Horror Film Festivals for Halloween and Beyond…


The nights are drawing in, the central heating is on, Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to talk of tales to chill the blood. While I’m going to try and do as many spooky posts as possible for October, if your taste runs to something less than cozy in the winter, both FrightFest and Abertoir have announced ticket sales recently.

From FrightFest:

FILM4 FRIGHTFEST ALL-NIGHTER. We are delighted to announce a bigger, bolder all-night Halloween event on Saturday October 30, 2010, at the Empire Cinema 2, Leicester Square. A fantastic line-up of seven World or UK premieres, Sneak Previews and one Retro Classic to scare you, dazzle you, make you jump and creep you out. It’s only been two months since we said goodbye at our critically acclaimed, much praised August main event. But we’ve been working hard to ensure our Halloween programme is every bit as way out of the ordinary, strikingly eclectic and must-see as that was. So we have Japanese revenge, Canadian chills, Uruguayan unease, American psychos, Australian sharks, cannibal girls and a Finnish nightmare before Christmas to get you in the mood for all the horrifying tricks and shocking treats in store.

One of the best films of the year is Japan’s official Oscar contender CONFESSIONS. This twisted revenge saga, directed by KAMIKAZE GIRLS’ Tetsuya Nakashima will take your breath away visually and emotionally. For not since Park Chan-Wook’s VENGEANCE trilogy has the psychological warfare of crime and punishment been so brilliantly or elegantly brought to stark life. Then it’s up, up and away with ALTITUDE, a remarkably taut Twilight Zone-style tale about high flying teenagers trapped in a deadly showdown with an airborne supernatural force. Next is this year’s Cannes sensation, which forced everyone to face real fear in real time. A technical, visual and atmospheric achievement unlike any other in horror history, director Gustavo Hernandez haunted house shocker THE SILENT HOUSE puts you in the picture like never before. For some Midnight Madness we chose CHOOSE to jolt you into Sunday. Move over Jigsaw. Scarlip is the new games master on the shock block in our highly anticipated World Premiere presentation. There’s grief on THE REEF in the scariest shark chiller since JAWS, the latest wilderness survival thriller from BLACK WATER director Andrew Traucki. If you’re feeling a bit dozy at this point in the middle of the night, it’s time to face the ‘The Picture with the WARNING BELL!’. FrightFest proudly presents our 2010 retro classic, Ivan (GHOSTBUSTERS) Reitman’s CANNIBAL GIRLS in all its gruesome gimmick and gag glory. And we finish off with a Finnish fairytale currently garnering ecstatic world-of-mouth. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is unlike any Santa Claus movie you’ve ever seen before. So move over GREMLINS and SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the Yule Goat is coming to town.

From Aberfest:

I’m delighted to announce that from Thursday 30th September, festival passes will be available from the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Priced at £47.50 for the whole five days, it will include all events including the music concert by The Damned, the theatre show “A Warning to the Curious” and over 20 feature films (inc UK premieres, and pre-release screenings). Not only that, but we also have the movie Zombie Diaries 2 filming in Aber during the festival!

This year is our fifth birthday, and we owe it all to each and every one of you who have supported us by coming along and enjoying the event. So thank you!

That said….. you can buy a pass by calling the Arts Centre on 01970 623232.

For those of you wondering where the schedule is….. you’ll have to wait a bit longer! This call out is for all those who will simply trust in our judgement to put on a good show. We’ll announce the film lineup very soon, where you’ll also be able to buy individual tickets, but for now, this is your chance to get your hands on a pass and beat the rush.

The whole team here looks forward to welcoming you to Abertoir, and we hope to see you soon!

The FrightFest All-Nighter is on Halloween, while Abertoir runs from run from 5pm Wednesday 10th November through to late night Sunday 14th November.


~ by moviegrrlreviews on October 1, 2010.

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