Film4 FrightFest, the UK's best horror and fantasy film festival, has been a revolting success here in Bristol for the past three years and we are sickly pleased to welcome its critically acclaimed midnight madness back to Watershed on Fri 31 Oct - yep, All Hallows' Eve. Featuring five terrifying films over one intense allnighter (21:30 - 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. For horror fans, quite simply there is no better way to spend Halloween.
Hellfire Video Club DJs will be in the Café/Bar throughout the night, spinning a synth-heavy selection of malevolent sounds, creepy soundtracks and eerie grooves. Backed by a cornucopia of bespoke horror projections spliced together from their collection of obscuro b-movies and vintage euro-schlock sleaze.
With music, projections, food, drinks, plenty of coffee and even a bloody breakfast (available to buy in the morning) 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 10hour 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.
Here's the running order - dip in and out depending on how brave you feel:
21:30 - 23:21 Preview: The Editor
Dirs: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy. Cast: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Paz de laHuerta, Udo Kier, Laurence R. Harvey, 106mins, Canada, 2014
From Astron-6 (Manborg and Father's Day), comes the Airplane of Giallo. Editor Rey Ciso is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the four wooden fingers on his right hand a reminder of the dangers of exhaustion. Then the lead actors from the Giallo he’s cutting turn up dead and this meta-movie builds to a frenzied climax where nothing is what it seems. A brilliant homage to those 1970s’ Italian thrillers mixing crime with horror features superb Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Fernando Di Leo references, big hair, bad dubbing, inappropriate nudity, ‘hysterical blindness’ and a terrific Claudio Simonetti soundtrack.
23:50 - 01:55 UK Premiere: ABCs of Death 2
Dirs: A lot. Cast: Andy Nyman, Tristan Risk, Mark Grossman, Ryan Winsley, Conor Sweeney,120 mins, USA, 2014
Get ready to learn your ABC's again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths, each one with acompletely different and bloody storyline. Some of the talent in the impressive mix include Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), E.L. Katz (Cheapthrills), the Soska Sisters (American Mary), Aaron Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), Alexandre Bustillo and JulienMaury (Inside) and Larry Fessenden (Habit). The follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived, productions span from Nigeria to Brazil and everywhere in between. Provocative, shocking, funny and confrontational, it’s another global celebration of genre filmmaking.
02:10 - 03:46 Retrospective: Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
Dir: Brian Clemens. Cast: Horst Janson, Caroline Munro, John Carson, Shane Briant, Ian Hendry, 91 mins, UK, 1974
From creator Brian Clemens, the driving force behind the landmark TV series ‘The Avengers’, comes the cult Hammer Horror that’s a favourite of directors Peter Jackson and Ben Wheatley. When young girls are found dead in Durward village, left hideously aged and bloodless, Dr Marcus suspects vampirism and enlists the help of a former comrade-in-arms, the mysterious and powerful Kronos who has dedicated his life to destroying evil. The closest Hammer ever came to minting a superhero in the Marvel Comic tradition, Clemens made his directorial debut with this uniques swashbuckling fantasy adventure showing in a newly re-mastered version.
04:00 - 05:41 UK Premiere: The Pact II
Dirs: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath. Cast: Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Scott Michael Foster, Patrick Fischler, Mark Steger, 96mins, USA, 2014
Surpassing the original movie by going into deeper psychological areas to stir up its scares, directors Patrick Horvath and Dallas Richard Hallam's latest episode in the Judas Killer saga once more unfolds a murder mystery linking two intriguing realities that skirt the fine line between being paranormal supernatural and entirely plausible. This time a trauma scene cleaner learns she's the adopted daughter of one of the maniac's past victims and now she's the target of a possible copycat murderer. How an FBI profiler and her cop boyfriend fit into the creepy picture make for neat twists and jolting shocks.
05:55 - 07:30 UK Premiere: Last Shift
Dir: Anthony DiBlasi. Cast: Juliana Harkavy, Natalie Victoria, J. LaRose, Joshua Mikel, Amber Watson, 90 mins, USA, 2014
A rookie cop's world is turned upside down when she comes face to face with Paymon, King of Hell. From Anthony DiBlasi, director of the past FrightFest presentations Missionary, Cassadega and Dread, comes a new frontier in fear. Officer Jessica Loren has the last shift at a transitioning police station, assigned to wait for a crew picking up bio-hazard waste from the armoury. But unbeknownst to her, cult leader John Michael Paymon has haunted the department ever since he committed suicide in captivity. Jessica is about to find out how dangerous he still is, now alone on the graveyard shift.
Book your 10 hour FrightFest extravaganza online or call Box Office on 0117 927 5100.