Rising from the doctor’s slab for its 8th blood curdling year, Cape Town’s most infamous Halloween event returns! And every year, HorrorFest grows more and more powerful, encompassing all aspects of Horror culture, embracing both its serious and lighter sides.
This year, the festival is now able to expand up to Johannesburg with films being screened at The Bioscope from the 26th – 31st of October.
And as a way to catch up on the amazing films we have been missing every year, HorrorFest’s organisers have put together a special selection for Joburg of the best films over the last 8 years of HorrorFest.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE FESTIVAL GO TO www.horrorfest.info
7pm. THE SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION. BUY TICKETS. For the HorrorFest’s first Shadow Realm Short Film Collection’s unleashing on Jo’burg at The Bioscope, this batch of scary, spooky, gory, innovative, hilarious and mind-blowing flicks from around the world will include werewolves, strange plants, demons, the finer points of zombie cuisine, animation, a new original creature, a trip into a demented mind and more. Incl. Spain, Canada, France, Phillipines and South African short films.
9pm. FRANKENSTEIN. BUY TICKETS. Get the chance to see this 1931 landmark Horror / Sci-Fi film based on Mary Shelley’s legendary novel on the big screen. An obsessed docor plays God and resurrects a man he created from various human body parts, only to find he had literally created a monster, but a complex one that questions its place in the world.
4pm. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. BUY TICKETS. The House by the Cemetery is a 1981 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is the third instalment of the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy which also includes City of the Living Dead and The Beyond.
The film revolves around a series of murders taking place in a New England home – a home which happens to be hiding a particularly gruesome secret within its basement walls.
6pm. TRUE NATURE. BUY TICKETS. The Pascal family has it all – wealth, power, privilege – but their picture perfect lives change forever when their college-athlete daughter Marianne disappears one night while running.
She mysteriously returns a year later with no recollection of where she’s been. Haunted by violent visions, she begins to suspect that her family is hiding dark secrets and that the key to her disappearance may be linked to them. As the fragile web of lies unravels, she fears that her own life and sanity may be the price for discovering the truth.
8pm. STRIGOI. BUY TICKETS. Set in a post-communist Romanian village, Strigoi is a Vampire movie that defies categorization. When the villagers killed Constantin Tirescu, they thought it was justice. Vlad Cozma thinks it was murder. Now the murdered Constantin thinks pickles might go nice with blood.
10pm. CURSED BASTARDS. BUY TICKETS. Cursed Bastards (Malditos sean!) is what is termed a “horrAR” (i.e., Argentine horror). The film is made up out of three separate stories, that are all interwoven by a recurring sinister healer whose fatal curse befalls people, each time unleashing horrific chains of events which will change their lives forever.
3pm. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD RE ANIMATED. BUY TICKETS. Night of the Living Dead: ReAnimated is a mass collaborative artistic re-envisioning of George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie cult classic. International artists and animators were invited to select scenes from the film and reinvent them through their artwork. This cacophony of works was organized and curated across the original film’s time line in order to create a completely original motion picture made entirely out of art.
5pm. BAD TASTE. BUY TICKETS. Bad Taste is a 1987 cult science fiction comedy horror film produced, edited, photographed, written, directed and starring Peter Jackson, who also made all special effects on the film. Produced on a low budget, it is Jackson’s first feature film.
The film stars Jackson and his friends taking a number of key roles, both on and off-screen. The plotline sees aliens invade the fictional New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise.
7pm. SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER. BUY TICKETS. A fascinating documentary exploring the birth, rise, fall and evolution of the Slasher film over the decades, from Psycho, Halloween, Friday The 13th, and The Burning, to Sleepaway Camp, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream Final Destination and many others throughout history.
Filmmakers and actors impart their views on this enduring genre. Directed by Calum Waddell With Corey Feldman, Tobe Hooper, Mick Garris, Fred Olen Ray, Scott Spiegel, John Buechler, J.C. Cardone, Robert Rusler, Emily Booth
7:30pm. KAALO. BUY TICKETS. Kaalo is story of a Witch who traumatized the village of Kulbhata in India some two hundred and fifty years ago. She was buried by the villagers, but death didn’t take her. Knowing this, the villagers have always avoided her grave.
One day, a team of Archeologists discover her grave and open it. Unbeknownst to all involved the wrath of Kaalo is unleashed. Meanwhile a bus filled with passengers ignorantly pass through Kulbhata.
7:30pm. COLIN. BUY TICKETS. Colin is a 2008 English zombie film which, after a successful run in a number of film festivals, went on to be shown at Cannes in 2009. Applauded for its success despite its low budget, the total cost of production was reportedly £45.
The director, Marc Price, shot Colin on a standard definition Panasonic mini-dv camcorder that he had owned for 10 years and edited the film on his home PC using Adobe Premiere. Facebook and Myspace were used to gather actors to play the zombies.
7:30pm. LYFSTRAF. BUY TICKETS. World premiere of this South African production about a group of school kids whose matric farewell dance becomes a nightmare. Three months after a horrifying tragedy shook their community to its foundations, a group of friends are busy gearing up for Diepkloof High’s matric farewell dance.
Tonight is not about dwelling on the past; it’s all about getting trashed and laid while looking towards the future. But just as the party gets going, someone speaks out of turn. And the others don’t like what he has to confess. The friends will soon realize that turning a blind eye to their buddy’s pain was a deadly mistake. Their denial will unleash a brutal animal that doesn’t take ‘No’ for an answer. Director and selected cast & crew will be present.