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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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Henry Rollins Will Be Back For More Cannibal Carnage in He Never Died 2

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If you’ve somehow missed it there is a killer horror-comedy out there (streaming on Netflix) starring Henry Rollins called He Never Died.

The film is a big recommend from all of us here at Dread Central and it is with this in mind we are excited by today’s news.

Yes, not only does it look like there will be a sequel, fittingly titled He Never Died 2, but THR reports that Henry Rollins will return.

While there is currently no word on additional casting, but we will let us know as soon as we hear more about the sequel.

Until then let us know what you think of the original film below!

He Never Died 2 will be written and directed by Jason Krawczyk and David Miller will produce along with Zach Hagen.

The film begins shooting in North Bay, Ontario this May.

Synopsis:

After saving his estranged daughter from his criminal past in the original movie, Jack is now a vagabond attempting to keep his supernatural compulsion in check. Along the way, he confronts depraved sadists similar to his own long life of destruction and must defy his inner demons and strike a balance of revenge and responsibility.

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10 Terrifying Moments from Kids’ Movies That Haunted Our Childhoods

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When the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped a couple weeks ago, I watched it with a tinge of dread. See, Han Solo traumatized me as a child. I was 7-years-old when I saw The Empire Strikes Back in theaters, and the scene where Harrison Ford gets tortured at Cloud City gave me my first bona fide panic attack. It was dark, intense, and completely out of left field in an otherwise fantastic franchise where no one ever bleeds (or screams).

I might be the only one who had such an adverse reaction to Solo’s torture (which happens, primarily, off-screen), but those of us who came of age in the 1980s can probably relate to encountering terrifying moments in otherwise kid-friendly films. For the most part, these were the days before PG-13, meaning there was a ton of leeway for movies that fell in between the extremes of Cinderella and The Shining.

In retrospect, 1980s kids were subjected to a litany of scares that would be considered highly inappropriate by today’s standards—perhaps explaining our generations’ intense love of horror! Return with me now to those terrifying days of yesteryear with 10 terrifying moments from kids’ movies that haunted our childhoods!


The Tunnel of Terror in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The only film on this list that wasn’t produced and released in the 1980s (and the only one I didn’t see in theaters) is nonetheless one every child of the era has seen: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. I remember my parents telling me that I was in for a treat when they sat me down in front of the TV at the tender age of 6.

I was already unnerved by the tall man in the trench coat and the bizarre antics of Gene Wilder’s Wonka, but that boat-ride scene completely destroyed my childhood. It wasn’t even the chicken decapitation or the centipedes that rattled me; it was Wonka’s unhinged shrieking! To this day, the scene gives me the willies (pun intended!); Wilder truly channels the dangerous intensity of a lunatic.


Gmork attacks Atreyu in The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story was an exciting alternative in the Disney-dominated landscape of kids’ movies in the 1980s—exciting and dark! But a kid trapped in an attic, a horse drowning in a swamp, a nihilistic turtle, and a devastating void all paled in comparison to Atreyu’s confrontation with the insidious Gmork.

Those green eyes staring out from the cave froze my blood. The fact that it could speak made it infinitely more terrifying; this wasn’t some primal beast, this agent of The Great Nothing was a cunning and merciless villain. The matter-of-fact way it informed Atreyu that he would be his last “victim” was beyond bleak. When the monster attacked as thunder roared and lightning struck, I screamed.

Though many aspects of The NeverEnding Story show their age, this moment remains, objectively, as scary as any horror movie werewolf attack.


The Wheelers Descend in Return to Oz (1985)

When Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) first arrived in Oz back in 1939, she was greeted by a community of cheerful Munchkins. When Dorothy (reprised by Fairuza Balk) returned to Oz in 1985, her reception was much colder.

The eerie silence of a seemingly abandoned wasteland was broken by an assault by Wheelers: colorful, mechanically enhanced cousins of the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys. As adults, we can laugh at the impracticality of villains who can’t even maneuver stairs, but we weren’t laughing as kids, I can promise you that!

While the hall of heads, an unintentionally terrifying Jack Pumpkinhead, and a truly demonic Gnome King are perhaps the scariest moments of Return to Oz, the sudden and unexpected arrival of the Wheelers was a truly devastating moment. It obliterated all our happy memories of Oz in an instant, transforming the land of enchantment into a labyrinth of evil.


Large Marge Tells her Tale in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Many of the films on this list are dark from start to finish, containing multiple terrifying moments. But part of what makes the tale of Large Marge so impactful is that it appears in an otherwise completely lighthearted film. Sure, man-child Pee-wee Herman has always been subversive in ways that only become apparent as we get older, but he never dabbled in ghost stories or jump scares.

Luckily, the scary face of Large Marge was as funny as it was shocking, so even though kids like me hit the ceiling, our fears quickly dissolved into fits of hysterical laughter. Today, I remember practically nothing about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, but I’ll have fond memories of Large Marge until the day I die.


The Emperor Turns to Ash in The Dark Crystal (1982)

Over 35 years after it’s release, The Dark Crystal remains a unique and beautiful anomaly. Jim Henson’s G-rated Muppets were left in the workshop! This film was populated by fascinating and terrifying characters, conveying a tale that wasn’t dumbed down for its audience. These factors give the film profound resonance and contribute to its status as an enduring classic

Like the title warns, this film is dark. The Skeksis are demonic, Augrah is arresting, and the Garthim are pure nightmare fuel. The process of draining Pod People of the essence and the stabbing death of Kira are horrifying. But it was the death of the Skeksis Emperor that really hit me like a ton of bricks.

There was something metaphysically terrifying about this moment; not only is the idea of a creature crumbling into ash creepy as hell but the effect was gasp-inducing. As a child, it was something I’d never seen before, a concept I’d never imagined, and it floored me. Death had never been conveyed with such shocking profundity.


The Lab Rats are Injected in The Secret of NIMH (1982)

When I sat in the theater in 1982, I don’t think I realized that The Secret of NIMH wasn’t a Disney movie, but I realized soon enough Mickey and Minnie weren’t hangin’ with these rodents! The Great Owl was petrifying and the finale was as harrowing as anything my young psyche had yet experienced, but it was the flashback of experiments conducted on lab rats that stuck with me and haunted my childhood.

It wasn’t just the brilliant animation that powerfully conveyed the rats’ pain as syringes were plunged into their bellies, it was a brutal moment of education they don’t teach kids in school. It was my first introduction to the realities of animal experimentation, and the fact that grown-ups would perpetrate such atrocities felt like a betrayal


The Ending of Time Bandits (1981)

In retrospect, it was irresponsible for any of our parents to think that Time Bandits was a kids’ movie just because the main character was an 11-year-old boy. In 1981, the only other film Terry Gilliam had directed was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes, Time Bandits is funny and exciting with motifs common to kid-friendly time-travel fiction, but the film is nearly hopelessly bleak from start to finish.

Kevin (played by Craig Warnock) is completely neglected by his parents and essentially kidnapped by a troop of interdimensional robbers. He’s made complicit in a series of crimes throughout many dangerous eras, forced to endure wars and even the sinking of the Titanic. Eventually, Kevin is dragged into a realm of ultimate darkness. Though triumphing over Evil personified, he’s abandoned by God before returning home—only to find his home engulfed in a blazing inferno.

Though rescued by firemen, Kevin’s parents didn’t even realize he was missing and are soon reduced to piles of ash by a stray bit of concentrated evil. The friendly firemen take little notice, leaving our young protagonist utterly alone.


Faces Melt in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A lot of my peers will count the human sacrifice scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as one of the most terrifying moments of their childhood. Not me. After what I’d endured in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was ready for anything.

Since it gets less attention than its predecessor (bonus fact: Temple of Doom is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark), I think people forget just how scary Raiders really is. It’s worlds darker and grittier than Doom, which has a colorful, comic book pallet by comparison, not to mention a clear emphasis on comedy. The spiders, the snakes, the boobytraps: they all put monkey brains and extracted hearts to shame.

But the climax of Raiders of the Lost Ark is more intense than most horror movies, past and present. The face-melting evoked Cold War Era fears of nuclear annihilation and the idea of a vengeful God was devastating.


The Death of Shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

I wasn’t always the jaded gorehound I am today; I was young and sensitive once. And even though I was well into puberty by 1988 (or maybe because of it) I was especially traumatized by a moment in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The hard-boiled plot loaded with barely veiled sexual innuendo was, for the most part, completely buried beneath a cacophony of cameos from just about every cartoon character ever penned.

But it wasn’t the fever-nightmare of Roger’s mania or even the emergence of Judge Doom’s true form that devastated me; it was the execution of poor Shoe, a paradigm of animated innocence unceremoniously dropped into a barrel of “dip” (a toxic concoction made from turpentine, acetone, and benzene).

Most kids in their early teens couldn’t stop thinking about Jessica Rabbit; I was haunted by the death of Shoe.


Supercomputer Makes a Human Cyborg in Superman III (1983)

There’s an evil streak that runs throughout Superman III, the third film to feature Christopher Reeves as the titular Man of Steel. While Superman II had its dark spots (specifically the devastation caused by Zod and his companions) there’s an undercurrent in Richard Lester’s follow-up that’s absolutely wicked—containing a scene that contributed to the destruction of my childhood.

A makeshift batch of Kryptonite turns Superman into an immoral, selfish thug before he participates in a troubling fight to the death with himself. But as unsettling as the concept of an evil Superman may be, the scene where the supercomputer turns Vera into a cyborg was some next level shit for 10-year-old me.

I re-watched the scene in preparation for this article and was shocked at its similarities to the moment in Hellraiser II when Dr. Channard is transformed into a Cenobite—especially the wires! No wonder it scared the hell out of me!

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Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

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