2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

For the second time in as many months, London’s Leicester Square is the place to be for UK horror fans as the GoreZone International Film Festival returns to the Prince Charles Cinema on October 2nd and 3rd. Featuring not only bevy of blood-soaked movies and guests but also GoreZone Magazine’s first ever awards ceremony, can you afford to miss it?

Check out the full press release:

Roll up, roll up! The third annual GoreZone International Film Festival is hittin’ London on October 2nd and 3rd at the prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square. 13 film premieres, 2 days, no chance for survival!

Hosted by the ever delectable Emily Booth (Evil Aliens) and Christa Campbell (Hyenas), this year’s festival will be covered for broadcast on LAVA TV (U.K.) and The Fusion Network (U.S.A.).

This year will also feature our first live awards ceremony with the results, as voted by GZ readers, for such prestigious titles as:

– Best Horror Film of 2010
– Best British Horror of 2010
– Best Thriller of 2010
– Best Horror Director of 2010
– Best Horror Soundtrack of 2010
– Best Distribution Company of 2010
– Best Goremate of 2010
– Best Goremale of 2010
– Best Cover Star of 2010
– 2010 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Horror Industry

And then of course there’s the films, and by the wrath of monkeys do we have a selection for you!


Saturday, October 2nd
00:00 – 09:00 Doors open
09:30 – 09:45 The Incredible Blood Brothers live act
09:55 – 11:30 Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet
11:45 – 13:25 Breath of Hate
13:25 – 13:40 Q & A with the fine folk of Breath of Hate
13:45 – 15:35 Air Terjun Pengantin
15:35 – 15:50 Q & A with Steve Jones
15:50 – 17:45 Hyenas
17:30 – 17:45 Q & A with the ladies and gents of Hyenas
17:45 – 19:35 The Violent Kind
19:20 – 21:00 Pearblossom (aka Lifeblood)

The night wraps up with the GZ Film Awards

Sunday, October 3rd
00:00 – 09:00 Doors open
09:30 – 09:45 Legend of Suzi short film
09:55 – 10:35 Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer
11:30 – 13:30 New Terminal Hotel
13:30 – 15:40 Darfur
15:40 – 17:30 The Devil’s Playground
17:30 – 17:45 Q & A with the world’s first talking potato
17:45 – 19:35 Groupie
19:35 – 19:50 Q & A with a random hobo pulled in off the street
19:55 – 21:30 Dahmer vs. Gacy
21:30 – 23:10 The Prometheus Project

Details on the films themselves:

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (18)
Run Time: 83 mins
Director: Frank Sabatella
Cast: Nate Dushku, Samantha Facchi, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Samantha Jacobs

Question for ya: ’Tis the anniversary of the death of the local axe murderer. Do you a) steer clear, eat some popcorn and keep a low profile, b) observe Buddhist meditation techniques amid a garage full of gay porn, or c) throw a party, go crazy and await imminent death at the hands of a rather dubious and somewhat annoyed wood-chopping-instrument enthusiast? Suffice to say, the folk of Blood Night chose the latter option. Danielle Harris of Halloween and Halloween II fame continues her domination of the slasher genre in this latest dollop of horror Americana.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Breath of Hate (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Sean Cain
Cast: Ezra Buzzington, Jason Mewes, Lauren Walsh, Jack Forcinito, Monique Parent

One last job and Love is out of the erotic escort business. Unfortunately, that final job is for a trio of escaped mental patients who are looking to change the world. One victim at a time. Lauren Walsh stars in director Sean (Someone’s Knocking at the Door) Cain’s latest opus of cinematic debauchery.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Air Terjun Pengatin (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Rizal Mantovani
Cast: Tamara Blezinski, Marcel Chandrawinata, Tyas Mirasih, Andrew Roxburgh, Kieran Sidhu, Navy Rizky Tavania

The Asian territories have long held a deserved reputation for horror of the most subtle, psychological, and nuanced persuasions. Air Terjun Pengatin isn’t one of them. In fact, it’s a serious documentary drama investigating the issue of multi-culturalism by visualising the conflicts of 21st century persons encountering jungle dwelling savages and the results of said encounters with much bikini orientated un-feminisms along the way (plus various assorted severed heads).

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Hyenas (18)
Run Time: 92 mins
Director: Eric Weston
Cast: Costas Mandylor, Joshua Alba, Christa Campbell, Rudolf Martin, Meshach Taylor, Christina Murphy

Originally rumoured to be a David Attenborough documentary on the lives of the modern urban hyena, this is in fact an über-exploitative spin on werewolf lore with liberal dashes of nudity, ridiculous plotting, and more than occasional scenes of ultra violence and cheeses.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

The Violent Kind (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: The Butcher Brothers
Cast: Cory Knauf, Taylor Cole, Bret Roberts, Christina Prousalis, Tiffany Shepis, Nick Tagas

From the directorial duo known affectionately as “The Butcher Brothers”, regular scream queen Tiffany Shepis maintains her reign over all she surveys in this cunning combination of biker movie, possession flick, Twin Peaks-esque surrealism and … well … an ending that will leave people scratching their heads to such a degree that record numbers of baldness may well be occurring in the Prince Charles auditorium following this latest U.K. premiere.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Pearblossom (aka Lifeblood) (18)
Run Time: Ron Carlson
Director: 82 mins
Cast: Sophie Monk, Anya Lahiri, Scout Taylor-Compton, Justin Shilton, Patrick Renna

There are lesbians. There are vampires. There are midgets. Nuff said.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Mark Vadik
Cast: Brian Krause, Danielle Harris, Lance Henriksen, Wylie Allen, Patricia Belcher, Tiffany Shepis

The second Danielle Harris film of the GoreZone International Film Festival, this time with a glorious abundance of fellow genre legend Lance Henricksen! How does a serial killer become a serial killer? All budding Sutcliffes should definitely check out Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer for a step-by-step instruction manual on how to deteriorate your own psyche into one that comparatively makes Adolf Hitler’s seem like that of Mahatma Gandhi. A disturbing, realistic insight into a deranged mind with nary a happy, skipping bunny in sight.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

New Terminal Hotel (18)
Run Time: 98 mins
Director: B.C. Furtney
Cast: Stephen Geoffreys, Tiffany Shepis, Ezra Buzzington, Corey Haim, James Grabowski

Don Malek (Geoffreys) isn’t the usual tenant found in the skid row hotels of downtown L.A. Grief-stricken since the murder of his fiancée, Katherin, the successful screenwriter turned murderous vigilante is bent on revenge against studio head Stanley Glissberg, the man cleared of murder charges in Katherin’s death. Holed-up in a cheap hotel room to write, Don calls in a favour from a neighbour and, in doing so, uncovers despicable abuses down the hall… hookers, drugs, debauchery, and murder all mean one thing – that the tenants of the New Terminal Hotel are about to check into a vortex of revenge, madness and murder.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Darfur (18)
Run Time: 98 mins
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Edward Furlong, Billy Zane, Kristanna Loken, David O’Hara, Matt Frewer

Deutschland’s chief courtesan of controversy, Uwe Boll, delivers his (arguably) first serious movie about the 2003 massacre in the region of Darfur. A dark, disturbing, documentary style realisation of the horrors of which human beings are more than capable.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Devil’s Playground (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Mark McQueen
Cast: Jaime Murray, Danny Dyer, Sean Pertwee, Colin Salmon, MyAnna Buring

Danny Dyer stars in this glorious 28 Weeks Later-style dramatisation of the question “What happens in the U.K. when people get infected with a virus that sends them mildly doolally?” The answer, it would appear, is “blood, lots of blood”. Devil’s Playground is the latest foray into the grand tradition of contemporary British horror, also starring other Brit-horror regulars Jaime Murray and Sean Pertwee, dure to please those eager for gratuity on the action and violence side of things.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!


Groupie (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Mark McQueen
Cast: Taryn Manning, Hal Ozsan, Eric Roberts, Betsy Rue, Mitch Ryan

What’s the most appealing part of rock ‘n roll? The thundering bass? The screaming falsetto? The “wake the dead” guitar shredding? A musicians answer would be “yes” to all of those. However, for those of sleazier disposition the answer is more coital in nature: “groupies”. The groupie in Groupie, however, is less Pamela Des Barres, more Glenn Close a la Fatal Attraction. From the director of everyone’s favourite 80’s cheesefest Commando comes a painfully cautionary tale of rock ‘n roll decadence gone wrong.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Dahmer vs. Gacy (18)
Run Time: 90 mins
Director: Ford Austin
Cast: Ford Austin, Art LaFleur, Randal Malone, Ethan Phillips, Harland Williams

We’ve had Freddy vs. Jason, we’ve had Komodo vs. Cobra, we’ve had Megashark vs. Giant Octopus, but up till now no one has ever satisfactorily answered the question “If Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy had a fight, who would win?” Fortunately, for those who’ve wasted many a long night pondering over such fiendish thought processes, Dhamer vs. Gacy should satisfactorily and humorously answer their morally questionable queries. With cameos from Sleepaway Camp’s Felissa Rose, Debbie Rochon, and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses and excessive amounts of heroin fame.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

The Prometheus Project (18)
Run Time: 100 mins
Director: Sean Tretta
Cast: Louis Mandylor, Ed Lauter, Tiffany Shepis, Elizabeth Barnes, Kristina Wayborn, Elizabeth’s Mother, Scott Anthony Leet

A modern re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s infamous novel Frankenstein, The Prometheus Project explores the dark implications of illegal stem cell research. A group of scientists discover a cell anomaly that has the potential to regenerate dead tissue. Unable to conduct legal human trials, the researchers turn to corpses to test their serum. The results are gory.

2010 GoreZone International Film Festival Bringing the Blood to London!

Tickets for the festival are priced at a very modest £20 per day and can be bought online at the GoreZone Store.

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