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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

THE MOVIE LINE-UP:

  • 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.

  • THE THEATRE BIZARRE
    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)

  • DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE VOIVODE
    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.

  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED
    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.

  • SHADOW REALM SHORT FILMS Chapters 1-4

    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
    AN EVENING WITH MY COMATOSE MOTHER Dir: Jonathan Martin – USA
    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

  • THE ORPHAN KILLER
    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.

  • THE BLEEDING HOUSE
    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

  • UNDER THE SCARES
    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.

  • TRUE NATURE
    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.

  • I AM NANCY
    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.

  • DIE FOR REAL
    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.

  • THE HOLDING
    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.

  • NIGHT DRIVE
    (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.

  • EATERS
    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.

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    Yeah, I know. I’ve said it before, and I will scream it to the heavens again: There is an abysmal glut of Lovecraft Mythos games out there (and still streaming into the market). For a while there, it was vampire games (wanna take a sparkly guess why?). Then, it was zombie games (only Robert Kirkman knows why). Now it is Lovecraft games, and it is a LOT of them. Shambling, fish-headed masses of them, weighing down the game shop shelves like heavily laden buckets of freshly shorn tentacles (calm down, hentai fans). It’s true, and a lot of them seem to be sad doppelgangers of other games, just skinned with a rotting coat of Elder God goo.

    Photo Credit: Tiffany Hahn

    For that reason, it is nice to run across a Lovecraft-themed game that is GOOD. H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival: The Card Game is one of those… it’s good, but it’s not great (for ONE painful reason). But, for our nefarious purposes today, that’s good enough. The stars are PARTIALLY in alignment. There is one little detail to get out of the way before we wade into the spawn-infested miasma of this game: it is the hellish offspring of an earlier, more complex game called (you guessed it) H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival the board game. Much has been said about the relationship between these two games and many comparisons have been made, but since I neither own the board game nor have I played it, let’s leave it to fester in cold, barren space all by its lonesome for now. I’m sure its time will come…when the stars are right (rolling his eyes).

    COMPONENTS:
    It is RARE (like fresh Deep One filets) that the components of a game are as nice as the gameplay, but there are two elements of Kingsport Festival: TCG that really make it shine. The first is the titular cards that make up the bulk of the game. The artwork on the tarot-sized cards depicting the various gods, lesser gods, demons, and evil corgis (I kid) from the Mythos is dark and shows off the creatures to good/evil effect. I have to admit that these are some of my favorite depictions of the creatures from Lovecraft’s mind I’ve seen. They really look threatening here. The portraits on the cards presenting the investigators/evil cultists look dignified, a little creepy, and mysterious, as is only right for nogoodniks taking on Cthulhu’s worst. The graphic design is really classy with easily interpreted iconography and border artwork. Equal care has been taken with the backs of the cards, which have appropriately aged and Victorian elements. The only parts to this game are the cards and the dice. Wait, this is a card game, right?

    Well, yes and no.

    Although cards make up the lion’s share of the game, there is a heavy dice aspect as well, and these are some NICE dice. I’m a SUCKER for custom dice, and Kingsport Festival: TCG comes loaded with them. There are three types of dice: a white d10 with a clock icon on one face, brain-pink (a nice touch) d12 dice representing the player’s sanity with a Sanity icon on one face, and grey Domain d6 dice with three types of domain faces: purple Evil, black Death, and red Destruction. All of the dice are high-quality and engraved, not printed, with easily recognizable faces for ease of play and match up nicely with the icons on the game’s cards. Squee! Wonderfully evil custom dice!

    SETUP:
    Set up is pretty basic. All of the cards depicting the horrid gods are displayed in order of their power in six rows within reach of all of the players. The total number of copies of each type of god card is dictated by how many people are playing, so the number varies. Each player gets one of the brain-ilicious d12s with which to track their sanity and sets it to 10. All players white timer die, with the high roller taking the role of the starting player. Then each player sets their Sanity die to 10 (yes, the value can be increased up to 12 through game effects. That player takes the white d10 and sets it to the clock face. Players can pick an investigator card, but I suggest dealing them out at random to each player to liven things up (before they get driven insane, of course).

    GAMEPLAY:
    Gameplay is equally simple, yet strangely engaging. The first player takes the white timer d10, passes it to the next player to their left, who turns it to the number 1, effectively creating a timer that will count up from 1 to 10, ending the game. That player becomes the starting player. Once the white die is passed, the passing player increases their Sanity by one, as will be the mechanic throughout the rest of the game.

    At the start of a game, the players will have no cards in their hands. They acquire them throughout the game, but we’ll talk about a general turn. The starting player rolls one of the domain dice and notes the resultant face. If they have cards to play, now is when they would play them. The card effects are varied. They might instruct the player to roll more dice, add specified domains to their pool of domains, change rolled die faces, etc. There are many possibilities. After the player has played all the cards they wish to and resolved the card effects, the player may spend the resources/domains gained through the dice they’ve rolled and the cards they have played to buy ONE god from the displayed cards and add it to their hand. It should be noted that players are limited to one and only one copy of each available god.

    Once the player has completed their turn, they check to see if the round indicator on the white d10 matches one of the Raid rounds shown on the investigator card at the very bottom. If the numbers match, the player must compare the Gun icons on his cards to the strength of the raid indicated on his character card. If the Cultist’s strength is greater, he gains the difference in Sanity points. If the Cultist’s strength matches the Raid strength, they neither gain nor lose Sanity. If the Cultist’s strength is less than the Raid strength, they lose the difference in Sanity points. After this, the next player to the left will take their turn.

    WINNING:
    The game ends at the end of the ninth round, unless a Cultist is able to invoke the Elder God Azathoth, which results in dogs and cats sleeping together (no, not really). The cultists look at all of their god cards and add up the Elder God symbols at the bottom of each card. The Cultist with the most Elder God symbols/points at the end of the game WINS!

    FINAL THOUGHTS:
    So, there you have it: an epic battle between creepy Cultists and ghoulish Gods in one rather small box. I’ll get to the point. I really like H.P. Lovecraft’s Kingsport Festival: The Card Game. I happen to be fond of little filler games like this. The box lists the playtime for this game as 30 min, but once the players know the rules, you can cut playtime down to 20 min, easy. It lists the age limit at 13+, which I think is absurd. There is nothing in the theme or artwork that would preclude players 10 and up from playing, other than rule complexity. Between the awesome art, the devilish dice, and the rad rules (ugh…), there is not much to dislike about this game… other than the hellish rules. You may be asking what I mean. The rules seem easy. They ARE. It’s the rulebook that is a pain in the neck. For some reason, the graphic designer (I’m looking at you, Savini -no, not Tom-) decided to print all of the rule examples in the book in a nearly unreadable “old-timey” font that is TINY. I think they thought they were adding flavor. If so, that flavor is YUCKY. When learning a new game, you want crystal-clear rules, not something you have to squint and struggle over, like this sad, arcane tome. The same hellish font appears on the cards in places, as well, making me one unhappy game collector. You may look past it, but I had a hard time doing so. Other than that, though, the game is great fun, a nice way to fill in time between bigger games, and beautiful to look at. You make your own judgement.

    PRODUCT DETAILS:
    Designer: Gianluca Santopietro
    Artist: Maichol Quinto and Demis Savini
    Publisher: Passport Games/ Giochi Uniti
    Published: 2016
    Players/Playtime/Age Rating: 3 -5 players/30 min/13+ (seriously?)

    RATING:
    3/5


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