STAR TREK Star to Beam Down to Sci-Fi Scarborough

Sci-Fi Scarborough has announced that Star Trek: Enterprise star Dominic Keating will be appearing at the 2018 event. Dominic played Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, the weapons and tactical expert on Enterprise NX-01 and will be appearing at the popular Sci-Fi Expo for the whole weekend! His television credits include (as well as a lead role on … Continued

DS9’s Terry Farrell Announced for Sci-Fi Ball 2018

Deep Space Nine’s Terry Farrell is the latest special guest to appear at the 24th annual Sci-Fi Ball convention, which takes place over three days from February 2nd – 4th, 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust. At nearly … Continued

Are You Ready for BLACK SUNDAY Every Month?

A new monthly film festival will launch on Sunday January 28th, 2018 in London and they are looking for your movies to screen! Black Sunday Film Festival will run every month at the Hen and Chicken Theatre in North London. From noon until 10pm, they’ll be a host of independent genre shorts and features. Each … Continued

Don’t Miss THE ELVIS DEAD!

Ever thought what the brilliant Sam Raimi film Evil Dead 2 would be like if it was played out through the songs of Elvis Presley? No, us neither, but we have the chance to find out when Rob Kemp brings his Edinburgh Fringe hit show The Elvis Dead to London and Manchester.

From the press release:

It’s the perfect show for the most wonderful time of year at The Bill Murray in London and Gorilla in Manchester as Group Therapy hands of a hefty chunk of its November outing to a show that was the talk of Edinburgh 2017 – Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis!

Elvis Aaron Presley is the quintessential rock star icon, with influence stretching across generations; Bruce Campbell is the quintessential B-movie horror icon, appearing with enough regularity to consider it habit, as Ash Williams in the Evil Dead movies.

Bruce also once appeared as Elvis in the ‘soul-stealing mummy in a nursing home’ movie, Bubba Ho-Tep.

Rob Kemp loves all of these things, and (very occasionally) has been told that he bears a passing resemblance to Bruce Campbell (we’re not here to discuss the accuracy of this observation, just accept that it happened).

Every now and then, an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd, and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting.

With this being the case, the only logical thing to do is don a jumpsuit (blue and brown, naturally) and sing your way through as much of the plot of Evil Dead 2 as you can in one hour.

The show takes place at The Bill Murray, Queen’s Head Street, London on Thursday, November 2nd and Gorilla, Whitworth Street, Manchester on Saturday, November 4th. Tickets are available now from Seetickets.

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First Guests Announced for Sci-Fi Scarborough 2018

Sci-Fi Scarborough is back in 2018 for another two days of fabulous fun, and the guest announcements have already started.

First out of the blocks for the annual celebration of everything geeky is Josh Herdman aka Gregory Goyle from the Harry Potter films. As well as his most famous role, Josh also appeared in Wizards vs. Aliens and is now also a competitive mixed martial arts fighter.

Joining Josh will be legendary movie sculptor Brian Muir, whose work has been seen in films such as Star Wars, Thor 2, Alien, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter movies The Order of the Phoenix and The Half Blood Prince, Tomb Raider, Sleepy Hollow, The Dark Crystal, Raiders of the Lost Ark and many more. Brian has been working in the film industry for over 48 years and in 1976 sculpted some of the most iconic helmets and armour in the Star Wars universe including Darth Vader!

Sci-Fi Scarborough will be in its the fifth year in the beautiful Victorian Spa Complex and the weekend will bring a fantastic mix of amazing guests, authors, movie and TV props, console, retro and table top gaming, comic book artists, indie films, cosplay competition, panels, software developers, geek pub quiz, live music, collectible traders and Saturday night party. The event runs from Saturday, April 21st 2018 10am-5pm with the geek pub quiz, party and live music from 6.30pm till late, and Sunday, April 22nd 10am-5pm.

Tickets on sale from www.scarboroughspa.co.uk box office or Mojo’s Music Café on Victoria Rd, Scarborough.

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FANTASYCON 2017 Winners; Venue Revealed for 2018

The British Fantasy Society has had its annual convention, and that means that the winners of the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. The ceremony was held at The Bull Hotel in Peterborough on the first of October. Next year’s Fantasycon will be at The Chester Queen in Chester, October 19-21. This winners of the 2017 awards are presented below.

– Best Fantasy Novel is The Tiger and The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky from Pan MacMillan

– Best Magazine/periodical went to tor.com

– Best Nonfiction goes to The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

– Best anthology is People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction, a Lightspeed publication edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim

– The award for Best Indie Press was presented to Grimbold Press

– Best Collection goes to Some Will Not Sleep by Adam Nevill published by Ritual Limited

– Best Novella was given to The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle from StMartin’s Press

– Best Short Fiction is White Rabbit by Georgina Bruce from Black Static 50

– The August Derleth Award for Best Horror novel went to Disappearance At Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay from Titan Books

Daniele Serra was Best Artist

– Best comic/graphic novel went to Monstress Volume 1. Published by Image Comics,  written by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

– The Sydney J. Bounds for Best Newcomer went to Erica L Satifka

– Best film/TV is Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and distributed by Paramount

– The Karl Edward Wagner Award, presented for service to British fandom goes to Jan Edwards

– In addition, a Fantasycon specific award, The Legend of Fantasycon Award, was presented to David and Sandra Sutton for their work in organising past Fantasycons. It is not part of the BFAs and was presented just before the main ceremony. Next year’s BFAs will also feature an audio award.

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PRISONER Fans Treated to New Doc at Birthday Party

Today is the 50th birthday of The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan’ classic, inscrutable descent down the resignation rabbit hole. Viewers in 1967 tuning for what appeared to be just another ITC action-adventure show were in for one hell of a surprise…

A momentous occasion like this requires a good party, and The Prisoner is getting one. Fans have converged on the beautiful and mysterious Village itself, Portmeirion in North Wales, for FALL IN: THE PRISONER @50, a one-day birthday celebration. Special guests include Jason King himself, Peter Wyngarde (No.2 in the episode ‘Checkmate’), actress Jane Merrow (‘The Schizoid Man’) and many other cast and crew members. As well as a special screening of ‘Arrival’ on lovely old 35mm at 7:30pm tonight (the exact moment of the anniversary) the event features the world premiere of In My Mind, a new feature-documentary from Chris Rodley that centres on his astonishing experience attempting to interview Patrick McGoohan for a Channel 4 documentary in 1983. We have an in-depth interview with Chris about the project coming soon and you can read our review of the film.  Also, don’t forget to check out our special birthday celebration of The Prisoner in the current edition of in STARBURST – issue 441, out now.


McGoohan – Santa Monica Beach 1983. Photo: Chris Rodley

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Get 2-for-1 Tickets for CIRCUS OF HORRORS

The ever-popular nightmare carnival Circus of Horrors is returning to UK stages with a brand new show entitled Voodoo.

For 22 years, the band of bizarre acts has been providing shocks and spectacle for millions of fans and the new tour. They even became the first circus act to reach the final of TV behemoth Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, played ten nights at London’s O2 Arena and have shared the stage across the world with top artists such as Foo Fighters, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, and Oasis. The story behind this year’s show is ‘Awoken by a Ouija board, a Voodoo curse causes devastation – while the city sleeps the night creatures rule the underworld with bizarre and amazing Circus acts from all over the world, some never before seen in the UK – all performed to devil driven Rock n Roll and interwoven with the darkest of magic – The biggest revolution of the Circus of Horrors for many years.’

To celebrate the twisted troupe’s return, we have a special 2-for-1 ticket offer for STARBURST readers. Just book through this ticket link and get a pair of tickets for the price of one! Alternatively, you can claim a 2-for-1 voucher to use at the box office of any venue on the tour by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Circus of Horrors, PO Box 4538. London. SW19 8XU.

The show is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the bizarre and outlandish, or just fancy seeing some daring and potentially stupidly dangerous stuff done on stage. All set to some fantastic rock music. Be warned, however, it’s not for the fainthearted!

Check out the full list of dates for the Voodoo tour here.

Check out the video below for a taste of what to expect:

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Celluloid Screams Announces 2017 Line-up

Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival, Friday October 20th – Sunday 22rd, 2017, returns to Showroom Cinema for its ninth edition, with a weekend packed full of the best new and classic horror.

Weekend festival passes go on sale from 12pm on Friday 8th September and are available from the Showroom Box Office or http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/

Here’s the full line-up of what’s in store for Celluloid Screams 2017…

FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER – OPENING GALA: THE ENDLESS 7.00pm

Celluloid Screams kicks off its ninth edition with the latest mind-bending feature from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Taking us further down the rabbit hole than ever before, this latest expedition into the unknown showcases the directors’ knack for innovative storytelling and subverting genre conventions. Like Resolution and Spring before it, The Endless further cements the status of Benson and Moorhead as two of contemporary genre cinema’s most prodigious talents. Screening with GREAT CHOICE (short).

BORLEY RECTORY (with special guest director Ashley Thorpe) – 9.30pm

The tale of the haunting at Borley Rectory is a legendary one, which caught the imagination of the general public in the 1920s. Over six years in the making, Ashley Thorpe’s visually stunning tale of “the most haunted house in England” is unlike any horror film you’ve seen in recent memory. Combining live action, rotoscoping and digital animation techniques, Borley Rectory is a fascinating and enthralling experience that is as haunting as the events it depicts. Screening with LATCHED + CRESWICK (shorts)

68 KILL – Midnight

From director Trent Haaga, 68 Kill is a lurid black comedy which will take you on a murderous road trip; pure trailer-park trash with a sleazy punk rock edge, and plenty of violent shocks along the way. Screening with KISSES + MISTER POPULAR + BORN AGAIN (shorts).

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER – 11 am.

I REMEMBER YOU 11.00am

Based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s best-selling novel, and directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson, this scandi-noir about supernatural occurrences in the remote Westfjords of Iceland is certain to send a shiver down your spine. Screening with THE MAN WHO CAUGHT A MERMAID + DRIP DROP (shorts)

HABIT – 1.40pm

Gritty and gruesome, director Simeon Halligan’s third feature is a blood-soaked tale delving deep into of the dark underbelly of Manchester, where animalistic violence and savagery rule [sounds like STARBURST HQ – Ed.] Screening with BON APPETIT + COUPLES NIGHT (shorts)

TRAGEDY GIRLS – 4.10pm

Meet Sadie and McKayla, aka the ‘Tragedy Girls’. Together, they run a website devoted to true crime. Their fascination with the subject is boundless, and the girls soon find they’re no longer satisfied with merely writing about violence, and decide to embark on a more ‘hands-on’ approach. Tragedy Girls is a gory and entertaining bubblegum chiller about exploitation in the digital age, friendship between sociopaths, and the dangers of heavy gym equipment. Screening with YOUR DATE IS HERE + MEOW (shorts)

INSIDE NO. 9 – A SPECIAL ANTHOLOGY SCREENING (with special guests Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton) – 7.00pm

As is only fitting given that this is their ninth edition, Celluloid Screams presents a special screening of Inside No. 9 – one of modern television’s true greats –  three episodes, handpicked by the show’s creators. (The exact details of which episodes you’ll see are under wraps…) Inside No. 9’s writers and creators, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton introduce this special screening and take part in a Q&A afterward.

CELLULOID SCREAMS SECRET FILM – 9.45pm

The annual secret film returns for 2017… Following on from last year’s surprise screening of THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, the Celluloid Screams team has selected another top secret film that we think you’ll really enjoy. As always, the film will be revealed mere moments before it begins, so settle in and prepare for a surprise… Screening with TEDDY BEARS PICNIC + THIRD WHEEL + CRAVE (shorts).

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY MIDNIGHT GALA: SUSPIRIA (40th Anniversary restoration – The CultFilms tour of Suspiria 4K) Midnight

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Celluloid Screams brings Dario Argento’s masterpiece back to the big screen in its restored version. With a pulverising soundtrack by Italian prog-rock maestros Goblin and dazzling Technicolor visuals courtesy of Director of Photography Luciano Tovoli, Suspiria is an eye-popping assault on the senses, and its reputation as a cornerstone of European horror is thoroughly well deserved. Screening with BIRTHDAY + BELIAL’S DREAM (shorts).

SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER

TAG – 10.00am

Aboard a coach with her classmates on their way to summer camp, young Mitsuko’s world is shattered as she’s plunged into a horrific, gruesome situation. Lost, alone, and utterly terrified, she mysteriously stumbles into her life before the incident, but how exactly did she get there? Why doesn’t she recognise anyone? And where did all the men go? A mind-bending fantasy horror that will leave you questioning your own reality… Screening with ELDRITCH CODE + IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING (shorts)

MAYHEM – 12.00pm

In a cut-throat office environment full of uninhibited crazies out for themselves, one man must work his way up to the top, by any means necessary. If you’ve ever worked in a corporate setting or pondered the potential use of office equipment as a deadly weapon, Joe Lynch’s gleefully gory ode to office politics is made for you. Screening with TICKLE MONSTER + EARWORM + PARALYS (shorts)

M.F.A. – 2.10pm

Noelle (Francesca Eastwood) is a shy and withdrawn art student. She has a hard time fitting in with her peers, so she’s thrilled when she receives an invitation to a party from handsome classmate Luke. However, the evening takes a devastating turn when Noelle is brutally raped. With a mesmerising performance by Eastwood, this captivating revenge thriller tackles rape culture in modern society head-on with a fierce and unflinching intensity. Though it does contain scenes that some viewers may find upsetting, it deftly tackles the tough subject matter to shine a spotlight on a very real issue. Screening with SHORTCUT + UNDRESS ME (shorts)

HELLRAISER (30th Anniversary screening – with special guests Nicholas Vince & Geoff Portass)- 5.00pm

Celluloid Screams opens Lemarchand’s box to unleash Clive Barker’s horror classic once more… Nicholas Vince and special effects supervisor Geoff Portass discuss the production and legacy of Hellraiser in a Q&A after the film. Screening with WE SUMMONED A DEMON (short).

CREEP 2 (UK PREMIERE) – 7.30pm

The follow-up to 2014’s CREEP manages to be just as tense and darkly funny as its predecessor. Starting off with a similar premise to the first film, CREEP 2 soon morphs into an altogether different beast, utterly unpredictable and always heading in a different direction to the one you expect. Peachfuzz is back! Screening with CARAVAN + FLOW + DEAD HORSES (shorts)

CLOSING GALA: BETTER WATCH OUT – 10.00pm

The festive season is upon us, and in a quiet suburban neighbourhood, Ashley agrees to babysit for twelve-year-old Luke, an average kid whose parents are out for the evening. With his best friend Garrett along for moral support, Luke has lofty ambitions to prove to Ashley that he’s boyfriend material, but plans to confess his feelings go awry when the house comes under attack by unseen invaders. However, they soon discover that this is no ordinary home invasion…this vicious horror comedy is the closest thing to Home Alone meets Scream that we’ll probably ever get.

All screenings will be open to Celluloid Screams pass holders. There are a limited number of tickets available for individual films which can be purchased from the Showroom Box Office. For full details of the film programme please visit: www.celluloidscreams.co.uk.

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Mayhem 2017 Announces Full Festival Line-up

Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up of its 2017 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on October 12th – 15th. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, guested screenings and special events each year.

Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date will open the festival on Thursday, October 12th and will be followed by a Q&A with guests yet to be revealed. Director Simeon Halligan will present his film Habit and will be joined on stage by producer Rachel Richardson-Jones and lead actor Elliot Langridge. Dick Maas (Amsterdamned, Saint) will also attend the festival to present the UK Premiere of Prey, the ferociously funny tale of a man-eating lion terrorising Amsterdam. The cast for the live stage reading of unmade Hammer script, Zeppelin v Pterodactyls, the centrepiece of the festival’s last day, will be announced at a later stage.

Mayhem’s 13th edition also includes screenings of Top Knot Detective and Mayhem as well as the UK Premiere of tragic Groundhog Day-like South Korean sci-fi thriller, A Day, and preview screenings of Natalia Leite’s revenge thriller M.F.A. starring Francesca Eastwood, riotous comedy-thriller 68 Kill which plays like a gender-reversed True Romance, Ana Asensio’s spellbinding and award-winning debut Most Beautiful Island, and the darkly comic zombie flick Dead Shack which will close the festival.

With a total of 17 screenings and events, the 2017 edition will also see a 2K screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, in a glorious restoration on its 40th anniversary, as part of The CultFilms Tour of SUSPIRIA-4k. The short film programme and the fiendish Mayhem quiz, The Flinterrogation, hosted by author David Flint, will return to round up the festival’s line-up.

Full festival passes are now available. For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on October 12th – 15th, 2017 at Broadway, Nottingham.

The full line-up and schedule for Mayhem 2017:

THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER

7.30PM DOUBLE DATE + Special Guests

Dir. Benjamin Barfoot, 2017 (UK) with Danny Morgan & Michael Socha

10PM M.F.A.

Dir. Natalia Leite, 2017 (US) with Francesca Eastwood & Clifton Collins Jr.

 

FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER

3.30PM BITCH

Dir. Marianna Palka, 2017 (US) with Jaime King & Jason Ritter

5.30PM 68 KILL

Dir. Trent Haaga, 2017 (US) with Matthew Gray Gubler & AnnaLynne McCord

7.30PM HABIT + Special Guests Simeon Halligan, Rachel Richardson-Jones & Elliot Langridge

Dir. Simeon Halligan, 2017 (UK) with Elliot Langridge & Jessica Barden

10PM FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III: 3D

Dir. Steve Miner, 1982 (US) with Dana Kimmell & Tracie Savage

SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER

12PM TAG

Dir. Sion Sono, 2015 (JAP) with Reina Triendl & Mariko Shinoda

1.45PM A DAY – UK PREMIERE

Dir. Sun-ho Cho, 2017 (ROK) with Myung-min Kim & Eun-hyung Jo

3.30PM MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

Dir. Ana Asensio, 2017 (US) with Ana Asensio & Natasha Romanova

6PM MAYHEM SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Dir. Various, 2017 (International)

8.30PM PREY + Special Guest Dick Maas

Dir. Dick Maas, 2016 (NL) with Mark Frost & Sophie Van Winden

11PM SUSPIRIA The CultFilms Tour of SUSPIRIA-4k (shown in 2k)

Dir. Dario Argento, 1977 (ITA) with Jessica Harper & Stefania Casini

SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER

12PM TOP KNOT DETECTIVE

Dirs. Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce, 2017 (AUS/JAP) with Toshi Okuzaki & Mayu Iwasaki

1.45PM RIFT

Dir. Erlingur Thoroddsen, 2017 (ICE) with Björn Stefánsson & Sigurður Þór Óskarsson

4PM The Flinterrogation Hosted by author David Flint

5PM ZEPPELIN V PTERODACTYLS – A live stage reading of a legendary lost Hammer production

7.45PM MAYHEM

Dir. Joe Lynch, 2017 (US) with Steven Yeun & Samara Weaving

9.30PM DEAD SHACK

Dir. Peter Ricq, 2017 (CAN) with Lizzie Boys & Cameron Andres

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