Complete Lineup Announced for the 2011 South African HorrorFest

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One film festival I’m bound and determined to make it to one of these years is the South African HorrorFest, but for now I’ll just have to live vicariously through those of you who live close enough to attend. And after taking a look at this year’s lineup, I’m pretty sure that if you are in the area, you won’t want to miss it!

Growing into the country’s ultimate Halloween event covering indie, new and classic movies, short films, music, literature and a range of Halloween festivities, 2011 marks the annual South African HorrorFest’s lucky 7th year! It runs 26 October through 4 November.

Almost each of the exciting feature films and short films make their South African theatrical premieres. The Makabra Ensemble will also debut their Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie soundtrack performance, live to the screening of this 1920 silent classic.

In addition to the colourful audience Halloween dress-up event linked up with the live soundtrack show, an alternative day & night market is being planned, plus the Cape Town Zombie Walk.

The best short film production prize from Visual Impact and HD Hub is now no longer reserved for local entries alone, but can be won by any of the entries from around the world.

Audience prizes and give-aways will happen across the event, including DVDs, horror branded flash drives & iPhone covers, body piercing vouchers, gourmet coffee, books, etc.

Complete Lineup Announced for the 2011 South African HorrorFest


  • DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE with a live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack performance (set for Sun 30 Oct, 9:15pm)

    Based on the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a respected doctor whose experiment to tap into his dark side hurtles out of control with deadly consequences. This classic 1920 silent version was directed by John S. Robertson, and stars John Barrymore, Charles Lane, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst.

    Accompanying the visuals will be the premiere of the new live soundtrack performance by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE, their 6th movie scored to date.

    As one of the HorrorFest highlights, booking is essential, and the show will include the audience Halloween dress-up competition.

    South African theatrical premiere
    Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the dark, decrepit auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an eerie human puppet named Peg Poett, who will introduce Penny to six tales of the bizarre.

    The directors responsible for these amazing and diverse creepy chapters include make-up FX legend and Night of the Living Dead remake director Tom Savini, South Africa’s own Richard Stanley, Jeremy Kasten, Karim Hussein, Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo and David Gregory.

    The Mother of Toads (with Catriona MacColl)
    I Love You (with Andre Hennicke)
    Wet Dreams (with Debbie Rochon)
    The Accident (with Lena Kleine)
    Sweets (with Mikela Da Vinci)
    Vision Stains (with Kaniehtiio Horn)

    South African theatrical premiere
    Shot in Transylvania, Whitby, London and Dublin this documentary tells the true story of Bram Stoker and his Gothic novel Dracula.

    The film is produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and features interviews with leading international Dracula experts. Over the years there has been much confusion between Vlad Tepes (The Voivode) and Count Dracula (The Vampire). This film separates fact from fiction and looks at both characters in depth.

    South African theatrical premiere

    Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is a mass collaborative artistic re-envisioning of George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic. International artists and animators were invited to select scenes from the film and reinvent them through their artwork. Open to all styles, media and processes, the results run the gamut with scenes created in everything from puppet theater to CGI, hand drawn animation to flash, and oil paintings to tattoos.

    This cacophony of works was organized and curated across the original film’s time line in order to create a completely original motion picture track made entirely out of art. The over 100 artists include Mike Schneider, Carla Rodrigues, Matthieu Lefebvre, Geff Bartrand, David Yener Goodman, Eric Schock, Verena Loisel, José Martínez, Isabella Chen, Kate van Zyl, and many more.


    With close on 50 short films from 14 countries (including South Africa, Spain, Germany, USA, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, Canada, France, Holland, Portugal, Austria), this year the record breaking selection will be screened across 4 feature length collections, featuring an amazing array of scary, crazy, creative, brilliant and often very funny shorts – from vampires, psychos, the grim reaper and werewolves, to zombies, ghosts, witchcraft, the devil and… bananas!

    Here they are (in no particular order):

    POR GLORIA DIVINA (Holy Gloria) Dir: Rodrigo Atienzar – Spain
    DEAD FRIENDS Dir: Stephen W. Martin – Canada
    MENOS 1 (Minus 1) Dir: Jorge Alonso – Spain
    TERMINATRYX: Absinthium (Mr. Sakitumi Remix) Dir: Paul Blom – South Africa
    ALISTAIR Dir: Aaron Cartwright – Australia
    JUAN CON MIEDO (Fearful John) Dir: Daniel Romero – Spain
    ON EDGE Dir: Frazer Lee – UK
    DREAMS Dir: Gareth Bussey – South Africa
    LES PIERRES JETÉES (Stones Thrown) Dir: Benjamin Le Souëf – France
    THE PACK Dir: Owen Tooth – UK
    METSÄSTYSMAA (The Hunting Ground) Dir: Nalle Mielonen – Finland
    ELLA Dir: Dan Gitsham – UK
    EMPLOYÉ DU MOIS (Employee Of The Month) Dir: Olivier Beguin – Switzerland
    PRINCESSE Dir: Frédérick Tremblay – Canada
    PAIN Dir: Bruce Ellenberger – South Africa
    TOUS LES HOMMES S’APPELLENT ROBERT (All Men Are Called Robert) Dir: Marc-Henri Boulier – France
    LE MIROIR (The Mirror) Dir: Sebastien Rossignol – France
    SED DE LUZ (Thirst For Light) Dir: Ángel Gómez – Spain
    PENUMBRA Dir: José Manuel Muñoz Ortega – Spain
    ISSUES Dir: Ruan Lotter – South Africa
    ATONEMENT Dir: Lindsey Platt Watson – USA
    QUÉDATE CONMIGO (Stay With Me) Dir: Zoe Berriatúa – Spain
    PINBALL Dir: Ruy Veridiano – Brazil
    TEUFELSNACHT (Night Of The Devil) Dir: Florian Puchert – Germany
    ANNA Dirs: Ronnie Belcher & Dr-Benway – South Africa
    OCHO (Eight) Dir: Raul Cerezo – Spain
    ZOMBIEFICATION Dir: Stefan Lukacs – Austria
    THE FAMILIAR Dir: Jonathan Martin – Canada
    KAROO Dirs: Fazila Wahab & Oliver Kohl – South Africa
    SABRINA Dir: Sergio Colmenar – Spain
    CABINE OF THE DEAD Dir: Vincent Templement – France
    WORST CASE SCENARIO Dir: Richard Raaphorst – Holland
    THE BEAR GARDEN Dir: Francois Wessels – South Africa
    THE MIRACLE OF JOUKO MIKKOLA Dir: Joonas Makkonen – Finland
    SWITCH (from the 2010 Viscera collection) Dir: Melanie Light – USA
    FINAL CUT Dir: Aidan Whytock – South Africa
    LA VICTORIA DE ÚRSULA (Ursula’s Victory) Dir: Nacho Ruipérez, Julio Martí – Spain
    BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE (from the 2010 Viscera collection) Dir: Doug Mallette & Mary Katherine Sisco – USA
    INTERCAMBIO (Exchange) Dir: Antonello Novellino – Spain
    INQUÉRITO POLICIAL No. 0521/09 (Investigation File No. 0521/09) Dir: Vinícius Casimiro – Brazil
    SHOCK Dir: Mario Pagano – Spain
    OTHER PEOPLE Dir: Michal Malek – South Africa
    LAST CHRISTMAS Dir: Geoff Redknap – Canada
    BANANA M*THERF*CKER Dirs: Pedro Florêncio & Fernando Alle – Portugal
    SPECIAL REPORT: IS WILLIAMSBURG DEAD? Dirs: Nicole Teeny & Mike Feldman – USA

    South African theatrical premiere

    “True Pain is Screamless” – The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister, Audrey, what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary

    Written and directed by Matt Farnsworth; starring Diane Foster, David Backus, Matt Farnsworth

  • NIGHT OF THE CHUPACABRAS (A Noite do Chupacabras)
    South African theatrical premiere

    Directed by Rodrigo Aragão, this Brazilian indie movie is a bizarre cryptozoological horror romp about familial rivalries, ancient curses, a mysterious monster (the Chupacabras), bloody death and other assorted mayhem. As with many creature myths in every part of the world, this Latin American legend has had quite an impact in many communities as a boogyman of note. Portuguese with English subtitles.

    South African theatrical premiere

    A stranger with mysterious intentions comes to stay the night at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a family torn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected. An interesting psychological chiller and serial killer blend.

    Cinematography by Frederic Fasano, who has worked with Italian horror legend Dario Argento. Written and irected by Philip Gelatt. Starring Alexandra Chando, Patrick Breen and Nina Lisandrello

    South African theatrical premiere

    Cheap scares. Extreme gore. Loads of nudity. These have been the three staples of low budget independent horror films since the 60’s. But what’s a filmmaker to do when, thanks to technology, ANYONE can make a film these days? Director Steve Villeneuve’s Under the Scares offers an inside look into the production and promotion of an independent, ultra low-budget horror film, while combining interviews and insights from some of the genre’s biggest legends – George A. Romero, Lloyd Kaufman, Robert Kurtzman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Frank Henenlotter, Gary Jones, and many many more. In addition to tips and tricks for emerging filmmakers, they offer their opinions on the genre (where it’s been and where it’s going) plus lots of intriguing personal anecdotes. The result is a compelling look into the world of horror films that will interest any movie enthusiast wanting to know more about what really goes on behind the scenes. Forget everything you’ve learned from the DVD extras of big Hollywood productions; the real truth lies Under the Scares.

  • CURSED BASTARDS! (Malditos Sean!)
    South African theatrical premiere

    Three stories – Three curses. This fantastic multi-genre conglomeration is a very original and innovative movie centered around a mysterious healer whose powers lead to curses attached to specific people. Spanning several time periods and settings, this highly creative movie will thrill the audience with intelligent writing, horror, fantasy and humour.

    Directed by Fabián Forte & Demián Rugna; starring Victoria Almeida, Paula Bouquet Roldán, Víctor Cura.

    South African theatrical premiere

    The Pascal family has it all – wealth, power, privilege – but their picture perfect lives change forever when their college-athlete daughter, Marianne, disappears one night while running. She mysteriously returns a year later with no recollection of where she’s been. Haunted by violent visions, a fragile web of lies unravels, and she fears that her own life and sanity may be the price for discovering the truth.

    A refreshingly unique story and very good performances. Written and directed by Patrick Steele; starring Carolyn McCormick, Marianne Porter, Reg Land.

    South African theatrical premiere

    In the autobiographical I Am Nancy, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: “Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?” After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy’s shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole new way.

    Directed by Arlene Marechal with Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, and more.

    South African theatrical premiere

    A filmmaker makes the ultimate horror film when four friends unknowingly video their own murders. Going another step from the found footage theme, here the video is edited from the cameras each of the friends had with them on their fateful trip… and entered into a film festival as a real snuff film.

    Written and directed by Mike Green and Ryder Grindle; starring Adam Schmerl, Emily Clark, and Ben Winsor.

    South African theatrical premiere

    The Holding is a taut, breathless chiller about the destructive power of secrets and the desperate lengths we will go to, to fight for what we value most. With Kierston Wareing (Bonded by Blood), Vincent Regan (300) and David Bradley (Harry Potter). Directed by Susan Jacobson. Also starring David Bradley and Terry Stone.

    (Awaiting word on the chance of some cast and crew attending for an audience Q&A)

    Against the tranquil backdrop of a game reserve, South African thriller Night Drive tracks a group of tourists left stranded during a night-time game drive after their vehicle breaks down. As a series of terrifying events unfolds, the tourists realise that wild animals are the least of their fears.

    Local legend has it that the Hyena Man – a power-obsessed madman who once traded in animal parts – heads a well armed, well trained group of poachers who are on the hunt for human body parts and who are known to trade in live human beings.

    Directed by Justin Head; starring Christopher Beasley, Corine Du Toit, Greg Melvill-Smith, Brandon Auret, and Yule Masiteng.

    South African theatrical premiere

    A new race is rising. The world is devastated by the Great Epidemic – governed by hordes of living dead. Two hunters of the dead and a scientist try to find the answer for this disaster. While hunting for new “guinea pigs” they encounter a range of people including a crazy painter, neo-Nazis, and a mysterious girl (daughter of the man rumoured to have create the epidemic…).

    Horror stalwart Uwe Boll presents an Italian zombie movie directed by Marco Ristori and Luca Boni. Starring Rosella Elmi, Guglielmo Favilla, and Elisa Ferretti. Italian with English subtitles

  • SKEW
    South African theatrical premiere

    When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey. What starts out as a carefree adventure slowly becomes a descent into the ominous as unexplained events threaten to disrupt the balance between the three close friends. Each one of them must struggle with personal demons and paranoia as friendships are tested and gruesome realities are revealed…and recorded.

    Directed by Sevé Schelenz; starring Robert Scattergood, Amber Lewis, and Richard Olak.

  • BEG
    South African theatrical premiere

    Beg features a host of horror legends including Tony Moran (the original Michael Myers from Halloween), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, 2010 SA HorrorFest Best Actress from Zone of the Dead), PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie, The Devil’s Rejects), Debbie Rochon (Night of the Living Dead), and Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man) with a soundtrack by Henry Manfredini (Friday the 13th). Directed by Kevin MacDonald.

    Jack Fox, a burnt out detective, is being forced into early retirement as the worst serial killer since the Boston Strangler begins a killing spree through the streets of Salem. When Steve Ryan moves to town with his family, Jack is torn between a life of retirement and sanity or helping rookie detective Ryan in his quest to solve these killings that are haunting the people of Salem.

  • POV
    South African theatrical premiere

    The fest’s Eastern installment for the year is only set for release in Japan in 2012. A TV talk show host and her guest witness eerie footage sent in to the show with ghosts as the subject. Distraught by these images, they realize it was shot at one of their former schools. The crew decides to head out to the school and investigate, unprepared for what they’re about to encounter.

    Directed by Norio Tsuruta; starring Mirai Shida and Haruna Kawaguchi. Japanese with English subtitles.

    And that’s just the movies. There’s also a literary component as well as several music co-op events. Here are the locations:

    THE LABIA THEATRE – 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, ZA
    THE BOOK LOUNGE – 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town, ZA

    For more info visit the official South African HorrorFest website, and also connect with them via Facebook and Twitter.

    Complete Lineup Announced for the 2011 South African HorrorFest

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