MAYHEM and CELLULOID SCREAMS show RAW in October

Written by Jon Towlson Thursday, 15 September 2016

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UK horror fans who want to see for themselves what all the fuss is about over the movie Raw will get their chance in October. Nottingham’s Mayhem and Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams both have Raw on their schedules for this year’s festivals. In fact, it’s Mayhem’s opening night film on Thursday 13th; and part of Celluloid Scream’s closing gala on Sunday 23rd.

Raw, written and directed by Julia Ducornau, made the headlines this week at the Toronto film festival, with the trades reporting on people passing out and paramedics being called to Tuesday’s screening. The movie’s about a vegetarian woman called Justine who becomes a cannibal after being forced to eat raw rabbit liver during a veterinarian school initiation. Sounds like a rabid vegan track to us (nothing wrong with that! – Ed), but there’s no denying that the film is visceral one, and it has garnered some great reviews at festivals and in the trade papers.

Mayhem’s Chris Cooke told us: "I saw the film in Cannes at a public screening that got quite a few moments from the audience of flinching, wincing, gasping - no fainting, but they’re a hardy lot. But for all the shock (and the film is quite graphic on occasion), what really struck home was the unique vision of a major new talent in the genre. The film is visually stunning and mesmerising, startling and original. Our Mayhem audience is in for a surprise, and we’re really looking forward to their reaction.”

It’s always fascinating when audiences react like this to a horror movie, and Steven Sheil, the co-director of Mayhem, is no stranger to it either: with a famous case of a fainting at the first Irish screening of his directorial debut Mum & Dad in 2008.

For further info and tickets, visit www.mayhemfestival.com and www.celluloidscreams.co.uk.

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UK horror fans who want to see for themselves what all the fuss is about over the movie Raw will get their chance in October. Nottingham’s Mayhem and Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams both have Raw on their schedules for this year’s festivals. In fact, it’s Mayhem’s opening night film on Thursday 13th; and part of Celluloid Scream’s closing gala on Sunday 23rd.

Raw, written and directed by Julia Ducornau, made the headlines this week at the Toronto film festival, with the trades reporting on people passing out and paramedics being called to Tuesday’s screening. The movie’s about a vegetarian woman called Justine who becomes a cannibal after being forced to eat raw rabbit liver during a veterinarian school initiation. Sounds like a rabid vegan track to us (nothing wrong with that! – Ed), but there’s no denying that the film is visceral one, and it has garnered some great reviews at festivals and in the trade papers.

Mayhem’s Chris Cooke told us: "I saw the film in Cannes at a public screening that got quite a few moments from the audience of flinching, wincing, gasping - no fainting, but they’re a hardy lot. But for all the shock (and the film is quite graphic on occasion), what really struck home was the unique vision of a major new talent in the genre. The film is visually stunning and mesmerising, startling and original. Our Mayhem audience is in for a surprise, and we’re really looking forward to their reaction.”

It’s always fascinating when audiences react like this to a horror movie, and Steven Sheil, the co-director of Mayhem, is no stranger to it either: with a famous case of a fainting at the first Irish screening of his directorial debut Mum & Dad in 2008.

For further info and tickets, visit www.mayhemfestival.com and www.celluloidscreams.co.uk.


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