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Film4 FrightFest Allnighter '12 (18)
600 mins Please note: this was screened in Nov 2012
After the revolting success of last year's inaugural event, Film4 FrightFest, the UK's best horror and fantasy film festival, returns, bringing its critically acclaimed midnight madness to Watershed for Halloween. Featuring five terrifying films and sick shorts (including the world premiere of a scary short made in Bristol) over one intense all nighter (21:00 - 07:00), this is horror as the gods of cinema intended: as a multiple bill, in a dark room surrounded by other enthusiastic film fans.
Be entertained in the Café/Bar throughout the night by Hellfire DJs, who have dug deep into the morgue of forgotten, sonic oddities to bring you a deliciously poisonous aural combination of music and bespoke projections spliced together from their collection of bizarro b-movies and vintage euro-schlock positively oozing with sleaze.
With music, projections, food, drinks, plenty of coffee, short films and even a bloody breakfast all here to keep you going, this is bound to be a night to remember. The question is: can you survive the whole night?
Fee: £35.00 full / £30.00 concessions.
Book your 10 hour frightfest extravaganza online or call Box Office on 0117 927 5100.
Please remember that the last chance to collect your tickets from Box Office will be at 23:30 on the night.
Special Breakfast Offer
We'll be serving a bloody cooked breakfast (veggie and meat options) from 07:00 onwards - book your breakfast in advance for £6.95 and receive a complimentary Bloody Mary (or coffee/tea). To book your special offer breakfast simply call Box Office on 0117 927 5100.
(Breakfast and drinks will also be available to buy on the day.)
Here's the running order - dip in and out depending on how brave you feel:
Dir: Richard Bates '12 USA 1hr 21mins
Kick off the evening in crackpot style with this bizarre psycho thriller featuring the coolest cult cast of the year (including Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell, and John Waters as a concerned priest). Alienated teen Paulette (Annalynne McCord) fantasises about performing surgery, dead people, menstrual blood and dissecting roadkill (her dream sequences are viscerally stunning) - suffice to say, she is not your usual high school outcast.
So when Paulette takes her fantasies to the next level to earn the approval of her controlling mother (the comparisons to Carrie don't end there), her disturbed, delusional aspirations of a career go into overdrive. Part horror, teen comedy and cult classic, Excision has been called 'a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible' - watch it and be stunned.
22:45 World premiere: Blaise
Dirs: Ben James and Scott Wharram '12 UK 15mins
Mid zombie apocalypse a small group of strangers are thrown together in an abandoned mill on the outskirts of Bristol. Awaiting the military guard they are forced to trust one another in order to withstand what lurks outside the door. But what should they fear most, the undead or each other?
23:00 Encounters International Festival Shorts
Dirs: Various 15mins
Catch a selection of dark and disturbing shorts, courtesy of the Encounters International Film Festival.
23:30 Bait 3D
Dir: Kimble Rendall '12 Australia 1hr 30mins
From the imagination of Highlander director Russell Mulcahy comes a new dimension in deep blue sea terror! After a monster freak tsunami hits a sleepy Australian beach town, their underground Oceania (see what they did there?) supermarket is submerged under water, trapping shoppers and staff. The water and a psycho robber on the loose are threatening enough, but the waves unleashed a pack of massive great white sharks hungry for blood (sharks in a supermarket, anyone?). Trashy B-picture brilliance with bite.
01:30 The Tall Man
Dir: Pascal Laughier '12 USA 1hr 39mins
Director Pascal Laughier's follow up to his shock-to-the-system modern classic Martyrs is another sensational thriller of astonishing depth. In the depressed Canadian town of Cold Rock, children are disappearing, never to be found again. When the spectral figure of The Tall Man kidnaps her son, widowed nurse Julia (Jessica Biel) finds herself at the centre of the unravelling local legend. Where the pursuit leads her... we can't say too much, but can guarantee it will challenge everything you think you've seen.
03:45 Zombie Flesheaters - Retrospective Spotlight
Dir: Lucio Fulci 1979 Italy 1hr 29mins
They really don't make them like this anymore! This classic zombie horror from Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci is one of the best ever made. A relentless crescendo of horror erupts when a decomposing corpse attack in New York leaders reporting a couple to a West Indian island, where they discover a disturbed doctor conducting experiments on the dead. It's all here: the shark vs zombie underwater face off, the excruciating splinter-in-the-eye sequence, the cannibalistic disemboweling, the plague of zombies rising from their graves. Worm-ridden flesh, appalling splatter and completely superfluous nudity, what more could anyone want?!
05:40 The Helpers
Dir: Christopher B.Stokes '12 USA 1hr 22mins
In this found footage slasher movie, seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down near a rest stop motel, where they encounter what seems like the best group of good Samaritans ever. However, when they wake up in their rooms the next day, a nightmare of gruesome and bloody terror begins. Who are these mad people responsible for devising such clever torture? And why these friends? It all goes back to a horrific day in 1993 when an Orphanage burnt down... but that's another story for another time.
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