horror festival season again, and we’ll be bringing
you news on events whenever we receive it (so if you
run a festival, let us know what is happening!).
Coming up at the end of October is the unspeakably
splendid Mayhem Festival in Nottingham, now in its
fifth year and bigger and better than ever. This event
now runs for five days, with support from BAFTA and
EM Media, and promises a sterling line up of movies,
events and guests.
The event opens on October 27th with British supernatural
thriller The Awakening – no,
not the one with Charlton Heston! Director Nick Murphy
will be along for a Q&A, as will Richard Stanley,
one of the directors of Theatre Bizarre,
which is shown the same night as a late-night treat!
Friday sees occult horror The Devil’s
Business – with producer Jennifer Handforf
and director Sean Hogan in attendance – and
the much-anticipated, already controversial sequel
to The Wicker Man, The Wicker
Tree. Director Robin Hardy will be along
to discuss it. Finally that night, there is Helldriver
(pictured), the latest opus from the maniacs behind
Tokyo Gore Police. Does that need
any further recommendation? No, thought not!
sees HP Lovecraft movie The Whisperer in Darkness
(“filmed entirely in mythoscope”!),
controversial shocker A Horrible Way to Die,
Dick Maas’ festive horror Saint,
Revenge: A Love Story – a nasty
sounding tale from the makers of last year’s
hit Dream Home
– Scary Shorts and
a late night screening of the masterpiece that is
Theatre of Blood. A packed day for
Sunday sees Tomie: Unlimited –
more Japanese insanity from the director of Machine
Girl – along with the classic Eyes
without a Face, the shocking (and hard to
see) Little Deaths
and the creepy The Last Employee,
as well as the notorious BBC mockumentary horror Ghostwatch,
with writer Stephen Volk in attendance. Oh, and the
infamously tough horror quiz hosted by yours truly!
Monday sees an extra treat in the form of Ghost
Stories for Halloween, as writer Niki
Valentine hosts an evening of ghost stories, live
readings and television chillers. It’s a free
event, so no excuses for not being there!
Outside the movies, there are assorted other attractions,
including the ever-popular Thrill Laboratory, which
this time will be sending a live feed from a ‘real
haunted building’ on Friday evening, the Saturday
night party – this time also celebrating Vincent
Price’s centenary with special festival ales
on tape, stalls from FAB Press and others, and the
Laser Maze that I am assured is “a fear
filled fun house of ghosts and games”.
As anyone who has been can tell you, Mayhem has one
of the best atmospheres you’ll find at a horror
festival, helped by the location at the Broadway Cinema,
which not only has an accommodating restaurant / bar
space but is also in easy reach of most of the city’s
other top eateries and drinkeries.
festival tickets are £55; prices for day tickets
and individual films will be announced shortly.
If you are there, come and say hello!
booking and venue info at www.broadway.org.uk.
Festival info at www.mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk