Marking its third year of bringing the fear, Sheffield’s biggest horror film festival, Celluloid Screams, returns to the Showroom Cinema for another weekend of bloody thrills and spills. Marked with a variety of special guests including the venerable Richard Stanley and a quartet of classic screenings any horror fan will devour, we’ve got the list of what to expect when the doors open between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd October.
FEATURE FILMS – OFFICIAL SELECTION
Opening Gala: INBRED
Director: Alex Chandon | UK | 2011 | 95 mins
With the cast of Inbred - Jo Hartley, Paddy Doherty, Seamus O’Neill, Terry Haywood, Chris Waller, Nadine Mulkerrin and James Burrows – and line producer Rob Speranza in person.
From director Alex Chandon comes Inbred, a deliriously un-PC gorefest that adds a warped new dimension to the notion of Northern hospitality. Four young offenders and their care workers embark upon a weekend of community service and after a minor run-in with some of the local youths, they run afoul of the Mortlake locals’ “unique” customs and traditions, and pretty soon they’re running for their lives.
THE THEATRE BIZARRE
Directors: Richard Stanley, Tom Savini, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeremy Kasten, David Gregory | USA/France | 2011 | 108 mins
With director Richard Stanley and co-writer Scarlett Amaris in person.
The spirit of the Grand Guignol Theatre is alive and well in THE THEATRE BIZARRE… A young woman creeps into a seemingly-abandoned theatre in her neighborhood at night and encounters a creepy human puppet (played by genre veteran Udo Kier) who takes her on a journey through six tales of the bizarre and the fantastic.
MASKS (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Andreas Marschall | Germany | 2010 | 84 mins | Subtitled
Strange and dark forces are at work at the Mateusz Gdula acting school in Andreas Marschall’s visually striking German giallo.
TOMIE UNLIMITED (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Noboru Iguchi | Japan | 2011 | 85 mins | Subtitled
Hell hath no fury like a vengeful Japanese schoolgirl with multiple heads – welcome to the bizarre world of Tomie: Unlimited.
COLD SWEAT (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Adrián García Bogliano | Argentina | 2010 | 80 mins | Subtitled
When Roman’s girlfriend disappears, he enlists the help of their friend Ali to find her. After searching her online history, they trace her back to an old stately home in the centre of Buenos Aires, but they soon regret setting foot in the house when they discover it is home to two geriatric former members of the Triple-A, one of Argentina’s most notorious death squads in the 1970s.
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Japan | 2010 | 106mins | Subtitled
From the mind of director Yoshihiro Nishimura, the man behind Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, comes Helldriver, his most ambitious and deranged gorefest to date.
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS
Director: Sean Branney | USA | 2011 | 103 mins
When he receives a letter from a terrified farmer describing sightings of mysterious hoof prints surrounding his farmhouse, Miskatonic University Professor and skeptic Albert Wilmarth journeys to Vermont to investigate and uncovers an otherworldly secret that threatens to shatter his sanity.
HAROLD’S GOING STIFF
Director: Keith Wright | UK | 2010 | 77 mins
With director Keith Wright, producer Richard Guy and cast members Stan Hope and Sarah Spencer in person.
Filmed entirely on location in and around Penistone, South Yorkshire, Harold’s Going Stiff is a refreshingly original take on the zombie genre that is both touching and very funny.
CELLULOID SCREAMS SECRET FILM
Director: TBC | Country TBC | Year TBC | Running Time TBC
The Secret Film is now an annual tradition at Celluloid Screams, and this year we’ve made it all the more exciting by making you wait until the very end of the festival to find out what’s in store. Ever since we screened the UK premiere of Paranormal Activity as our first secret screening in 2009, we’ve enjoyed handpicking a film that we think will make for the perfect mystery screening. Have we succeeded once again in 2011? You’ll just have to wait and see, but trust us, it’ll be worth the wait…
SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE
Director: Jack Perez | USA | 2011 | 97 mins
Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of a mental institution, has returned to his small hometown, where he works at the ice cream parlor and lives with his overbearing mother, Ruth. When not scooping ice cream for his bully of a boss or dealing with his mom’s incessant insults, Ken spends his time either drawing or trying to kill each of the guys he deems responsible for his miserable life.
Director: Richard Stanley | UK | 1993 | 107 mins
To celebrate Richard Stanley’s attendance as guest of honour at this year’s festival, we proudly present a rare screening of Dust Devil, his second feature film.
Director: José Ramón Larraz | UK | 1975 | 87 mins
PLUS! A very special live music performance by three sexy vampire ladies with synthesizers before the show!
Fran and Miriam, two alluring young women, roam the English countryside in search of unsuspecting victims to feed their insatiable bloodlust. When a young couple unwittingly falls into the vampires’ trap, they find themselves embroiled in a nightmare vortex of sex, violence and forbidden desires.
Director: Stuart Gordon | USA | 1985 | 86 mins
Famously censored in the UK because of “that scene” (if you haven’t seen it, we won’t spoil the surprise!), we are delighted to bring this demented vision of science-gone-mad back to the big screen at Celluloid Screams in its full uncut version.
Director: John Carpenter | USA | 1978 | 91 mins
Join us as we return to Haddonfield and reacquaint ourselves with a bona fide horror classic.
SHORT FILMS: OFFICIAL SELECTION
Director: Nash Edgerton | Australia | 2011 | 11 mins
In this sequel to Spider (also screening at Celluloid Screams 2011), Jack has a new girlfriend, but hasn’t quite learnt his lesson…
Director: William Price | UK | 2010 | 15 mins
At the end of a long day, five children look to fill in the remaining hours of sunlight before they return home by exploring an old decaying building with a dark secret. A cursory tale that reminds us why we should be afraid of the dark.
GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Todd Cobery | USA | 2011 | 20 mins
A twisted and surreal tale of one man’s grief following the death of his child.
THE HAIRY HANDS
Director: Ashley Thorpe | UK | 2009 | 12 mins
Dartmoor: the dead of night… 953sq kilometres of desolate moorland… 1000 ghosts… and a fugitive racing a haunted road to meet one.
Director: Matthew Garrett | USA | 2010 | 11 mins
An eruption of brutal violence shatters one family’s tranquil morning in this sickening twist on the ‘killer child’ sub-genre.
NIGHT OF THE DEVIL (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Florian Puchert | Germany | 2011 | 15 mins
When charlatan Paul pretends to exorcise a ghost from an old Bavarian farmhouse, he encounters the impossible – an actual supernatural presence. In his attempt to save this seemingly poor, lost soul he unleashes the vengeful spirit of a fire starter.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Olivier Beguin | Switzerland | 2011 | 18 mins
Stéphanie assists the unemployed in finding work, but when the jobseekers in question turn out to be mythological creatures, finding them a suitable job may be a little problematic.
Director: Jimmy Weber | USA | 2011 | 7 mins
A young man wakes up in a bathtub full of ice in a dingy motel room only to discover his problems have only just begun. You’ve heard the urban legend…this is worse.
8 (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Raul Cerezo | Spain | 2011 | 13 mins
In this virtually dialogue-free short film, a young boy begins to face the distinction between good and evil on the occasion of his eighth birthday.
Director: Sebastian Marka | Germany | 2010 | 19 mins
An overambitious reporter questions a serial killer in a tense face-to-face session.
ANIMAL CONTROL (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Kire Paputts | Canada | 2010 | 16 mins
Larry works for Animal Services. His job is picking up road kill along the highway; his hobby is taxidermy.
Director: Nash Edgerton | Australia | 2007 | 9 mins
Jack and Jill are always hurting each other’s feelings. But like Mum said, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”
MANDRAGORE (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Fabrice Blin | France | 2010 | 17 mins
Marie lives alone with her son Alex in a remote house deep in the forest. She cures David, a fugitive man, injured and with no memory. David’s health miraculously gets better in only a couple of days…
Director: Adrián Cardona, Rafa Dengrá & David Muñoz | Spain | 2011 | 15 mins
Mr. Olivares has already recovered, but now he needs a vacation. To go to some heavenly place where he can relax and blithely enjoy himself.
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