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Old 12th May 2022, 12:44 PM
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Default Nottingham Mayhem Film Festival 2022

Time to start planning your Autumn holiday to Nottingham!

"Mayhem Film Festival will return this autumn to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham to showcase the best in international horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, with the festival's 18th edition planned to run for four days from Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 October"

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Old 17th August 2022, 05:27 PM
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The first films are starting to be announced:

"Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 13-16 October for its 18th edition and this year sees the weekend take a feline turn with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) supported commission, "Night of the Cat planned for the Saturday night (15 October). Screening as part of IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS - a UK-wide film season from the BFI, supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network - "Night of the Cat", one of four special commissions by leading horror film festivals around the UK, will take over Broadway's purr-fect Screen 1 with two rare film screenings: Kaneto Shindo's 1968 Japanese horror film Kuroneko (translated as The Black Cat) will open the night and will be accompanied by a kaleidoscopic live original score from Nottingham-based artist Yumah (aka Lucy Morrow). Then in Mayhem's late-night cult slot, a 30th anniversary screening of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers from 1992 will continue the cat theme into the night.

Those attending the weekend will also have the opportunity to see a screening of horror maestro Dario Argento's latest giallo Dark Glasses, as well as the UK premiere of genre-bending ghost story Jethica."

More information when it is announced...
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The full line-up for the festival has now been announced:
7.30PM: Wolf Manor
Dir: Dominic Brunt (UK) 85m 2022
Cast: James Fleet, Thalia Zucchi, Rupert Procter

"The crew of a low-budget vampire film finds the production violently interrupted – by a resident werewolf! Inventive fun from the prolific Brunt – whose indie, DIY filmmaking ethos underpins a deep love of the genre."

10PM: Dark Glasses
Dir: Dario Argento (Italy/France) 86m 2022 [Subtitled]
Cast: Ilenia Pastorelli, Andrea Zhang, Asia Argento

"A chance to see the latest film from the maestro of horror (and first after a decade) on the big screen. Ilenia Pastorelli (Jeeg Robot) plays a sex worker, blinded in an accident that leaves her responsible for an orphaned Chinese boy - they team up to survive the serial killer hunting them down. This is a lean, mean, stripped-back giallo with a pounding electronic score from Arnaud Rebotini"
3PM: The Appointment
Dir: Lindsey C Vickers (UK) 89m 1981
Cast: Edward Woodward, Samantha Weysom

"Lindsey C. Vickers' much sought-after supernatural shocker was something of a lost film and a one-off, but now it has returned to much-deserved cult status. Haunted by prophetic nightmares, a businessman leaves his wife and daughter for a work trip. A journey that means he may lose much more than his grip on reality"

5PM: Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle - UK PREMIERE
Dir: James Nguyen (USA) 83m 2022
Cast: Julia Culbert, Ryan Lord, Alan Bagh

"The cultiest example of cult cinema has returned! Get those coat hangers at the ready – the explosive dive-bombing birds are back and this time, they're sea eagles. Plus, there's an important message about global warming subtly explored in Nguyen's return to the film franchise that made his name - and found ecstatic support at previous special Mayhem screenings. For fans of The Room, deadpan humour, and long (very long) walks on the beach"

7.45PM: Incredible But True
Dir: Quentin Dupieux (France) 74m 2022 [Subtitled]
Cast: Alain Chabat, Lea Drucker, Benoit Magimel, Anais Demoustier

"Alain and Marie are looking for the house of their dreams – but the estate agent has a surprise for them in the basement. A surprise that might change their lives forever. From the director of Rubber, and the mind behind Flat Eric, comes this mix of cracked-sitcom and sci-fi, with totally surreal twists creating a genuinely hilarious but utterly original creation"

9.30PM: Huesera
Dir: Michelle Garza Cervera (Mexico/Peru) 93m 2022 [Subtitled]
Cast: Natalia Solien, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla

"Having wanted a child, Valeria soon discovers that her pregnancy is nothing like the miracle she dreamed of. Something is very wrong. A truly nerve-jangling experience in horror"
12PM: Unicorn Wars
Dir: Alberto Vazquez (Spain/France) 92m 2022 [Subtitled]

"Fascist, bigoted teddy bears enter a magical forest to wage all-out war against black Unicorns in an attempt to drink Unicorn blood and remain beautiful forever. A madly psychedelic, fully animated, ultra-violent clash of care bears and Apocalypse Now"

2PM: Vesper
Dirs: Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper (Lithuania/France/Belgium) 112m 2022
Cast: Raffiella Chapman, Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake

"After the collapse of the ecosystem, 13-year-old Vesper must use her skills to survive while protecting her father. Impressive science-fiction worldbuilding in an edge-of-your-seat adventure from the creators of cult hit Vanishing Waves"

4.45PM: Short Film Showcase
Dirs. Various (International) 120m [Partly Subtitled]

"The dark heart of Mayhem Film Festival – a selection of shorts from around the globe… and closer to home. From sci-fi to horror, fish-based frights, curious cults, home invasions, and more…"

7.45PM: Kuroneko
Dir: Kaneto Shindo (Japan) 99m 1968 [Subtitled]
Cast: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa

Mayhem presents, in association with the BFI, a specially commissioned score, performed live by Yumah as part of the festival's Night Of The Cat.

"A folk horror original and a key film in J-horror history, Kuroneko's vengeful spirits of a mother and daughter-in-law seek out the samurai who killed them, feeding on them like cats"

10PM: Sleepwalkers
Dir: Mick Garris (USA) 91m 1992
Cast: Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Brian Krause

30th Anniversary Screening as part of Mayhem's Night Of The Cat

"One of the strangest original concepts dreamt up by Stephen King, and a late-night treat. Charles and his mother are Sleepwalkers: shape-shifting, incestuous vampires that feed off the lifeforce of virgin college girls. The only thing that can defeat them: domestic moggies!"
12PM: Freaks Out
Dir: Gabriele Mainetti (Italy/Belgium) 141m 2021 [Subtitled]
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo

"From the creator of Mayhem hit I Am Jeeg Robot, this is just as genre-defying a take on the superhero genre as its predecessor. 1943 – a group of bizarre circus performers must rescue their mentor, Israel, after the Nazis arrest him. Gloriously anarchic entertainment"

Dir: Peter Ohs (USA) 70m 2022
Cast: Ashley Denise Robinson, Callie Hernandez

"Unable to shake off her stalker, Jessica discovers that she needs help from beyond the grave to get rid of him for good. A gem of an alternative ghost film - inventive, smart, dead-pan funny. Mayhem is delighted to host the UK premiere"

4.45PM: The Harbinger
Dir: Andy Mitton (USA) 87m 2022
Cast: Gaby Beans, Emily Davis

"Monique leaves the safety of her family home to help a friend suffering in isolation. But her friend is having very bad dreams indeed… and they're spreading. Andy Mitton delivered big time with the unsettling The Witch in the Window – a big hit at Mayhem in 2018. Now he's back with an even more ambitiously scary film set during lockdown"

7.15PM: No Looking Back
Dir: Kirill Sokolov (Rus) 101m 2021 [Subtitled]
Cast: Sofya Krugova, Viktoriya Korotkova, Anna Mikhalkova

"Wanting a clean slate after a brutal time in prison, Olya returns to collect her 10 year old daughter. What follows is a violent, whiplash-fast cross-country pursuit in this impressive, all-action follow-up to the huge Mayhem hit Why Don't You Just Die!"

9.30PM: Watcher
Dir: Chloe Okuno (USA) 95m 2002
Cast: Maika Monroe, Burn Gorman

"Joining her husband in Bucharest, a young American woman (Monroe, It Follows) soon suspects that the man constantly watching her from across the building is a serial killer, decapitating local women. Stylishly scary, terrifyingly tense"
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Old 26th September 2022, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Susan Foreman View Post
4.45PM: Short Film Showcase
Dirs. Various (International) 120m [Partly Subtitled]
The films that are going to be included in the short film showcase have been announced:

This year's line-up includes the following films (in alphabetical order):

A NEW DAY (UK Premiere) //Dir.Nate Southard, US, 3m44

"At Horizon Research Systems, we pride ourselves on helping you achieve the life of your dreams - the life you deserve. Also, we may owe you a few apologies..."

EVERYBODY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL (UK Premiere) //Dir.Tiffany Kimmel, US, 9m02

Based on a true story, Everybody Goes to the Hospital is a stop-motion animated exploration of physical, psychological, and familial trauma, telling the tale of 4-year-old Little Mata (writer/director Tiffany Kimmel's mother) as she's taken to the hospital in late 1963 with appendicitis.

FACE NOT RECOGNISED //Dir.Also Sisters, Spain, 8m54

Alone in the wilderness, a woman must find a way to survive after discovering that her head has been encased in cement.

HORSE BROTHERS //Dir.Milos Mitrovic & Fabian Velasco, Canada, 8m

Two brothers living on a farm sell old broken iPads, iPhones, and laptops to make ends meet. After one of the horses on the ranch convinces the older brother that the younger one is pinching a portion of the profits, the brother is left with no choice but to kill him and run off with the horse.

THE LIGHT //Dir.Iago de Soto, Spain, 12m52

19th century. In a small coastal village, Olalla and her family prepare for the night of “The Truce”. There is only one rule: no lights should stay on tonight. Olalla, unlike her parents, does not believe in superstitions. And she doesn’t think They are coming either…

RINGWORMS //Dir.Will Lee, US, 13m45

After discovering her boyfriend’s plan to propose on their weekend vacation, a young girl undergoes a crisis of commitment which attracts the attention of a sinister cult.

SHARK //Dir.Nash Edgerton, Australia, 14m07

Follows the continuing adventures of Jack, who loves to prank. But in his latest relationship, he may have finally met his match.

SHINY NEW WORLD //Dir.Jan van Gorkum, Netherlands, 8m43

Fifty-year-old Barry is a special kind of cleaner: he cleans crime scenes where demons have wreaked havoc. While making a corporate film about his work, a normal working day for Barry gets out of hand in a bloody way.

SLEEP (UK Premiere) //Dir.Alexandra Pechmann, US, 3m45

"Wake up! I heard something. I think someone's here." A woman struggles with her lifelong fear of home invasion, in this three-and-a-half minute horror film told in a single shot.

SMILE //Dir.Joanna Tsanis, Canada, 6m37

When a young woman struggles to smile, her depression becomes something truly monstrous.

STABILIZATION FAILED (World Premiere) //Dir.Ray Wong, UK, 0m55

When you look deep into the digital abyss what stares back at you?

THE TENANT //Dir.Lucas Paulino & Angel Torres, Spain, 9m46

Mia wakes up one morning with a strange pain in her leg. Little by little the limp gets worse, until someone warns her that the pain is not what it seems. Either she casts a spell that very night or her life will never be the same again.

WHILE MORTALS SLEEP//Dir.Alex Fofonoff, US, 14m10

When a cold case novelist's career implodes, she seeks refuge in her friend's remote vacation home. Upon arrival, she encounters a strange couple who claim to be the caretakers. As tensions build, a dark secret begins to emerge.

[A few months ago, I actually applied for a job as a planner for the short film part of the festival. I didn't get the job, but if I continue to promote the whole festival on the forum, maybe I'll be lucky next year...]
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Might just be me but I really like the sound of unicorn wars!
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