The fourth year of Celluloid Screams Film Festival is probably its best line-up yet. Taking place over the weekend of 26th-28th October at the Showroom, Sheffield’s annual horror festival has been getting bigger and better each year. This year sees a mix of classic horror, new releases and the best from around the world. Some of the highlights include:
Kill List was one of the surprise hits of 2011. Kevin Wheatley’s film quickly gained lots of cult (quite literally) credibility and his new film Sightseers promises to be even better. For their first holiday together, Chris is taking Tina on a caravan tour across the north of England. On the face of it, they are a drab couple on a boring vacation, but Chris has a dark secret which leads to a murder spree.
The V/H/S trailer looks absolutely terrifying. Five stories from a plethora of talented directors all revolving around a videotape. When used correctly (see Cloverheart), the use of found footage can work brilliantly, and as The Blair Witch Project, Monster or Rec have shown, the horror genre is the perfect medium for it to flourish.
Nightbreed-The Cabal Cut
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed may have been a favourite with horror fans, but it was a long way from the director’s original vision of the film. Thought to be lost, a couple of work prints have surfaced, and the film has been painstakingly restored with the extra footage inserted back into it. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with restorer Russell Cherrington and cast members Simon Bamford, Nick Vince and Hugh Ross.
Thirty-Four unidentified bodies are discovered in a remote region of Serbia and Darkest Secrets are determined to uncover the truth. With the assistance of a psychic, the TV show begins a location shoot – the chance discovery of an abandoned industrial site bringing the horrific truth to light.
Memory of the Dead
Argentinean horror is currently experiencing something of a renaissance. Following hot on the heels from the premiere of Cold Sweat at the festival last year, Valentin Javier Diment brings his new film, Memory of the Dead, for its first UK screening.
All films are accompanied by “shorts” which often produce some of the highlights and the annual tradition of the secret film continues (Paranormal Activity’s premiere being the highlight since the festival began). The Attendees are a wonderful bunch of friendly people (it’s a really fun atmosphere) and the Showroom staff couldn’t be more helpful. Whether it’s just to catch a couple of films, or to check out the whole festival, I highly recommend a trip down there.
You can buy a festival pass or individual tickets from here along with the full schedule:http://celluloidscreams.co.uk. It should be another brilliant weekend.