Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The First Purge (2018) Review

I'm not a massive fan of this franchise. In fact the first film, The Purge, is one of the most annoying and dumb films ever made! Anarchy was OK. Election Year was fairly decent entertainment. So I really wasn't expecting much from this latest instalment in all honesty. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon choice (picked by my wife) as it's on Netflix (UK). As it turned out I was rather surprised by The First Purge and would say it's the best one in the franchise, which still isn't saying much. However, it actually has some extremely relevant social commentary which I found interesting.

This prequel story follows the social experiment that we know as the purge, where all crime is legal for 12 hours. A scientific experiment over seen by Dr. Updale (Marisa Tomei) for the new US government or as it's called in the movie, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA). Of course they pick a low income Black and minority community to hold this experiment in, in which they offer to pay residents to participate in the festivities. 

Like any poor community, it has bad elements of criminals, drugs and crime etc, but has a lot of good people trying to live as best they can, work hard and look after each other. 

The main protagonists are Nya (Lex Scott Davis), who protests the against the experiment, while her brother Isaiah (Joivan Wade) is getting involved with the gangster lifestyle working for local drug dealer Dmitri (Y'lan Noel). The antagonist is of course the NFFA. So in typical Purge fashion, the horn blows and the fun starts.

Let's get to the nitty-gritty shall we? I avoided this film for this long because quite frankly it looked liked race baiting nonsense in the trailers. However, with what's going on in America at the moment, with the Black Lives Matter movement, protests and riots, it's easy to draw some real social commentary from this movie. The leads are stereo typical black characters. We have "sister soldier" our virtuous hero with a questionable past. Her brother who has no direction in life and blames his surroundings. And of course the anti-hero drug dealer gangster that everyone bar Nya seems to like. Last but not least, the evil white "powers that be" pulling the strings.

But this wear it gets interesting. The powers that be want this to be a successful event and hopefully become an annual America-wide  thing. They have an agenda. They then use the poverty stricken minority area and the people in them to further push that agenda. They pay people to take part and they pay other groups of people to bump the numbers up in order to guarantee the success of said agenda. They also "silence" anyone that opposes the agenda. 

Whether you chose to believe this or not, this is exactly what we are seeing right now in the States with all of this racial tension being created by the "powers that be" using and paying off groups like Black Lives Matter, Antifa, with a dash of white supremacists for good measure. And the sad truth is that people are buying into all the bullshit being created by the "powers that be" and the matter of fact is that these minority areas are being held back and pushed down by the very same people that are creating racial tension in order to stir them up into hatred to serve their agenda of control. So as regards the social commentary, this is a relevant film for these times.

Anyway, back to the movie...

Nya gives a good speech about how Dmitri is "killing people in the community the other 364 days a year." 

Y'lan Noel who plays Dmitri steals the show with his best "Black John McClane" impression and we get some genuinely creepy moments thanks to Skeletor (Rotimi Paul - below). 

I think I have to admit that James DeMonaco officially redeemed himself as a writer (he also wrote the first three) with this fourth instalment in the franchise. Gerard McMurray, only his second feature film, provides some well executed action scenes and striking visuals.

But don't get too excited. The film isn't amazing or mind blowing. It is however, considerable better all round than its predecessors. It also made me want to write a review about it, which I haven't really done in a while, if just purely because of the social commentary. So credit where it's due as both the wife and I really did enjoy it. 

The First Purge gets a solid and well deserved 3 out of 5 Stars 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival 2019 - Short Film Line Up

11 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival reveals Short Film Showcase line-up for 2019

With just under a month to go until its 15th edition, Mayhem Film Festival have just revealed the line-up for their Short Film Showcase, which will screen on the Saturday of the festival.

This year’s line-up include the following films (in alphabetical order):

A LITTLE TASTE (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Victor Català, Spain, 5m12
BILL // Dirs. Dan Gitsham & Sophie Mair, UK, 3m14
CREAKER // Dir. Vidar Aune, Norway, 4m
DEAD QUIET (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Alex Withers, UK, 8m50
EL CUENTO // Dirs. Lucas Paulino & Ángel Torres, Spain, 9m40
FROST BITE (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Andrew Hunt, US, 10m2
IT’S NOT CUSTARD // Dir. Kate McCoid, UK, 6m24
LIMBUS (INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE) // Dir. Sekander Sharifi, Germany, 3m
NOM // Dir. Angel Hernandez Suarez, Spain, 10m25
ONE LAST MEAL // Dir. Jill Gevargizian, US, 11m
SOUVENIR (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Luis Orti, Spain, 12m
THE DISTURBERS (EUROPEAN PREMIERE) // Dir. Michael Vermaercke, Belgium, 1m35
THE PROCEDURE 2 (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Calvin Lee Reeder, Canada, 3m
TOE // Dirs. Charles Thurman & Neal O'Bryan, US, 7m
UNMADE (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Steven Sheil, UK, 10m
WILD LOVE // Dirs. Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Maryka Laudet, Léa Georges, Zoé Sottiaux & Corentin Yvergniaux, France, 6m59

This year’s Short Film Showcase is made possible with the support of MIYU Distribution.

Mayhem Film Festival originally started as a single collection of short films before growing into the four-day weekend it is now, and so its Short Film Showcase remains at the heart of the festival with its traditional Saturday slot, and one of the most popular and beloved events of the programme each year.

Mayhem’s full line-up was revealed last week and individual tickets, Frankenstein Ticket Packages and full festival passes are now on sale. For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival 2019 Full Line Up


3 September 2019

Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 2019 edition

Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2019 edition, which will take place at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 10-13 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and special events each year.

Mayhem is delighted to open this year’s festival with hilarious horror comedy Extra Ordinary on Thursday 10 October. A small-town driving instructor with supernatural abilities tries to get through life without communicating with the dead - but the spirits have other ideas. Also screening on Thursday is the brain-twisting Daniel Isn’t Real, in which a deeply troubled student summons his childhood “imaginary” friend but his grip on reality slips as the malignant alter ego unleashes a vicious, evil side.

From the producers of hallucinatory fever dream Mandy (a sell-out at Mayhem 2018) comes the most sought-after – and similarly psychedelic - genre film of the year, Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, screening at this year’s festival on Friday 11 October. This eerie H.P. Lovecraft adaptation sees a meteor fall to earth and onto the property of a New England family — its increasingly unhinged patriarch played by the one-and-only Nicolas Cage — with insidious and delirious results. It’s a double-helping of Cage this year as his 1989 cult black comedy Vampire’s Kiss takes the coveted Saturday late-night slot - it’s Nic Cage at his full-powered, cockroach-eating, and utterly insane best.

The 15th edition of Mayhem will play host to three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of high-octane serial killer thriller The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Polish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute), and outrageous survival horror The Pool – all previously announced.

Taking a look back into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of 1967 Russian folk horror Viy, and 1987’s cult sci-fi favourite The Hidden, featuring a standout performance from Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan as an alien-hunting FBI agent.

Mayhem 2019’s final day will begin with the unclassifiable Bullets of Justice. Having created human-pig hybrid super soldiers, mankind now finds itself dominated by these “Muzzles” who farm and eat human beings – a truly “what did I just watch?” experience to start off your Sunday morning.

Mayhem’s 15th edition also includes screenings of female-led horror She Never Died and genre-bending monster movie, Something Else – both previously announced – alongside preview screenings of the gleefully explosive revenge rampage Why Don’t You Just Die!, high-suspense thriller Door Lock, and sci-fi nightmare Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots. Vengeful spirits are stirred into gory action in haunted house horror Girl on the Third Floor, and twisted thrill-ride Come to Daddy, starring Elijah Wood, will close the festival on Sunday.

Mayhem’s ever-popular Short Film Showcase and the fiendish film quiz, The Flinterrogation - hosted by author David Flint - both return to round off this year’s line-up.

Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £70 until Sunday 8 September 2019. Individual tickets and full festival passes – at the standard price of £80 – will go on sale at 10AM on Monday 9 September. We will also be introducing a new ‘Frankenstein Ticket Package’ for this year’s festival – piece together your choice of five films over the weekend for just £30. For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 10-13 October 2019 at Broadway, Nottingham.

The full line-up and schedule for Mayhem 2019 is available below:



Dirs. Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, 2019 (Ire)


Dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer, 2018 (US) with Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Lane


1.45PM VIY

Dirs. Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, 1967 (Russia)


Dir. Bartosz Konopka, 2019 (Pol)


Dir. Travis Stevens, 2019 (US) with CM Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn


Dir. Richard Stanley, 2019 (US) with Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson


Dir. Jack Sholder, 1987 (US) with Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri



Dir. Ping Lumpraploeng, 2019 (Thai) with Theeradej Wongpuapen, Ratnam Ratchiratham


Dir. Audrey Cummings, 2019 (Can) with Olunike Adeliyi, Peter MacNeil


Dirs. Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella, 2019 (US) with Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant


Dirs. Various, 2019 (International)


Dir. Lee Won-tae, 2019 (Kor) with Kim Mu-yeol, Ma Dong-seok


Dir. Robert Bierman, 1989 (Italy) with Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals



Dir. Valeri Milev, 2019 (Kazakhstan/Rus/Arg) with Timur Turisbekov, Danny Trejo


Dir. Kwon Lee, 2018 (Kor) with Hyo-jin Kong, Seong-oh Kim


Dir. Kirill Sokolov, 2019 (Rus) with Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev

5.20PM The Flinterrogation Hosted by author David Flint


Dir. Lorcan Finnegan, 2019 (US) with Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg


Dir. Ant Timpson, 2019 (NZ) with Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10 – 13 October 2019. For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Leicester Horror Con 2019

Hello one and all! It's been a while since my last post, I know I know. Me and the Mrs haven't even done a YouTube video this year! Life seems to get in the way of our hobbies. But this post is somewhat personal to me as Leicester Horror Con is a local event and we always try to support them. Our tickets are bought. We're taking our boys. We're looking forward to it!

With just over two weeks to go to the convention, I got the change to ask organiser Nathan Leverton a few questions...

What's your background with the horror genre? 

As a kid who grew up in the 80s I'd love to say I was a fan then, but to be honest I was deathly afraid of horror films when I was young. It wasn't until I was approaching my teens that I got in to horror and cult cinema. A friend and I used to hit up all the local corner shops that rented videos trying to find "Video Nasties," mondo films or anything weird and wonderful as we were at that stage where you're trying to push boundaries and be shocked. The biggest influences on my tastes however were seeing The Curse of Frankenstein (1958) on TV and Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso (1957), which I borrowed on VHS from my brother. To this day gothic horror and Giallo are two of my favourite sub-genres. 

What made you decide to put the event on? 

I've always been a pop culture fan and as such been going to comic book and movie conventions for over 10 years. Wanting to do something along those lines myself I ran Leicester's first comic con in 2014 but didn't continue it as I was focused on my businesses and other projects. On a trip to LA I attended Son of Monsterpalooza convention and had a great time, seeing that event that made me want to do something in the horror genre and get back in to these types of shows, so I walked in to The Guildhall and booked it then started organising this show! 

With the choice of Horror Cons we have here now, what separates Leicester Horror Con from the others? 

The pop culture convention scene as a whole has changed dramatically. Many smaller shows with a lot of character have been squeezed out by the huge brands. And the arms race of trying to out do each other with bigger guests has led to cons becoming a numbers game funnelling in as many people as possible. What I always liked about the best events was the atmosphere, character of a con, meeting people into the same things, talking to traders and buying directly from the people who made the products. Some events have kept true to that even as they grew, like the comic con Thought Bubble, which is a brilliant event respected by creators and fans alike. I hope a smaller fan event like Leicester Horror Con can to some degree give that to people, a unique event with a friendly atmosphere. I've said I want this to be "a chance to meet people and celebrate the genre we love," which kinda sums it up.

Hopefully the con will be successful, I'm personally looking forward to it, being a "local." Will you make it an annual event? 

I think it'll be a fun event, with mostly local people there, so I think you'll know a lot! Excited to bring something different to the city. If it's well supported there's a good chance I'll bring it back next year. There's been a huge amount of interest asking for stalls so I know the traders want it and we've been talking about the event with the assumption it'll return.

The price of the con is excellent. Especially considering there isn't a great deal to do at the other horror cons other than spend more money once you've paid for entry. The fans seem to enjoy meeting up with friends etc. Is this something you've taken into consideration when organising the event, maybe concentrating on something more for the fans than expensive guest? 

There are a lot of reasons for the low price. Primarily we want the traders and guests to do well, so leaving money in the attendees pockets makes sense. But we also understand as a debut event people may take some convincing to try it out. Tickets are selling well and we aren't far off selling out so it must be working.

I would like to say thank you to Nathan for answering my questions and I look forward to meeting him, if he's not too busy! 

Leicester Horror Con takes place Saturday June 22nd at Leicester's Guildhall, so not long now to get your tickets booked! For more info about the Con, guest line up, stalls and what's happening throughout the day, hit up Facebook or CLICK HERE. You can also order your tickets by CLICKING HERE.

So who's going? I already know a few friends that are. This is perfect event for my fellow horror fans to show there support by attending. I look forward to seeing you all there!


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Cam (2018) Review

Cam girl Lola, real name Alice (Madeline Brewer), is trying to break into the top 50 girls on the site she broadcasts through by showing her tits and faking her own death. Adoring fans, or rather pathetic men, shower her in money for this. Till eventually her account is hacked and copied. The rest of the film is Alice trying to find out what the hell is going on.

This is yet another straight to Netflix film via Blumhouse, who seem to pump out any old shit nowadays (with the exception of a handful of movies). That's normally enough to put me of to be perfectly honest. Anyway, on this movie is first time director Daniel Goldhaber who's also credited with writing along side and first time writers Isa Mazzei and Isabelle Link-Levy. Their collective lack of experience shows heavily in this film.

The movie was interesting for the most part and had lots of potential as it could've gone down a really dark psychological path, but in the end it does nothing but glorify the fact you don't need talent to gain fame and fortune, which is so typical in this Internet age. There's even a massive plot hole. 

Slight spoiler here, but trust me it makes no difference. As regards Lola's hacked account, within the movie (and apparently in real life too) it's suggested that these cam sites do this all the time to exploit more money by copying accounts and have them become virtual accounts. But how is this possible within the workings of this film? The fake account looks and sounds exactly like Lola/Alice and is broadcasting live, being able to interact and take requests from the men watching. She also appears with a dead girl (also a copied account) in a live show. There is no logic to this and the writers completely ignore it. The only real positive thing about this flick is Madeline Brewer's performance as the erotic performer as she pretty much holds up the whole thing on her own shoulders.

As I mentioned previously, this could've gone down a darker route with her possibly having a mental breakdown and developing a split personality or something along those lines. But no. There's no moral outcome to this seedy little film because once she regains access to her original account, deletes it, opens up a new account, she carries on as if nothing happened! Instead of covering the dangers of the Internet, the addiction it can lead to or the harm of leading a double life can have on ones self and those around you, it only celebrates how important it is to be popular. There is no moral to this film other than that.

As regards the 15 certificate, with the subject matter of the film alone, it should've been an 18 as you have to be 18 and own a credit card in order to access these sites. It's filled with nudity, sex toys being waved around and the lead actress riding a mechanical vibrator machine at one point. Maybe I'm getting old, but I certainly wouldn't sit and watch this film with my 15 year old son or daughter. 15 year old boys will probably spank off to this film and 15 year old girls will probably want to become cam girls after watching it. When the age of consent is 16 in the UK, how can a film like this be aimed at younger teenagers as it quite clearly is.


Cam gets 2 out of 5 Stars

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mandy (2018) Review

Mandy stars Nick Cage, playing Nick Cage, in an epic Nick Cage film. This may be enough to put some people off, but this film, if purely for it's stunning visuals and mesmerizing score is worth watching at least once. Pinks, greens, blues and a multitude of colour washes cover the screen in this trippy tale of plain old revenge. I've seen the film on both small and big screen before writing this which I'm glad I did.

Director Panos Cosmatos goes out of his way to blow our minds and excite our senses with scenes of what seems like an acid induced trip. The films starts with a very peaceful look into the lives of Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) and Red Miller (Cage) who live a tranquil life style as close to nature as can be. This dream like existence quickly descends into a hellish nightmare as the "Jesus freaks" pass through their neighbourhood. Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) has his eyes on Mandy and recruits LSD bikers that look like they came straight out of a Hellraiser film to kidnap her.

This doesn't work out as expected which leads to Mandy's death and what the Jesus freaks believe to be the end of Red. In turn, Red tracks down the bikers, a chemist and the rest of the culprits involved in an alcohol and LSD induced fury.

On the surface to some, this may seem simple, but I found a lot of hidden meaning. Jeremiah can be likened to Charles Manson (even going as far as to quote the now infamous "pigs" phrase). The bikers, 4 of them, could easily be the 4 horseman (even the way they ride the bikes as if rearing a stead) of the apocalypse and the Chemist, having created the LSD they're all into could easily be a god figure.

Unfortunately, there's only 3 scenes of any real emotional content to go with all of that. Red in the bathroon after losing Mandy. He's quite obviously an ex alcoholic, having turned down a beer in the opening scene and having a hidden stash of vodka in the bathroom which he downs and lets out a roar of emotion that only Cage can produce invoking the inner demons of his past, which he held off because of his love for Mandy. The scene with the Chemist, played by the always awesome Richard Brake, in which he reads Red's mind and along with setting a Tiger free, sets Red (who's wearing a tiger t-shirt in an earlier scene in somewhat of a Jesus on the cross pose) free to do as he pleases with the Chemist's (or God's) gone bad creations. All this then leads to the final scenes in which we see and feel Red descend into the blissful madness he has chosen to be part of after his acts of righteous revenge.

The movie felt like it was influenced by many directors, films and of course the 80s (in which it's set) cinema era itself which seems to be very fashionable nowadays. The story telling "chapter" separation of Tarantino, Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (animated intervals amidst the madness), Mad Max, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (probably the weakest scene) and the bathroom scene could easily have been taken straight out of a Kubrick flick. As much as the film looked and sounded both beautiful and transcendent, it felt a little messy because of this and seemed to be missing a certain something that could've and should've made this movie a masterpiece.

I so wanted this movie to blow me away, but in the end I was only a little moved. I think this will be a Marmite movie to most people. Having said that, I'm still going to give it a generous 4 stars because...

Edit: So it's now January of 2020 and I've watched Mandy around 5 times now. I've actually got it playing as I write this. The more I watch it, the more I love it and with what I've been through personally since first watching it, the more I can relate to Red and Mandy's relationship. So, it's not a generous 4 Stars, it's a very well deserved 4 Stars.

"They were weirdo, hippie-types, whole bunch of 'em. And then there was some muscle - it didn't make any sense. There were bikers, and gnarly psychos, and... crazy evil." Red Miller

Mandy gets 4 out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Mayhem Film Festival 2018 - Full Line Up Announced

5 September 2018

Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 2018 edition
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and guested screenings each year.

Mayhem 2018 starts as it means to go on with Scottish zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opens the festival on Thursday 11 October, and will be followed by a Q&A with director John McPhail. Aislinn Clarke will present a screening of her found-footage chiller The Devil’s Doorway, set in one of Ireland’s notorious Magdalene asylums. Writer-director Marc Price (smash-hit zombie flick Colin) will also attend the festival to present his action-packed crime-thriller Nightshooters, where things get messy when a hapless film crew on a late-night shoot accidentally record a gangland execution.

Mayhem’s 14th edition will play host to no fewer than three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of Nosipho Dumisa’s Cape Town-set Hitchcock homage Number 37, slow-burning science-fiction indie Prospect, and – as previously announced – Shinsuke Sato’s live-action manga adaptation Inuyashiki.
Already proving popular following last month’s announcement and certain to be festival highlights are Panos Cosmatos’ cosmic fever dream Mandy, starring a truly top-form Nicolas Cage, and Japanese box-office sensation One Cut of the Dead.

Delving into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of Erik Blomberg’s strange and supernatural 1952 Finnish folktale, The White Reindeer, and the Dario Argento-produced 1985 cult classic Demons.

This year’s edition also includes screenings of horror anthologies Nightmare Cinema and The Field Guide to Evil – both previously announced – as well as preview screenings of Brazilian director Dennison Romalho’s macabre mortuary horror The Nightshifter, Nicolas Pesce’s darkly comic Piercing, starring Mia Wasikowska, the hilariously bad-taste splatterfest Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and haunted-house horror The Witch in the Window. Colin Minihan’s grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive will close the festival.

The ever-popular short film programme and Mayhem’s fiendish film quiz, The Flinterrogation - hosted by author David Flint - both return to round off this year’s line-up.

Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £65 until 10AM on Monday 10 September,  at which time individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes – at the standard price of £75 – will be made available. 

For more information, please visit www.mayhemfilmfestival.com

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.

The full line-up and schedule for Mayhem 2018 is available below:


7.30PM ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE + Special Guest John McPhail  Dir. John McPhail, 2017 (UK) with Ella Hunt & Paul Kaye 

10PM NIGHTMARE CINEMA  Dirs. Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamua, David Slade and Alejandro Brugués, 2018 (US) with Mickey Rourke & Richard Chamberlain


2.15PM THE WHITE REINDEER Dir. Erik Blomberg, 1952 (Finland) with Mirjami Kuosmanen & Kalervo Nissila 

3.45PM PIERCING Dir. Nicolas Pesce, 2018 (US) with Mia Wasikowska & Christopher Abbott 

6.15PM NIGHTSHOOTERS + Special Guest Marc Price Dir. Marc Price, 2018 (UK) with John-Paul Ly & Rosanna Hoult 

8.30PM PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Dirs. Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, 2018 (UK/US) with Udo Kier & Barbara Crampton 

10.30PM MANDY Dir. Panos Cosmatos, 2018 (US) with Nicolas Cage & Andrea Riseborough


12PM ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Dir. Shin’inchiro Ueda, 2017 (Japan) with Takayuki Hamatsu & Harumi Syuhama 

2PM PROSPECT - UK PREMIERE Dirs. Chris Caldwell & Zeke Earl, 2018 (US) with Sophie Thatcher & Jay Duplass 

4PM NUMBER 37 – UK PREMIERE Dir. Nosipho Dumisa, 2018 (South Africa) with Irshaad Ally & Monique Rockman 

6.45PM MAYHEM SHORT FILM SHOWCASE Dir. Various, 2018 (International) 

9PM THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY + Special Guest Aislinn Clarke Dir. Aislinn Clarke, 2018 (UK) with Lalor Roddy & Helena Bereen 

11PM DEMONS  Dir. Lamberto Bava, 1985 (Italy) with Michele Soavi & Nicoletta Elmi


12PM INUYASHIKI – UK PREMIERE Dir. Shinsuke Sato, 2018 (Japan) with Noritake Kinashi & Takeru Satoh 

2.30PM THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL Dirs. Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland and Yannis Veslemes, 2018 (New Zealand)  

4.45PM THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW Dir. Andy Mitton, 2018 (Canada) with Alex Draper & Charlie Tacker 

6.15PM The Flinterrogation Hosted by author David Flint 

7.15PM THE NIGHTSHIFTER Dir. Dennison Ramalho, 2018 (US) with Daniel De Oliveira & Fabiula Nascimento 

9.30PM WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE Dir. Colin Minihan, 2018 (Canada) with Hannah Emily Anderson & Brittany Allen 

Mayhem Film Festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke. They screen the best in contemporary horror, science-fiction and cult cinema and television from around the world. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest filmmakers, and unique live cinema events, the festival has developed a reputation as one of the strongest and most innovative genre festivals in the country. They are based at Broadway in Nottingham, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and creative hubs.