It’s approaching October and you know what that means – the horror movies and horror festivals come out in force. One of my favourites over the last few years has been Celluloid Screams. As well as the obvious bonus that it’s based over in Sheffield (only half an hour away from my parents, so I get free accommodation), they also seem to pick a selection of films well suited to my tastes. I love a good horror movie, but the torture porn genre does nothing for me (other than make me want to vomit) and Celluloid Screams seems to share my dislike for these as they haven’t forced any upon me yet. They also throw in some great retro screenings and plenty of guest appearances.
Well, Celluloid Screams is back. Running from 26-28th October at the Showroom Cinema as usual, the festival lineup looks as strong as ever with plenty of UK premieres, classic screenings and guests.
Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers kicks things off on Friday night, possibly with a Q&A with the director himself (although some pages of the site don’t mention this so it might not be confirmed). Popular anthology film V/H/S is being shown too as well as a screening of the rare Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and Dario Argento’s Opera. There’s also a ‘secret film’ on Saturday, which won’t be revealed until the time of the screening – this is usually something special though. In the past the secret film has been an ‘unofficial’ UK premiere of Paranormal Activity and a screening of the brilliant Snowtown. Proceedings draw to a close on Sunday with Sundance favourite Excision.
The full line-up is as follows:
Friday 26th October
7.00pm – OPENING GALA: SIGHTSEERS + CERTIFIED (Short – UK PREMIERE)
9.30pm – NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT + ODOKURO (Short)
[Followed by Q&A with Nick Vince, Simon Bamford, Hugh Ross and Russell Cherrington)
Saturday 27th October
10.30am – MANBORG + ZOMBIE CHIC 3D (Short) + METAL CREEPERS (Short)
12.05pm – OPERA + YELLOW (Short)
2.40pm – INTO THE ABYSS: THE SAVAGE CINEMA OF DENNISON RAMALHO [SHORT FILM RETROSPECTIVE followed by Q&A]
4.20pm – V/H/S
7.20pm – CELL COUNT (UK PREMIERE – followed by Q&A with Director Todd E. Freeman) + THE CAPTURED BIRD (Short)
9.45pm – SECRET FILM + 3.00AM (Short)
00.00am – HIDDEN IN THE WOODS + THE OTHER SIDE (Short)
Sunday 28th October
10.30am – MEMORY OF THE DEAD (UK PREMIERE) + LEYENDA (Short)
12.50pm – BEFORE DAWN (followed by Q&A with Director/Actor Dominic Brunt) + 72 (Short)
3.10pm – RESOLUTION (UK PREMIERE) + FAMILIAR (Short)
6.10pm – ENTITY (followed by Q&A) + THE HALLOWEEN KID (Short)
8.30pm – THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH (UK PREMIERE) + HIM INDOORS (Short)
10:40pm – CLOSING GALA: EXCISION + PLAY DEAD (Short) + OTHER (Short)
(Followed by Festival Closing Ceremony)
And here’s the terrifying new trailer for the festival!