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2012 South African HorrorFest Lineup, Schedule, and More Info AnnouncedHitting its 8th year, the annual South African HorrorFest film festival is coming up quickly (it runs 24 Oct-2 Nov), and the full lineup and event schedule have been announced. It’s one of the biggest we’ve ever seen!

From the Press Release:
Creeping its way towards lighting up Halloween season, the ever-expanding South African HORRORFEST celebrates its 8th anniversary in Cape Town. But this expansion has reached Gauteng, with the HorrorFest hitting Johannesburg for the first time (26-31 Oct) at The Bioscope (286 Fox Street) with a selection of killer flicks that featured across the HorrorFest history (from vampires and zombies to monsters and madmen, a documentary, and short films).

This all-encompassing event embraces all aspects of horror/chiller entertainment, its serious and lighter sides. This year the theme is Frankenstein!

M O V I E S
A great range of movies from around the world are lined up. 27 slots include brand new studio releases & sneak previews (incl. 3D), fan favourites and classics, all the way through the spectrum to very low budget indies and rarities, as well as a legendary musical, documentaries, a live soundtrack performance to a landmark silent film, and 4 chapters of short films.

The festival will open on Wednesday 24 October with a special FREE sneak preview of TIM BURTON’s new stop-animated movie FRANKENWEENIE in 3D! Unlike the rest of the screenings happening at The Labia Theatre, this show will be at Ster Kinekor’s commercial cinema in Cavendish Square mall, Cape Town. Seats are limited, and in order to secure a set of double tickets, send the title of your favourite Tim Burton movie, and why you love the HorrorFest to: SAhorrorfest@gmail.com

This will be followed by another pre-release screening the night thereafter (Thur 25 Oct, at the Labia Theatre) – a paid sneak preview of THE POSSESSION, produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead series).

With the event’s FRANKENSTEIN theme, naturally you can expect movies along that vein (incl. two Boris Karloff classics and a licensed screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, with full audience participation), but there will also be vampire themes, zombies, serial killers and some cool genre documentaries. Locally produced feature films (Lyfstraf, Scaredy Kat, One Last Look) are included (with a late entry possibly being incorporated).

Besides these invigorating, scary, creepy and wild movies from around the globe, don’t forget the amazingly original, innovative and diverse short films from 13 countries (with prizes from Visual Impact, Cosmesis & Masque, and Sound & Motion Studios).

Most of these motion pictures and shorts make their South African (and African) theatrical premiere.

CAPE TOWN Chapter (at The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street)

All movies & events at The Labia Theatre (except Frankenweenie and Bloody Parchment)
Tickets: R35, except live soundtrack performance: R50
Booking from 14 October on Tel: 021 424 5927
(On-line ticketing will be available here

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER
8:00pm – Frankenweenie 3D (free sneak preview at Ster Kinekor Commercial, Cavendish Square)

THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER
6:15pm – One Last Look (local production, kicking off screenings at The Labia – Cape Town premiere)
8:30pm – The Possession (paid sneak preview)

FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
5:30pm – Bloody Parchment Literature Event (at The Book Lounge, cnr. Roeland- & Buitenkant Str.)
6:15pm – Warhouse
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 1 (titles listed further down)

SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
Noon – Late: The Alternative Market
1:45pm – Bled White
4:00pm – Shiver
6:15pm – Last Will And Testament of Rosalind Leigh
8:30pm – Frankenstein (1931)

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER
1:45pm – Masks
4:00pm – The Blood
6:15pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 2 (titles listed further down)
8:30pm – The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
4:00pm – Dracula 0.9
6:15pm – Zero Killed
8:30pm – Lyfstraf (World Premiere of this South African production)

TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
4:00pm – Scary Or Die
6:15pm – Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 3 (titles listed further down)

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER – Halloween Night
4:00pm – The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry
6:15pm – Frankenstein – Day Of The Beast
8:30pm – Nosferatu (live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack performance + audience dress-up)

THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER
4:00pm – The Infliction
6:15pm – Screaming In High Heels
8:30pm – Shadow Realm Short Films Part 4 (titles listed further down)

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER
4:00pm – Splintered
6:15pm – Scaredy Kat (World Premiere of this South African production)
8:30pm – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (audience participation closing party)

JOHANNESBURG Chapter (at The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street)

This will only include the movies below, none of the other Cape Town-based activity or live soundtrack

FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
7pm – S.A. HorrorFest Shadow Realm Short Film Collection
9pm – Frankenstein

SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
4pm – The House By The Cemetery
6pm – True Nature
8pm – Strigoi
10pm – Malditos Sean! (Cursed Bastards!)

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER
3pm – Night Of The Living Dead Re-Animated
5pm – Bad Taste
7pm – Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER
7:30pm – Kaalo

TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER
7:30pm – Colin

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER – Halloween Night
7:30pm – Lyfstraf (Gauteng Premiere of this South African production)

S H A D O W R E A L M S H O R T F I L M S, P A R T 1 – 4
A fantastic array of short films from 13 countries are compiled into 4 feature length chapters (around 8hrs!), and include: THE FRIGHT, PROF. BROFMAN, BETWEEN ME YOU AND GOD, AMOR SACRO, ETHEREAL CHRYSALIS, FOTO, BABY MONITOR, REFUGGIO 115, BRUTAL RELAX, CONTO DO VENTO, CTIN!, EXTRACORPUS, LOLA, TILL DEATH DO US PART, DREAM CATCHER, VADIM, WHITE LADY, LEYENDA, HISTORIA MUERTA, SON DOS DIAS, THE STOLEN, LE BLANC C’EST LE MEILLEUR, THE HALLOWEEN KID, PANDORA’S SHADOW, LA ULTIMA VICTIMA, RETURN TO THE DREAM, MUERTOS Y VIVIENTES, ALONE, METAL CREEPERS, BRUTAL, THE ESCORT, BARIKO LIGHT, JOE, JAQUE, GAME, BLOODRUSH, OJOS QUE NO DUERMEN, NATURAL BORN STORY KILLER, TRASH, LOVE BUG
(Johannesburg will have a single chapter)

M U S I C
As one of the many event highlights, The Makabra Ensemble performs new original soundtracks live to the screening classic silent films. They’ve done 7 of these over the years, incl. Metropolis, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The Phantom Of The Opera, Haxan, Maciste In Hell and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The group consists of members from Terminatryx, Lark, Mr. Sakitumi, as well as Matthjs Van Dijk, and utilize a wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments to breathe new life into the timeless films.

This year is the 90th anniversary of F.W. Murnau’s legendary vampire film, Nosferatu. To celebrate this on Halloween night (Wed 31 Oct), The Makabra Ensemble will perform their live soundtrack to this groundbreaking classic (and may be opening with the Frankenstein short, made in 1910). This is also the Halloween dress-up night (with prizes).

DVDs of the new Nosferatu version will also be on sale.

R O C K Y H O R R O R P I C T U R E S H O W
With the FRANKENSTEIN theme of the 2012 South African HORRORFEST, the event will close off with a bang to the sights and sounds of Dr Frank-N-Furter and the Rocky Horror Picture Show! (Licensed screening)

As a full audience participation screening, we demand that everyone arrives in (im)proper attire for this wild B-movie / Horror / Musical event of an innocent couple who falls prey to a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, and his plans to build himself a man. RSVP at the Facebook event page, and post your own auditions clips if you want to be one of the shadow cast members in front of the screen).

L I T E R A T U R E
The Bloody Parchment literary chapter has grown into a force of its own (overseen by Nerine Dorman). The Lounge Of Horror (with the promise of horrifically brilliant cupcakes and wine) will happen from 5:30pm on Friday 26 Oct at The Book Lounge (Roeland Street, Cape Town) with a live fiction reading evening by local Horror / Fantasy / Thriller writers.

A L T E R N A T I V E M A R K E T
2011 saw the kick-start of the Alternative Market, featuring a range of exciting stalls (incl. Halloween supplies, clothing, accessories, jewelry, books, DVDs, HorrorFest merchandise and more). This year it’s back! From noon ’til after sunset on Saturday 27 October.

H A L L O W E E N D R E S S – U P
What is Halloween without a dress-up get-together? Each year the Halloween dress-up competition happens at the Makabra Ensemble live soundtrack performance (this year on Halloween night, Wed 31 Oct). Cool prizes to be won.

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

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

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Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
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Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

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9. “Elm Street Dreams”
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Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

Synopsis:
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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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