Summer is well and truly over and the coats and hankies have come out – it’s not all bad news though, Halloween is here! There’s parties galore but for the real fright fans out there, Broadway is playing host to the annual Mayhem Horror Film Festival. Running over four days, what better excuse to cozy up in a cinema with your favorite pillow and scare yourself witless…
In its seventh year, Mayhem Festival has more than gotten to grips with what makes a good fright fest and this year there will be more fun and gore than you can weild a gleaming knife at with scary shorts, cult horror classics, nine feature film previews, special guests, competitions, some science based antics and of course, an a Polterparty to welcome in all hallows’ eve and a suitably brain frying quiz to end the weekend.
So here’s a bit of a guide to the events and screenings taking place throughout the festival:
|Gareth Edward's Monsters with Q&A - Saturday 2pm|
|Doing it old school - Poltergeist|
Into the evening, at 8.30pm, Tobe Hooper’s eighties classic Poltergeist will get an airing. A film made to be shown on the big screen, be prepared to be scared. Still on the retro vibe, Street Trash ends the evening’s films in a laugh-filled, low brow horror film from 1987. No Saturday night is complete without a party and especially not on Halloween, and Polterparty is dedicatig itself to be full of debauched decadence with live music from Richie Deceased and the Penny Dreadful. Starting at 9pm in the newly refurbished bar, fancy dress isn’t compulsory but there will be prizes for the best.
Dust yourself off from the night before and get down to Broadway at 12pm for some hilarity with Alien vs. Ninja. Japanese mayhem at its whackiest; medieval ninjas take on the aliens with blood splattering consequences. From the master of suspense, Hitchcock’s Frenzy is the disturbing tale with the darkest of humour that will leave you gripping your seat. At 4pm, Belgium horror film Amer is certainly not to be missed as it has been described as being one of the most beautiful horror films ever made.
Halloween evening begins at 6.30pm with a preview of another hotly anticipated horror film, Altitude. A Twighlight Zone style story, it’s monster is a cinematic first - a tentacled cloud creature. The final horrible horrah of the festival is more than macabre with a cannibal theme in the Mexican film, We Are What We Are. This year’s Let the Right One In? We’ll just have to wait and see if we make it through the weekend in one piece to find out.
|Not the best place to find yourself... Altitude|
Mayhem Film Festival runs from Thursday 28 October to Sunday 31 October at Broadway.
Mayhem Horror FIlm Festival website