Well after all that Friday night follies we move on to what is showing Saturday 17th October at MAYHEM. Today you have from 12PM until 12AM jam packed full of insanity! You have parasitic japanese, Henry Rollins, A lost Hammer script , Some great looking horror shorts and a classic from Brian Yuzna! Also I have now heard that individual screening tickets are available as well as day passes, Get on it you weirdos!!
SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER
PARASYTE: PART 1 Dir. Takashi Yamazaki, 2014 (JAP) with Shoia Sometani and Eri
The humanity is suffering from murders all over the globe, called "Mincemeat murders". High school student, Izumi Shinichi has a parasite living off him, having replaced his right hand, and he might be the discoverer of truth.
HE NEVER DIED Dir. Jason Krawczyk, 2015 (USA) with Henry Rollins and Jordon Todesey
Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can't contain his violent past.
SCARY SHORTS Dir. Various, 2015 (International)
Mayhem's SCARY SHORTS section is the best yet, from LAB RATS to THE HERD, Alice Lowe's SOLITUDO and PACO PLAZA's ULTRAVIOLETA and much, much more...
LAB RATS 16m UK
Dir: David Wayman
Blackly comic, ultra gory and filled with explosive special effects this is old school, rip-roaring horror at its most satisfyingly.
ULTRAVIOLETA 11m SPAIN
Dir: Paco Plaza
A restorer of paintings finds the heat really turned up on her latest job, rescuing a ‘hidden’ painting. From the co-creator of [REC] a warming to the curious.
JULIET 11.30m FRANCE
Dir: Marc-Henri Boulier
Bored with the routine? Depressed by the thought of going to bed alone every night? Juliet is the first super-competent companion robot, and she's waiting for you!
SOLITUDO 9m UK
Dir: Alice Lowe
The directorial debut of writer/actress Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS), an austere tale of a nun in isolation at a rural convent who is terrorized by an encroaching darkness... that may be coming from within.
HIMIKO THE GOD SLAYER VERSUS THE DAEMON LEGION OF AZURE DRAGONS 5.13m JAPAN
Dir: Hikaru Tsukuda
The guardian Gods who protect the four quarters suddenly revolt against human beings! To save the world, a Godslayer, Himiko Kaguraoka, takes action.
THE HERD 20m UK
Dir: Melanie Light
Truly nightmarish, confrontational horror – raw and frighteningly real with a great cast including Pollyanna Mcintosh and Andrew Shim.
SURGERY 11m UK
Dir: The Clemens Bros.
Legendary writer Brian Clemens’ (The Avengers, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter) last work – a crimson tale of surgical terror.
HEIR 14m CAN
Dir: Richard Powell
From the creators of the disturbing short, FAMILIAR, comes this equally devastating tale of fatherhood and transformation.
KOBOLD 7m AUS
Dir: Nicholas Verso
If horror films teach you anything it is that you must take care of your kids, or someone else may do the job for you!
COUNT MAGNUS 11.45m UK [WORLD PREMIERE]
Dir: Richard Mansfield
Glorious shadow puppet adaptation of the classic horror story from MR James, the master of eerie suspense.
CROW HAND 3m USA
Dir: Brian Lonano
Gory fun and a warning to the curious – be careful of what you find lying on the pavement for there may be dire consequences.
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7.30PM THE UNQUENCHABLE THIRST OF DRACULA – LIVE with Jonathan Rigby
JONATHAN RIGBY TO NARRATE LONG-LOST DRACULA SCRIPT FROM HAMMER ARCHIVE
Mayhem Film Festival are to present a live stage reading of an un-filmed Hammer script as part of their 11thedition this October. The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula was written by legendary Hammer writer/producer Anthony Hinds in the late 1960s but never adapted for the screen.
Actor and film historian, Jonathan Rigby, author of the indispensable guide to British horror English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, will act as the narrator and be accompanied by a group of actors to bring to life this never-seen-before Hammer Dracula story, in a unique immersive ‘screenless cinema’ experience.
Lying firmly in the tradition of the classic Hammer Dracula films, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula, sees Count Dracula escape to India where his evil influence is just as insidious and powerful. Anthony Hinds who wrote the script was the son of Hammer Films co-founder, Will Hammer, and was famous for his work on The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). The script would have been written for Christopher Lee at the time.
“This is a completely unique event for Mayhem, explains festival Co-Director Chris Cooke, and a great pleasure to work with horror expert and film historian Jonathan Rigby. He’s also a talented actor and will be perfect as our narrator, taking a live audience by the hand and leading them into Gothic darkness. Hammer Films have never felt more important to the history of British cinema, so this is a great opportunity for an audience to imagine a piece of classic cinema that sees Count Dracula resurrected before their eyes.”
The one-of-a-kind event is made possible thanks to Hammer Films, CATH (Cinema and Television Research Centre) and the De Montfort University.
SOCIETY Dir. Brian Yuzna, 1989 (USA) with Billy Walrock and Connie Danese
The teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) feels misfit with his parents and his sister Jenny Whitney (Patrice Jennings). When his sister's boyfriend David Blanchard (Tim Bartell) bugs his family, he shows the disturbing tapes to Bill showing incest and a weird society. When Blanchard dies in a car accident, Bill decides to investigate his family and find a scary truth.