plenty of unique merchandise, and also an exhibition of cool props and prosthetics from the movies.
The festival is new this year and the first of its kind in the area; I hope it’s here to stay! More information can be found at www.grimmfest.com

London After Midnight: Mayhem Festival Line-up Confirmed

Black Rainbow (1989)As the Mayhem Horror Festival draws ever closer, the line-up of brilliant movies is now locked in place. Unfortunately due to conflicting schedules, they’ve had to drop I SELL THE DEAD. Not that this should impact them too much, as there is still plenty for the discerning horror fan to get his/her fangs into.
In addition to the film line-up, one of the extras we can look forward to is “Thrill Laboratory” with an experiment in fear and the audience’s reaction to it. Audience members wishing to take part can see details on their website, sounds like fun! Also, director Mike Hodges will appear on November 1 to introduce his 1989 cult horror film BLACK RAINBOW, starring Rosanna Arquette and Jason Robards.
The full programme complete with timings can now be found on their website at www.mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk
Tickets will go on sale this Thursday and here are the prices:

  • £50 for a weekend pass gets you into everything.
  • £13.50 for a Friday 30th Pass
  • £18.00 for a Saturday 31st Pass
  • £18.00 for a Sunday 1st Nov pass

Tickets will be available at the box office or book on line at www.broadway.org.uk
If you fancy free admission you can always try their competition:
“Compete to meld a horror film to a non-genre film and create a hideous mutant that rampages across the land destroying everyone in its path. Take two films and slam them together using computer based magical pixie dust and send them in to us – the best example of a MONSTER MASH-UP wins a free weekend pass to Mayhem and all the goodness that this entails.”

London After Midnight: British Horror Festivals, So Good They're Scary!

mayhem-horror-festivalOne of the organisers of  THE MAYHEM HORROR FESTIVAL has very kindly given me a few updates. Firstly, and most importantly for anyone wishing to attend, the website to purchase tickets is www.broadway.org.uk  (not “co.uk” as previously stated), and tickets will be on sale in the very near future. The festival’s official site, where you can find details of their ever increasing line-up of films and special guests can still be found at www.mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk.
There are several preview screenings to be seen here: for example, Hierro, which will not be released until next year. Other freshly announced films include Colin, the low-budget zombie movie that caused a sensation at Cannes Film Festival, and when I say low-budget, I mean low – this was made for only £45! Special guest director Marc Price will be attending. The award-winning and utterly disturbing Grace has also been confirmed, along with Australian psycho thriller Coffin Rock. Also showing are the Grindhouse styled Someone’s Knocking at the Door, I Sell The Dead, The Haunting, and a special midnight screening of the original Hellraiser which will tear your soul apart…..
They will also have their very own Mayhem Vault of Horror, a special screening of the scariest shorts from the nightmare makers of the future.
THE BRAM STOKER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Whitby, now only a few weeks away, is advertising 23 U.K. and 3 World premieres including the world premiere of Orlok 3D which is a re-imagining of the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu, based on the Dracula story. The festival has a huge line-up of films which can be seen on their website at www.bramstokerfilmfestival.com
Tickets will be on sale from this coming Tuesday. £88 buys a four day pass to all screenings and the fantastic opening night party; this is a festival not to be missed.
FRIGHTFEST which starts this Thursday is promising to be better than ever this year! They have over fifteen U.K. premieres and over fifteen World premieres, along with many special guests. Films are now confirmed on their website at www.frightfest.co.uk,  but if you want tickets, hurry, the sands of time are fast running out…….