CELLULOID SCREAMS: Sheffield Horror Film Festival, Friday 24th – Sunday, 26th October, 2014, returns to Showroom Cinema for what is set to be the festival’s best year yet, with a weekend packed full of premieres, previews, special guests and more.
CELLULOID SCREAMS 2014 kicks off in fine style with the UK premiere of THE EDITOR, the mindboggling new opus from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6, an affectionate tribute to the Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s and 1980s. Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney of Astron-6 will be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in a Q&A afterwards.
Few films nail the perfect balance between the creepy and the comical, but Gerard Johnstone’s terrific debut feature, HOUSEBOUND, achieves this feat effortlessly in an unsettling tale of a woman’s return home to find her mother’s house haunted by a malicious spirit. Patrick Brice’s CREEP goes for a more earthbound horror when an out-of-work videographer answers a small ad and gets himself into deep trouble in a remote cabin with a filming subject who’s not what he claims to be. CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA tells the tale of an ice cream vendor whose infatuation with a soap star turns into psychotic obsession. There’s more sinister filming taking place in STARRY EYES, a tale of desperation and sacrifice in the dark heart of Hollywood. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is a dryly-hilarious mock-doc from the makers of FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and EAGLE VS SHARK about three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles - like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.
With the amazing Brian Yuzna as this year’s Guest of Honour, there’s a screening of Yuzna’s splat-tastic debut feature SOCIETY (1989) followed by a Q&A with the man himself. The Yuzna-produced, Stuart Gordon-directed DAGON (2001) is also showing, introduced by Yuzna, and Yuzna’s BRIDE OF REANIMATOR (1989) heads this year’s SCI-FI SHOCKS Saturday all-nighter which also includes Stephen King’s sole directorial effort, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986), Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS(1986) and Stephen Chiodo’s KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988).
Also showing this year is SUBURBAN GOTHIC from Richard Bates; a quirky oddball horror comedy that couldn’t be more different than Bates’ debut, EXCISION. What begins as a naturalistic romance in an idyllic Mediterranean town, takes an unexpected turn in SPRING. ABCS OF DEATH 2 brings with it an all-new line-up of international directors and twenty six new ways to die. And the CLOSING NIGHT GALA film is DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD, which takes everything that was great about the first film and ramps it up to another level.
With all these and a Secret Film too (plus short films supporting the main features), CELLULOID SCREAMS 2014 is looking very good indeed.
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