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South African HORRORFEST Film Festival Lineup Posted!

2011 South African HORRORFEST Film Festival 
26 October @ The Book Lounge (71 Roeland Str, Cape Town, ZA)
27 October – 4 November @ The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, ZA)

Growing into the country’s ultimate Halloween event covering indie, new & classic movies, short films, music, literature and a range of Halloween festivities, 2011 marks the annual South African HORRORFEST‘s lucky 7th year!
Almost each of the exciting feature films and short films make their South African theatrical premieres.  The Makabra Ensemble will also debut their Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie soundtrack performance, live to the screening of this 1920 silent classic.  In addition to the colourful audience Halloween dress-up event linked up with the live soundtrack show, an alternative day & night market is being planned. The best short film production prize from Visual Impact and HD Hub is now no longer reserved for local entries alone, but can be won by any of the entries from around the world. Audience prizes and give-aways will happen across the event, incl. DVDs, horror branded flash drives & iPhone covers, body piercing vouchers, books etc..
(A new theatrical release sneak preview or two are pending) 
(All screening times will hit the website soon)
DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE with a live Makabra Ensemble soundtrack performance (set for Sun 30 Oct, 9:15pm)
Based on the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a respected doctor whose experiment to tap into his dark side hurtles out of control with deadly consequences.  This classic 1920 silent version was directed by John S. Robertson, and stars John Barrymore, Charles Lane, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst. Accompanying the visuals will be the premiere of the new live soundtrack performance by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE, their 6th movie scored to date. As one of the HorrorFest highlights, booking is essential, and the show will include the audience Halloween dress-up competition.
Live sound by POINT BLANC Sound Solutions – www.pointblanc.co.za
More MAKABRA ENSEMBLE info, all their movies scored, DVDs etc. at www.terminatryx.com/makabra  
South African theatrical premiere
Down a seedy city street in her neighborhood, young Enola Penny is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees that the front door is slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the dark, decrepit auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an eerie human puppet named Peg Poett who will introduce Penny to six tales of the bizarre.  The directors responsible for these amazing and diverse creepy chapters include make-up FX legend and Night Of The Living Dead remake director Tom Savini, South Africa’s own Richard Stanley, Jeremy Kasten, Karim Hussein, Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo and David Gregory. 
The Mother of Toads (with Catriona MacColl)
I Love You (with Andre Hennicke)
Wet Dreams (with Debbie Rochon)
The Accident (with Lena Kleine)
Sweets (with Mikela Da Vinci)
Vision Stains (with Kaniehtiio Horn)
Also starring the legendary Udo Kier, and Virginia Newcomb.
South African theatrical premiere
Shot in Transylvania, Whitby, London and Dublin this documentary tells the true story of Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula. 
The film is produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula and features interviews with leading international Dracula experts. Over the years there has been much confusion between Vlad Tepes (The Voivode)  and Count Dracula (The Vampire).  This film separates fact from fiction and looks at both characters in depth. 

South African theatrical premiere
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is a mass collaborative artistic re-envisioning of George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic.  International artists and animators were invited to select scenes from the film and reinvent them through their artwork.
Open to all styles, media and processes the results ran the gamut with scenes created in everything from puppet theater to CGI, hand drawn animation to flash, and oil paintings to tattoos.
This cacophony of works was organized and curated across the original film’s time line in order to create a completely original motion picture track made entirely out of art.  The over 100 artists include Mike Schneider, Carla Rodrigues, Matthieu Lefebvre, Geff Bartrand, David Yener Goodman, Eric Schock, Verena Loisel, José Martínez, Isabella Chen, Kate van Zyl, and many more.

With close on 50 short films from 14 country’s (incl. South Africa, Spain, Germany, USA, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, Canada, France, Holland, Portugal, Austria), this year the record breaking selection will be screened across 4 feature length collections, featuring an amazing array of scary, crazy, creative, brilliant and often very funny shorts – from vampires, psychos, the grim reaper and werewolves, to zombies, ghosts, witchcraft, the devil and… bananas!  
Here they are (in no particular order – divided chapters posted soon):
POR GLORIA DIVINA (Holy Gloria) Dir: Rodrigo Atienzar – Spain
DEAD FRIENDS Dir: Stephen W. Martin – Canada
MENOS 1 (Minus 1) Dir: Jorge Alonso – Spain
TERMINATRYX: Absinthium (Mr. Sakitumi Remix) Dir: Paul Blom – South Africa
ALISTAIR Dir: Aaron Cartwright – Australia
JUAN CON MIEDO (Fearful John) Dir: Daniel Romero – Spain
ON EDGE Dir: Frazer Lee – UK
DREAMS Dir: Gareth Bussey – South Africa
LES PIERRES JETÉES (Stones Thrown) Dir: Benjamin Le Souëf – France
THE PACK Dir: Owen Tooth – UK
METSÄSTYSMAA (The Hunting Ground) Dir: Nalle Mielonen – Finland
ELLA Dir: Dan Gitsham – UK
EMPLOYÉ DU MOIS (Employee Of The Month) Dir: Olivier Beguin – Switzerland
PRINCESSE Dir: Frédérick Tremblay – Canada
PAIN Dir: Bruce Ellenberger – South Africa
TOUS LES HOMMES S’APPELLENT ROBERT (All Men Are Called Robert) Dir: Marc-Henri Boulier – France
LE MIROIR (The Mirror) Dir: Sebastien Rossignol – France
SED DE LUZ (Thirst For Light) Dir: Ángel Gómez – Spain
PENUMBRA Dir: José Manuel Muñoz Ortega – Spain
ISSUES Dir: Ruan Lotter – South Africa
ATONEMENT Dir: Lindsey Platt Watson – USA
QUÉDATE CONMIGO (Stay With Me) Dir: Zoe Berriatúa – Spain
PINBALL Dir: Ruy Veridiano – Brazil
TEUFELSNACHT (Night Of The Devil) Dir: Florian Puchert – Germany
ANNA Dirs: Ronnie Belcher & Dr-Benway – South Africa
OCHO (Eight) Dir: Raul Cerezo – Spain
ZOMBIEFICATION Dir: Stefan Lukacs – Austria
THE FAMILIAR Dir: Jonathan Martin – Canada
KAROO Dirs: Fazila Wahab & Oliver Kohl – South Africa
SABRINA Dir: Sergio Colmenar – Spain
CABINE OF THE DEAD Dir: Vincent Templement – France
WORST CASE SCENARIO Dir: Richard Raaphorst – Holland
THE BEAR GARDEN Dir: Francois Wessels – South Africa
THE MIRACLE OF JOUKO MIKKOLA Dir: Joonas Makkonen – Finland
SWITCH (from the 2010 Viscera collection) Dir: Melanie Light – USA
FINAL CUT Dir: Aidan Whytock –  South Africa
LA VICTORIA DE ÚRSULA (Ursula’s Victory) Dir: Nacho Ruipérez, Julio Martí – Spain
BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE (from the 2010 Viscera collection) Dir: Doug Mallette & Mary Katherine Sisco – USA
INTERCAMBIO (Exchange) Dir: Antonello Novellino – Spain
INQUÉRITO POLICIAL No. 0521/09 (Investigation File No. 0521/09) Dir: Vinícius Casimiro – Brazil
SHOCK Dir: Mario Pagano – Spain
OTHER PEOPLE Dir: Michal Malek – South Africa
LAST CHRISTMAS Dir: Geoff Redknap – Canada
BANANA M*THERF*CKER Dirs: Pedro Florêncio & Fernando Alle – Portugal
SPECIAL REPORT: IS WILLIAMSBURG DEAD? Dirs: Nicole Teeny & Mike Feldman – USA 
South African theatrical premiere
“True Pain is Screamless” 
The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with Killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary
Written & Directed by Matt Farnsworth
Starring Diane Foster, David Backus, Matt Farnsworth
NIGHT OF THE CHUPACABRAS (A Noite do Chupacabras)
South African theatrical premiere
Directed by Rodrigo Aragão, this Brazilian indie movie is a bizarre cryptozoological horror romp about familial rivalries, ancient curses, a mysterious monster (the Chupacabras), bloody death and other assorted mayhem.  As with many creature myths in every part of the world, this Latin American legend has had quite an impact in many communities as a boogyman of note.
Portuguese with English subtitles
South African theatrical premiere
A stranger with mysterious intentions comes to stay the night at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a family torn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected.  An interesting psychological chiller and serial killer blend.
Cinematography by Frederic Fasano who has worked with Italian Horror legend Dario Argento.
Written & Directed by Philip Gelatt.  
Starring Alexandra Chando, Patrick Breen and Nina Lisandrello
South African theatrical premiere
Cheap scares. Extreme Gore. Loads of nudity. These have been the three staples of low budget independent horror films since the 60’s. But what’s a filmmaker to do when, thanks to technology, ANYONE can make a film these days? Under The Scares offers an inside look into the production and promotion of an independent, ultra low-budget horror film, while combining interviews and insights from some of the genre’s biggest legends – George A. Romero, Lloyd Kaufman, Robert Kurtzman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Frank Henenlotter, Gary Jones, and many many more. In addition to tips and tricks for emerging filmmakers, they offer their opinions on the genre (where it’s been and where it’s going) plus lots of intriguing personal anecdotes. The result is a compelling look into the world of horror films that will interest any movie enthusiast wanting to know more about what really goes on behind the scenes. Forget everything youve learned from the DVD extras of big Hollywood productions, the real truth lies, Under the Scares!
Directed by Steve Villeneuve

CURSED BASTARDS! (Malditos Sean!)
South African theatrical premiere
Three stories – Three curses.
This fantastic multi-genre conglomeration is a very original and innovative movie centered around a mysterious healer whose powers lead to curses attached to specific people.   Spanning several time period and setting, this highly creative movie will thrill the audience with intelligent writing, horror, fantasy and humour.
Directed by Fabián Forte & Demián Rugna
Starring Victoria Almeida, Paula Bouquet Roldán, Víctor Cura
South African theatrical premiere
The Pascal family has it all – wealth, power, privilege – but their picture perfect lives change forever when their college-athlete daughter Marianne disappears one night while running. She mysteriously returns a year later with no recollection of where she’s been. Haunted by violent visions, a fragile web of lies unravels, and she fears that her own life and sanity may be the price for discovering the truth.
A refreshingly unique story and very good performances.
Written & Directed by Patrick Steele
Starring Carolyn McCormick, Marianne Porter, Reg Land.

South African theatrical premiere
In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: “Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?” After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy’s shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole new way. 
– Charlotte White
Directed by Arlene Marechal
With Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund
South African theatrical premiere
A filmmaker makes the ultimate horror film when four friends unknowingly video their own murders.
Going another step from the found footage theme, here the video is edited from the cameras each of the friends had with them on their fateful trip… and entered into a film festival as a real snuff film.
Written & Directed by Mike Green & Ryder Grindle
Starring Adam Schmerl, Emily Clark, Ben Winsor
South African theatrical premiere
The Holding is a taut, breathless chiller about the destructive power of secrets, and the desperate lengths we will go to, to fight for what we value most.  With Kierston Wareing (Bonded By Blood), Vincent Regan (300) and David Bradley (Harry Potter).
Directed by Susan Jacobson
Also starring David Bradley, Terry Stone
Against the tranquil backdrop of a game reserve, South African thriller Night Drive tracks a group of tourists left stranded during a night-time game drive after their vehicle breaks down. As a series of terrifying events unfolds, the tourists realise that wild animals are the least of their fears.
Local legend has it that the Hyena Man – a power-obsessed madman who once traded in animal parts – heads a well armed, well trained group of poachers who are on the hunt for human body parts and who are known to trade in live human beings.
(Awaiting word on the chance of some cast & crew attending for an audience Q&A)
Directed by Justin Head
Starring Christopher Beasley, Corine Du Toit, Greg Melvill-Smith, Brandon Auret, Yule Masiteng
South African theatrical premiere
A new race is rising. 
The world is devastated by the Great Epidemic – governed by hordes of living dead. Two hunters of the dead and a scientist try to find the answer for this disaster.  While hunting for new “guinea pigs” they encounter a range of people including a crazy painter, neo-Nazis, and a mysterious girl (daughter of the man rumoured to have create the epidemic…)
Horror stalwart Uwe Boll presents an Italian zombie movie directed by Marco Ristori & Luca Boni.
Starring Rosella Elmi, Guglielmo Favilla, Elisa Ferretti
Italian with English subtitles
South African theatrical premiere
When Simon, Rich, and Eva head out on an eagerly anticipated road trip, they bring along a video camera to record their journey. What starts out as a carefree adventure slowly becomes a descent into the ominous as unexplained events threaten to disrupt the balance between the three close friends. Each one of them must struggle with personal demons and paranoia as friendships are tested and gruesome realities are revealed…and recorded.
“Paranormal Activity on steroids.  Genuinely terrifying” – A Night Of Horror International Film Festival (Australia)
Directed by Sevé Schelenz
Starring Robert Scattergood, Amber Lewis, Richard Olak
South African theatrical premiere
Beg features a host of horror legends incl. Tony Moran (the original Michael Myers from Halloween), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, 2010 SA HorrorFest Best Actress from Zone Of The Dead), PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie, The Devil’s Rejects), Debbie Rochon (Night Of The Living Dead), Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man), and a soundtrack by Henry Manfredini (Friday The 13th).
Jack Fox, a burnt out detective, is being forced into early retirement, as the worst serial killer since the Boston Strangler begins a killing spree through the streets of Salem. When detective Steve Ryan moves to town with his family, Jack is torn between a life of retirement and sanity or helping rookie detective Ryan in his quest to solve these killings that are haunting the people of Salem.
Directed by Kevin MacDonald
South African theatrical premiere
Our Eastern installment for the year is only set for release in Japan in 2012, and directed by Japanese horror pioneer Norio Tsuruta.  
A TV talk show host and her guest witness eerie footage sent in to the show with ghosts as the subject.  Distraught by these images, they realize it was shot at one of their former schools.  The crew decides to head out to the school and investigate, unprepared for what they’re about to encounter. 
Directed by Norio Tsuruta
Starring Mirai Shida, Haruna Kawaguchi
Japanese with English subtitles.
It’s October, which means it’s time to carve your pumpkins and stock up on sweet treats for Halloween. The South African HORRORFEST’s BLOODY PARCHMENT literary chapter will open the 7th annual instalment of Cape Town’s ultimate Halloween festival on October 26th.
It will once again take place at the Book Lounge – 71 Roeland Street, 5.30pm for 6pm. Dress up as your favourite ghoul, witch, wizard or monster and join us for a literary evening of chills and shivers as local authors such as Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and SA Partridge, among others, share dark, macabre or downright spooky tales. In addition we also bring together the masterminds of local horror in a panel, so here’s your chance to hear what they have to say about what special brand of terror South Africans are bound to unleash in print and film. As if this isn’t enough incentive to attend, prizes will be awarded to the best costumes (incl. Penguin books and Phantom Sambuca).
The film chapter of the HORRORFEST and alternative market will be hosted at The Labia Theatre (Orange Street, Gardens).
For further enquiries, email nerinedorman@gmail.com or call 082 958 3631.
Visit Bloody Parchment at: www.shadowrealminc.com/bloodyparchment
Free download of the first Bloody Parchment short story anthology at: www.goodreads.com/book/show/11973202-bloody-parchment-volume-1 
The best overall short film will win a production prize of free gear rental & post production from Visual Impact & HD Hub.
The audience pre-screening give-aways and Halloween dress-up prizes will include:
DVDs from Global Discs.
DVDs from Ster Kinekor Home Entertainment (incl. special 7-disc SAW DVD box sets, Needle, Husk, Psychosis, Grindhouse Box Sets, Piranha, Dorian Gray, Borderland – unrated version, 1408, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Fear Itself – full 4 disc series)
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 flash drives and iPhone covers (from UIP).
SCREAM 3 collectors’ edition DVDs from Nu Metro.
One huge DVD collection winner will again be drawn from the completed questionaires supplied at the event.
A seat on the Mystery Ghost Bus Tour.
Phantom Sambuca specials at the Labia Theatre licensed bar (drinks can be taken into the cinema).
(All links at the bottom of this page)
With the aim to add something new every HorrorFest, this year an alternative market is being planned for Saturday 29 October outside the Labia Theatre, running from the afternoon into the evening, including clothing, professional Halloween- & make-up products, CDs, DVDs, comics, even an indie coffee brand.
HORRORFEST merchandise will also be on sale.
More info and specific vendors to be announced.
HorrorFest co-organizer, Terminatryx / Makabra Ensemble / V.O.D member Paul Blom will appear as special guest DJ F8, spinning Metal music Friday 28 October, from 10pm-11pm at the The Horus MetalFest’s Hell-o-Ween event (@ The Rabbit Hole, 1 Sher Street, Durbanville, CT, ZA) > http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114224805334621
Blood Doll Society’s MUSIC FOR THE MASSES 
DJ F8 will also join the Blood Doll Society’s Music For The Masses Halloween party (@ The Platinum Lounge, 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, ZA – previously know as D’Elyzium. Doors open 9.30pm. 
Eye Candy: Black Milk Productions / Dr-Benway / South African HORRORFEST / Flamedrop Productions
Ear Candy: DJ Reanimator (Blood Doll Society) / Curious Robot (a.k.a. Stephen from Axxon) / DJ F8 (a.k.a. Paul from Terminatryx / HorrorFest / Makabra Ensemble / V.O.D)
Entry: R30 – big costume effort (Free TREAT goody bag) / R40 – no costume effort (Free TRICK goody bag) Limited to first 50 through the door!  At 12pm: 1 power hour mix of loony tunes, monster mashups and crazy covers!
On the edge of Halloween, Sunday 30 October The MAKABRA ENSEMBLE will of course breathe new life into the 1920 silent classic DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE with a new, original soundtrack.  The Makabra Ensemble consists of members from Terminatryx, V.O.D, Lark, Mr Sakitumi, and Matthijs Van Dijk, utilizing guitars, bass, drums, percussion, voice, violin, samples, keyboards, flutes, programming & more.
Official site: www.HORRORFEST.info
Press queries: info@flamedrop.com

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